A sperm whale has died after becoming stranded at Mahia Peninsula in Hawke's Bay.
The whale was discovered by a Department of Conservation ranger on Thursday morning at 8.15am and the local iwi will be taking its jawbone and it will be buried.
The whale was identified as a 10- to 12-metre sperm whale.
A DoC spokesman said it was not uncommon for whales and dolphins to strand or wash up dead on New Zealand beaches.
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"It occurs mostly during summer, and it's not summer yet."
The causes of stranding could be numerous and therefore difficult to identify.
DoC is working with local iwi members on-site for preparation and burial of the whale.
A spokesperson said the specific site of the stranding would not be revealed so iwi cultural protocols could be carried out.