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 were 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) referred to a bank of clouds in the west lit by the setting sun.

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Basil Keane, 'Tāwhirimātea – the weather - Clouds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8272/red-sky-at-night (accessed 3 June 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006