Kōrero: Southern Cross

Interpretations of the Southern Cross

The first Europeans to sail into southern seas interpreted the four bright stars that had just come into view as a cross, naming it Crux Australis or the Southern Cross. In New Zealand, Māori tribes had varying traditions about the constellation. Tainui Māori saw an anchor in the four stars, while Māori from the Wairarapa saw the outline of a plug through which storm winds blew.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Southern Cross - A national icon', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/diagram/7483/interpretations-of-the-southern-cross (accessed 16 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Maggy Wassilieff, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006