Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Describing clouds (1st of 3)

Describing clouds

Māori likened this cloud pattern to planted rows of kūmara (sweet potato), and called it te māra kūmara a Ngātoroirangi, ‘the kūmara garden of Ngātoroirangi’ – an important ancestor.

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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - Clouds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

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