A chief living in Rarotonga (Hawaiki?). He slew four children of chief Ue-nuku because two of his own sons — Whā-tino and Wharo — had been caught committing theft on Ue-nuku's premises. In revenge for the murder of his children, Ue-nuku summoned his army and proceeded to make war on Whena, who was defeated in the battle of Te Rakungia, at Te Mau-a-te-Karebe and Ratorua.

Whena is also called Tā-wheta.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, pp. 616, 620.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, pp. 3:7, 19 ff.

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