The House of Death, the abode of Whiro. It was in this place that the dread art of black magic originated; all magic rites that destroy man and his food supplies came from here. It was the origin of the pernicious whare maire, the institutions wherein magic arts are taught.
The Maiki clan, the personified forms of sickness and disease, dwell within this house.
- Best, Elsdon. (1924). The Maori. Wellington: Harry H. Tombs, pp. 66, 106, 107, 330.