Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

The windy Chatham Islands

The windy Chatham Islands

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
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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - Wind and storms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 March 2023)

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