Daily Archives: November 14, 2008

The Oldest Yacht Club in New Zealand

Being as how Tasman Bay is so close and accessible to anyone living in Nelson, its natural that water sports and activities would be high on the agenda of anyone nautically inclined.

Taking pride of place on the waterfront across from “The Cut” is the Nelson Yacht Club.  And yes, being formed in 1857 makes it New Zealand’s Oldest Yacht Club.

It’s a vibrant Yacht Club with an active membership of about 300, located on the beautiful waterfront within the harbour, inside the Boulder Bank at Nelson.

While primarily a dingy club, the club also runs some racing for keelers and trailer sailers.

As the club says…..

A majority of our racing takes place outside of the Harbour and can be viewed from the hillside behind the club.  Our Learn to sail and Junior fleets sail within the safe confines of the harbour and are able to be viewed from the club, or anywhere along the Nelson Waterfront.

Nelson Yacht ClubThe club’s membership ranges from young new recruits through to our more senior members who have long ties with our club and lots of good stories to tell.

The sailing in Nelson is second to none. Nelson being New Zealand’s sunniest city, we also enjoy (ED – I say practically daily) strong and consistent sea breezes from the northwest, with the occasional blow from the south to keep us on our toes.

Last year the club celebrated its 150th anniversary and TV One’s Breakfast program aired live from the Club.

Since 2006, the club has also been actively involved with Sailability. Sailability is an organisation facilitating sailing for everyone, regardless of age or ability.

allrealestate.co.nz to redirect all traffic to realestate.co.nz

The Alliance – when less equals more…………

REA Announces

Great News for New Zealand property searchers on the web. Press Release follows…..

Alliance with Realestate.co.nz Ltd in New Zealand

Friday, 14 November 2008
The REA Group and Realestate.co.nz Ltd have formed an alliance. Under the terms of the alliance, the REA Group will close its residential portal (allrealestate.co.nz) on 30 November 2008 and direct its traffic to realestate.co.nz.
The alliance gives realestate.co.nz access to the more than 9.7 million unique browsers*—including more than 4 million in Australia alone—who use the REA Group’s international network of real estate websites. These browsers will be able to access realestate.co.nz from a tab on the home page of every REA Group portal and from the map of New Zealand on the REA Group websites.

Alistair Helm, CEO of realestate.co.nz, said:

“This alliance is great news for New Zealand’s real estate agents and consumers; because together with the REA Group we can run a much stronger real estate web portal than if we continued to compete as two separate portals. We believe this will mean a more efficient and cost competitive solution for the real estate industry as compared to all other media options.”

Shaun Di Gregorio, General Manager–Emerging Business Group, of the REA Group, said:

“We expect our alliance with Realestate.co.nz will better serve the country’s real estate agents and consumers—and buyers overseas who are interested in New Zealand property. We have decided that in the long term it doesn’t make business sense for us to operate our own residential real estate site in the country.”

The REA Group will continue to operate unchanged its New Zealand commercial real estate portal, realcommercial.com.au.

About the Realestate.co.nz
Realestate.co.nz Ltd is a Joint venture company owned in equal shares by The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) and Property Page (NZ) Ltd, a company owned by 6 of the largest real estate companies. The website is the most comprehensive website for real estate in NZ with over 112,000 listings, attracting over 90% of all licensed real estate offices to utilise the website which reaches an audience of over 260,000 unique browsers per month.**

I am sure there will be some news from Realestate.co.nz soon

Property Portal Website to exit New Zealand

Business2.com reports that REA Group have decided to shutter its residential property portal website allrealestate.co.nz commencing November 30th 2008.

It would seem on the surface that we may be seeing the effects of recent world financial jitters. New Zealand is a very competitive market, and only the strong survive.

Greg Ellis, chairman of REA, parent owner of all.realestate.co.nz was reported as saying just a couple of days ago, on the 10th November to The Australian.
The online real estate classified market shows no sign of succumbing to the advertising slowdown, according to REA Group chief Greg Ellis, who says the company expects to maintain revenue growth of about 50 per cent this financial year.”
Interestingly……Twelve days ago (as of 10th Nov 2008) News Limited spent $13.5 million buying another 2.4 per cent of REA Group……. lifting its shareholding to 60.7 per cent.

Wow how a few days can change things.

UPDATE: Official Press Release here

Ending operations of allrealestate.co.nz
Friday, 14 November 2008
In New Zealand, the REA Group plans to end operations of its residential real estate website, allrealestate.co.nz, on 30 November 2008.

The company will continue to operate its successful commercial real estate website, realcommercial.co.nz, which is the market leader by unique browsers. (Nielsen//NetRatings)

We are grateful to our residential real estate customers for their support and we wish them the very best in the future.