Tūmatauenga is the deity of war and people. Angry over the separation of his parents Ranginui and Papatūānuku, Tāwhirimātea, god of the weather, waged war on his brothers. He subdued a number of them, but Tūmatauenga proved his equal. From that time on there has been an ongoing battle between the weather (Tāwhirimātea) and people (Tūmatauenga).
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