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If I live there, then how long…


…will it take me to get to here, a school, neighbourhood sports centre, etc.

These are the types of questions that property buyers ask NZ real estate agents each and every day.

So you really would like a lifestyle property but wonder about the distances (probably more the traveling time, frankly) to both kids schools, and the sports centre, and the equestrian arena.


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Wouldn’t it be handy to know?

Yes, now you can thanks to Hootroot. I’ve just tried it out on many NZ and Aussie locations, and its pretty accurate and informative re traveling times too.

Head on over to Hootroot.com and give it a try.

What the heck has happened to the weather?

September 14th, 2011

It really does seem to have reacted a bit like a “yo-yo” lately doesn’t it?

Luckily for Kiwis, and one thing that I am glad to say, my taxes contribute to, is NIWA.

They’re our official guardian of all things scientific and factual when it comes to the weather in New Zealand.

So lets check out what they have to say.

...temperature anomalies that are away from normal status ....& like is usually the case, RED is hot (this chart depicts percentage of average rainfall statistics)

It would appear that according to official data, there are only two zones that would fall into what one might call “overheated” and yes eager eyes will quickly decipher where they are.

NIWA say;

August 2011 was characterised by frequent southerly winds, and higher pressures than usual, over New Zealand.

and courtesy of that Southern Oceans spell…..

The long-lived southerly winds between August 14 and 17 delivered extremely cold air over the country. Numerous August low temperature records were broken between the 14th and 17th.

However it has left a couple of spots in NZ a bit short of rainfall….and that’s not something we want to hear now, February yes….but not in September.

we sure need water... and soon...

Rainfall is a good thing….especially if you are dirt.

So what does all this show.

Well…..actually if for nothing else its helping to reinforce this…..

SOURCE – NIWA – Climate Update Aug-Sept 2011


Welcome to Maori Maps

August 18th, 2011

Another great educational use of the internet came to my attention this week.

With Rugby World Cup 2011 just around the corner, I’m also cognizant that one of the other major attractions to the many extra visitors to our fair land, will be our culture.

Celebrating the 5 years of work to establish the venture, attract support and research around the North, Te Potiki National Trust has officially launched the new interactive Māori Maps website.

With so many of the RWC matches, & therefore volume of tourists, in the Big Smoke, guess it’s only fitting that the first stage of the new website only features Auckland and north of.

Community Net Aoteroa tells us;

This is the first stage of a long-term project to revitalise links between marae, descendants and visitors. Website visitors can easily navigate the site via an interactive map or quick searches, easily locate a marae, get directions, see photos from the gateway and access other key information.

Spasifikmag.com report;

Paul Tapsell (now professor of Māori Studies at the University of Otago ) and Rereata Makiha founded Te Potiki National Trust in 2006 with the aim of reconnecting young urban Māori – the ‘potiki’ generation – to their home communities and elders.

Marae are the beneficiaries of work by the Māori Maps team.

“Our marae are places where issues have been resolved for generations. They are central to our identity, which is grounded in ancestral landscapes”

The website itself, here…..states it aim to be the portal to the marae of Aotearoa, and informs that;

The site will offer not only map location and directions to the gateway of every tribal marae in Aotearoa, but also a digital gateway by which visitors can access sites or service run by marae.

For me I was really surprised at just how many marae there were, and quite impressed with the depth of information that browsers can find. Further good news is on the horizon with the plan for iPhone and iPad versions too.

I see important parallels with employment and anything inbound tourist related that actions that. Sites like this can only encourage that. And where there is extra employment, many times real estate is a beneficiary.


Māori Maps recommends that anyone who wishes to go beyond kūwaha — to walk onto marae, be formally hosted or obtain deeper marae knowledge  — and should engage directly with the marae community and its elders.

Thanks to the good folks over at googlemapsmaina blogspot for the headsup.

Its Real Estate Jim, but not as we know it

August 17th, 2011

In the old days, 90% of buyers would come into a real estate office and ask, or in more recent times search, for a desired property starting with / based on the number of bedrooms they wanted.

Times, they are, a changin’……

Get ready for the age of the retiring baby boomer. Get ready for the professional couple without children for who, the number of bedrooms isn’t quite as relevant as it was 15 – 20 years ago.

What they are looking for is a lifestyle location, within a lifestyle destination, and then comes the number of bedrooms and those other things……..

Today’s standard real estate search doesn’t appear to cater directly to that.

Enter the “lifestyle search”, in the instantly very easy to read “heatmap” format.

After over 2 years in development, their USA site has gone live in a Beta way.

But trying to explain it rather than just using it….its a bit like trying to tell you about a picture in 1,000 words. So no, in this case, its definitely best to testdrive the real McCoy for yourself.

Head on over to Spatialmatch’s (beta) website here….and see exactly what I mean. You’ll spot a bit of Walkscore in there too, but there is so much more. The future looks bright.

SOURCE – www.spatialmatch.com

IMOK and the Christchurch Earthquakes

June 22, 2011

I’m going to talk about SHORT messages on NZ’s shortest day, today.

Near on three years ago, I spoke about what I thought was a great idea, in the ICE (In Case of Emergency) concept/idea.

That was then followed up with this article here about visiting the New Zealand Address Register and the need to confirm your actual address as true and correct. This was mainly to aid emergency services in arriving at the correct destination.

Today too, I think I need to write down what I’m thinking about again.

Like many Kiwis I have family in Christchurch.

Once Twitter advises or my smartphones Earthquake Alerter goes off, my thoughts turn instantly to family in Christchurch.

Now if you’re like me, then what happened last week on Tuesday afternoon, is just what happened to you. The phone lines, landline and mobile were in a state of gridlock….and while you were waiting to get word that all was ok, you were left wondering at…..?

Today I have asked both my daughters to send a short text msg consisting of just 4 letters.

Those letters are…. IMOK in the event of any other significant localised events. (aiding this, on most screenbased smartphones qwerty keyboards you’ll note that these four letters have conviently been grouped close together too)

As its a text, then that’s exactly what the phone companies are suggesting is the best way to communicate at these times.

In those immediate moments after an event, a text probably has the best chance of getting through, besides its a very quick thing to do.

Luckily for us, the smartphone software writers have seen the benefits in such an app, and yes it turns out there is a specific one out there. The really good news in the case of an app is that you can predefine 3 or 4 contacts to let know instantly without you having to send 3 or 4 separate text messages (after all, I have, but it would seem not many I know have set up groups on their mobile phones)

The only one I can find is an iPhone one, but it looks like one for Android is coming.

Come on NZ Mobile telephone companies, its quite obvious that you will one of the first ones to experience difficulties when something like this happens.

Surely Telecom, Vodafone or 2degrees should be encouraging iPhone and Android developers to get behind / write such location aware apps.