Ancient Practice of Whale Flensing

July 17, 2020, 12:18 p.m.

WARNING: Some people may find the footage of the whale flensing distressing. Viewer discretion advised. 

Hori Parata, kaumatua from Ngāti Wai, is acknowledged throughout Aotearoa for his expert knowledge in whale recovery and flensing. In this episode of Haukāinga, he shares kōrero tuku iho about the tohorā. He speaks in-depth about the spiritual and physical practices that take place during the flensing process. 

In the mid-1990s Hori Parata was endorsed as the kaitiaki responsible for the environment for the Ngāti Wai Trust Board. 24 years have passed since Hori Parata undertook his first whale flensing. The first whale that Hori flensed was named Te Kauri Nui because it resembled a large kauri tree.

Hori has grown environment capability, not only in his own iwi of Ngāti Wai but throughout Te Taitokerau and Aotearoa. His teachings have developed a team that is ready to mobilise if they are called, to teach and show other tangata whenua throughout the country the ancient practice of whale flensing.


Tags: Whale Tohorā Culture


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