Might try this, loads of pooks around my place

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Apparently pukeko can help you tell the weather…they might be more accurate than weather forecasters even.

What do pukeko, blue cod or pohutukawa have to do with what weather is on its way?

While modern state-of-the-art high-resolution forecasting models, like those run by Niwa’s supercomputer, have demonstrated significant accuracy and continue to improve each year, mother nature can tell us even more about the weather ahead – just by observing patterns and sequences.

Using environmental indicators to anticipate local weather and climate outcomes is common practice among many indigenous people around the world, including Maori.

By observing patterns and sequences in natural events – such as the behaviour of birds, the blooming of certain trees and flowers, and the movements of the stars, Maori have long used environmental indicators to forecast local weather and climate – helping to manage daily and seasonal activities. 

Maybe that could help NIWA get their climate models right for a change.

When pukeko are observed heading for higher ground, Northland iwi Ngati Wai will expect a storm and possible flooding.

South Island iwi Kai Tahu predict that a long, hot summer will follow when the ti kouka (cabbage tree) flowers early and profusely.

Often more than one indicator is used to forecast weather or climate in the days, months and seasons ahead.

Where there are discrepancies among the indicators, a consensus-based approach is usually taken.


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