Tohoraha Stranded off the coast of Ninety Mile Beach.

Dec. 8, 2014, 11:28 a.m.

Recently a Tohoraha (sperm whale) beached at Te One Roa a Tohe, 90 mile beach. The whale was dead when found by local iwi members. Whale bones and especially the kauae paraoa (jaw bone) are prized by iwi for traditional carving. The oil is also used for preserving wood carving. It is tragic that this creature died and it is un-known how it died.

The name Te Waimoho was given to the whale by local iwi members. The name means to look at ones reflection, symbolising the state of affairs in this modern world and particularly the environment. Through karakia (prayer) and working together the precious bones and oil were extracted and Te Waimoho was put to rest. 

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