A wife of the demigod Māui. She was beautiful as he was ugly, and on his wishing to exchange faces with her, she refused him his request. He, however, by means of an incantation, managed to gain his point; in anger she left him, and refused to live any longer in the world of light, but proceeded to the underworld (Pō), and became a goddess. She is also called Koke, and is said sometimes to beat the spirits of deceased mortals as they pass throng her realm. Her home is in that division of the night-world called Te Uranga-o-te-Rā, but she also rules the circles named Hikutoia, and Pouturi.
- Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 421.
- White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 1:Appendix.
This article incorporates text from Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary (1891) by Edward Tregear, which is in the public domain.