Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Cumulus clouds

Cumulus clouds

Cumulus clouds gather in the sky above the Waimakariri River, in Canterbury. The Māori term ‘taipua’ referred to the way these clouds bunch together in rounded masses.

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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - Clouds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2021)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006