Otago Uni creates online injured cyclist-door crash map

Feb 8th, 2012

Just noticed Otago University have been working on a NZ wide aid to residents, and I also think it could be looked at as another “helper” in the mix for folk considering their options about living in certain areas.

They mention their aim ;

A searchable online map showing where in New Zealand cyclists have been injured as a result of car doors opening has been created by University of Otago injury prevention researchers.

Currently the map shows approximately 245 cycle door injury location over this 2007-11 period and indicates their seriousness and the direction the cyclist was traveling. And because its an overlay that rests on-top of Google Maps, its a breeze to use and visualise.

Otago researchers create online injured cyclist-door crash map

Great idea, and again, shows the advantages that the web can offer up each and every day.

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Public Transport in Nelson * UPDATED *

May 8th 2012

Back in Feb/Mar 2012, the new NBUS service was introduced to Nelson.

The NBus operation is operated by SBL Group on behalf of Nelson City Council.

This new initiative saw a fleet of brand new 13.5-metre-long 50-seater low floor wheelchair friendly buses introduced to Nelsonians, and travelers alike, and quickly gained good support.

New services were introduced and along with increased frequency during busy times, the hours of operation also were extended.

Here’s a brief video on the new service;

The video also talks about the new “hail & ride” service ( offered on selected local neighbourhood routes ) serviced by smaller buses, and also about the much anticipated user operated “bike carriers” that are mounted on the front of the new units.

More details here;


Zones & Fares (with downloadable map)

Interactive Map showing actual route bus-stop locations

May 08 2012 | Buyers and General and Nelson and Technology | No Comments »

Nelson City Council produces new video clip…

March 30th, 2012

According to the Nelson City Council publication, “Live Nelson” this is a fabulous youtube video clip promoting Nelson.

….it opens with an aerial view of Nelson looking from behind town….

They mention that the clip takes the viewer on a journey….

through the Wakefield Quay Art Walk, along Nelsons waterfront..

CREDIT – Nelson City Council, Nelson


Map and information for the Quay Art Walk: http://goo.gl/936To
Audio file of the walk on The Prow website: http://goo.gl/5jdM2



March 30 2012 | General and Nelson | No Comments »

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.

pick your desired location based on what "lifestyle" you want...

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

August 17 2011 | Buyers and General and Sellers and Technology and The Market | No Comments »

Movies, Walk Nelson and Sunshine

August 8th, 2011

Kiwi Flyer soon to start shooting

A great service to the local community is the weekly infopaper, “Live Nelson” that our Nelson City Council produce.

If you’re currently not residing  locally then you may not have heard the news that Nelson is about to star in its own “hometown story” NZ produced movie, with production slated to commence August 19th 2011.

The movie “Kiwi Flyer” and story is based around our famous annual Nelson Trolley Derby held down Collingwood St.

Its been confirmed that Australian actor Vince Martin, the Beaurepaires man, will play the villain. You might only remember him from the tire co.’s TV adds, but he’s also been in Sons and Daughters, Home and Away, and alongside Tom Hanks in Cast Away, as pilot Al. The movie will be produced by Tim Sanders (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Whale Rider, Perfect Creature).

Street Date Time
Nelson streets closed for Kiwi Flyer movie shoot
NILE STREET EAST, from Trafalgar Square East to Sussex Street, Monday 22 August 2011 7:30 am until 6:15 pm
SUSSEX STREET, from Nile Street East to Selwyn Place Monday 22 August 2011 7:30 am until 6:15 pm
BROUGHAM STREET, from Rutherford Street to Trafalgar Street Saturday 20 August 2011 7:30 am until 6:15 pm
MARSDEN VALLEY ROAD, from Sanctuary Drive to the quarry Saturday27August 2011 7:30 am until 6:15 pm


The Nelson City Council has also advised local residents of streets closed for the filming….more info on that over here.

The movie follows the story of 12-year-old “Ben”, who obviously wants to win the annual trolley derby race, but courtesy of some Australian intervention (read “baddies”) he has some challenges to get past to achieve his dream.

Above is a video of a scene that I’ll sure will never ever be repeated again. In 2010, just prior the new multi-million dollar Ruby ByPass being officially opened to car traffic, a great event was held when Trolley’s were allowed on the scene for a day of fun. The Nelson Mail reported on the events here.

Walk Nelson

And now for some further good news! Walk Nelson & Bike Nelson are now being offered from the Nelson City Council.

Don’t forget,with NCCs target of working toward a future of sustainable transport, you can also visit this council webpage here and download your very own “shared pathways” printable map.

Sunshine at Stake

Lastly it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t get a chance to mention something about the sunshine would it?

Seven months gone, five to go, and the sunshine capital of New Zealand for 2011 will be revealed.

After all the unseasonal variations thrust upon provincial NZ so far in 2011, certainly the volume of precipitation, it was still good to see the updated figures published in the Nelson City Councils weekly “Live Nelson” paper.


August 08 2011 | General and Nelson and New Zealand | No Comments »

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