A heavenly personage, a descendant of Rangi or Hoehoe. Puhaorangi came down from the skies and took away Kurae-moana (Kura-i-moana), the wife of Toi-te-huatahi (after the birth of Rauru). By Kura-e-moana, Puhaorangi had four children, viz., Ohomairangi, Ohotaretare, Tāwhirioho, and Oho-mata-kamokamo. From Ohomairangi descended Houmaitawhiti, Tama-te-kapua, and other heroes of the Migration from Hawaiki to New Zealand; also Te Kaho-reremoa.
Puhaorangi was the original owner of the Arawa canoe. When it left Hawaiki for New Zealand, Puahorangi said,
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This article incorporates text from Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary (1891) by Edward Tregear, which is in the public domain.