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Gumboot Day is a native celebration of Taihape, New Zealand. It occurs the Tuesday after Easter, and has been a regular event since 1985. It is a celebration of all things to do with gumboots, and includes the famous gumboot throwing contest.

The aim of the festival is to break the world record for the longest gumboot throw. It is a family event, which includes a number of other competitions such as the best-dressed gumboot and ‘shoot the loop’ with gumboots. Gumboots can also be tossed skyward on any day of the year in the official Gumboot throwing lane[1] located in the 'Outback', just behind Taihape's main shopping centre.

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Gisborne Herald
Fri, 08 May 2015 21:41:15 -0700

In paying for the work, Mrs Crosby says a “gumboot day” fundraiser and grants from donors — including First Sovereign Trust, JN Williams Memorial Trust, First Light Community Foundation, Eastland Community Trust and the J & T Hickey, Marjorie Redstone ...
Wanganui Chronicle
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 12:30:26 -0700

The weather held for Taihape's Gumboot Day on Saturday, although attendance numbers were lower than usual. Organiser Elizabeth Mortland said there was a "noticeable" difference in numbers of people, but the day was still a success. It was the 30th ...
Wanganui Chronicle
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:34:57 -0800

It was also planned that, within the next couple of years, the NZ Gumboot Throwing Championships will be brought back to Taihape's Gumboot Day, she said. "However, for the next two years, throwing at the NZ Rural Games is a great opportunity to promote ...

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Scene Queenstown
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 21:18:45 -0700

The inaugural gumboot throwing national championships will be held at the NZ Rural Games here in February next year. Up, up and away: Gumboot Day 2013 in Taihape. Self-styled 'gumboot capital of the world', Taihape, will host the North Island champs a ...
Manawatu Standard
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:45:00 -0800

When the steam train pulls into the Taihape platform this Gumboot Day, 270 Wellingtonians will disembark and join in the day's festivities. Gumboot day, an unrivalled Taihape event since 1985, will host a variety of entertainment and competitions ...
New Zealand Herald
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 08:00:09 -0800

So why a town would want to have a gumboot as its icon is anyone's guess but the locals have been keen on the idea since 1985 when the community held its first Gumboot Day event as the then Government slashed agricultural subsidies and the town's ...
Manawatu Standard
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:55:47 -0800

When Anita Otto was listening to a German radio station a decade ago she never could have imagined it would lead to being president of the German boot throwing association nor could have pictured herself in Taihape for Gumboot Day. The DJ was ...
Wanganui Chronicle
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:33:58 -0700

Finnish Boot-throwing Association member Heikki Aaltonen wears a Taihape Gumboot Day t-shirt at a meeting of the International Boot-throwing Association in Helsinki. Photo/Supplied. The Red Band gumboot is now the official boot for the Taihape Gumboot ...

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