New Zealand - A Maori cannibal sky-goddess. Wife of Kai Tangata. Mother of Hema. She descended from the sky and married Kai Tangata whom she taught to fish with hooks. When he offended her, she left him and returned to the sky. In some accounts, Whaitiri was a cannibal chief and Kai Tangata was the sky-goddess he married. Occasionally referred to as Whaitiri, Waitiri, Waitiri, Whaitari or Whaitari.

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