Maori Tattoo and Meanings from the story of Nga Hau E Wha


Maori Tattoos and Meanings from the story of Nga Hau E Wha – Maori for “The Four Winds”

1           Tawhirimatea – Maori for “God of the winds”
2           Tangaroa– Maori for “God of the sea”
3           Tamanui Te Ra – Maori for “The sun”
4           Aotearoa– Maori for “New Zealand”
5           Koru Maori – Maori for “Continuation of all things”
6           Heimatau – Maori for “Fish hook – Strength – prosperity”

This tattoo design is a representation of the four corners of the Earth, Nga Hau E Wha – the four winds.

As you can see, there is a strong presence of Tawhirimatea and Tangaroa in this Maori tattoo design.

These two “Atua” (Maori for “Gods”) have the power to destroy anything in their path and have done so on numerous occasions. No matter what your beliefs in life may be, this still applies to all mankind. It’s all about respecting what God has given us, regardless of how big or small you are.

“Aotearoa” (Maori for “New Zealand”) is a place for all people of all races and creeds.  Tamanuitera represents new growth/warmth, which is what Aotearoa is about.  Hei Matua is strength and prosperity in whatever it is you desire to do and the Koru is a continuation of all of these things. Remember no matter how great or small you are treat all people and things as being equal, because if you don’t – NgaAtua – the Gods will be watching!