A 10-metre whale has washed up overnight at Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast.
The black and white whale was found at the south end of Waikanae Beach near Stonewall Grove at 6am, Police Central Communications Inspector Dave Rose says.
It appears to be dead and it is not clear yet what sort of whale it is.
The Department of Conservation are dealing with the whale and its disposal.
Local Iwi are usually called in following incidents of this kind.
Oil was melted from the blubber and shipped to America for use in machinery, before petroleum was used.
Although whales can be seen once every year during the birthing season, there are not as many as there used to be.
Whaling has been banned inside New Zealand’s 200-nautical-mile (370 km) Exclusive Economic Zone since 1978. The Marine Mammals Protection Act provides sanctuary for the huge animals in our waters.