Rock hunt pro­vides plenty of Easter fun

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

Toko­roa rock hunters had added incentive to get out and about re­cently for the Great Richard Gar­ner Easter Egg Hunt.

In part­ner­ship with the Tok Rocks Face­book group Ray White Real Es­tate agent Richard Gar­ner hid 10 spe­cial painted rocks around the town for mem­bers to then find.

Those who were lucky enough to find them re­ceived Easter ham­pers filled with choco­late, a bal­loon, and a $10 The Ware­house voucher.

Tok Rocks’ Sian Cox said it was a huge hit with about 100 fam­i­lies tak­ing part dur­ing the hunt around Toko­roa.

‘‘It was re­ally cool. We started ad­ver­tis­ing three weeks out so the build up was in­tense,’’ she said.

‘‘That morn­ing we hid the 10 Pre­lim­i­nary re­sults for the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil by­elec­tion are in and Barry Quayle has come out on top.

Quayle, a for­mer man­ager of Mys­tery Creek and Fiel­d­ays, Brae­mar Hos­pi­tal and the Waikato Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Board, pushed ahead of nine other can­di­dates for the seat left va­cant by the death of Lois Livingston last Novem­ber.

In last year’s lo­cal body elec­tions, he con­tested one of the four Hamil­ton con­stituency seats but was pipped at the post, com­ing in fifth with 12,706 votes - 220 shy of fourth place.

Just 17.62 per­cent of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers, 15,500 peo­ple, re­turned at the bal­lot box by clos­ing at 12 noon Tues­day. Of those, the ma­jor­ity have been counted.

Quayle beat Lois Livingston’s daugh­ter Adri­enne Livingston by 225 votes - 2748 votes to 2523.

Tony Arm­strong was third rocks in the city cen­tre, in parks, around the lake, and even one by New World and eight of them were found within two days.’’

‘‘The last two peo­ple just could not find though and they were ask­ing for clues,’’ she laughed.

‘‘I even had to check they were still there just in case some­one had found them and thrown them in the lake or some­thing as that does hap­pen but no they were still there and were even­tu­ally found.’’

‘‘It was re­ally cool be­cause peo­ple were re­ally in­ter­act­ing with each other and post­ing which ones had been found,’’ she said.

Cox said it was not only used as a way of get­ting fam­i­lies to spend more ac­tive time to­gether but also as a way of pro­mot­ing lo­cal busi­nesses.

‘‘We are re­ally grate­ful for Richard’s help and we have al­ready been con­tacted by other busi­nesses want­ing to do sim­i­lar things such as a pho­tog­ra­pher of­fer­ing a fam­ily por­trait pack­age and other cool stuff like that,’’ she said.

Gar­ner said he was more than happy to take part.

‘‘A friend had been quite in­volved in Tok Rocks and said all these kids were in­volved so I thought it was a good way to get kids out and about play­ing in the parks. It was just a way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

Cox said there are plan to run sim­i­lar events but they will be saved for spe­cial oc­ca­sions like Easter so that win­ning prizes re­mains ex­cit­ing.

‘‘I don’t want kids to start think­ing that just be­cause they find a rock they will get a prize be­cause that’s not re­ally what it’s about,’’ she said.

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