Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Mist, Rotorua

Mist, Rotorua

Mist or pukohu settles in the valleys of a forestry block near Rotorua. One tradition describes mist as ‘the soft, warm sighs’ of the earth mother Papatūānuku’s loving bosom, rising from the mountains and valleys as a sign of her love.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 8 September 2003
Photograph by Alan Gibson

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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - Cold weather, mist and rainbows', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

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