A man whose wife was stolen by the fairies (see patupaiarehe). He tracked her abductors to the hills, but found himself powerless to obtain his wife again by his own power. He called in the help of a great tohunga, who, by his spells, enabled the husband to again recover his lost spouse. See also Rangi-pouri.



  • Shortland, Edward. (1882). Maori Religion and Mythology. London: Longmans Green, pp. 47-48.
  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, pp. 328, 432.