For visitors, the stripes might suggest the opening of a massive new barber shop. Or hint at free lollypops within.
But for many Kiwis those stripes have powerful connotations. They summon memories of the Christchurch earthquakes, when road cones burst into bloom all over the city.
Those poignant floral road cones symbolise disaster, resilience and hope.
Road cone photo by Christchurch City Libraries
Railway Station photo: me