Story: Tāwhirimātea – the weather

Cicada song

Listen to the song of the cicada or kihikihi, which conjures up images of hot summer days. The cicada and cricket were described as the song birds of the ‘summer’ star Rehua (Antares), because their song heralded the arrival of warmer weather.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Cicadas – Dr Charles Fleming/Reference number T837)

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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - The seasons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/natural-sounds/8259/cicada-song (accessed 11 July 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006