Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather



Members of Ngāti Tūwharetoa perform a peruperu (a dance with weapons) on Waitangi Day (6 February), 1934. The shimmering air seen in summer is sometimes likened to the way the air quivers during such a performance.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Railways Collection (PAColl-5167)
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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - The seasons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2021)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006