Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather



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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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