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.
NZ currency - top to bottom: Sir Edmund Hillary (first man to climb Mt. Everest 1953), Kate Sheppard (NZ women's rights activist 1893), Queen Elizabeth II (Queen of British Commonwealth Realms 1952-present), Apirana Ngata (NZ politician 1905-1943), Ernest Rutherford (NZ nuclear physicist, Nobel prize in Chemistry 1908)
Kiwi Bird -- the icon of NZ my new home. For those of you who don't know before man arrived in NZ there were ONLY birds and one mammal a bat!!! Then this little guy thrived , sadly he is now protected due to dropping numbers. I was surprised to learn some species are as large as chickens !!! I always thought they were tiny.