Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Morning dew

Morning dew

The beauty of a spider web is enhanced by the touch of early morning dew. Dew is said to be the tears of Ranginui, the sky father. As he mourns his separation from the earth mother Papatūānuku, his tears settle on her.

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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - Cold weather, mist and rainbows', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

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