He aha te ika moe ākau, he taniwha, he atua, he paikea!

Tēnā koutou e te whānau o Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai,

This morning we were notified by the Department of Conservation (DOC) that a 10 metre humpback whale has washed up on Waikanae Beach, south of Waikanae Boat Club.

Our Kaumātua and Trust  have been working with DOC to ensure that the appropriate tikanga are followed with respect to the management of the whale, and planning around burial. Our kaumātua conducted karakia this morning alongside other iwi members DOC and local council to ensure that our role of kaitiaki was upheld. The presence of the whale along with the media coverage saw many people come to the beach to see the whale. The whale appears to have been dead for some time, and spectators are being asked to keep distance from the whale due to the health risks associated with its decomposition.

After discussion with our kaumātua and iwi representatives a burial site has been arranged, and due to the tide and weather conditions, removal is being planned for early tomorrow morning.  Our Kaumātua will be back onsite at 6.00 am to perform Karakia prior to the whale’s removal.  Iwi members are welcome to be a part of this karakia. The access point to the beach is from Stonewall Cres, off Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach.

Historical interest:

Exactly 110 years ago, on 29 October 1904, a 54ft ‘Wright’ whale washed up on Waikanae Beach, discovered by Wi Parata.

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He aha te ika moe ākau, he taniwha, he atua, he paikea!


Heoi ano, na,

Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust