March is here and Autumn has begun. In New Zealand Autumn starts on the 1st March through until 31st May. You might start to notice the change of seasons as the weather begins to cool after our hot Summer, and the days gradually become shorter. The Maori term for Autumn is Ngahuru which refers to the 10th month of the Maori calendar and is traditionally the time for crop-lifting and the kūmara harvest in March. While New Zealand’s native flora is evergreen, the leaves on our deciduous trees (ones that shed their leaves each year) turn bright yellows, oranges and reds for Autumn.
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Here’s some seasonal books to enjoy. Happy Autumn!