One of the crew of the Aotea canoe in the Māori Migration from Hawaiki to New Zealand. Turi, the chief of the canoe, enraged with the insolence and disobedience of Tuanui, threw him overboard into the ocean, but when the canoe touched the land, the crew found the footprints of Tuanui on the sand. They were recognized on account of some deformity in one of the feet.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 543.

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