Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Mackerel markings (3rd of 3)

Mackerel markings

While Māori compared the rows of clouds to a plantation, the English likened them to the markings on a mackerel. This gave rise to the phrase, ‘a mackerel sky'.

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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - Clouds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

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