Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

The windy Chatham Islands

The windy Chatham Islands

This akeake tree is bent by the powerful winds on the Chatham Islands. The fierce assault brings to mind the attack by Tāwhirimātea, god of the wind, against Tāne Mahuta, god of the forest, for his role in separating Ranginui and Papataūānuku.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 2 February 2005
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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - Wind and storms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 January 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006