Ko ngā iwi atua, ope wairua rānei i noho ai i te moana. He whero ōna makawe, he mā ōna kiri, ā, he roroa ōna maikūkū. Noho ai rātou i te moana, ā, ia pō, ia pō, ka peka atu ki runga i te whenua. Kua tūmeke i a rātou i te hīhī o te rā me te ahi, pērā i te patupaiarehe.
Ponaturi are sometimes described as sea fairies. They have red hair and white skin, and fingers with long claws. They spent their days under the sea, only coming onto land at night. Like the patupaiarehe they feared sunlight and fire.