A chief noted for his tall stature, he having reached the unusual height of nine feet, and six feet up to the armpits. His bones were used by later generations at religious ceremonials, they being brought out by the priests and set up in the sacred places at the time when root-crops were dug up, when the fishing season commenced, and when an enemy was to be attacked. The bones were eventually carried off by the Ngā-puhi and never seen again.



  • Grey, Sir George. (1855). Polynesian Mythology. Auckland: Brett, p. 93.
  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 546.

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