One of the personified forms of knowledge. He is the son of one Nuku-te-aoi. A Māori birth ritual goes: —
- "Ka karapinepine te pu toto i a ia
- Ki roto te whare wahi awa;
- Ka whakawehtu tama i a ia
- Ka riro mai a Rua-i-te-pukenga," etc.
These lines refer to the development of the foetus, and the acquirement of Rua-i-te-pukenga, i.e. knowledge.
- Best, Elsdon. (1924). The Maori. Wellington: Harry H. Tombs, pp. 101, 301.