Graffiti warns of infidelity in Wigram, a Christchurch suburb


July 2, 2022 00:00

The question was put to the good people of Wigram. Photo / Included

It was hard to miss, a warning painted right on the street, telling anyone who passed that dirty deeds had been committed.

But it wasn’t just a public warning, it was a question to a person who had inflicted a specific injury – that of infidelity.

“Whose husband next?” it asked in vivid spray paint on the streets of Wigram, a Christchurch suburb.

The words, appropriately written in scarlet, were inscribed with a clear hand by the aggrieved party, the neat handwriting betraying a determination born of anger.

The message was written on The Runway, one of the main streets in the Wigram Skies development being built on the site of the old airbase – and it wasn’t the only one.

The area immediately surrounding the news is industrial, home to Skellerup and the Original Foods Bakery factory, which was quickly identified online as a target job, with several similar news reportedly popping up at the site.

The Herald contacted Original Foods Bakery, who declined to comment.

The community’s Facebook page rushed to fill this information vacuum with shock, speculation and praise for the “pretty neat labeling”.

“Puma on the loose,” said one excited Wigramite, while another wildly commented that the author was “probably a teacher” because the spelling was correct.

The news appeared on the street next to a busy factory.  Photo / IncludedThe news appeared on the street next to a busy factory. Photo / Included

Others questioned the punctuation, debating whether it should be written as “who is” rather than “whose”.

For the record, it shouldn’t have been, but the discussion almost derailed the comment thread.

“Sounds like someone was sleeping around,” said another local, stating the obvious but redirecting the comments back on track.

“I hope she painted her husband’s car,” one local offered, while another unhelpfully wrote, “Haha shame!!!”.

The excitement even drew Andrei Moore from the local community board, who responded with “crikey” and “yikes” and vowed to follow up with the council.

The original poster then returned to the thread to summarize.

“Okay, after a lot of comments, I think we’ve established the following:

• 1 – Nobody knows anything.
• 2 – The spelling and grammar is correct.
• 3 – It is a very clean font for spray paint.
• 4 – Someone must go to the Council to have it removed.”

The community-focused New Zealand Herald did just that, only to learn from a community spokesman that “the graffiti was water jet removed by our contractors”.

They noted that “remains may still be visible,” a fitting ending to an incident likely to last a lifetime in at least one marriage.

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