Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Dry landscape, Canterbury

Dry landscape, Canterbury

This arid scene is part of the Canterbury plains in summer. In Māori tradition, the negative aspects of a long, hot summer were often recalled. ‘Ngā rā o te waru’ (the days of the eighth month) referred to the time of scarcity in January–February, before the harvest.

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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - The seasons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

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