A deity whose name occurs, as instigator of evil, in ancient propitiatory rituals. His offspring is whatever is unjust, death; more particularly calamitous death, which causes extinction of mankind, foods, goods, histories, rituals, and all such like, which concerned man. These he delighted to destroy.

His descendants are Rehua and Rangi-taiapo. He is mentioned as the second child of Rangi and , after his separation from Papa.1 From Pu-whakarere-i-waho also sprang forth the Aroiroi.



  1. Gudgeon, W. E. (1905). "Maori Religion." Journal of the Polynesian Society 14:107-130, p. 116.


  • Hare Hongi. (1907). "A Maori Cosmogony." Journal of the Polynesian Society 16:109-119.