Is a instrument distinct to the Maori and highly respected. It is a type of bugle flute that has both a male and female 'voice.' The shape is taken from the casemoth cocoon that houses Raukatauri (daughter of Hine) the Goddess of Flute music, who loved her flute so much that she went to live in it.
The male trumpeting voice or kokiri is a sound to summon or make people aware of something about to happen and each named call is given a meaning. The female voice is usually played either in the side blown way or blown over the top. It is sometimes a crying sound, and is used as such on appropriate occasions. From some instruments a third voice emerges, that of the mysterious Whehe, the daughter of Raukatauri, who is heard but never seen. - Brian Flintoff