The place wherein Whaitiri dwelt after she left her husband, Kaitangata, and her son, Hema. She was there found (as Matakerepo) by her grandson, Tāwhaki. It is also called Pu-o-te-toi, "The Root of all things."1



  1. White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 1:121.


  • Grey, Sir George. (1855). Polynesian Mythology. Auckland: Brett, p. 43.
  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, pp. 375, 381.
  • Wohlers, J. F. H. (1875). "Mythology and Tradition of the Maori." New Zealand Institute, Transactions 7:3-53, p. 42.

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