Monthly Archives: April 2010

OECD releases updated Housing Snapshot

April 30th, 2010

Courtesy of their data visualization software, Tableau Public, you can view some of the charts like this one…..

which attempts to show a snapshot of the international housing market.

Its focused on major OECD partners so NZ misses out, but there’s no doubt about the amount of toxicity the US market has had to travel through, while at the same time how lightly Germany and Australia got off.

Jérome Cukier, OECD Factblogs editor says;

House prices in many OECD countries rose for more than a decade from the mid-1990s –  an unusually long and steep climb. Previously, booms typically lasted for about six years and house prices rose by about 45%; by contrast, the recent boom went on for twice as long and prices increased by an average of 120%.

Then along came the GFC and the recession “we had to have” and that put a real damper on things.

Interestingly housing prices in the USA had already started to nosedive before all this recession stuff and much earlier than in other OECD countries. According to Jérome, “led by the sub-prime crisis – compare the first quarter of 2006 with 2008. Indeed, that US fall, which undermined the value of products like mortgage-backed securities, helped trigger the financial crisis.”

The post informs us that US housing prices fell overall by about 30% leading up to mid-2009.

Some signals are suggesting that the US could be out of the woods soon, but caution on being a tad too optimistic is suggested in this The New York Times article.

The OECD finishes their article with a word of caution;

“International comparisons of house prices are hard to compile. There may be big variations between countries in how data is collected, and the data may focus on city prices, for instance, or cover only certain types of houses.”

In 2010 is Nelson already NZs most Sunniest Place

April 29th 2010

With so much time devoted on the nightly news (“on account of its genuine positivity” I usually don’t watch it) one can’t be blamed over the years to suspect, or perhaps be cynically inclined to believe that if a certain person wins a competition, then it’s down to luck / breeding / genes or something so.


Next year will Usain Bolt still win & break another world record, and the year after, and the year after that, and in 5 years, and a decade later? Many folk don’t give credit for the foundation that an athlete lays down years ago.

Like sports heroes, Nelsons foundation was laid down years ago too – its just that it is measured on a slightly longer scale, timeframe wise.

Here in the Nelson “delta” we actually have a very unique topographic / geographic thing happening.

Thats why we have the weather that we do

The geographical interaction of what we have here in local topography, in combination with the lower western side of the North Island effects the weather probably more than you may presently know, but since it’s your tax dollars that are funding this research, perhaps you should be enlightened.

CHART – NZ National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

Red is the International warning colour right, …….so where is the red above?

I’m sure that the above chart would be of assistance to “sunscreen product manufacturers.”

The fact that NIWA, our Government sanctioned body have the data to prove this (for you overseas, that’s our NZ equivalent of NOAA with a touch of USGS thrown in) should not be rubbed over lightly, especially considering that in this small country of under 5m folks, us Kiwi’s fund it each year to the tune of millions and millions of our own tax dollars.

So, no……….. NZ’s Annual Maximum Sunshine Hour Winner is definitely not a competition between Nelson, Blenheim, or Whakatane.


Even in Real Estate, its a known geographical fact that there are some things you can change and some things you can’t change when it comes to a properties location.

Pretty much the only way you can change this “location location” is “to pick up the home and move it 700m across town”, and that I would term not very practical.


In case you’re wondering the red lines on both above snapshots from Google Earth are depicting mountain ranges surrounding us. The yellow shaded area is to represent the flat area of the Nelson – Motueka – Tasman region.

Therefore at the end of the day some things you can change & frankly some you can’t….and that is why Nelson will always be sunny.

And finally just in case you were curious how the last few years have shaped up for the sunshine champions of New Zealand, here you are.

DATA – NZ National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

Lets face it, the geological facts are pretty unchangeable.

Up to 30 additional Airline Engineering positions for Nelson

April 23 2010

In light of Air New Zealands recent decision to focus utilisation of its Christchurch engineering base for narrow body jet aircraft, like the A320 & 737, comes the great news that Nelson will be the point of call now for the main turboprop families.

As I earlier mentioned a few weeks back, the June 2010 completion of our new NZD$16m hanger (which can hold 5 x Q300’s under its roof at one time) could definitely have something to do with it.

PHOTO CREDIT – Wikipedia Yonny19

And this, above, is what all the fuss is about.


