Hunt for ocean’s trea­sure in rock search around Taradale’s shops

Napier Courier - - NEWS - BY BRENDA VOWDEN

We’re go­ing on a rock hunt, we’re not scared. In fact, we should be very ex­cited. This is no or­di­nary old rock hunt, but one where sea crea­tures lurk in the shad­ows, wait­ing to be found by those brave enough to look.

As a pre­lude to Seaweek next March, the Taradale Mar­ket­ing As­so­ci­a­tion is part­ner­ing with Seaweek to hold a rock hunt in Taradale. Seaweek is a na­tional ini­tia­tive run by the New Zealand As­so­ci­a­tion of En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion.

Around 40 rocks will be hid­den in the wider area around the Taradale shops each day for five or six days, giv­ing chil­dren up to the age of 13 around 150 op­por­tu­ni­ties to find one, says or­gan­iser Jake Brookie. All rocks are hand painted by artist Amy Singh and have a unique fact writ­ten on the back.

“We re­ally wanted some ac­tiv­i­ties in and around Taradale in the school hol­i­days,” says mar­ket­ing as­so­ci­a­tion man­ager Linda Walsh. Jake thought it

‘Seaweek is about get­ting peo­ple out in the fresh air and learn­ing about ocean an­i­mals.

would be a good idea to link in with her.

“Seaweek is about get­ting peo­ple out in the fresh air and learn­ing about ocean an­i­mals,” he says. A found rock is taken to Bore­dom Busters at 349 Glouces­ter St where they will be en­tered into a prize draw for a pen­guin en­counter at the aquar­ium and a fam­ily pass. Ev­ery child who re­turns a rock will also re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate.

“Each year sci­en­tists dis­cover more than 10,000 new species of liv­ing things world wide. You never know what you might find search­ing around Taradale,” Jake says.

■ Taradale Rock Hunt, Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 1 to Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 6. For more email

Jake Brookie is get­ting ready for the Rock Hunt

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