Pokemon walk draws followers in the Square
The Square in Palmerston North was bustling with Pokemon players as fans gathered to take part in a Pokemon Go walk which was happening across the country.
Anthony Robertson was out catching Pokemon within hours of the app becoming available and was one of the first to arrive at the fan-organised event on Saturday.
‘‘I didn’t really expect it to be this popular. I thought there’d be a couple of people wandering around playing it, not all of Palmerston North.
‘‘There were 700 people who said they were coming on the Facebook page, and there’s probably over a hundred spread around The Square.’’
After a brief reminder to be careful of their surroundings from a volunteer leader at the foot of the war memorial, the swarm of fans broke into smaller clusters wandering around The Square.
Some groups did circuits of the Pokestops set on landmarks like the fountain, and the 2XS time capsule, laying down lures to draw out more cartoon monsters.
Others just chatted with fellow fans over the tops of their phones around the war memorial.
Eager to comb the city for Pokemon, Robertson stuck his hand up as an impromptu team leader to get a group moving.
Pokemon trainers Tate Bradley, Maria Langenhoven, Cameron Lau, Anthony Robertson, Adam Robeson at the Square for the national Pokemon Go walk.