A young chief of Rotorua, the illegitimate son of Tū-whare-toa and Rangi-uru. He was celebrated as the lover of the beautiful Hine-moa. His elder brothers are Tawake-heimoa, Ngarara-nui, and Tūtea-iti. His sister Tupa married Tiki, Tūtānekai's bosom friend.
- Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, pp. 495, 554, 566, 567.