A chief of Hawaiki. He killed and ate the dog of Haumai-tāwhiti; this was the source of much of the trouble and bloodshed which led to the departure of the Māori people for New Zealand. The dog barking in the belly of Toi has given rite to the proverb: I huna iho koe ki roto ki te hopara nui o Toi.

Toi was a son of Te Ati-hapai, a descendant of Tiki, and the father of Rauru. Toi's wife Ku-rae-moana was carried off by Puhaorangi.



  • Grey, Sir George. (1855). Polynesian Mythology. Auckland: Brett, p. 76.
  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 524.

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