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Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:35 pm

Traffic cones prove popular targets for pranksters


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THE Wellington Blown Away sign is the latest source of inspiration for traffic cone pranksters.

The sign above Evans Bay attracted three cones last week.

Creative cone placement was in the news last month when Stuff.co.nz spotted one on top of a church cross in Christchurch.

In the Wellington region, traffic cones have lately appeared in seemingly unreachable positions on top of power poles, buildings and tree tops.

Adelaide Rd and Hutchinson Rd in Mount Cook has been a hotspot for cones on top of power poles.

They have also appeared at the Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School and the Massey University campuses.

Wellington City Council spokesman Clayton Anderson said that the electricity companies were responsible for removing cones from power poles because they owned them.

“So if there is a cone on a street light we would have to take them off those,” Anderson said.

Integrated Traffic Solutions employee Scott, who declined to give his last name, tracks down cones on a regular basis in Wellington.

“We lose cones a number of ways and theft is one of them,” he said.

Scott said he packs them up from sites at the end of the day but some work areas need to be coned off through the night.

“Sometimes we have to leave them on sites to protect work areas and the public and that’s where they tend to go missing,” he said.

A check with contracting firms and Bunnings shows the cost of cones varies depending on the type of cone and the organisation, but the retail price is between $60-$80 each.

MRL Contracting employee Hayden Johnston said that was not only cones but the barriers as well.

“At night you get drunk people coming along and taking them from the site,” Johnston said.

Newswire asked police for comment on the issue, but they declined.

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is a Whitireia journalism student covering the Mount Cook area in Wellington. He has a BA in Political Science and Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.
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