An ogre or wizard, near whose fortress Tāwhaki and Karihi passed, on their way to the "tendrils hanging down from heaven." Tāwhaki warned their two slaves not to look up at the enchanted home of Tōngāmeha, for it was enchanted, and some evil would surely befall them if they did. As they came near the fortress, one of their slaves looked up at it, and his eye was instantly torn out by the magical arts of Tōngāmeha, and he perished.



  • Grey, Sir George. (1855). Polynesian Mythology. Auckland: Brett, p. 42.
  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 532.