Ruru-mahara and Ruru-wareware were two birds, guardians of the fish pools, and servants of Tinirau. The told their master that Hine-i-te-iwaiwa had broken the mirror-fountain in which Tinirau surveyed himself.

Ruru-wareware was also the name of a pet owl of Ue-nuku (see Ruru-atamai).



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