(06) 354 6027   /   0800 865 2687
Community House
77 King Street
Palmerston North
VRC Manawatu Resources Center


Have you got something to share? Email info@vrcmanawatu.org.nz


Palmy Rocks Painting Kit 


Palmy Rocks is a Facebook group that is about creating and hiding art rocks. What happens to them after that is up to the universe to decide! Palmy Rocks is all about spreading a little happiness, making memories and uplifting others.

Because this craze has taken wings in Palmerston North the admin team and members of the community have created a Palmy Rocks Painting Kit for community groups, kindys etc to use. The kit is free to hire, but must be booked. The kit needs to be returned in good order, so others can enjoy it. 

The purpose of the kit is twofold - to allows groups to join in the fun without the outlay of cost to create a resource, and two - to allow groups to attend community events as Palmy Rocks as this belongs to everyone. The kit is hosted at the Volunteer Resource Centre Manawatu and Districts office. 

To book the kit complete the Palmy Rocks Booking Sheet and email it to our office

The kit contents varies slightly as resources change but generally include what is listed in this checklist Palmy Rocks Checklist.



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Mana Mahi

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