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Is this NZs oldest commercial building?

Nelson just keeps on surprising.

Finally got around to getting my divers watch batteries replaced and the unit pressure tested. I took the watch to a local jeweler to do so.

The building that houses his operation though, well its got a story of its own.

According to “The Prow(Nelsons regional archive of many things historical) it turns out that the shop at 29 Bridge Street was originally build circa 1855. The Prow notes;

At 29 Bridge street is a small commercial building dating back to c1855, whose frontage is in its roughly original shape. It is believed to be the oldest commercial building in the central business district of Nelson, possibly the oldest commercial building still extant in NZ, and has a Historic Places Trust category B listing.

Even if you don’t get a chance to read the whole story on 29 Bridge St, something Nelsonians may not have been aware of is this;

A fisherman’s jetty once sat at the back of the building in Whakatu Square and would have been used until reclamation in the 1890’s stopped boats having easy access into the Paruparu Estuary  or Tideway as it was known by settlers. Until then spring tides were especially good for larger vessels, while smaller flat-bottomed canoes and barges could proceed even further into the large tidal estuary.

One would suspect that being one of the first settlements in New Zealand, examples like are scattered around the region and The Prow does a very good job of highlighting and explaining them.

Surprising though that when I looked for a streetview pic, turns out most of Nelson central and The Wood haven’t been covered by the camera car yet?

Data – The Prow website

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.

Driveby Viewings…..so last decade?

January 1st, 2011

Wonder if this has ever happened to you?

You spot a property for sale, say in Nelson, yet the advert doesn’t mention the property for sale’s address.

So because there is no obvious address associated with the advert, you have to phone the telephone number advertised adjacent.

Then you patiently conduct an interview just to find out that address.

(Must point out here that there are very good reasons why us real estate marketers do in fact ask those questions….buts that a story for another time.)

Much has been written over the last few years about the assistance that the World Wide Web is offering home buyers. And it keeps getting better!

The good folks over at makeuseof.com have pointed out this fabulous site called showmystreet.com.

Yes, I’ll admit there are other sites out there that do a similar job….but this site scores 9.5 on the “iPod Shuffle” ease of use scale.

Even though the initial landing page doesn’t look too exciting….its really all that you need.

The only thing you need is the street address.

So you look up an address like this listing here BR30014.

Type that into the box and you find yourself at this Brightwater address here…..just across the road from Centennial Park.

Click to enlarge

Click to enlarge

Whilst typing an address in you’ll spot the API going through its paces live before your eyes…..filtering all sorts of addresses from distant corners of the globe (strangely I found this part quite interesting) until you get down to the suburb level and then its pretty quick to zero in on your choice (as its using Google Maps data that shouldn’t be too hard)

Not quite the Hill St I had in mind (click to enlarge)

Not quite the Hill St I had in mind (click to enlarge)

When searching for addresses in a place such as Nelson, Stoke, Richmond or surrounds then you’ll probably need to go the extra step and plug in New Zealand too……


Otherwise you’ll end up in some other part of the world that also has just as equivalently named english street and road names as our region does?

Another use of the site could be for property investor scouting?

is off street parking available....?

is off street parking available....?

Perhaps a photo like this could tell you quite a bit about the neighbourhood already, off street parking facilities, etc – without the need to hop on a plane and fly there to see for your self why, for example, at first, it might be advertised at what seems like a bargain price?

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Help a friend or even yourself …… maybe save a life

October 18th 2010

Adds most times are a distraction from your intended destination, most times an unwanted one.

The AA signpost here on an add on realestate.co.nz got my attention though.

And well it did.

For your sake, your family or a friends sake this is something every Kiwi should consider worth doing.

I recall a few years back there was what turned out to be a scam, where folks with spray cans were going door to door soliciting a sum like $10 to have your street number painted on the curb to aid emergency services, and they had some sort of “semi-official” paperwork that looked like it was from a council or government dept to back their patter up.

In difference to that, this one matters.

Physically having a street number tangibly proclaiming your street number outside on the curb isn’t a bad idea, but in 2010 most destination searches commence with an electronic search…..and that’s where you come in.

Head on over to the NZ Address Register site and “confirm” your address.


I’ll let them explain in their own words……(especially the last paragraph bit)

Why check my address?

Terralink International is a provider of location data to the New Zealand Fire Service, Ambulance and New Zealand Police. When you call 111, the Emergency Services communication centres use information including the Terralink International data to search for and locate your address and physical location.

By confirming or updating your address information on this site, you will be helping Emergency Services to locate your physical address in the event of an emergency, which could help save your life or that of someone close to you.

Sometimes addresses are also known by local names (e.g. The Forgotten Highway), which are not always known by Emergency Services. By providing this information, Terralink International can link these local names to the official address, which will also help the Emergency Services to locate you.

That’s why.

They say that “home is where the heart is” – what better way to show it.

To get started, click here to head on over to the New Zealand Address Register now.


While on this subject I posted once some time back about the “ICE” campaign.

In case you aren’t familiar with this safety campaign supported by St Johns, I suggest you head on over to that post and swat up. I have had ICE in front of my next of kin details in my cell phone for over 3 years now, and I reckon its a great idea. After all how does an ambulance driver know your wife’s name from the other 11 ladies names [in fact as a Real Estate Agent with dozens of buyers listed in your phone that number could be 50!] in your mobile phone contacts? Speed is the essence in any emergency so anything that accelerates that must be worth considering.

Curious to know if any emergency services folk are reading this and can impart any pros/cons, maybe even from their own experience.

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