Hunt for ocean’s treasure in rock search around Taradale’s shops
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Brookie is getting ready for the Rock Hunt