BEN AULAKH
Last updated 10:03, October 8 2017

South Canterbury District Health Board staff Susie Brooking, left, Judy Wallace and Lloyd Wallace paint some pebbles ready for the rock hunt being held as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.
A Timaru rock artist has spoken of her own issues around mental health in encouraging people to get outdoors this Mental Health Awareness Week.
This year's health theme is "Nature is Key", and in that vein artist Roselyn Fauth​ is helping to organise a rock hunt, to get people out into the open air.

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Friday 18 August
Bec Bisman
TIMARU ROCKS

Recently The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce held their annual Business Excellence Awards here in Timaru. The Business Excellence Awards recognises and celebrates business excellence, playing an important role in promoting and strengthening economic development in the region.

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29 July 2017
Roselyn Fauth
TIMARU ROCKS

Roselyn Fauth visited Highfeild Rest Home to paint rocks with the residents. 
"I took our Community Rock box along and our new dotting tools, to create mandala rocks with them. We spent 2 hours together. The rocks are going to be hidden around the gardens of the retirement home for the residents to hunt for with the kids that come to visit.
Like any new creative project, it took a little while for them to get their confidence up to give it a go. But once they saw how easy it was to pop a series of dots onto a rock to form a pattern, they were off, and the room started to hum. By the time I left, we were all sharing stories about our lives, talking about how the grand and great grand kids would enjoy hunting for their rocks, and even had a sing along.

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July 21, 2017
by Alexia Johnston
TIMARU COURIER

Art project Timaru Rocks is getting its time to shine at Aigantighe Art Gallery.
A small collection of the rocks is on display these school holidays, including an assortment adorned with fluorescent and invisible ink.
Some of the rocks have been painted to depict friendly creatures. But shining a light on the rocks shows another side to the creature, some rocks turning into monsters.
Timaru Rocks founder Roselyn Fauth said the rock “craze” had not stopped since its launch in January.
The concept was for painted rocks to be hidden in public places throughout the region for others to find and hide again.
A Facebook page was set up so people could show off their painted rocks, while also letting others know where rocks had been hidden and sharing updates.

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June 18 2017
Stu Oldham
TIMARU HERALD

Hundreds of coloured rocks were laid on the cool sand of Caroline Bay in a gesture of support for those who continue work for nuclear disarmament. Some 419 rocks were arranged in the shape of a peace symbol to belatedly mark the 30th anniversary of New Zealand becoming nuclear free. The Let's Say Thanks event was organised by TimaruRocks, a group that encourages people to paint and hide rocks, for others to find, around Timaru.

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June 16, 2017
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TIMARU COURIER

Messages of thanks from Timaru residents will be sent to a New Zealand woman who is continuing the fight to keep the country nuclear free.
A collage of photos from a community nuclear-free celebration at Caroline Bay on Saturday will be sent to disarmament campaigner Kate Dewes, of Christchurch.
Dr Dewes, a former adviser to then United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, flew to the United Nations in New York on Sunday, heading a team to help negotiate a treaty aiming to eradicate nuclear weapons.
June 8 marked 30 years since the passing of the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act and a group of women in the region wants to acknowledge those who made the Act possible.
Roselyn Fauth came up with the idea of sending a message of thanks to those who helped keep the country nuclear free.
“I was thinking about it and wanted to acknowledge all the people that work to keep our nuclear-free status,” Mrs Fauth said.

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14 May 2017

More than 9500 women took part in the 2017 Jennian Homes Mother's Day Fun Run around the country on Sunday.
Mother's Day used to be a great excuse for a wee sleep-in, a high-calorie breakfast and a day discretely nibbling on chocolates.
The fun run/walk was one of 23 held around New Zealand to support the Heart Foundation's Heart Foundation for Women campaign.
But for dozens of mothers in Timaru, Sunday dawned as a day in which to take family and friends for a fun walk or run around Caroline Bay.
An estimated 200 people - among them many mums and their children - took part in the annual Jennian Homes Fun Run/Walk in support of women's heart health.
Local artist and Timaru Rock Admin Roselyn Fauth said she wanted to support her mother Marthy Cloake National Heart Foundation Health Advocate by painting "Your heart rocks" rocks for her event. Roselyn and her 2 year old daughter painted together to make over 180 rocks to place along the fun run route."It feels really good to be part of something like this, to help raise awareness and funds for something that affects so many people. and it's great to see so many people out here just doing it and supporting each other."
After the event the rocks found their way to all sorts of places, including the office of the National Heart Foundaiton's CEO.

