This picture is from 'Republic Day' 2009. The town of Whangamomona declared itself a republic and celebrates every other year. Read more here.


Unknown said...

Great picture and story. People should click on the "Read more here" link. I copied the list of presidents or Whangmomona from the Wikipedia article and pasted it here:

Ian Kjestrup (1989-1999)
After being put on the ballot without his knowledge, he became the first elected President. Served 10 years

Billy Gumboot the Goat (1999-2001)
First elected animal. He won election by eating the other challengers ballots. He died in office after serving for 18 months.

Tai the Poodle (2003-2004)
Tai retired after an assassination attempt left him a nervous wreck.

Murt "Murtle the Turtle" Kennard (2005-present)
The local garage owner fought off strong competition from former president Kjestrup and a cross-dresser called "Miriam" to become the 4th President. He was re-elected in 2009 by one vote.

Dragonstar said...