A chief who married the beautiful Roanga-rahia. He went with his brothers to woo her; but the elder brothers were all deceived by the women of the place, and the youngest, Ruru-teina, won the coveted beauty. As they returned they landed to cook some food, and Ruru was sent by his brothers to a house near their stopping-place to procure fire. Here he was seized by the sorceress named Ngārara-huarau, who, winding around him her serpent-tail, compelled him to stay with her. Ruru's brothers surrounded the house, and heaping up wood against it, set the place on fire, and the sorceress perished. Ruru arrived safely at the home of his people, and exhibited with pride the beautiful wife he had obtained.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 436.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 2:26.

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