Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Tāwhirimātea and children

Tāwhirimātea and children

This mural by Cliff Whiting depicts the struggle of Tāwhirimātea to control his children, the wind and weather (the blue spiral forms). Tāwhirimātea sent forth the clouds, winds and storms to punish his brothers for separating their parents, Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (the earth mother).

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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - Origins of the weather', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Mar 2022