This akeake tree has been bent by the powerful prevailing westerly winds on the Chatham Islands. The fierce assault brings to mind the attack by Tāwhirimātea, god of the wind, on Tāne Mahuta, god of the forest, for his role in separating Ranginui and Papatūānuku.
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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 2 February 2005
Photograph by Richard Robinson
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