Rock hunt­ing craze hits South Waikato

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

A pile of rocks is not what you expect to find on a din­ing room ta­ble but in Donna Hart’s Toko­roa home it’s be­come the norm.

Hart recently started up the Face­book page Toks Rocks to join in on the rock hunt­ing craze that’s sweep­ing the coun­try.

As part of the craze peo­ple are en­cour­aged to paint rocks and then hide them out­doors for oth­ers to find. Once found pho­tos are taken and posted on­line and the rocks are then hid­den again.

Var­i­ous towns through­out the coun­try have their own pages and each rock is la­belled to con­nect them back to the group that made them.

Hart, who recently moved to Toko­roa from Hamil­ton, said it’s all about en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies to spend more time to­gether while also be­ing ac­tive.

‘‘It all started when a friend shared a post on Face­book and I was like ‘oh that looks like fun’ so I checked out the Hamil­ton page and from there I went onto the Palmer­ston North page. I was sit­ting there watch­ing all th­ese posts come up for about a week or so and just see­ing how much fun the kids were hav­ing so I thought we needed some­thing like it here in Toko­roa,’’ she said.

‘‘Ba­si­cally it is just about get­ting fam­i­lies out of the house and spend­ing some good qual­ity time to­gether and it’s a bit of fun for the kids. They seem to re­ally love it and apart from the paint­ing it is free.’’

She said word about Tok Rocks is quickly spread­ing.

‘‘I started the page about a month ago and we al­ready have about 500 mem­bers,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m find­ing I’m re­ally en­joy­ing this, it’s some­thing I can sit down and do with my two-yearold son and he’s been paint­ing his own rocks too.’’

‘‘I sit there for ages try­ing to get some in­spi­ra­tion for each rock and find Pinterest is re­ally good. I spent hours on there.’’

‘‘Even my mum has started paint­ing her own rocks so it is not just for kids, it’s for all ages,’’ she said.

Hart said she has been buy­ing $5 test pots to paint the rocks and has mainly been hid­ing them around Lake Moananui but the craze has now spread to var­i­ous places through­out the town.

She said busi­nesses have also come on board such as Mad Hat­ter Events and Hire of­fer­ing free hire of its pop­corn ma­chine for who­ever finds the Mad Hat­ter rock, and Ray White’s Richard Garner has do­nated The Ware­house vouch­ers.

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