Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Red sky at night

Red sky at night

Clouds are lit by the setting sun at Island Bay, Wellington. Red clouds at sunset are known as Te Tātua o Te Kaha (the belt of Te Kaha). A similar phrase, Te Tātua o Te Kahu (the belt of Te Kahu) refers to a bank of clouds in the west lit by the setting sun.

Using this item

Private collection
Photograph by Alastair McLean

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - Clouds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2022)

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