"Sinker, or anchor." A chief, the firstborn child of Kaitangata and Whaitiri. His brother is Karihi and his sister is Hema. Punga's offspring were lizards and sharks. He later took to wife Muri-whaka-roto, but her offspring could not obtain wives, because all the females liked Tāwhaki. Other brothers are given as Punga-nui, Punga-roa, Tau-tau, Tau-tau-iri, Tupua, Tawiti.1
In the Hawaiian genealogy, Hema and Puna (Punga) were sons of 'Ai-kanaka (Kaitangata) and Hānai-ia-ka-malama.
- Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 374.
- White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, pp. 1:95-96.