Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Rain clouds

Rain clouds

Rain clouds loom over the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island. This kind of weather is called whakataritari ua – weather leading up to rain. Taru whakaru refers to damp, cloudy weather.

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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - Rain', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

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