Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Hoar frost

Hoar frost

Hoar frost coats vegetation at Hanmer Springs, North Canterbury. Hotoke and makariri are two words for winter; both also mean ‘cold’.

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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - The seasons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 March 2023)

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