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Weekly News in Nelson Bays Region….PART II

Feb 28 2012

As I mentioned last week there’s ways, other than just reading here or my twitter feed,  that you can keep up to date with happenings in the Nelson bays region of New Zealand.

First up its the paper that heralds itself on “only good news reporting”, perhaps a first in newspaper publishing?

The Nelson Weekly (click link below for latest edition)

The Nelson Weekly is delivered free to householder letterboxes each week.

Not forgetting our southern cousins, next up for free public consumption is the Waimea Weekly,

The Waimea Weekly – click below for latest edition

actually a paper that was started before the Nelson Weekly….The Waimea Weekly was the original in the region that proudly proclaiming itself to be all about “good news.”

Enjoy your reading.

Water, Fish, Life…Nelson

No one doubts that there are some real necessities to life, four at last count I think.

1. Air

2. Shelter

3. Water

4. Food

And the usual computations of such…..reproduction (so the species wont die off), heat, love, clothing, companionship, but it would seem the top 4 classify themselves crucially as necessities overall. These are a humans basic needs. Everything else is a luxury.

And as far as number 4 goes, time to supplement this article, & roll out a couple of my “usual” factoids.

( you’ll see the definite “real estate perspective” of this post in its conclusion)

So first up….just spend 60 seconds to watch this…and see if you’re not moved?

Part 1: The Background

Obviously past readers already know, but for the benefit of new readers, I’ll share with you tonight that Nelson just happens to be, not just NZeds, but also the whole of Australasia’s largest fishing port.

New Zealand has one of the largest marine areas in the world, covering more than 1% of the Earth’s surface.

True. That’s not of the oceans land (or should that be sea?) mass, that’s of the whole of Planet Earths surface!

Read more here - http://blog.forestandbird.org.nz/good-fish-bad-fish/

Many of our marine species are found nowhere else in the world. Fact.

Scientists estimate that more than 80% of New Zealand’s biodiversity is found in our oceans, and much more is still yet to be discovered. About 15,000 marine species are known, while it is estimated that another 50,000 species are yet to be discovered – new species are being found all the time. Say What?

From a Kiwis perspective, our marine environment not only provides for our $1.5 billion fishing industry but it also almost “does everything else” to highlight / assist and mitigate our $20 billion tourism industry too. (Just try to imagine a NZ without marine life!)

Very importantly, it’s central to our day to day way of life, what Fish & Bird term our “national identity”, most New Zealanders live near the ocean (just in case you are curious, Nelsonians live the closest in all of NZ, to the sea!) and have a close relationship with the marine environment.

We collect kaimoana (“kai”) or seafood, swim, dive, snorkel and sail, and are truly appreciative of the bounty & variety of our marine life.

Just too important to ignore......

So if River Cottages’ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall & now Jamie Oliver want a follower, they have one here in Nelson, and I’m sure hundreds, if not thousands more, all over New Zealand.

Part 2…3 / 4, etc

Really there doesn’t have to be any other parts because Part One is so fundamentally important, and dare I say, crucial to the survival of a place like Nelson that if you get the “gist of” Part 1, then you’ve either “got with the program” or not………and frankly nothing at all further needs to be said. Forest & Bird have definitely got with the campaign…going so far in NZ to establish a completely separate website called http://www.bestfishguide.org.nz/, you really should check it out.

Interestingly enough, it turns out that even in the “old dart”, Hugh & co have managed to enlist some impressive “ears listeners to their cause.”


You could get your name up in lights too half way around the world. (hmmm…amazingly enough I did that once too)

I really do suggest you sign up at #FISHFIGHT (and on Twitter) , I have, and can see absolutely no reason why this petition of followers is sitting on the pity figure of under 1m supporting followers!

There’s just no justifiable reason on the planet why any Justin “whats his name” singer, some Ms Gaga, or some Kim “hey, let’s get married this week” personalities ….. should have more followers.

NOTE: did you notice what no. 3 was on my list at the top…interesting huh?

Nelson, and in general Nelsonians, ….courtesy of having both no.3 & no. 4 of that top list in abundance, are justifiably acutely aware of the incredible importance these items factor in the local economy.

Most everyone in the town has like 1 or for a few 2, at a maximum, degrees of separation between them and someone locally who has something to do with / an industry benefiting from / a service that relies on / ….you get the picture….

fishing is just a fundamental part of of life here.

So yes the sea / or the whole ocean really is incredibly important to us here in the Top of the South, and don’t we know it?

Oh yeah…that real estate perspective…

The real estate perspective that I promised when I started this post, yes its about lifestyle…but actually its even a bit more than that…its also about our livelihood / substance.

When so many incomes relate to actual “on the water” fishing,

…the dockside / spawning / research transfer/transport operations, the factory processing/storage, the sales/marketing, the many associated land based support industries / suppliers….let alone many who move here because their partner found a very fruitful income “from the sea” in one of these industries, we are talking hundreds, if not thousands of incomes related to our region, and from all of  that, well it leads me on to one big thing……

And that is…..they all need NUMBER 2 on that above list………..shelter….and yes that is where it relates 100% to real estate! Be it either a rental situation because there’s just not enough in the bank yet for a deposit on a home, or be it a full blown outright property purchase…the bounty of the sea does not stop at the shoreline.

