Daily Archives: August 8, 2011

Movies, Walk Nelson and Sunshine

August 8th, 2011

Kiwi Flyer soon to start shooting

A great service to the local community is the weekly infopaper, “Live Nelson” that our Nelson City Council produce.

If you’re currently not residing  locally then you may not have heard the news that Nelson is about to star in its own “hometown story” NZ produced movie, with production slated to commence August 19th 2011.

The movie “Kiwi Flyer” and story is based around our famous annual Nelson Trolley Derby held down Collingwood St.

Its been confirmed that Australian actor Vince Martin, the Beaurepaires man, will play the villain. You might only remember him from the tire co.’s TV adds, but he’s also been in Sons and Daughters, Home and Away, and alongside Tom Hanks in Cast Away, as pilot Al. The movie will be produced by Tim Sanders (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Whale Rider, Perfect Creature).

Street Date Time
Nelson streets closed for Kiwi Flyer movie shoot
NILE STREET EAST, from Trafalgar Square East to Sussex Street, Monday 22 August 2011 7:30 am until 6:15 pm
SUSSEX STREET, from Nile Street East to Selwyn Place Monday 22 August 2011 7:30 am until 6:15 pm
BROUGHAM STREET, from Rutherford Street to Trafalgar Street Saturday 20 August 2011 7:30 am until 6:15 pm
MARSDEN VALLEY ROAD, from Sanctuary Drive to the quarry Saturday27August 2011 7:30 am until 6:15 pm


The Nelson City Council has also advised local residents of streets closed for the filming….more info on that over here.

The movie follows the story of 12-year-old “Ben”, who obviously wants to win the annual trolley derby race, but courtesy of some Australian intervention (read “baddies”) he has some challenges to get past to achieve his dream.

Above is a video of a scene that I’ll sure will never ever be repeated again. In 2010, just prior the new multi-million dollar Ruby ByPass being officially opened to car traffic, a great event was held when Trolley’s were allowed on the scene for a day of fun. The Nelson Mail reported on the events here.

Walk Nelson

And now for some further good news! Walk Nelson & Bike Nelson are now being offered from the Nelson City Council.

Don’t forget,with NCCs target of working toward a future of sustainable transport, you can also visit this council webpage here and download your very own “shared pathways” printable map.

Sunshine at Stake

Lastly it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t get a chance to mention something about the sunshine would it?

Seven months gone, five to go, and the sunshine capital of New Zealand for 2011 will be revealed.

After all the unseasonal variations thrust upon provincial NZ so far in 2011, certainly the volume of precipitation, it was still good to see the updated figures published in the Nelson City Councils weekly “Live Nelson” paper.