Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Tāwhirimātea, god of weather

Tāwhirimātea, god of weather

Tāwhirimātea, the god of weather, grasps lightning in one hand and is encased in a whirlwind. Tāwhirimātea waged war on his brothers after they conspired to separate their parents, Ranginui (sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother). While his brothers remained with their mother, Tāwhirimātea chose to live with his father.

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Kia Ata Mai Educational Trust
Artwork by Adam Williams and Joshua Wātene

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - Origins of the weather', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2016)

Full story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006