Although the above bestfishguide had stated in last weekends papers that their smartphone app would be out two days ago on Wednesday, time has transpired since then and we are non the wiser, however it will be any day now I’m sure, and I will heartily recommend you download it to see if you as an individual, just through a few changes to your diet….could make a big difference to the sustainability of our fisheries……..again….if not for Nelsons sake, then for the sake of humanity.

Article Data / Info / Research

Thanks to the fabulous www.bestfishguide.org.nz (Forest & Bird too) site, it’s a treasure trove of info guys. But bring on the app soon please.


Just a tad of relevance here consider where this campaign originated. That relevance, well I’ll let Wikipedia explain….”Nelson has…..the highest proportion of residents from the United Kingdom and Ireland in New Zealand”…so they probably know who Hugh & Jamie are even more than us!

Final Footnote & Graph – just for a perspective take on the whole issue from a Nelsonians perspective


Hmmm...now I see what you mean.....

Here’s the chart that Statistics NZ put out showing who, or rather what percentage of your town / cities residency live within 5km of the sea.

But is it important in the future…well again I think I will let Statistics NZ tell you what they found…..

Sixty-five percent of New Zealanders lived within five kilometres of the coast in 2006, compared with 61 percent in 1981. The proportion living within 10 kilometres of the coast also increased, from 72 percent to 75 percent.


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.


Excitement down at the Port last night

August 10th, 2011

For the last few weeks I’d noticed some newly constructed / assembled expensive infrastructure adjacent the ferry departure point…

….nearby where the Sealord Rescue unit is based on Wakefield Quay.

At first glance, it appeared to be the sort of structure that wouldn’t give you much change out a few hundred thousand big ones.

And sure….it got me thinking, what is this all about?

Now Fush & Chups is something I have about once every 5~ 6 mths, and tonight….well…. time was up….I informed my wife that was exactly what I felt like. So after searching on the Samsung Galaxy this evening (“no I don’t have them on fastdial!”) I gave the Fisho’s down at the Quay a call, and booked up a takeaway meal for 20 minutes hence.

Arriving down there after the sun had just gone down, (’twas tempted to send a pic into Jim) it always looks good…..but when I got there…..something else caught my eye.

Unusual visitor to the Quay I thought.......

In the waning evening dusk light, I could make out quite a few extra people, and that much activity down here on a Tuesday night certainly isn’t usual, not withstanding a large ship coming in to dock. No…this Vanguard Rescue boat certainly stood out. It had me doing maths too……printed on its side it said “60- persons.”

Looking around further….no it certainly didn’t appear that any container or logging ship had lost its rescue lifeboat unit either.

Well by now my curiosity was well and truly ………seriously pipped. (Wasn’t helped by the fact that 5 other humans were running around, trying to get “best angles” to take photos) including at least one of those aforementioned folk’s in respective “dayglo’s”…

Although those folks flying on the jet above to Chch didn't realise it....I think this was an important moment for Nelson

So cue the obligatory video……

…and other photos taken tonight…..

…and await the Nelson Mail to report back in the coming days what this is all about.

Sure I could have asked around….but hey, I had a meal of F & C’s waiting….and I could smell it!

But to me….it sure looks like this was going to translate into good news for local folk.

My suspicions are that NMIT have another course, or an extension to a current one planned. One that requires just a bit more “in depth” training.

Then again, with the blessing of the fleet just around the corner…maybe this could be a “timing “issue.

Ok…but whats the real estate relevance of all this stuff?

Well….actually it comes down to people really.

If you aren’t aware of this, then it probably because just you haven’t read any of my previous blogposts here, where I’ve attempted to try and show outsiders a perspective to the three local, and crucial industries that are said to drive Nelson…….the three “F’s”…..Fruit, Fishing and Forestry.

And employment.

Those with jobs, ones with future prospects, those ones are always keen to “lay down some roots” and in that scenario….real estate is at most times, one of the first, at least some where down the chain ….. the de-facto winner.

UPDATE – AUGUST 11th 2011

As predicted the Nelson Mail has helped me out, and updated the story, turns out it is part of an official NMIT sponsored course, and that Nelsonians will become accustomed to seeing it, (the orange vessel that is) as;

“……..it will soon become a regular sight in Nelson Haven as it is used to train students so that lives will be saved.”

….and just to show that I wasn’t too far off on my costings mentioned above in my blog post….

The boat and davits, made in China and supplied by a Singapore company, have cost the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology about $180,000.

….and regarding the fact that Tuesday night was important down at the port in Nelson….

The boat was lifted on to the davits on Tuesday night. Once its commissioning was completed it would probably be seen in the water about once every three weeks as groups of students went through their training, Captain Walker said.

You can read the full article over here at the Nelson Mail website.

REAA; 11% of NZ Agents didn’t renew

May 11th, 2011

The Real Estate Agents Authority have just released their latest update.

One of the charts contained within the May 2011 Newsletter to all licensees is this one here;


It depicts the fact that 11% of New Zealands Real Estate Agents relinquished their “ticket” this period, and did not renew it.

The Authorities Newsletter highlights this in saying;

1,532 licences with an expiry date of 31 March 2011 have not been renewed. These licensees were sent reminder emails and their employers were also contacted.

Aiding those in need, the REAA compassionately assisted 800 Christchurch licensees in renewing their annual licence, by allowing those licence holders to defer payment of the respective fees and levies until 30 September 2011.