Story: Te whānau puha – whales

Beached whales, Ōpoutere

Beached whales, Ōpoutere

These pilot whales (ūpokohue) have beached at Ōpoutere, South Auckland. Traditionally, whales were perceived as aristocratic. A sight such as this gave rise to the saying, ‘He paenga pakake’ (a group of beached whales) – describing a number of chiefs who had fallen on the battlefield.

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Reference: 1 December 2004

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Bradford Haami, 'Te whānau puha – whales - Whales and Māori society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 12 Jun 2006