A great chief of the Ati-Hapai tribe. He married Mairatea, the daughter of Tū-huruhuru, the son of Hina and Tinirau. His wife's brother, Tū-whakararo, came to visit him; Tū-whakararo falling in love with Maurea, the chief's sister, awakened jealousy in a lover formerly favored by Maurea, and the treacherous killing of the young visitor was the result.

To revenge this, an expedition under Whakatau-potiki started, attacked the Ati-Hapai, and burnt their temple, Te Ura-o-Manono. Poporokewa was strangled by Whakatau.



  • Grey, Sir George. (1855). Polynesian Mythology. Auckland: Brett, pp. 65 ff.
  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 353.

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