Rock hunt provides plenty of Easter fun
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.