Some divine person or demigod ancestor of the Māori people. The name is doubtless a variation of Tupu-tupu-whenua, and is probably the true form: Ko taku tupuna ko Tumutumuwhenua, ko tenei tangata no roto i te whenua, ehara i tenei ao.
- Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 552.
This article incorporates text from Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary (1891) by Edward Tregear, which is in the public domain.