Utu—payment, satisfaction, revenge—summed up in a word the darker side of the Maori character.
Utu took up his abode, as we have already noted, at MataUtu.
That Utu account has not been squared; but only because of the inconveniently peaceful rule of the pakeha.
The pakeha was drowning the Maori for Utu for himself, in case he should be drowned.
That, indeed, would be Utu—though long-deferred Utu—for his kinsmen who fell to the pakeha bullets at Rangiriri and Orakau!
Ka taona koe ki te umu, he Utu mo taku tungane kua mate, ko Te Waka-tapa-ruru!
So Amlaud; and there seems some reason to believe that the name was used by the side of Utu, though perhaps only as an epithet.
Just as we were leaving the hut I had a look at the Utu —a fish I had never before seen.
What followed was a capital example of the Maori doctrine of Utu, or compensation, the cause of so many wars and vendettas.
The pakeha was drowning the Maori for (p. 23) Utu for himself, in case he should be drowned.