Monthly Archives: November 2010

Photo Essay Golden Sunset over Nelson this evening

November 30th, 2010

Most photos I’ve ever included here, or over at Flickr or Panoramio have been taken during the day. It seems I’m chatting most times

Great Golden Glows (click to enlarge)

Great Golden Glows (click to enlarge)

about the morning, the sunrise, etc….after all the sunshine during the daytime is what we’re famous for.

Even the water shone gold....  (click to enlarge)

Even the water seemed to shine golden.... (click to enlarge)

For once, I happened to have a couple spare minutes whilst traveling across town

even an Port Nelson silhouette looks different (click to enlarge)

a Port Nelson silhouette looks different (click to enlarge)

with a property offer tonight, so I thought I’d pull over at a couple of spots

Nelsons iconic Fifeshire Rock ~ in a different light (click to enlarge)

Nelsons iconic Fifeshire Rock ~ in a different light (click to enlarge)

in the journey to take advantage of daylight savings hours and ……….snap off a couple of quick shots…

Summer is here..... (click to enlarge)

Summer is here..... (click to enlarge)

……what eventuated are some late evening shots of Nelson for readers to see

sure was golden.......

sure was golden.......

for themselves a slightly different perspective than normal.

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Showcasing Nelson + Real Estate – from up above

November 29th, 2010

Technology, cameras, HD video, GPS, remote control UAV flying, who wouldn’t want to combine them all?

This post chronicles an experience lately of some real coincidental events…..and some good news. The good news part……

...launch sequence activated - ready to go Feb 2010 Nelson NZ (click to enlarge)

...launch sequence activated - ready to go Feb 2010 Nelson NZ (click to enlarge)

Great news now to see that others can now envisage the many uses such a flying machine unit allows, and  for the operators, some recognition for the capital investment made.

Airborne and Operational - Nelson Feb 2010

Airborne and Operational - Nelson Feb 2010

This past week comes news of the launch of a BRAND NEW blog sponsored by our local newspaper, the Nelson Mail, on their website. (recently voted in 2010 one of NZ’s best Newspapers)

The Nelson Mail have covered this UAV machine before (actually it was on the front page of the newspaper) but this new blog, well…..should surely open even more eyes.

The X6 will now surely get a band of merry followers extra keen to see your next photo “from high” of our sunshine capital of New Zealand.

Video above ~ of one of Craigs UAV’s first “shakedown” flights from earlier this year, Feb 2010 in Nelson NZ. (excuse the extra “noise” thats the zoom on my digital camera – note to self here)

...now tell me thats normal standard equipment?

...thats quite an impressive list there

Lots of hard work goes into demonstrating the new technology, and other new associated technology that can now be utilised in tandem with this new type of imagery. For home sellers…anyone really preparing a home for sale in the Nelson / Tasman region, especially a “hard to see the whole home/property” at ground level one, then this should surely be one of the first things they ask their agent to include on their checklist.

Carbon Fiber - Now thats kinda serious (click to enlarge)

Carbon Fiber - now isn't that the same stuff Boeing are using on the Dreamliner, the B787

A serious little unit this……some hints here about where the cost comes from…………..Carbon fibre rotor blades.

Serious bucks requires serious telemetry - Feb 2010 Nelson NZ

Serious bucks require very serious telemetry - Feb 2010 Nelson NZ

Even the control panel is mightly impressive.

Regular readers here will recognise Craigs name from some of my past posts…………and there’s a reason for that.

one of Craigs first Nelson Mail prints (click to enlarge)

one of Craigs first Nelson Mail prints (click to enlarge)

This story presents a personal connection here. See, some time back….along with a Vancouver based partner,  and a very good contact in Sydney an opportunity presented itself to invest a sum to import into NZ some radio controlled helicopters predominately for overhead/aerial photography work………..but the 3 of us then got involved in a serious & timely debate about ROI and location.

Anjother of Craigs Nelson Aerial Photos (as always ....click to enlarge)

Anjother of Craigs Nelson Aerial Photos (as always ....click to enlarge)

A debate about whether it would launch just as well in Sydney, as in would in Nelson, NZ and therefore…..where to start first. As most everyone knows….sometimes long-range debates take a while…..sometimes too long. And as it was just as a related sideline to Real Estate, perhaps I didn’t give it the attention it may have required.

Yet another of those X6 shots (click to enlarge)

Yet another of those X6 shots (click to enlarge)

A week or so later,  I’m in town and bump into Craig.

The reason/place we bump into each other was initiated by a conversation about technology……….which of the latest mobile phones/plans I should buy/commit to today with my upgrade due imminently, so the meeting started out originally with nothing to do about the photography topic.


yet another one - gee Nelsons a great place to live (click to enlarge)

yet another one - gee Nelsons a great place to live (click to enlarge)

Anyway………low and behold “somehow” our discussion encapsulates what we have been up to over the previous 3 months since we’ve seen each other last.

