An organization called Project Jonah has trained around 140 volunteers in the area to save beached whales, and many of them are working diligently to "refloat" the surviving whales. Around half of the pod seem to have moved to deeper waters without help, but the rest need aid before they die of dehydration or suffer from severe sunburn.
It's not easy to refloat a beached whale: Pilot whales, which are members of the dolphin family and quite common in New Zealand, can weigh up to three tons. Volunteers will have to rely on the high tide's deeper waters to push them back into safety. Every time the tide goes out, volunteers are left powerless to help the whales until the next day.