Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Cicada song

Listen to the song of the cicada or kihikihi, which conjures up images of hot summer days. Cicadas and crickets are known as the songbirds of the summer star Rehua (Antares), because their song heralds the arrival of warmer weather.

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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - The seasons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 July 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Mar 2022