Fun forecast for hunt
By SVEN HERSELMAN The Marlborough Youth Trust is raring to go for the second annual Halfway Day treasure hunt around downtown Blenheim.
Teams of youth are invited to enter and race around town searching out clues to stand a chance of winning prizes like movie tickets, paint ball game vouchers, gift cards and restaurant vouchers. The Gigatown crew have also come on board, and the Gigatown beaver will be moving around town trying to avoid being caught by the teams.
Those who do catch him will be rewarded with bonus prizes.
Event organiser Paul Humphreys says he has been working on the treasure hunt for about three months, and is expecting a big turn out. ‘‘Last year the weather wasn’t kind to us but this year the [weather] prediction is looking good. We have loads of really good prizes up for grabs,’’ he says.
Teams of up to four can enter for free and make their way around town to figure out 18 clues. They text in their answers.
Extra prizes are also up for grabs for teams who tweet during the treasure hunt and use ‘‘#gigatownbln’’. Teams can’t use motorised transport but scooters and skateboards are fine, Humphreys says.
‘‘The distances aren’t very far so they won’t be running all over Blenheim,’’ he says.
The event is being sponsored by the Marlborough Youth Council, and youth council members will be helping run proceedings.
Youth from Picton are also welcome and a bus is being arranged from Queen Charlotte College at about 12.30pm. Those needing transport need to let the Marlborough Youth Trust know via their Facebook page.