Sunday, July 31, 2011

Plankvilles own “Plankmobile”

…in Nelson.

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Yes that’s right – spotted locally. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not at all suggesting the craze started in Nelson.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Can you really surf in Nelson?


Well its true you can.


But to be fair only


really at certain times,


when there is that lovely combination of ……….


moon, tides and wind.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pretty Old I’d say

after watching a Top Gear episode a few weeks back…I’m pretty sure,…….


……. but stand to be corrected, that this was one of the oldest cars in the world.


However its quite possible that this particular one was a replica but I don’t know. It was on display, and (after a time) working too.


This pic was taken at a past Nelson Kite Festival, a massive annual event usual held in late Jan each summer at Neale Park in Nelson.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cold start to the day, was Monday

The view looking north west down Songer Street in Stoke.


The red traffic light you see middle of photo is at the intersection of Main Road and Songer St.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Amatil Atlantis here…

Here is regular Nelson based Atlantis, she was the ship who came to the rescue….


…..of the stricken Oyang 70, 400 miles east of Dunedin in the Southern Ocean last year with the unfortunate situation that developed there.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mentioned before the big effort

that local seaside services are making to bring the “big fellas” in.


Hey sometimes it doesn’t always go to plan…

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….but its Nelson, so the services are there within minutes and the whole situation is fixed quickly.

That’s Nelson,

Monday, July 25, 2011

Feel a Maritime feeling coming on…

The Anatoki is a real regular caller at Port Nelson,


so much so……… she doesn’t need pilot or tug assistance.


“been doing it for a while, Ref”

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Nelson – Australasia's Biggest Fishing Port

What do you do when you have a multi million dollar Tuna fishing boat


and all of a sudden….she needs a bit more


than just a simple touch up.


Well you call up the folks on the waterfront in Nelson, New Zealand.…that’s just what you do.


They have “experience” in those multi million dollar refits…


After all its not the first time we’ve had some “big metal” here for some “extra” work is it?

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If there is one “top of mind” memory that I retain from my “growing up” days back in the early 80’s here in Nelson (well other than buying that fab fur hat & boots from that Russian fishermen) it was that pilot in the Hughes 500 heli that was off one of the first major Purse Seiners to dock at Port Nelson.


He did acrobatics over the Port back then….that was pretty spectacular back in 1980.

I’m sure there must be a few Nelsonians who remember that!




Nelson  Capt M J Souza above


Proving that we have the stuff, the “Western Pacific” (pictured top) is the third “lass” up on the hard over the last 7-9 month, She looks like she’s in for a major bit of “kit” work, and the good news is that all of the associated services / trades at Port Nelson can do it.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

At a real budget price too…

and I know I shouldn’t be doing this here….

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but frankly for the view this is a great real estate proposition …

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and  it won’t last long. Check out the vistas….and this is in winter!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Strangely enough…


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..I like to look up up …
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… those trails in the sky,

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and no conspiracy theory invade my thoughts whatsoever.

Now that’s Nelson

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…..up on the hill area above Quebec…(looking sth in this pic)

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…this is the view looking east.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Nelson’s best aerial shot ever!

And how do I know that……


mainly on account of the fact that the expenditure required to get “such” equipment to take a photo like this would surely put the local bank manager into spasms….is why!

But hey, thanks NASA, because this “shot from space”…….well,  it really is one of the best aerial shots I’ve ever seen of the Top of the South.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Guess it works…?


Solar Heating…..the “no. 8 wire” edition, spotted on a Nelson rooftop.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Rutherford St, Nelson

Taken from the southern end looking north.


Like Trafalgar St, its also another handy street in Nelson to get your bearings, as it too travels, for all practical purposes, just about in a direct north ~ south line.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Many Lives of Nelson College’s Main Building

I’ll just let the captions speak for themselves today.



As the third secondary school in New Zealand, it certainly has had an history.




There’s a signboard just near the main building that details many other items about the schools history too.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Yes they are Rugby Players

Not 100m from a sign at

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Nelson College commemorating Nelsons

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spot as the birthplace of Rugby in New Zealand was a rugby fixture this afternoon.


And yes, there are two teams here,


Even though its very difficult to tell Nelson College boys


from Christchurch Boys High,


that was who was playing today 14th July 2011.


More photos……


bit muddy huh?


and probably not the warmest


game of rugby


these lads have


ever played I bet.


They were giving it “their all”


and eagerly supported by the


crowd on the embankments


Youngsters from the nearby Hampden St Primary School were enjoying the day too.


Oh and the result after a close match was Nelson 13 Christchurch 10.

A photo of a mud covered rugby player made the front page of the paper Friday too (unfortunately not one of mine though) and had an accompanying story.