Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Iorangi – streaks of cloud

Iorangi – streaks of cloud

The Māori name for these cirrus clouds is iorangi, meaning strips (io) in the sky (rangi). The word ‘cirrus’ is derived from a Latin word meaning ‘wisp of hair’, and another meaning of ‘io’ is ‘lock of hair’. In English these clouds are known as mares’ tails.

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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