Ngati Kahu hold ceremony for beached whale

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Ngati Kahu are preparing ceremonial prayers
after the death of a whale on the shores of Coopers Beach.
The beach is in Northland, near Kaitaia.
Mourning for the whale which lies here helplessly.
The local tribe is preparing a ceremony for it.
All the families here have agreed to it.
A rescue operation was launched last night to save the 10m sperm whale,
but at 10pm last night, the whale died.
According to the rescuers,
it was too heavy to try and get back into the water.
The local people are waiting for answers as to why this happened.
The Department of Conservation is looking to find us answers.
The people of Ngati Kahu have agreed
for the whale to be taken to the Matarahurahu area
for them to do prayers for it.
Everyone agreed for it to go to Kohumaru-Kenana for the ceremony.
The local people have gathered to pay their respects.
According to Tiger,
this is a new experience for them to grieve the death of a mammal.
We will follow the old protocols with regards to paying respects
to living creatures of the land and sea.
The tribe has yet to decide what will be done with the remains.
Rapaera Tawhai, Te Karere.