Taihape, gumboot capital - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Taihape

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Gumboots – black rubber Wellington boots – were celebrated by satirist John Clarke in his comic persona as laconic farmer Fred Dagg, who sang the boots’ praises in the 1970s. In the 1980s, suffering from job losses and a rural economic downturn, the small town of Taihape rebranded itself as the world’s gumboot capital. Today it still hosts an annual Gumboot Day.

Related web links:
Taihape district
Taihape gumboot
Rural clothing: hats, footwear and oilskins
Fred Dagg

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number 06/095/318).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/ 

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