On the evening of 20 December 2018, local community, iwi, and DOC responded to the stranding of a 12.7-metre male humpback whale just south of Kaiaua. This is the first incident of a humpback whale stranding in the Firth of Thames (Ti - kapa Moana) in living memory.
Unfortunately, despite our best efforts the tohora- (whale) passed away before midnight.
Initial reports of a whale calf accompanying the adult were followed up by helicopter flights the next morning where nothing was found. We assume that if there was a calf, it made it safely back to deeper water.
This is a thank you to those who helped and supported this Marine Mammal
To the ‘initial responders’ who contacted the DOC hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) and along with Nga- ti Paoa, Nga- ti Whanaunga, Nga- ti Hako, Kaiaua Fire and Emergency NZ volunteers and DOC, worked to care for the tohora- through the night while waiting for the next high tide.
To those who provided expert local advice on who has what equipment locally and possible burial sites, the “little barge that could”, those who helped with digging.
To the NZ Coastguard, the “anchor loan” family, NZ Whale Rescue, contractors, cafes, and everyone else.
Kind Regards and thank you all again,
Avi Holzapfel, Operations Manager
On behalf of the team at DOC Hauraki
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TRIO JACKSON -
From Gypsy to Jazz to Bach and Shostakovich and anything in between, this classically trained ensemble has branched out into an exotic array of genres to create something uniquely their own.
Trio Jackson is a family group that has been playing together for over twenty years. This has created a magical musical synthesis born of their intuitive, creative and empathetic ensemble expression.
Their classical training allows them to present with authority and style the works by Shostakovich and Bach which have been faithfully arranged by Miles. Their flair for improvisation allows them to play Jazz in an exciting and very original style
Sunday March 7th at 2pm
St Georges Church, Mackay St (where the acoustics are amazing)
Tickets at the door or from Carsons Book shop
Adults (non members ) $20
Members $15; students $5; children under ,12 free
Please note, unfortunately, due to change in Alert level we have to cancel our event.