In Māori mythology the Nuku-mai-tore are forest-dwelling spirits. Tura joins Whiro's canoe party, but when it enters a whirlpool he catches the overhanging boughs of a tree and lives among the Nuku-mai-tore, to whom he teaches the use of fire, the art of cooking, and the natural way of childbirth together with the ceremonies attending to the birth of a child (Beckwith 1970:502, White 1887-1891, II:8-15, 17-19).



  • M. Beckwith, Hawaiian Mythology (University of Hawaii Press: Honolulu) 1970.
  • J. White, The Ancient History of the Maori, 6 Volumes (Government Printer: Wellington), 1887-1891.

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