New Zealand - Wife of Tamanui. His wife ran off with Tu-te-Koropanga but Tamanui, having learned magic from his ancestors in the sky, followed her to her new home and lured her away with a magic perfume. As she boarded his boat, he cut off her head, leaving only the body for Koropanga to find. Tamanui buried the head in a box and in the spring, when living things started into new growth, Rukutia emerged fully restored. Occasionally known as Rukutia, Hawaiian Lu'ukia or Hawaiian Lu'ukia.

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