symbolic struggles, challenges, evil and darkness
Whiro resides in the underworld and he is responsible for all types of struggles and challenges.His presence is necessary for us to appreciate growth, failure and success.
His children are the insects especially mosquitoes, bees and others that cause grief to humans. The kawakawa leaves represents death or that someone important has died. The triangle pattern symbolises niho taniwha or dragons teeth. A whakarei whakairo pattern also called niho taniwha shows the characteristics of the maggot which feasts on the dead and the word whakairo derives from this process.