Story: Taranaki places

The republic of Whangamōmona

In the 1989 local-government reforms, Whangamōmona was allocated to the Manawatū–Wanganui region. Locals, whose land communication was entirely with Stratford and the rest of Taranaki, decided to ‘secede’, and declared the town an independent republic. Since then the biennial republic day – seen here in 1992 – has been a great occasion in the township and drawn visitors from far afield.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki places - Inland Taranaki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Sep 2016