"The epithet is selected in honor of the native Maori people of New Zealand" (Blake, 1984: 151).
Blake, James A. (1984). Four new species of Spionidae (Polychaeta) from New Zealand, with comments on a syntype of Spio aequalis Ehlers from Chatham Island. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 97(1): 148-159. available online athttps://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/34553466