- a small New Zealand tree, Pittosporum tenuifolium, with wavy green glossy leavesAlso called: black matipo
Word Origin for tawhiri
Māori 'wave to', from the Māori practice of waving tawhiri branches to welcome approaching visitors
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Historical Examples of tawhiri
Only Tawhiri Matea (the wind) had pity on his own father and mother.Custom and Myth
Afterwards the last son, Tawhiri (father of storms), was angry and waged war against his brothers.