He’s moving a relocatable house onto a farm in Central Otago and called in to the District Council to discuss it yesterday.
The house is painted off-white.
That’s not in the council’s colour scheme. He was told he may have to repaint it even though it’s on a farm, set well back from a road and the road in question is an unsealed one which is probably used by fewer than a dozen vehicles a day.
He’s moving a corrugated iron shed from one part of a Central Otago farm to another.
He called in to discuss it with the District Council.
He was told he’d have to paint it.
He told them it was going beside a much bigger wool shed which was also made of corrugated iron and painting the wee shed would make it look strange beside the unpainted bigger one.
That doesn’t matter. The rules say existing buildings are okay but if one is moved it has to fit the council colour scheme even if it then looks out of place beside the one beside it.
Where will the reach of the colour police end?
How long before we have to hide freshly shorn sheep up a gully lest the bright white of the shorn fleeces upsets someone driving past at 100 kilometres an hour?
Will the next step be to tell us we’ll have to run Charolais because a red Hereford or black Angus doesn’t match the council’s colour scheme?