On 18 March 600 rubber ducks battled their way down the Huatoki Stream in New Plymouth as part of New Zealand Red Cross’ annual Taranaki Duck Race.

The event, which included face-painting, a barbecue, a human duck race and heaps of duck-themed jokes, helped to raise funds to support New Zealand Red Cross’ community work in Taranaki.

Since its first iteration in 2016 the Duck Race has grown in size and success–the inaugural race used only 500 ducks!

With prizes offered for the first three ducks to cross the finish line and spot prizes for the lucky last duck, whānau duck, wacky hair duck and several others, it’s no surprise tickets sell out every year.

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to support the event, and to all the Red Cross whānau who volunteered their time and helped make the day spec- quack-ular!

To find out more about New Zealand Red Cross’ upcoming events in Taranaki email newplymouth@redcross.org.nz or join the New Zealand Red Cross—Taranaki Facebook group.