A tale of two opposites…

Jan 11th, 2012

Living at the bottom of the world, helps define a New Zealanders individual character.

In the same week that a small country in the vast Southern Pacific Ocean is recognised for its impact,  albeit an aviation themed one, comes other items to remind us that we’re “down under.”

Boeings’ Paine Field is counting down the days until Air New Zealands absolute latest -300 ER airframe departs one of their extra long runways, and breaks yet another world record.

I hear on the TV News (which I tend to watch about once or twice a fortnight due to its incredibly positive effect on me) that Air NZ’s most recent delivery will take place next week.

Back in Black I think the saying is.

That world record is for the biggest aircraft in the world that’s been painted “black”…..and why is that so cool you ask? Let’s just say ……an almost completely black 777, it definitely qualifies as up there as a real  “big thing.”

Flightline Uk report;

By far the largest paint job being undertaken will be for a new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft due to be delivered in January 2012. The Boeing is the longest plane in the Air NZ fleet and it is believed the All Blacks-branded version will be the largest all-black painted aircraft in the world.


CREDIT - www.airlinereporter.com

…see here…. “hail” those “All-Blacks” because that’s exactly the no. 1 reason why this 777 is painted so. If that photo above isn’t clear enough for you – please click here for the full version. (tell me if you’re honest with yourself, isn’t that just great!) More Airline Reporter photos here.

I thought it was initialed scheduled for a Feb 2012 delivery….but hey am happy to be corrected.

Hopefully someone from Air NZ will read this and update me…..because it was only “perchance” that I happened to spot the last “black A320” pre RWC2011 arrive, via a timely online feed.

But…….the down side to my tale tonight……

Here I was today…..for a break at lunch deciding to pop down to the wharf to see if I could somehow / somewhere get a pic of the Russian ship that pulled in a few days ago for repairs.

...happy to be in Nelson I'm sure.....

You’d have to have been sleeping under a rock in the last 2~3 wks if you weren’t aware of its plight (at that time) of the mariners on this ship as she was totally trapped in the Ross Sea with a gash in her hull….something to do with meeting an iceberg in a less than “dinner party” type of way.

Accountability uppermost in the authorities mindset, we set forth to rescue these poor folk. With some NZAF drops on the ice-flow adjacent their location for good measure.

The “mass” that is the Great Southern Ocean below NZ & Australia, she’s a big, cold, windy, wet, ….very inhospitable place to be.

Discovery Channels “Deadliest Catch” folks in Alaska can be 300 – 400kms away from a Port? These guys…2500 -3000+ km away.

A thing called the “timeframe” has just a bit more importance when this distance is taken into account.

Unfortunately again – today it’s been brought home yet again with the Jung Woo 2, but when you’re, as the Washington Post reports tonight,  370 miles (595 kilometers) north of the U.S. McMurdo Station Antarctic base….well….you’re a long way away. My thoughts go to those brave mariners & their families who are really only there to help me and you enjoy the oceans bounty.

Quoting a source…..

Their ship continued to burn Wednesday and appeared to be sinking, said Mike Roberts, the senior search and rescue officer with the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand.

On this occasion, it really was one where “time” really was of an incredibly crucial importance….& that importance I am talking about is of mariners succumbing to “burns.”

Sadly with 3 missing already out of 40 crew in this “survival suit required” environment…….this working Korean fishing trawler is experiencing all that they “don’t want too.”

The folks that go to the aid of mariners needing aid down here….and many Kiwis & Aussies do so….many times they themselves risk their own safety too.

So about now, I hear you’re asking the relevance of this to Real Estate?

Ok………here’s a brief “synopsis” of it.

Nelson is the biggest fishing port in Australasia, and you really don’t have to go far to bump into someone, as a local just walking down the main street anytime of the day, to find an associated or effected person, be it school friends of mine from 30 yrs ago who find themselves months apart from their partners bringing up  a family……to others that have simply moved here from other parts of the world to “make some money”….fishing is not far from the mind of 90 percent of the minds of males in Nelson.

UPDATE 12-01-2012

And here she is arriving home…..

to Auckland International Airport on Thursday NZ time.