Timaru residents get paints out to ensure event rocks

RACHAEL COMER
Last updated 10:03, August 20 2017

Timaru residents are helping to ensure a community event rocks.
Hundreds of rocks have been painted, mostly in neon colours, ahead of the Colour The Night event being held at the Botanic Gardens on Saturday August 26. 

The now annual event was meant to be held on Saturday but was postponed to this weekend due to the poor weather forecast.
TimaruRocks group spokeswoman Roselyn Fauth said the rocks would be used as part of a hunt at the family event, and she had been overwhelmed b y the number of people who had provided painted rocks.
The TimaruRocks group was established earlier this year to help spread the craze of people painting rocks, hiding them in public places for others to find, and re-hide or keep.
"We have had too many rocks donated to fit into three cars," Fauth said.
"There will be close to 700 rocks that the community has painted for the event."
She said the rocks had come from TimaruRocks group members, workshops, the public and members of the group's WaimateRocks.

People were also welcome to bring their own painted rocks on the evening to be hidden, she said.
Fauth had purchased UV torches, which were for sale at the Aigantighe Art Gallery, for people touse on the night to guide the way when hunting for the rocks.
"The torch, when used on neon paint, makes the paint glow."
She said regular torches were also an option.
The rocks will be hidden throughout the gardens.
The free Colour The Night event follows on from last year's inaugural night lights evening, held at the Aigantighe Art Gallery.
The evening, a combined effort between the gallery, Timaru District Libraries, South Canterbury Museum and the Timaru District Council's parks and recreation department, will include light displays and activities.
"It's also funded by the great support of community groups."
The event will take place from 5pm to 9pm.

- The Timaru Herald