Tawhiri was the god of the winds according to Maori mythology. His parents were the Rangi and the Papa. Tawhiri uses his power over the winds to create storms and hurricanes.
He expresses his wrath against land and sea because they are under the authority of his brothers the sea god, Tangaroa, and the forest god, Tane. His anger towards his brothers stems from the fact that Tane had interrupted the endless embrace of their parents, which trapped the gods in the womb of their mother, Papa. He used his head and feet to push them apart. The sky and Earth remain in the same place today.