The daughter of the priest Kai-awa and Te Whatumori. Kai-awa and his daughter went to the island of Whanga-o-Keno to remove the tapu from the deities and animals brought by Wheketoro in the Mangarara canoe from Hawaiki. The magic dog of Tarawhata, the Mohorangi, was seen by Pō-nui-a-hine, she not having her eyes veiled. While her father was performing the incantations, she was turned into a grasshopper, and then into a rock in the sea.



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