What the...? (click to enlarge)

What the...? (click to enlarge)

The hint comes that he’d been keen for a while to re-explore an interest of his….photography…..but also at the same time, an opportunity had presented itself that would mean he could combine another just as serious past hobby of his, RC flying ……and…….the conversation drifted to real estate.

Looks different now ....thanks to the 2 seagulls adding to the atmo (click to enlarge)

Looks different now ....thanks to the 2 seagulls (click to enlarge)

Then  he informs me that hes already paid a good sized USD$ sum to a company in North America that is going to provide him with all the latest gear for a new aerial photography platform/solution for the Top of the South initially, but other parts of NZ as the demand increases…..and one that would be very relevant to real estate.

St Marys headon perspective - almost boring considering the prior shots ( click to enlarge)

St Marys headon perspective - almost boring considering the prior shots ( click to enlarge)

Around about here “I’m thinking”…hmmm this is starting to sound very very familiar.

I ask Craig….from a technology perspective – to describe the sort of equipment he was thinking of importing.

“Ding Dong” …..(might have been at the church above?)

Long story short…..we were both on the same page….the same technology….the same idea….the same market…..the same product….exactly the same from the same manufacturer?

Amusingly enough, neither of us knew. So yes folks there definitely is such a thing as a coincidence!

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Just how serendipitous…….?

Craigs aerial shot above of the ship Crimson Forest at Port Nelson loading up with logs……..

Crimson Forest...again...hmm?

Crimson Forest...again...hmm?

…………well it was taken with-in hours of my own pic!

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Site offering QV free rating valuation reports

November 26th, 2010

Unfortunately for once, buyers of Nelson real estate, or Tasman or Marlborough miss out! In fact the whole “Top of the South” isn’t included.

However if your home, or the one you are looking to buy does reside in one of these territorial authority zones listed below, you’re in luck and can get a free QV report now.

...for a limited time.....

...for a limited time.....

Fortunately there is a reasonably long list of participating councils, and they are;

• Far North District
• Waimate District
• Upper Hutt City
• Gore District
• Hastings District
• Manawatu District
• Whakatane District
• Dunedin City
• Otorohunga District
• Buller District
• Porirua City
• Hurunui District
• Opotiki District
• New Plymouth District
• Central Otago District
• Wanganui District
• Hutt City

If you’d like to find out more here’s the terms and conditions page over at the site, and how to get started.

According to the dates on this webpage it would appear that this promo runs for the period September 2010 ~ January 2011.


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NZ Realestate gets new iPhone App

Nov 25th, 2010

In association with Westpac Bank (you may have already seen the TV commercials) NZ property portal, Realestate.co.nz, has just released an Augmented Reality iPhone app for NZ Home Buyers.

Check out the video here

I’ve been speaking about the benefits of Augmented Realty for over a year now, so its great to see it here in NZ from the industry leading website.

Further app details here.

Or download it here.

Android users may have to wait a while, although phones like Samsungs new Galaxy do ship with the Layar Augmented Reality layer already built in.

(UPDATE 26th Nov: have just been informed that the App is an iPhone app not an Augmented Realty like I thought, sorry for any confusion)

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Kite Surfing in Nelson – Wednesday after work fun

November 25th, 2010

If you’re fortunate enough to live in Nelson, then when summertime comes around, your mind naturally turns to the beach, and we are blessed with Tahunanui Beach right on our doorstep .

Take yesterday……

you head on down to the carpark at the western end of the Tahunanui Main Beach to get set up.

There always usually a breeze but looks like last nights was a bit than just a gentle zephyr.

She was sure blowing,  but it definitely assisted some Kite Surfers to get some really “big air!”

Tahunanui Beach in Summer - sure is popular (click to enlarge)

Tahunanui Beach in Summer - sure is popular (click to enlarge)

Considering that the beach is under 5 minutes from Stoke or Nelson, its not hard to imagine why such a sport attracts so many local residents, and tourists too if the carpark campervans were anything to go by.

Kite surfing has grown in popularity locally so much so that there are now at least 2 different local businesses who can train you and set you up ready to go yourself.

Help is at hand if you want to learn how to do it

Help is at hand if you want to learn how to do it

They even make the training easy by having a go with a sort of simulator.

youngsters getting some training on the beach - check out the chap getting some really big air on the right of the photo (click to enlarge)

youngsters getting some training on the beach - check out the chap getting some really big air on the right of the photo (click to enlarge)

Instead of starting with the large sail, they offer first up its mini-me brother – as above video depicts.

(click to enlarge)

(click to enlarge)

Some other locals decided it was a glorious day to go for a beach walk too.

Related info

Some Big Air in the Nelson Bays

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