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29 May 2017
Roselyn Fauth
TIMARU ROCKS

Roselyn Fauth was invited by Diane Segar from Timaru Boys' High School to run a rock painting session for their Art Week. The age of the boys ranged from 13-18 and created all kinds of designs ranging from sports, action figures and landscape. Roselyn Fauth also took some of her and Bec Bisman's rock designs to show the class to provide some inspiration. This was the second time the Oxford sponsored Rock Box had been used as a way of the making the paints and brushes easily accessible to the community for painting sessions.

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28 May 2017
Roselyn Fauth
TIMARU ROCKS

When local rockers got wind of the RSA's pink ribbon breakfast, they got their heads together to see how they could help. They decided to paint rocks for the RSA to give to say thanks to those who supported the fundraiser. Through Facebook messenger they devised their plan, and then got to work making rocks. It is really amazing how, even with a defined theme, everyone takes on a different view and provides a totally unique interpretation of messages and designs to those who have Breast Cancer and those who are working to help raise awareness and funds. We were really pleased we could do something to show we are grateful, and to give those who attended the event a pat on the back.

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22 April 2017
Roselyn Fauth
TIMARU ROCKS

Mrs Fauth said she was pleased with the way the TimaruRocks message was being spread in the region and to celebrate had organised a Easter Sunday rock hunt, a fantastic dairy free option for everyone. Among the brightly painted rocks, were 30 prize rocks that could be redeemed at the Aigantighe Art Gallery. "We hadn't planned on having so many prizes, once people found out what we were planning they really got on board and made wonderful donations. The rocks were hidden at the Aigantighe Sculpture Garden in Timaru over the public holdiay.

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April 15, 2017
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TIMARU COURIER

An art project taking the region by storm will be celebrated on Easter Sunday with a rock hunt.
TimaruRocks was launched in January, inspired by other rock groups throughout the world.
The idea is for people to paint rocks and hide them in outdoor spaces throughout the region for others to find and hide again.
Timaru artist and president of the Friends of the Aigantighe Roselyn Fauth created the Facebook Group #TimaruRocks at the end of January.
More than 1800 people have joined the group in the past few months.

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6 March 2017
Stephen Doran
Timaru District Council

#TimaruOfficiallyRocks

An art project that’s taken the district by storm has been officially recognised with a hand painted Timaru Rock being presented to Mayor Damon Odey.
The TimaruRocks project was launched earlier in the year, inspired by other rock groups throughout the world, it enabled the whole community to take part in a giant, artistic game of hide and seek in the district’s outdoor spaces.
Local artist and president of the Friends of the Aigantighe, Roselyn Fauth, created the Facebook Group #TimaruRocks at the end of January.  Over the past few months, the group has seen over 1,800 people join, with over 34,000 people talking about it on Facebook.
“The creating, hiding and finding is a modern day treasure hunt, and it’s one that everyone big and small, young and old can take part in. It is in-expensive and Timaru people are getting on board of the craze in a big way,” said Roselyn.
“The rocks have been hidden all over Timaru in public parks and playgrounds. It’s been fantastic to hear how beneficial the project has been for many people from using the rocks to as an excuse to be more active, to using it as a way of improving their mental health.”

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01 April 2017
Kristin Holloway
TIMARU ROCKS

Students and parents met at the Centennial Park to catch up and paint rocks. Roselyn Fauth brought the free community rock box with her, full to the brim with paints, brushes and drop cloth.

