Giant welcome billboard goes west

23:00, Jan 30 2014
MISSING: A 12-metre billboard from the centre of Palmerston North has disappeared.

Mavericks of a different sort have grabbed the attention of the New Zealand Festival - its giant billboard in the centre of Palmerston North has disappeared.

"Wellington welcomes the masters, the mavericks, the dreamers, and you" measured 12 metres by 3 metres, and was attached to the Oroua Building on Cuba St, next to Briscoes.

New Zealand Festival artistic director Shelagh Magadza said the vanishing act this week was certainly good entertainment, but the festival wasn't keen on an encore.

"It's a mystery - we knew that our artists were popular, but not so popular that someone would want to take them home in billboard-form," she said.

"The billboard is one of our largest and at 12 metres in length it would be difficult to hide.

"With students returning to Palmerston North ahead of the start of the tertiary year, perhaps it is now adorning a student flat."

The billboard had been up since November and had been expected to remain up until the end of the festival in mid-March.


Manawatu Standard