Police and the Department of Conservation are attending to two pods of beached pilot whales in Whakatane.
The pods were seen in Ohiwa Harbour and some have beached themselves. Eight have died.
Police say they do not need any help from members of the public, and anyone trying to assist is "hindering DOC action".
Harbour Road is closed to traffic from Te Taiawatea Drive.
Police request members of the public not to come onto the beach.