The chief of the Takitūmu canoe. He was celebrated for his thievish tricks, and on trying to steal fish from the net of Ue-nuku, he was discovered and nearly drowned. He was also insulted by Tumu-whakairihia, whose wife he had taken liberties with, but Tumu afterwards forgave him, and taught him the sacred incantations.

Rua-whārō brought with him to New Zealand in the Takitūmu some of the gravel from Te Mahia beach in Hawaiki. This gravel, which was used as a charm for enticing whales, was spread upon the beach (also called Te Mahia) in New Zealand, and this place has always been a favorite whaling place.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 432.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 3:42.

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