The great ancestor of the Ngāti-whakaue tribe. He was married to Rangi-uru, and she bore him three sons, their names were Tawakeheimoa, Ngararanui, and Tūteaiti. It was after the birth of this third son, that Rangi-uru eloped with Tū-whare-toa, who had come to Rotorua as a stranger on a visit. From this affair sprang Tūtānekai, who was an illegitimate child. Rangi-uru afterwards returned to her husband, and bore him two more children, a boy, Kopako, and a girl, Tupa; she was the last child of Wakaue.

Wakaue was very kind to Tūtānekai, and treated him like he was his own son.



  • Grey, Sir George. (1855). Polynesian Mythology. Auckland: Brett, p. 146.

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