TARANAKI NEW ZEALAND [RESULTS] Whangamomona

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Post by thetaranakisketchers » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:00 am

Three Taranaki Sketchers and supporters drove the 1 1/2 hrs inland over three hill saddles to reach Whangamomona on it's biennial Republic Day - especially coinciding with the 30th Global Sketchcrawl Day. In 1989 the regional council boundaries were redrawn including Whanga in the Wanganui-Manawatu region, the townsfolk objected as they wanted to remain within Taranaki. In protest they decared their town a Republic.

Every two years the town holds a celebratory day, a new President is voted in (Billy the Gumboot Goat died in office), and the town swells from pop 20 to 2000.

There are a huge variety of events - whip cracking, gut buster run up the hills behind, pipe bands, dog trials, possum skinning, guess the eels (and jump in with them), gumboot throwing, chppper rides, belly dancers, sheep shearing, wood chopping, hot horse shoeing .....

Food included venison patties and wild pork sandwiches.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-n ... yle/807554

To enter you must purchase a Passport at Border Control.


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Scott & Trevor comparing notes at the Whanga Pub

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Scott

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Trevor

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Straw figures

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Scott sketching Graham's barrel nosed Ford Truck

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1938 Ford Barrel nose (most disappeared during WWII)

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"Little Flick"

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Trevor

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Trevor & Scott sketching the appliances

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Piper taking a break - Trevor

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Pipers watching the woodchopping

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Mike the street artist drawing his customer. Boyfriend looks on.

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Trevor

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Lady with the red hat in the pub

The Republic day concludes with an event that is not quite Pamplona, but the next best thing. The sheep race
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Trevor

Later that night
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Scott sketching Sebastian on the move
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Sebastian's Lego
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Post by Sophie Valenti » Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:40 am

Great to see your nice sketches and the great ambiance of your 30th SketchCrawl !
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Post by quirkyartist » Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:47 am

What fun! I very much like the pub, and the kilts and particularly the very comfy looking chairs some of you are sitting in to sketch.

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Post by universitaria » Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:21 am

What a nice place! Great sketches!!!

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Post by travelingsuep » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:44 pm

:clap: Fabulous story, great photos and fantastic sketches from you all :clap:

I don't think the running of the sheep will take off like Pamplona though.

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Post by thetaranakisketchers » Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:47 pm

Merci beacoup, obrigado, Sophie & Universaria for your thoughts - the place certainly had ambiance. Quirkyartist, yes being a small town means you can readily lug around a comfy chair.
Sue, maybe you are right, it mightn't quite be the Pamplona of the south, but it was still fun and less gore.

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Post by Kenny Barfield » Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:11 am

Great story and sketches. Looks like a great day of fun and sketching. It reminds me of some of the small towns around my home in south Georgia (USA).

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Post by alissa » Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:52 am

great sketches and capture of the day. a 1 1/2 hr drive is a bit of a journey , but it looks worth it.
those Sheep !!! - had to laugh

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Post by thetaranakisketchers » Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:46 am

Thanks both, yes those small towns have a lot of values of yesteryear.

Here is a photo from the Taranaki Daily News of someone who braved the 86 eels by diving into a trough of them. She was only nibbled twice.
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http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-n ... fishy-fear

Also from the same source, the Presidential candidates
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The defeated wizard announced "Im gutted and relieved. The vote was rigged and I'll be back next time with an even dirtier campaign."

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Post by thetaranakisketchers » Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:19 am

At last we have some of Liz's sketches

Liz sketching Mike the street artist, drawing his client
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Woodchopping competition
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Post by thetaranakisketchers » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:17 am

Another from Liz

The slippery waterslide down one of Whanga's infamous slopes

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Post by martinepittet » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:29 am

BRAVO ! Your story was so interesting to read ! And the sketches are fabulous and really original ! Congratulations !!

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Post by travelingsuep » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:19 pm

Great sketches Liz. :clap:

Love all the photos too.

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Post by thetaranakisketchers » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:40 pm

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Post by jackie.flynn » Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:23 am

Unfortunately I couldn't attend sketchcrawl this time, but well done to the others of our group who did. The page is looking great! :thumbup:
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