A son of Rongo-ma-tāne, the god of kumara (sweet potato). He was offered the first fruits of crops, and the cultivations then became noa, or no longer sacred (tapu). He is also the god of the crops in store. Cp. Pani (female).



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This article incorporates text from Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary (1891) by Edward Tregear, which is in the public domain.