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Te Wai Pounamu weather and climate tohu videos

Mandy Home tells us how the location of duck nests can be used to predict seasonal rainfall. One of many video vignettes outlining weather and climate tohu in the Ngāi Tahu rohe.

These videos are interviews with key kaitiaki from Te Wai Pounamu, including Joseph Hullens, Sir Tipene O’Regan, Mandy Home, Aaron Rīwaka, Apanui Skipper, Butch Macdonald, Estelle Leask, Hana Morgan, Maria Pera, Paul Wilson and Tiny Metzger.

The interviews range across three themes: Kā Tohu Āhuaraki (climate indicators), Kā Tohu Huarere (weather indicators), and Kā Kiteka Hurihuri (observations of change).

The kinds of tohu (indicators) discussed range from the behaviour of tītī (mutton birds) and kakapō to signs of change in rākau (trees) such as rimu or rātā.

You can view the collected videos for each of these themes at our Deep South Challenge YouTube channel:


Forecasting weather and climate extremes