A chief of the Tainui canoe. He, with Mania-o-rongo, Ao-o-rongo, and Te Taora-waho, had places in the stern; Potokeha being amidships. At Katikati, a shoal named Te-ranga-a-Taikehu is pointed out as having arisen in the harbor, on account of Taiheku having dropped a jade hatchet overboard, and by his incantations compelling the land to rise and the water to dry up so that the axe could be recovered without difficulty.



  • Shortland, Edward. (1856). Traditions and Superstitions of the New Zealanders. London: Longmans Green, p. 7.
  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 447.

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