A motorist takes a photograph of the controversial bra
fence in the Cardrona Valley. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson
Like a phoenix from the ashes, the controversial Cardrona
bra fence is rising once more.
Two weeks after being stripped bare by an unknown offender,
the fence is fast filling up again thanks to passing
motorists, visitors to the village and fence founder John
Lee, who, so the story goes, gets bag-loads of bras posted to
him from women worldwide.
The fence has long been a source of contention in the valley,
with opinions divided on whether it should stay or go.
Ask around as to the identity of the unidentified underwear
thief who has repeatedly removed hundreds of bras since the
fence was revived early last year, and the answers are vague.
Cardrona developer Kathy Brooke-Lynne said she thought
everyone knew who it was but no-one was game enough to say.
Sean Colbourne and Kelly Spaans, whose horse-trek and
quad-bike tour business borders the fence, say they do not
know who is responsible, or at least ''not conclusively''.
''I want to catch him red-handed. Or her, of course,'' Ms
''Someone coming in in the middle of the night with scissors
in the valley's a bit weird isn't it?''Valley resident Issi
Anderson considered the fence an eyesore and a traffic
hazard, having witnessed some ''horrendous near-misses''
between cars and curious tourists when she lived opposite the
original fence years ago.
''I'd like to see it gone for good.''
Asked if she was behind the bra thefts, Ms Anderson said:
''No I've got more things to do than that.''
''I thought the council had done it. Because there'd been so
much in the papers and I was thinking at least they've waded
in and done something about it.''
Queenstown Lakes District Council communications manager
Michele Poole was quick to scotch that theory.
''Absolutely not. QLDC had nothing to do with it,'' Ms Poole
told the Otago Daily Times.
Cardrona Valley Residents and Ratepayers Society chairman
Barrie Morgan said he ''wouldn't have a clue'' who was
responsible, but agreed the fence was a highway hazard.
He had to be ''on the fence'',
about whether it should be removed, as he had to ''act in the
best interests of the community'' in his chairman's role.
However, he believed more residents were against it than for
Ms Anderson said her grandmother, who was in her 80s and
lived in the valley, was not impressed by the fence, either.
''She's definitely the old school thought that you don't hang
your underwear on the fence for everyone to perv at,'' Ms
Despite the mixed reviews, Mr Colbourne's sons Jack (12) and
Tom (10) tied dozens more donated bras to the fence
yesterday, courtesy of Mr Lee's vast collection.
How long the latest additions last is anyone's guess, but if
there is another roadside raid on the fence?''It'll be back
for sure,'' Ms Spaans said.