RPM KĀHU LTD Edition Tāwhirimātea Disc
Designing the Tāwhirimātea Stamp
The haehae designs following the edges of the stamp design are symbolic of ngā hau e whā (the four winds) of which Tāwhirimātea has dominion over by harnessing said winds and releasing them at his whim. Tāwhirimātea is symbolised here with four arms and four hands, again strengthening the connection to ngā hau e whā and his ability to harness all four winds.
In this design Tāwhirimātea is also depicted as blind, tying into the matariki narrative where Tāwhiri was defeated in single combat by his brother Tūmatauenga ( The God of War and Mankind). And after the battle, in his rage Tāwhirimātea clawed his eyeballs out and crushed them within his hands. He then tossed them into the sky where they became the cluster of stars known as matariki – “Ngā mata o te ariki Tāwhirimātea”
The Connection to the Kāhu
There is only one bird when I think of the weather and the winds and that is the Kāhu, the way it rides the wind and the speed really connects to Tāwhirimateā.
– Jaye Pukepuke
THE KĀHU AS A HIGH SPEED DRIVER
The Kāhu is a great high speed driver with gentle turn good glide and a hard fade. It is also makes for a great forehand disc. The strata blend is a little harder and has a domey top which adds glide. This is arguably the longest driver in the RPM range. Watch Jacko's Kāhu review for more information.
Kāhu XG Variant (Tāwhirimātea):
- Speed: 13
- Glide: 5
- Turn: -2.5
- Fade: 2