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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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New Zealand Herald
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 10:03:46 -0700

Mairead Fox, who averages throws of 32m, hopes to do New Zealand proud at the World Boot Throwing Championships in Italy. Photo / NZME. A team of Kiwis is jetting to Italy this weekend aiming for glory at the World Boot Throwing Championships.
Wanganui Chronicle
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:34:45 -0700

In the footsteps of Taihape's Gumboot Day, a New Zealand team is off to the World Gumboot Throwing Championships in Italy. New Zealand has been asked to compete in the event at Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region of Italy next month. The Kiwis join ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

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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 ...
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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