A Māori chief who, according to legend, went to Hawaiki to procure the kumara, the sweet potato. He journeyed on two birds, called Tiu-rangi and Haro-rangi, which belonged to a chief called Rua-kapanga. Purangahua returned with seven varieties of kumara.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 360.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 3:117.

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