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Whale Row Resurfaces


Whale Row Resurfaces

2013 January 21

by Kapiti Independent Reporters

New agreement needed by Iwi,Council and DOC to prevent conflict over Whales

By Alan Tristram

The protocols on Māori extraction of bones and teeth from whales are said to need reviewing after angry scenes at last week’s whale stranding at Paraparaumu Beach on the Kāpiti Coast.

This is the view of Councillor K Gurunathan (Guru) who is a KCDC ward councillor for the area where the whale stranding occurred.

Cr Gurunathan says: “Media reports of children crying, and police and DOC officials forced to hold back an angry crowd, as the dead whale was butchered by local iwi undertaking the customary extraction of the jawbone cannot be good for race relations in this district.”

He says: “The incident exposes a lack of understanding, by some sections of the public about the deeply rooted spiritual and cultural relationship between coastal iwi and whales.

“It also exposes a lack of appreciation and preparedness by local iwi in managing mainstream public sensitivity.”

Cr Gurunathan also says it’s alarming that, according to media reports, the public noted that while the authorities had cited public health considerations for cordoning off the whale officials were walking around barefooted or in jandals — and those cutting up the whale were knee deep in bloody water and tissue.

Protocols set after 1996 stranding

The current protocols between local iwi, KCDC and DOC was established following the March 1996 whale stranding at Paekakariki.

Cr Gurunathan adds: “This was spearheaded by two remarkable Maori women., the international whale recovery expert Ramari Stewart and the late Tungia Baker.

“I am sure they would want local iwi to use the experience from the latest stranding to review and update the protocols.”
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