Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather



There are numerous names and traditions relating to the rainbow, commonly known as aniwaniwa or aheahea. Sometimes it is referred to as an atua piko – a curved deity. The personified forms of the rainbow are Kahukura, Uenuku and Haere.

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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - Cold weather, mist and rainbows', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

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