An ancient Māori chief, a noble descendant of Tu-o-Rotorua. He, or Hine-mihi, was the owner of a tāniwha named Kataore. It was slain by the Ngāti-tama whereupon the tribe rose to avenge this injury, but few returned from the battle. They managed to enlist the sympathy and aid of Tu-te-ata and Apu-moana, and these chiefs, having the whole power of the Arawa at their backs, defeated the Ngāti-tama at Te Wai-whiti-inanga.



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