The youngest child of Ue-nuku. He went with his sisters, Maputu-ki-te-rangi, Mahina-i-te-ata, Ropa-nui, and Inanga-mata-mea, to the dwelling of Whena, who was annoyed at his children Whā-tino and Wharo having been caught thieving by Ue-nuku. Whena killed the girls, and Rongo was left for dead, but managed to crawl away and tell Ue-nuku, who avenged his children.

In another story he was the only survivor of an attack by Tā-wheta, the brother of Ue-nuku's wife Taka-rita.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, pp. 426, 572.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 3:5.

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