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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.


20 Summits for 20 Years launches

May 5th, 2011

Around New Zealand, plus here in Nelson, May is the month we celebrate the special thing that is the ubiquitous “Rescue Helicopter.”

In our local case, Summit have sponsored the local Summit Rescue Helicopter Service for some years now.

This time, though, its different.

To celebrate this and the helicopter services of 20 years of community care and help, a special type of fundraiser has been organized.

Entitled the “20 Summits for 20 Years.”  its aim is to involve even more locals than last year.

And the relevance of what the event is about shouldn’t be easy to pass up on all the hikers, mountain bikers, trampers, climbers, etc that live locally.

Local and NZ Multi sport champion & 2010 Adventure Racing World Championships Runners up Team Captain, Nathan Fa’avae is the Summit Rescue Helicopter Service Ambassador, and he explains;

Together with the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust, we’ve created the 20 Summit Challenge, to celebrate the Trust’s 20 years of operation. This is designed for everyone. Whether people are regular or professional hikers, families keen for a good walk in the outdoors, sports clubs wanting a way to get fit, or businesses wanting to take their team out together, this is a chance for locals to acknowledge the incredible work the Summit Rescue Helicopter has done in our region for 20 years, and to help raise funds for this valuable community service.

I’m challenging you to complete all 20 Summits by the end of 2011.

Imagine above from Nelson City Council (Click to go to their site directly)

And just in case you needed to be reminded that we are surrounded here by National Parks, the list of 20 Events covers;

Centre of NZ, Grampians, Mt Arthur Fringed Hill, Richmond Lookout, Wither Hills, Marsden Valley, Parachute Rocks, Mt Duppa, Cable Bay, Sharlands Hills, Ben Nevis, Mt Robert, Third House, Gordon’s Pyramid, Abel Tasman, Fringed Hill, Tantragee, Mt Lodestone and Dunn Mountain

Again in case you weren’t familiar with some of these spots, including aforementioned “peaks” hopefully some of these links will assist.

Fabulous Nelson Photographic Panoramas

Them there hills – fabulous Nelson Panorama

Nelson Webcams Update

Spread out over (“….you need recuperation time?”) the next four months to give everyone an ideal opportunity to work around other events in their lives, its really a great effort by all involved…..and overall the money raised is going to such a good cause, one that any local will tell you so.

Last year over $70,000 was raised locally, both by collectors like myself on the day and other local events, so the bar has been set to be well and truly raised in 2011.

Nice to see that our branch in Stoke contributed the most per capita, and collected the highest per staff member.

In 2011 too, like 2010 I’ll be looking out for you on the streets of Stoke later in the month with my collectors bucket!

Along with major sponsor Summit Real Estate, and supporting sponsors,

the overall programme wants all local residents to feel invited to help fundraise by walking, hiking or biking together through our beautiful region, perhaps to see something on your own back door step that you’d just never had the time for.

This time, now there’s an excuse, and a good one.

Step up to the plate, take the challenge, and to all those that finish all 20 events in 2011, as the website here explains, you’ll get one of these fantastic shirts too.

To keep up to date with the various events progress, you can log on to the Facebook page  here too.

Did you know you can actually track the Summit Rescue chopper live? Head on over here to see for yourself.

Although I only found out about this today courtesy of the flyer in my inbox, it seems the Nelson Mail beat me to the punch in getting the word out. (a case of “May the 4th be with you“)

Site – http://www.20summits.co.nz

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The Young and Restless A Christchurch Perspective

April 5th, 2011

Having just watched Sainsbury san showing us Close Ups opinion of 3 “radical” new architectural “blueprints” for a revitalised CBD in Christchurch, it was serendipitous that this article popped up in my inbox.

Lots of talk re drafts & plans……the physical stuff…..but what about the people?

“Clearly, the next generation of Americans (ED – just as easily read Kiwis) is looking for different kinds of lifestyles walkable, art, culture, entertainment…..”

Those last 4 words……how does that sound, a Garden City of the future?

CLOSE UP - TV1 7pm 5th April 2011 Episode

Just like what you’d want a future central Christchurch to be like?

In two-thirds of the country’s 51 largest cities, the college-educated population in the past decade has grown twice as fast within 3 miles of urban centers when compared to the rest of the metro area, the USA Today reports. That is a jump of 26 percent, on average, compared with 13 percent in other parts.

Whether it be metro or urban centres, NZ, just like Australia have tended to catch on to overseas urban demographic / social interaction trends over the last few decades….eg; city living.

