It all started in 1988 when a change in the regional government boundary work took Whangamomona out of the Taranaki District and put it in the Manawatu. The 25 villagers refused to accept the decision. Instead, armed only with a sense of humour, they separated from the rest of New Zealand and formed the Republic of Whangamomona. Their pioneering ancestors would have been proud of them.
Republic Day has been celebrated since 1989; it is held every two years in January. Up to 6000 people attended the most recent Republic Day celebrations in 2011, at which the Republic President was elected. Past Presidents have included Billy the Goat (Deceased) and Tai the Poodle (retired). The current President, Mert Kennard is human, he defeated two other (human) candidates, one of whom was a transvestite. The next Republic day will be held on January 26th 2013.
Apart from swearing in the new President, it is a day of country frivolity. Activities include sheep races down the main street, possom skinning and gumboot throwing, as well as music and food. Don't miss it, it's a fun day out. Unfortunately we are already booked out for this year, so get your bookings in early for the 2015 republic day.