Monthly Archives: December 2011

Does your home pass the “baby test?”

Do you have a property to market that is being pitched to first home buyers,

…or those starting out in partnership, with or without a youngster?

Ponder this question …….imagine if you will for a moment, that you are the potential proud parents of a little one, then mull over this……

Would you place your little package of joy on this floor to crawl around this kitchen, lounge, etc to their hearts content?

If you as a seller thinks, just for a moment, that the Open Home the buyer will be visiting doesn’t make you answer in the affirmative here, then you promptly need to remedy the situation…..very promptly.

1] ensure that any photographs taken and used in advertising, especially that number 16, 17 & 18 out of the 20 online, have been taken once the floors have been completely cleaned and de-cluttered

2] prior to any agent inspection, viewing appointment or open home, that everything is as pointed out in no. 2 above.

For examples of “how not to photograph…” check out my earlier REFs CHOICE series here.

Just in case you haven’t clicked on to the importance of the first home buyers in the current market then I suggest you read the following articles published earlier this month in mainstream New Zealand media.

More first-home buyers in the market – BNZ/REINZ – National Business Review Dec 7th, 2011

First home buyers drive market – Dominion Post Dec 7th, 2011

Rescue and Choppers go together, like…

Dec 28th, 2011

UPDATED 29th December 2011 ( see end of article )

….well….they really just go together. Flying 300 missions annually is testament to that.

Nelson’s proximity to multiple National Parks is more than likely unmatched in the whole of New Zealand.

Goodness knows how all those injured trampers, lost individuals and other unfortunate casualties would have fared 40 years ago, but as luck would have it, technology comes to the rescue in modern times. Its obvious that we have a need for a locally based rescue helicopter service.

Its brought home every year, especially around the holiday break.

The major foundation for a successful outcome is………The Golden Hour…..and for the topography of our region, helicopters are probably the best type of machine to deliver that capability.

PHOTO - Lowes Corporation Hawkes Bay Helicopter Rescue Trust

As I have mentioned plenty here before, one of Nelsons major attractions is its lifestyle, and our surroundings certainly reinforce that. One of Nelsons geographical features is that it is encompassed by National Parks. Now in National Parks people go out wandering, but it turns out that not everyone is totally prepared for what can be dished up to them…..

Take this little suburbia based example from last week as a sample, …..and these visitors haven’t even ventured more than 5 ~ 10km from the centre of Nelson yet?

At this time of year in the Nelson / Tasman region thoughts wander to rest & relaxation, and that’s not just the locals!

Just in case you aren’t aware, recently a very important decision was made by New Zealands civil aviation authorities that mandated changes, as the NZ Herald reported …;

The regulations require rescue helicopters to have twin engines if they are to fly over hospitals. This affects six rescue helicopters based in Tauranga, Hamilton, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Nelson.

Just as interesting, this ruling was to apply to the whole country, as the “” website reported;

In Wellington, operators from Palmerston North, Hastings, New Plymouth and Nelson would be unable to land on the hospital’s rooftop pad, with Wellington-based Westpac rescue helicopter the only service that flies a twin-engine craft in the area. Wellington Hospital gets between 50 and 80 flights a week.

That meant that even if the Nelson based Summit Rescue chopper had to make a dash to Wellington, it now had “time constraints” regarding landing zones, that could impact on that “Golden Hour.”


Christchurchs Rescue chopper

Looks like the situation is now fixed.

This is how Christchurch based Garden City Helicopters hints at it ;

Also recently added is a twin engine BK117 – B2 rescue helicopter which has also gone to Nelson for EMS work.

After hearing the different sounding engines for the last week (I’m guessing where I live must be in some sort of flight path) it was quite obviously different, and the Kawasaki/Eurocopter chopper certainly looks nothing like the Squirrel. The specs on the new chopper are impressive indeed.

I haven’t seen it yet, but I’d expect an official type of Press Release from the Rescue Chopper base in Nelson soon.

Meanwhile all visitors to our region can be rest assured that should something untoward happen, they are in the best hands that technology can currently deliver.



I’d been wondering about this, but Garden City Air Centre have now explained the new aircraft parked up at Nelson Airport, also in a related role.

This is the third recent addition to the Garden City fleet, with a King Air C90 fixed-wing aircraft added earlier this year. This aircraft will mainly be used as an air ambulance based out of the company’s Nelson operation, but which is also available for private charter.

Also good news for local residents.

UPDATED 29th December 2011

Page 3 of todays Nelson Mail, our local paper carries the following story…

Looks like Nelson Airport now has 2 Rescue Choppers based there....

…head on over to the article here for the full read. The “even better” news is the Squirrel will also stay on, so the greater Nelson / Tasman region will have 2 rescue choppers now.

Also in the paper was mention of just how busy they can be at this time of year, 3 rescues yesterday.

Chief Pilot Tim Douglas-Clifford told the paper;

..the day’s work…..was a good example of how important the newly operational BK117 helicopter was, in being able to carry two patients and save valuable time and resources.

Nice to hear some good news. Heres the news from the Summit Rescue Choppers Facebook page.

Nelson Spring Stability Showing Starting Signs of Slippage

Theory has it that every year spring is the time to bring your property to the market.

And each year figures are presented to show that the number of homes sold over the 12 calendar months of each year are pretty static, and sellers stand just as much of a chance of selling in May or January as compared to September. A lot of the time, it comes down to competition.

So it follows that if this is the right time of year, then 4 – 6 or maybe 8 weeks (those are the most common “time til possession” periods I see) later the figures should reflect settlements on many of these.

In this instance I’m talking about a few months down the track, around the November time-frame.  So the November metric from QV is always of assistance for “trend watchers.”

I’ve talked all year about the stability of home prices in Nelson, but I’m starting to glimpses of movement like QV’s (via Trademe Property) just published chart covering Nov 2011 is reflecting.


New Zealands Sunshine Capital for 2011 is…

December 22, 2011

With just 9 days to go, and with data currently available via NIWA, I can report that the gap has narrowed a bit over December. Like most Nelsonians, I am also only too aware of the reason for that. (if you’re from out of town, then here’s some raw video from the Summit Rescue chopper to show you what I mean)

the NZ sunshine stakes race is nearly over for 2011

Its not going to approach New Zealands highest recorded Annual Sunshine Hours record though. That was 2711 hours back in 1931, & yes, in Nelson too. Nor the highest amount of sunshine in one month, that record still stands at 336 hrs measured back in 1934, and yes, you guessed it, it was also in Nelson.


The Nelson City Council has just published the latest “Live Nelson” publication, it should arrive in your mailbox today, and again I find myself at odds with their illustration of the data?

I note they are quoting data up to 15th Dec 2011, and that shows Whakatane as in front of Nelson? The data I have taken from NIWA, up til 20th Dec 2011, as shown here above, places Nelson on 2400.6hrs, in the lead.

DATA: niwa’s clifo database