One can only wonder that whats happening in those 51 largest US cities, could be mirrored here, especially were some similar incentives / stimulus like the article discusses, be considered here.

Full article ~ Young and educated show preference for urban living – USA TODAY 1st April 2011

First for New Zealand in Nelson

April 2nd, 2011

In a first for New Zealand, the local Nelson City Council have commenced work on New Zealands inaugural Residential Shared Zone.

Nelson Live - Issue 299 - 2nd April 2011

Hoping to replicate the success the concept has had overseas, the council are taking a leaf out of the strategy book of places like the United Kingdom, some parts of Europe, the USA, and Australia.

Summarizing notes from the prior Council Meeting, just about 12 months ago, the local newspaper, Nelson Mail in an article “No room for fast traffic”, stated;

Locking St in Nelson could become the city’s first street where walkers and cyclists have priority over cars, in a move designed to set a precedent for other, similar streets.

You’ll recall that on the bicycle / cycling side of things Nelson has featured in the top of the list quite a few times, and this seems just an extenuation of that.

Ok, you ask what the heck is a Residential Shared Zone?

Better let the Nelson City Council tell you, here.

Its effect on real estate values in the street, ……..positive I would suggest?

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The Future of Real Estate Aerial Photography

I have seen something today that makes me wonder about the future of aerial photography for Real Estate use, and guess what it doesn’t involve planes or choppers. It involves our old friend, Google again.

Just released is their plug-in for Google Earth, the plug-in goes by the name of Building Maker – news release here.

(LINK to above video)

In short It gives a user the ability to build a 3D version of a building selection. You can then save that 3D creation, which will submit it to Google. After they have checked it over and are happy with it, your building will turn up on Google Earth for the millions of users worldwide to see.

much HIGH RES snap here

To try it out, I picked Dublin, (at this stage there is a limited set of cities, but knowing Google I’m sure that will expand) and zoomed into what looked like a residential area. I then proceeded to build a home following their instructions. (as above)

Lets put it this way, if there was one subject at school that I near failed it was art / drawing so that probably explains why mine version of someone’s lovely duplex (arrowed in bright red  above) doesn’t look a bit like a house.

Quite obviously I aren’t a draughts person either because as you can see the house looks a bit dis-jointed, especially my version of the roof. You really do need to click here for the much higher res shot to see exactly what I’m talking about – notice the clarity of the church on the left?

It doesn’t take much in the way of imagination that this format could easily evolve into specific real estate franchise overlays, maybe even with adds thrown in…perhaps from afar you could view some investment properties for your next scouting trip, and while you’re looking at the Google Earth view showing these properties you notice that just 75m away there is an Indian Restaurant that is flashing red. No its not because the curry is that hot, its flashing red to alert you to “Specials” they are offering this week. Same could be for a motel on screen….I am pretty sure this is just the start.

However the ability of the program to do what it has so far, and for what took me all of about 7 minutes is outstanding.

In the future I see a buyer who doesn’t know an area that well, request this of agents, very suitable for overseas buyers. Alternatively if it is a tech savvy / forward looking agent, then they would go to Google Earth and build the home there as part of their normal listing process, and show a .kml link on their www.realestate.co.nz listing.

I found it was simply stunning that there were so many different side angle shots that I was able to use to build the home. Whether Google has just amassed gazillions of side angle aerial shots or they have some complex algorithm working behind the scenes…all I can say is its great.

In light of recent moves by the search giant to increase its exposure in the Real Estate search field I can only but see this as an addition or rather a consolidation item to that equation.

Re running a business that relies heavily on aerial photography, yes there is no doubt that clear high resolution of the type that displays a very clear photo at current is a much better experience for the average buyer. However you can’t help but not the photo realistic imagery that is being used here too.

In the large resolution shot above you’ll also see a second red arrow (dull not as bright as the one in the middle) pointing to a property/backyard. If you were on the other side of the world this would be the only way currently that you could pick an address (admittedly limited to these 50 cities currently) and practically view its outside extremities in their entirely. Certainly for the local surroundings, railway lines, rivers, roads, schools or just the neighbourhood I suggest that presently there isn’t any better way.

Certainly would assist with any “Walkscore” viewings too.

I can think of many uses for this technology for use by savvy commercial real estate brokers too, in fact they will probably be first cab off the rank on this because it is so much more relevant for them to show an 4 story building’s downtown layout in relation to its surroundings.

So head on over here to test it out.

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