• The Kaitiaki to be contacted
  • Appropriate protocols (karakia etc) will be carried out
  • Those that are alive will be protected with covers and ongoing bathing until such a time that they will be safely returned to deeper waters
  • If there are any that have died, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that they will be properly disposed of (ie burial of the carcass so no infections or disease will pass over to the handlers)
  • Photographs, measurements and any distinct features will be recorded
  • Any bone recovery of any part which can be used for carving will be distributed to the maraes within the local area with an issued permit from the Kaitiaki
  • Government agencies (eg Dept of Conservation) may help in these processes and make sure that proceedings are carried out in an appropriate manner
  • The local hapu and government agencies will ensure that both cultural and scientific needs are met and information pertaining to whale strandings is shared
  • Equipment for such incidents, which are rare, will be purchased and be kept on stand-by on a vehicle
  • Training programmes, through Project Jonah, will be undertaken
    Orca Whale, Stranded in Aotea Harbour
    Orca Whale, Stranded in Aotea Harbour

    Orca Whale Stranded in Aotea Harbour