Story: Ngāi Tahu

Windswept trees, Banks Peninsula

Windswept trees, Banks Peninsula

Wind is an ever-present fact of life in Canterbury – as these trees on an exposed saddle at Banks Peninsula suggest. To help them understand the relationships between such winds as the nor'wester and southerly, Ngāi Tahu adopted a genealogy from the Waitaha people that explains the relationships between the winds from different quarters.

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Te Maire Tau, 'Ngāi Tahu - The genealogy of the land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Te Maire Tau, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017