Some days ago I noticed orange markers spreading up the hill in Sandy Bay. Then, as I drove through the bay towards Lyttelton, I saw a large billboard advertising a desirable rural subdivision. Someone had spray painted the billboard in opposition to the development. I felt pleased at that action and gutted about the impending development.
Yesterday, I went back to photograph the billboard. It had gone, so too the orange markers. Then the penny dropped - duh! It was all part of the filming of Kaitangata Twitch (see last post). What I thought to be the ultimate coincidence was all a fabrication. Huge relief. And yet the film points to the omnipresence and topicality of such a threat. If only undesirable land grabs could be so easily dismantled.