Hundreds gather for Timaru rock hunt event

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.


Started in the North Island, rocks are painted by individuals with exterior paint and hidden in public places for other people to find.
Once found they are moved to another hiding place or taken home overnight or even taken to a different district and hidden.
‘‘A lot of people had never painted before and did not know what they were capable of,’’ Fauth said. ‘‘It’s a fun thing.’’
A rock hunter who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis told Fauth that hunting the stones helped them manage their pain and also meant they exercised more.
Another rock hunt may be coming up for Matariki (Maori New Year) in June and Fauth was hoping other groups would come forward for it.

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