"Great second night of the moon." A chief who arrived in New Zealand in the Nukutere canoe, some eight months before the Deluge known as Te Tai-a-Ruatapu. Whiro was married to Arai-ara, by whom he had a daughter, Hutu-rangi, who was given as a wife to Paikea.

Whiro-nui was the ancestor of Porourangi and the tribe of Ngāti-porou.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 625.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 3:41.