Rubber ducks race for the Red Cross
It wasn't quite the whole pond of rubber duckies that Ernie the Muppet sang about, but there was definitely a stream full of the yellow toys on Sunday morning.
But not everyone was impressed. As 600 yellow rubber ducks hit the Huatoki Stream heading for the sea, about eight feathered ducks quickly swam up the Huatoki in the other direction.
The yellow ducks floated under the bridge racing to the finish line - a large net opposite the Puke Ariki Landing, during the Red Cross's Duck Race and Barbecue Fundraiser.
Organisers were hoping to raise about $2500, Taranaki Red Cross Service Centre co-ordinator Jess Burrows said.
"We sold out. Last year we have 500 ducks. We've had an awesome turnout. We had prizes for first three ducks, wacky hair duck, lucky last duck, all black duck and whanau duck, which is the giant duck."
As well as the duck race, there was face painting - ducks on childrens faces, prizes for whoever could do the best duck face and a human duck race.
This is the second year the duck race has been held, after a group of volunteers came up with the idea in 2016. But, despite it being a Taranaki event all funds raised go to New Zealand Red Cross, Burrows said.