Monthly Archives: January 2010

Nelson Home Sales Report December 2009

18th January 2010

Interestingly the Real Estate Institute reports that the national median of $360,000 was up 9.6 percent on December 2008’s figure of $328,500.

During December the local Nelson Property market saw 81 residential sales.

In its press release the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand mentioned that the largest gains were in Nelson/Marlborough, up 14.5 percent to $343,500, followed by Southland up 10.8 percent to $184,000 and Hawke’s Bay, also up 9.4 percent to $290,000.

Really nothing conclusive about this chart, more a steady as she goes snapshot. 81 units sold vs 100 the prior month of Nov 09, but better than Dec 08’s 73.

A nudge upwards in the median price saw a Nelson Council zone house up to $367,500 in December (November 2009: $326,500; December 2008: $296,000).

“Days taken to Sell” lowered to 28 days, a real reflection of the tight inventory situation experienced over the period.

CHART – click on above for larger version

Sections were still strong …….with 13 sold in Dec 09, a modest change from the 14 sold in November 2009.

The Valuation to Sales Comparison chart certainly displays that inventory situation and its effect on pricing.

You can also see a slight upwards movement in local expectations from a listing price point of view displayed by the purple line above.

In our local predominantly family market 38 x 3 bedroom homes sold, nudging 47% of the units by percentage last month. That said just like most months in Nelson, the 2 bedroom market still shows healthy numbers too.

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Makes you Proud to be a Kiwi

15th January 2010

Set amongst a climate of employment uncertainity, glum looking business travellers, and a reduction in holiday travellers overall, the good folks at Air New Zealand have still managed to keep their chins up, “doing what it takes” to build and maintain a world class airline.

ATW have just announced their Airline of the Year award and just to make you feel great to be a Kiwi our airline Air New Zealand has been named the winner.

Check out the video by clicking on the above…..and if you don’t find yourself smiling once or twice, then check your pulse.

As launch customer for Boeings long awaited 787-9 Dreamliner (the larger stretched version of the two variants, the -8 being the smaller and first off the rank) aircraft, they have also been in the news lately re a saving they acheived.

Back in November 09 Reuters reported

Air New Zealand said it would buy 14 Airbus A320 single-aisle jets to replace its current fleet of 15 Boeing 737-300s.

It is believed they saved millions of dollars with the above Press Release going on to quote the airlines short haul general manager Bruce Parton as saying

The industry is at the bottom of a deep cycle, so demand for aircraft is limited, creating favourable conditions for buyers with strong balance sheets like Air New Zealand

What is it about this country and its people?

Well, its been advanced that because we are at island at the end of the world, and one of the worlds most travelled peoples as a nation, we have a stronger bond / affinity with our National Airline than people in many other countries.

Currently, except for Ireland, NZ has the most residents overseas / out of the country at any one time…..and that’s official.

Maybe that explains our national obession with “Grabaseat?”


Ask around your workplace and see if you can find anyone who doesn’t know what it is?

And perhaps clues to the airlines staff could be found with the gusto to which they took to the “Nothing to Hide” advertising campaign last year that featured staff instead of actors.

In fact even the big kahuna of the airline, Rob Fyfe got body painted for a cameo.


Even the fact that those same staff could laugh at themselves in these blooper outakes also says something about the Kiwi psyche I reckon.

Nelson Sun – Dont let it go down on you

Amongst a plethora of media coverage yesterday regarding Nelson being awarded the Official recognition I talked about a few days ago as the winner of 2009’s NZ Sunshine title, there was some active reporting on “SolarCity.”

Considering one of top 5 reasons why people from outside our region consider a move into it, is the sunny climate, I thought it might be an opportune moment to bring you up to date with the latest sunshine charts / predictors / visualization charts, etc.

These are great aids to determine in advance, even remotely where the sun shines in selected addresses in Nelson, and just as importantly where at other times of the day/year….it doesn’t.

Nelson has all types of terrain, flat, gullies, plateaus, valleys, hillside, etc so if you don’t want Eltons lyrics ringing in your ears use these sites to conduct some preliminary research.

NOTE : Clicking on each of these images will take you to higher resolution views.

