Monthly Archives: April 2012

In NZ, Capital Cities are 1,2,3 but then…

Tuesday, 10th April 2012

After yesterdays post,  I have been contacted by 3 nay-sayers already.

No, it seems they won’t go public in the comments section, they prefer to email me, on a semi – anon basis to say that because Nelson prices are so high, that’s exactly why they have seen a couple of For Sale signs on some properties around town…still there for a few months now.

Well, I know the facts, and let me tell you…..they most definitely contrast with what these folk are trying to tell me.

So about here, I thought it’d be handy to find a stat that may enlighten these questioning cynics. (I know whats happening on the ground…no doubt about that – but it seems all of them have to see it somewhere in “black & white.”)

Actually I didn’t have to look too far, nor too far for very current & relevant figures.  Cue…the regional inventory statistics…from just last months NZ Property Report, published just last week on www, .

Data - April 2012

The what?

Each month, New Zealands leading property website,, publish the NZ Property Report, and typically it presents itself on line on their site on the 1st of each calendar month.

Yes, amongst many other topics, it talks about up and downs, it talks about the number of new listings each month (aka the so called supply & demand situation)  by region, etc…..but, crucially one of the most important metrics, and one that is most definitely a “market based one” is that of the DOM.

In plain english “days on market.” In other words how long a property would characteristically be on the market, prior to an unconditional Sales & Purchase Agreement being confirmed, .aka SOLD.

In case you are wondering, in the commercial market this is taken as a “GOLD” measuring stick to a towns viability.

All I can say is next time, for the sake of your credibility as a valuable property real estate critic / commenter, and one to whom the public should be introduced, please make your voice heard in my comment section. That way everyone gets to know your thoughts….and I have to answer.

One of NZs most popular family destinations is…

Monday 9th April 2012

The NZ Property Report covering March 2012 was interesting reading last week. One thing it did highlight was that Queenstown / Central Otago Lakes still has NZ’s highest seasonally adjusted asking price for a residential property.

They were closely followed by… guesses here….. Auckland.

However sitting back, in so called bronze place was another town in NZ, with way less than even 10% of the population of Auckland, and that part of  NZ was, my home.

Yes, the Nelson region it was.

March 2012 - NZ Asking Prices (CREDIT -

As the chart above depicts, it sure does re-enforce the popularity of the region, and yet again confirms why this issue of Nelson region property pricing dominates local “headlines”, as depicted here in the media earlier this year?

Just to reassure, can there be other reasons?

Well possibly….

1] Are we a growing region?

2] With all this up/down motion, is there any stability in Nelson home prices?

3] Population wise, not being a capital city or so, what about the future for house prices in Nelson?

4] David, could there be any other reason to explain why Nelson is so popular?

5] Our main beach, Tahunanui Beach, is one of NZs most popular.

6] On the whole, Nelsonian residents live closer to the sea, than any other place in New Zealand!

You can view the complete NZ Property Report for the whole country online – HERE.

Tahunanui Beach, Nelson very high and low tides this weekend

Saturday, April 7th 2012

Around about this time of year each year, very close to the full moon,

the place in New Zealand with the highest tides, also sees some of NZ’s lowest tides.


There is no better place to see and experience that for yourself than down at our “world famous in NZ” beach, Tahunanui. one of New Zealands favourite family beaches,

and not far away from NZ’s and the Southern Hemispheres largest motor camp, the Tahuna Beach holiday camp. Whether it was kids building sandcastles,

or young girlfriends getting some snaps for their future modelling portfolios, everyone was smiling.

Yesterday afternoon, my lovely wife & I decide to go for a stroll.

However whence one noted no parking for 100’s of metres, it turned out I wasn’t the only one that was thinking this way on a glorious, typically sunny Nelson afternoon.

No, it turned out to be us, and about 5 ~ 600 others had exactly the same idea, Good Fridays version of an “Indian Summer” ……

….had everyone out enjoying it. With such a low tide, I just had to see how far you could walk out….

and if you check my Panoramio page here, you’ll see exactly what I mean, a fair distance to put it midly.

So don’t forget, today around 4pm and tomorrow Sunday about 4:45pm, there are very low tides late each afternoon, head on down and experience it for yourself. Even saw some folk swimming, must be from Invercargill I reckon? 🙂

Many more NELSON PHOTOs over at my page

Air New Zealand on new initiatives…

April 1st

Being at the bottom of the world seems to have its benefits.

Launch customer for the 787-9, our own “best airline in the world”, has shown Boeing an extra big vote of confidence this past week, confirming an order with the Seattle airframer for a further two of the composite carbon fibre beauties. (about here I am wondering  what colour they’ll be painted)

Hot on the heels of the World First “Skybed”, Air New Zealand this morning, NZ time, April 1st, launched yet another world first, in announcing after exhaustive studies, the public were to be offered “StraightUp” airfares. fares - but you better be real quick...

Seems that it was just “tooooo popular” because now you can’t book them,

apparently the public response……”it was incredible” according to Captain (new recruit still awaiting NZ residency) Flash Gordon.

Upper graphic depicts normal fare – as compared to “deluxe” pictured here just above…

According to a reporter on the scene at the very casual and un-announced press conference this morning, a statement was voiced very quickly by an english based scribe, who was heard to say….

thats just typical of you Kiwis’s…always attempting to “one-up” those of us from the “home country.”

…. then, his mobile phone rang …after about 10 seconds he was heard loudly to voice “Richard Branson is really going to do that!!”

It seems Virgin Airlines have also tried to take Air New Zealands thunder on this auspicious day, with the launch of Virgin Volcanic.