A male sperm whale measuring about 15 meters was washed up to a local beach.
It is thought he died of natural causes .
The local Iwi Te Atiawa ki Whakarongota and Department of Conservation agreed for the local Maori to remove the whales jawbone, teeth and possibly the ear bone.
A beautiful Karakia was given by the Maori elders - which always sends a tingle up my spine.
It is thought that Māori did not actively hunt whales, but they were known to force whales to beach themselves. Whales provided meat, which was eaten fresh, hung to dry or cooked in a hāngī (earth oven). Milk was taken from a suckling mother, oil was used for polish and scent, and teeth were made into ornaments and jewellery such as the prized rei puta (whale-tooth neck ornament).
Whalebone, in particular the jawbones from the parāoa (sperm whale), was fashioned into weapons like patu, taiaha, tewhatewha, and hoeroa, and other objects like heru (combs), tokotoko (walking sticks), and hei tiki (neck ornaments).