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1. Google Earth

2. US Govt Earth Systems Research Labs (ESRL)

Gaisma has quite a few charts actually

Quite a few really….

3. Gaisma

4. TPE – The Photographers Emphersis (Adobe AIR app so you may need to download that from Adobes site if you don’t have it already installed – its free)

5. This sites info on local climate / sun / light / temperatures.

There’s probably many of others, but at least this selection will give you a good start.

Solar Power Calculator released by NIWA in NZ

10th January 2010

Just quietly, and almost under the radar last month our National atmospheric organisation NIWA, released a great little solar calculator to benefit home owners view the potential for solar exactly where they live.

Called Solarview, its aim is to assist buyers considering a solar option……..or even new home builders with a view to better “solar advantaged” roof design / angle / placement.

NIWA’s free web browser based software tool tells you how much sunlight your home is receiving at different junctures of the year.

Created by NIWA scientist Ben Liley this program assists a home owner to calculate whether solar power is a viable option for their own individual needs.

As you can see on the screen above, you need to supply the program with your address.

Optionally, you can supply the compass direction your roof faces, and the roofs relevant angle.

Inbuilt into Solarview is specific local terrain situational awareness, visually approximating your entered address and taking into consideration hills, valleys, etc.

The press release continues…….

A homeowner, or their solar energy specialist, can use this information to determine what savings installation of solar panels or solar water heating would be likely to give. The tool can also help determine which part of a roof is best for solar energy given the unique surroundings and situation of the home.

On average, New Zealand receives about 2000 hours of bright sunshine each year. In energy terms, New Zealand’s solar energy resource is about four kilowatt hours per square metre, per day. To put that into perspective, if every New Zealand home had a three kilowatt solar panel array, they would collectively generate enough power in a year to satisfy over a quarter of New Zealand’s annual residential electricity needs.

Nelson, SolarCity that is, won the Sunshine crown for New Zealand in 2009, receiving over 2500 hours of sunshine last year so local residents should definitely be aware of the advantages offered, solar wise, by living in the region.

The program can even take into account other objects like depicted above.

How does the Solarview software tool work?

I’ll let NIWA explain that;

NIWA’s system uses Google Maps to find your latitude and longitude based on the address of your home. It combines this with topographical data and many years of climate data from the climate stations throughout New Zealand to give a month-by-month calculation of how much available solar energy will hit your roof throughout the year.

The program combines an image of the local landscape with irradiance data from the nearest climate station. This is typically more than 10 years of “sunlight hours” data. You should be able to recognise the local landscape for each location entered into the system. The x-axis of the plot is in degrees bearing, i.e.west (-90°), North (0°), and east (90°).

The 5 curves are the path of the sun on the 21 Dec (summer solstice) , 21 Jun (winter solstice), 21 Mar (autumn equinox), 21 Aug & 21 Oct  and the numbers indicate how much solar energy is available on that day.


To try it out for yourself – go here.

NIWA Solarview Page

NIWA 4th December 2009 “SolarView” Press Release

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NZ ranked higher than last year’s Top 10

7th January 2010

International Living Magazine has placed New Zealand in their Annual Top 10 for the last 2 years, regarding their annual “Quality of Living” Index which they dish out each January.


International Living have, according to their site, been

“Helping people live, travel and prosper overseas since 1979”

Last year we featured at Number 9.

How better then, than to back that up with a #5 position this year!

What’s this Quality of Living Index stuff about anyway?

Well, I’ll let them put it in their own words

Every January, we rank and rate 194 countries to come up with our list of the places that offer you the best quality of life. This isn’t about best value, necessarily. It’s about the places in the world where the living is, simply put, great.

To produce this annual Index we consider nine categories: Cost of Living, Culture and Leisure, Economy, Environment, Freedom, Health, Infrastructure, Safety and Risk, and Climate. This involves a lot of number crunching from “official” sources, including government websites, the World Health Organization, and The Economist, to name but a few. We also take into account what our editors from all over the world have to say about our findings.

Certainly great to know that in the big scheme of things, and set amongst a tough year, that our part of the world is appreciated.

And the “bigtime” agree here in their comments, is the “There’s a huge emphasis on sports, beach-life and healthy lifestyles” part.

After all we certainly do appreciate what we’ve got.

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