Video pokes fun at Chch road cones

21:36, Mar 01 2014

Canterbury's road cone is a "proud and noble" species, but its population is rapidly in decline, a humorous documentary video states.

The two-minute video, put together by a team at Canterbury Television (CTV), describes the life of the average Kiwi road cone using the style of narrative made famous by British broadcaster and naturist Sir David Attenborough. 

CTV's head of content Grant Mangin put on his best Attenborough voice to narrate the tale, which was written by Shirley Library worker Valerie Livingstone and edited by Hayden Cook. 

CTV's head of content, Jacqui Shrimpton, said she came across Livngstone's rebuild-inspired story recently and "thought it was wonderful". 

The team decided to make their own video to bring the tale to life, and were happily surprised to see it rack up more than 7000 views on YouTube within four days. 

The video states road cones tend to be "social" creatures, who "prefer to live in large colonies", although it was not uncommon for them to live alone.


Their population soared in 2011 when their natural habitat of dry, sandy soil (also known as silt) suddenly became abundant in Christchurch, while at the same time many of their most-feared predator - the University of Canterbury student - vanished from the city. 

Some road cones like to disguise themselves as garden sculptures, while other like to wear flowers in the tops.

While their population seems to have hit record highs in Christchurch, their existence has been threatened by the progressing rebuild. 

"There are fears now that this proud and noble species may face extinction by 2016," the video warns.

The Press