Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Refs back…and hes not happy…

…. he’s blowing that whistle “very vigorously indeed.”

...think I would've at least cleaned that window in the back room ....

After glancing your eyes over these few photographs…

maybe the bed could of been made 🙂

…used to accompany a new to the market listing for sale, listed just last week,

...could have at the very least, have moved the coathanger...?

….tell me, do you really feel like the listing agent….

moving the new bright white organic growing facility middle bottom right of photo could have been an improvement....

…has used all their energy, along with all possible resources available to them…

you would have thought that the photographer would've closed that drawer near the rubbish bin....

…to canvass the widest possible assortment of purchasers out there?


Welshmans Nelson investment sees 9967% return….

April 26th, 2012

….in less than one week, and its not over yet!

True Story.

According to the local paper, the Nelson Mail, Welsh tourist & backpacker Tim Bow likes garage sales. Using the words of the papers reporter, it would seem he even appears to have “a passion” for it.

Well it looks like this passion has really paid off for the traveler this time around.

Antiques Roadshow would have a simple antipodean believe that in smalltown NZ, only 200 year old Aoteroa, there just aren’t any surprises left to be found?

...this is the cover of the book he found in a box.....

Well this Welshman found one, locally, last weekend.

...and inside this book, in this $5 box of books, he found this.....

Here’s the kicker….

He bought the book as part of a $5 pile of books in the sale, but hoped to sell it for much more.

Is he on the right track here?

Well..….with still three days still to go on his auction site listing…his $5 investment is sitting there on the Trademe auction site, as of last glance, at a “not too unhealthy bid level” of NZD$1500.

Interesting to see he is thinking of the Commonwealth too, after Trademe user “Vat” asked Tim, whether he thought USA based Ebay would have given him a better shot of the $$$……

Tim replied above….

Perhaps even, the Enid Blyton society may look “downunder.” As a youngster I read all the books, and absolutely loved them all. Today….all of them put together would probably account for the first half of the first episode of some Xbox/Playstation shoot’em up.

But….. back then, they let your imagination do what it was really meant too!

Sunday, even apart from this Indian Summer weather we are all finding “most enjoyable”, should be an interesting day.

CREDIT – Nelson Mail ( )

UPDATE 10:15am 27-04-2012 – bidding now at NZD$3260!! I’m thinking everyone will be checking books at yard/garage/boot sales just a little bit more thoroughly now? Lets hope they are genuine bids.

UPDATE: 8:16pm 29-04-2012 – seems the gene pool has again been hammered tonight, after it eventuated that the winning bid was reduced to NZD$1510. Perhaps a spell on Ebay may have been worth a hit.

UPDATE: 5:45pm 30-03-2012 – seems its all downhill from here.


A Flood Proof House – is it really possible?

April 20th, 2012

I have talked about waterfront homes previously, about 3 years ago……..its still one of my posts that has regularly attracted the most Top 10 interest and hits…….

Sea Views - there for the taking matey....

First spotted, I immediately thought who is knicking off with a Kiwi icon, one of NZs first buildings from Kerikeri…..but no, at a 2nd glance, this did look different.

Certainly looks like the act of moving from one location to another could be just a tad easier this way though, certainly when compared with what goes for “the norm” in a typical terrestrial based abode relocation?

But alas, like all good things….there is another tale to tell about these photos. It seems this “floating home” was part of an exhibition, albeit a river based one stretching many many kms.

This photographer bloke, Christophe Dedieu, has previously taken photos of some interesting things. And me, being a photography passionate person, his efforts didn’t escape me.

In Nelson, you typically just can’t take pics like this, this, this & this beauty?

Although “The World” ** did visit Nelson once!

If you like photography of a maritime nature, click here to go to his landing page for many other maritime type photos he has taken.  And the floating home above, turns out there is a story to go with it……see bottom of this page, although I haven’t investigated further the sad story comment #2 alludes to.

CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER  –  Christophe Dedieu

** October 2006





Could Nelson be on track for a World Record?

April 18th, 2012

Perhaps, if the past weeks events unfold at the speed at which they have, the answer is quite probably, yes.

Like a bolt out of the blue, and according to the TV interview with John Campbell this 616kg monster is what John McKay has achieved after only 18 months…what does the future hold?

Well for a start, Johns daughter Anika made the podium too, her efforts earning her 2nd place in the same competition.

To see whats “in the local water” and watch the video interview, head on over to Nelsonians Life.

March 2012 Nelson Property Home Sales Report

April 16th, 2012

Earlier today, the Real Estate Institute of NZ ( REINZ ),  officially released to the media their sales figures covering NZ for the month of March 2012.

In covering Nelson, the Institutes local spokesperson said that

The median price for the region increased by $500 compared to February 2012 and by $1,500 compared to March 2011. Nelson recorded the strongest overall price trend, followed by Richmond.

…..yet shared a balanced opinion by following up with

Sales volume in March eased back 2.4% after a very strong increase in February, although Motueka recorded a 23% increase in sales compared to February and a more than doubling of sales compared to March 2011. Nelson City and Richmond eased back, due to the strong uplift in February.

Overall….just like usual – steady as she goes. Like February, the number of transactions can certainly be described as healthy.


REINZ Reported Sales Results – March 2012 NELSON REGION BREAKDOWN

…… always on my blog….click above chart to enlarge

This past month, March 2012, in particular undoubtedly showed …..the unquestionable fact that Nelson, and to a large degree, Stoke….is most definitely “family central.”


Witness the incredible number of average family oriented properties being transacted in New Zealands favourite suburb, in the sunshine capital of NZ.

One thing of note was that DOM – Days on Market – aka Days to Sell figure….it was quite low in that critical 2/3 bedroom metric….hovering just under that 4 weeks datum?

If you haven’t heard me previously talk about the “steady as she goes” statement, then perhaps that’s just an admission you don’t come around here often. iOtherwise,  my obviously “one eyed Nelsonian” view…..would by now, after over 750 article posts here, be commonplace.

Actually - historical data is all we've got when you come to think of it.......

That said, its still important, crucially important for me actually, to back those numbers up.

And nothing enlivens that to me than figures & charts, so about now…..the obligatory chart above.

This one above illustrates precisely what I have been saying, Nelson….. property prices are stable, they aren’t the cheapest in NZ for sure, but they are in that “middle of the road” zone, and crucially….they are STABLE.