Although local Air New Zealand link operator Air Nelson operate 23 x Bombardier Q300 aircraft,

their sister company Mt Cook Airlines,


operate 11 of the larger ATR72-500’s pictured above.

These ATR72 aircraft will now call Nelson, and once completed, the new hangar, home for their maintenance work.

If your interesting in applying then keep an eye out here, or head on over here, or at Air NZ job search here.

If you’re overseas, but licensed on certain planes and would like to moved to NZ, check out here and click on the blue coloured Licensed/Trade TAB .

It could also mean other benefits too, Air Nelsons planes are 50 seaters, while Mt Cook Airlines ATR’72-500s are 68 seaters, and it would surely make no sense to fly them to Nelson, or away from, empty?

Here’s the article from the Nelson Mail.

And my earlier talk about the new hangar here.

UPDATE: the discussion about this news also made the editorial in tonights paper.

Very Bright ISS over Nelson last night

April 22 2010

Want to see what something traveling at 27,724 km/h looks like as it goes past?

Courtesy of the clearer near winter skies around many parts of NZ, certainly in Nelson tonight, you can currently get a great view overhead. Last nights photo turned out to be a longer exposure than I was planning for, and a slight movement by me was magnified by the photo – must remember a tripod next time.

A few days ago before Shuttle Discovery landed, she was docked to the International Space Station and for that time it made for an even bigger target for the sun to shine off, and thus for all to see.

Hmmm like I said, must get a tripod shot of this one night. Although not a “photo competition winner” in any way, I was trying to depict just how much sky the ISS covers in just a few seconds of camera exposure, as it speeds across the sky between 278 km (173 mi) and 460 km (286 mi) altitude above your head.

However tonight was definitely one of the brightest I have seen in many years, and at 83 degrees was practically directly overhead.

Curious to see for yourself from your own local spot and get a report like this one below whenever a naked eye sighting is possible?

First up you have to be on Twitter because the application is “location aware” and that’s how it works out where you are viewing from (long as you are at the same place you were when you registered on Twitter)

Ok,  go to Twisst here…….and just follow the easy instructions.

You’ll get a daily update like this one above that I get for Nelson. You’ll only get one if there is a possible viewing with the naked eye.

Many parts of New Zealand are famed by those  “astronomically inclined” because of the clear night skies we have down under. In many parts of the northern hemisphere, especially in Europe there is so much light pollution at night that it makes it difficult for one to follow such a hobby.

Over the years I’ve actually had two separate European buyers request that exact requirement near the top of their Property Purchase priorities – in fact one had it as the Number One stipulation.

VIDEO – further info and pics here

I said before other parts of NZ, places like the area around Lake Tekapo are world famous for their clear night skies. The above video was taken earlier this month and shows quite clearly that you can see the “Southern Lights” (Aurora Australis) from this part of the South Island of New Zealand.


4th August – Plans for world starlight heritage reserve in Mackenzie a step closer after Brasilia meeting.

Nelson Multicultural Migrants now have own local website

April 21 2010

Begun in 1993, the Nelson Multicultural Council has grown over the years, under the banner of “Promoting Unity In Diversity.”

In recent months an associated new website has been launched onto the local Nelson scene.

Some of the Aims & Objectives the group is focused on are;

• To promote and protect the interests of the diverse cultural communities in the Nelson region.

• To enable diverse cultural communities to give each other mutual support and strength to deal with issues which affect them all and to speak with one voice on those issues.

PHOTO – 2010 Race Unity Day – Nelson (crowd was estimated at 4000)

• To enable the ethnic groups to openly express their commitment to New Zealand while at the same time, protecting their cultural heritage and identity.

• To promote the Nelson Region as a multicultural society.

The group will also be participating and celebrating Global Family Fun Day, on the afternoon of Anzac Day, this Sunday, 25th April at Victory Square Park, 1pm – 4pm…..all welcome.

Further Info here;

and contact details here;

The above Nelson Multicultural Website is also affiliated with new entrant organisation, the New Zealand Newcomers Network, and there is even a specific page for new Nelson residents over here –

The NZ Government also run a helping hand over at a subpage on the Immigration Departments homepage, click below for further info about renting, or finding and buying a home in NZ.

For specific weekly rental  prices New Zealand wide, check out the Dept of Building & Housings page here for local rates……