"Fame of the long forehead." The god of the kumara — a food which is to be eaten in times of quietness and peace. It was brought in the Horouta canoe and before departing from Hawaiki, Kāhukura addressed the crew, saying, Depart in peace to the new land, and when you arrive there do not place Rongo-ma-rae-roa with Ariki-noanoa (the god of the fern root), lest Rongo-ma-rae-roa be angry, and leave you to perish. Let there be one god in your canoe, and let that god be Rongo-ma-rae-roa. See Rongo.



  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 3:97.