22 April 2017
Roselyn Fauth
TIMARU ROCKS

Timaru artist Roselyn Fauth (nee Cloake) had a blast painting with the Red Hat Ladies. On a sunny Saturday morning they spent a few hours transfoming greywacke rocks from Pati-iti Point into works of art.
The Red Hat Society is a playgroup for women created to connect like-minded women, make new friends and enrich lives through the power of fun and friendship. They have regular gatherings where they can catch up and try something new, and this time round it was painting rocks.
Although some were not totally confident in their ability at the start, they soon got the hang of it.
Roselyn took the Oxford Restaurant Sponsored Rock Box with her so all the painting supplies were on hand.
The box is free to borrow, Roselyn encourages people to join the Facebook Page #TimaruRocks to enquire about borrowing the box for their event.

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24 May 2017
ESTHER ASHBY-COVENTRY
South Canterbury Herald


There were possibly thousands of rocks hidden, and then found, by about 400 people of all ages at the inaugural Timaru Rock Hunt.
The event was organised by the Friends of the Aigantighe Art Gallery and held in the sculpture garden for keen members of the Facebook page Timarurocks on Sunday afternoon.
Friends president Roselyn Fauth said the Facebook page had 2500 members and about 20 had responded to the invite to dress up and take part in the rock hunt.
‘‘It was just incredible...painted rocks are so simple and wonderful,’’ she said.

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1 March 2017
Roselyn Fauth
TIMARU ROCKS

Thanks to the generousity of the The Oxford Bar and Restaurant in Timaru, Timaru rockers can access all the gear that their groups require for Rock Painting. The kit can be borrowed at no cost to groups who want to make rocks for Timaru Rockers to find.

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28 February 2017
Roselyn Fauth
TIMARU ROCKS

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, the Aigantighe Sculpture Garden become a hub of Timaru Rockers who laid out the picnic blankets and came together for a free rock painting picnic. Launched in January, Local artist and president of the Friends of the Aigantighe, Roselyn Fauth, decided to throw a party to celebrate 1000 member milestone in just over a month since the Facebook Group began. 
The Aigantighe Art Gallery helped to host the event, where 750 people attended. The Aigantighe, among other organisations donated prize rocks, which are continuing to be hidden in the gallery gardens. The prizes are mostly paints, brushes, varnishes and perminant markers to enable people to make more rocks.

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February 27 2017
Tess Brunton
TIMARU HERALD

South Canterbury residents and business owners are getting involved in an international craze which recently reached Timaru.
Labelled a 'modern day treasure hunt', the TimaruRocks group was established to help spread the craze which sees participants paint rocks and hide them in public places for others to find, re-hide or keep..
Timaru artist and graphic designer Roselyn Fauth, who started the TimaruRocks Facebook page in late January, said there were probably more than 1000 rocks hidden in public places across Timaru.
Within two days, the group had more than 300 members after Fauth painted rocks with the page name and hid them around the Aigantighe Art Gallery.
"And the number is growing every day," Fauth said.
The group will launch a collection of painted rocks, with business logos, for people to win prizes from Sunday at a Children's Day event, she said.

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26 January 2017
Rachel Comer
TIMARU COURIER

A group of South Canterbury residents is out to prove that art rocks.
An initiative, set up by Timaru woman Roselyn Fauth, is gaining momentum with painted rocks being hidden in public places throughout the region for others to find, hide again or keep.
Mrs Fauth said she had been inspired to set up Timaru Rocks by a similar movement in Palmerston North.
The idea was to create art and spread happiness, she said. “It’s a bit of fun,” Mrs Fauth said.
“It also gets people outside looking at their surroundings, and not with their heads down and looking at their phones trying to find Pokemon.”
She set the group up last week, using Facebook as a way for people to show off their painted rocks, let others know where rocks had been hidden and share updates.
The group already has more than 300 members and has attracted interest from other South Canterbury organisations. “Creative Corner are really keen to create some rocks with the kids as part of their early learning programme,” she said.
Parkinson’s South Canterbury had also contacted Mrs Fauth and the group is keen to get rock painters along to the group’s monthly meetings to show members how to paint rocks.
Mrs Fauth said it was important that the hiders of rocks made sure their rocks did not have anything stuck to them that could become litter. “It’s good to use a sealer over the paint to make sure it stays on. “Clear nail polish would work, or polyurethane.”
It was also a good idea to write on the back #TimaruRocks on the back the rocks so people could identify them, she said.
anyone wanting more information is asked to visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/TimaruRocks/.