Story: Ranginui – the sky

A comet above Mt Egmont and Parihaka

A comet above Mt Egmont and Parihaka

Auahi-roa and auahi-tūroa, meaning ‘long smoke trails’, were two names for comets. In this 1882 photograph, a comet’s trail can be seen over Mt Taranaki (Egmont) and the village of Parihaka.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ranginui – the sky - Other members of the family of light', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 12 Jun 2006