9 July 2018

On our Way to a New Upgraded Website

It's time to add Naseby Vision web-site to your favourites.
A new format and regular updates about Naseby will all be here.

Check out the Night Skies Photographic Competition.
Dates have been extended to 22 October 2018, so come on up and get clicking.

22 July 2017

Weather Update - July 2017

What a week-end it's been in Naseby.  In fact it was pretty wild for the whole of the region with many roads closed and lots of flooding.

This is what the start of the weekend looked like for Naseby:

And then by the end of the week-end things were looking more like this.  We hope everyone is coping and enjoying the snow.

1 July 2016

Support for dark sky reserve sought

By Lynda van Kempen
From the ODT 1/7/2016

Naseby's dark skies could be the key to a bright future. Local group Naseby Vision is exploring the possibility of the town becoming an international dark sky reserve, like Tekapo.

"Globally, there is increasing interest in pristine skies,'' group secretary and Naseby resident Hilary Allison told the Central Otago District Council yesterday.

"From the research we've already undertaken, a light survey, Naseby [night skies] are deemed qualified as 'pristine', the same, if not slightly better, than Tekapo,'' she said.

The group wanted the council's support for its efforts to get accreditation on an international network of dark sky reserves.

There was a whole raft of things it had to complete to reach that goal.

It also wanted that aim to be kept in sight when bulbs were replaced in street lights, so light pollution was kept to a minimum.

Mrs Allison said Naseby's bid "struck an extraordinarily rich vein of intelligent support from the Otago Museum, the Astronomical Society and the Dark Skies group who are equally excited about Naseby being a dark skies destination''.

Attracting visitors to study the town's starry skies would have economic benefits for the region, she said.

The Central Otago Astronomical Society was "very interested'' in what Naseby planned, society member and district councillor Barrie Wills said.

"We'd like to do something similar all through Central Otago.''

Central Otago Mayor Tony Lepper said it was a good idea.

"Good old Naseby, having a crack,'' he said.

"The Scottish nature of me says perhaps we'll turn out all the lights and let you walk around with a torch.''

Naseby Vision is a community group, representing more than 300 residents, holiday-home owners, farmers and business people.

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30 May 2016


Interplanetary Cycle Trail Launch and Naseby Dark Skies test

As part of the Otago Museum’s role supporting the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust’s project on mapping the solar system onto the rail trail (Interplanetary Cycle Trail), the Museum is organising a launch day at Ranfurly. 
The Museum team will be based in the Ranfurly Town hall.  From 10-3pm  they will be running astronomy-themed sessions with the Maniototo Area School. Then between 4-6pm at the Ranfurly Town Hall you are invited to come and learn more about the project and get involved then hear Dr Ian Griffin's talk on Otago's amazing Night Skies. 
Afterwards there will be opportunity  to try some star/planet gazing first hand and test drive Naseby’s proposed Night Skies viewing area between 7 and 9 p.m. Meet at the corner of Mount Buster and Danseys Pass Road. The Dunedin Astronomy Society will kindly be providing telescopes and other equipment.


6 May 2016

High speed broadband launch delayed until mid-August

Originally scheduled to come on stream in late May, Chorus has advised Naseby Vision that due to delays in the production of heat exchanger and the power supply for the Naseby cabinet, the entire build out has had to be rescheduled. It's now expected that the project build will be completed by late July.

The Chorus engineering team now expects the new service to "go live" on 12 August.

Naseby Vision has been working with Chorus over the past 18 months to try and facilitate an improvement in the town’s broadband services. Chorus recently gave Naseby’s case priority and will provide the town with a ADSL2+ broadband service, which equates to a download speed of 10 – 20 Mbit/sec.  A dramatic improvement on what we currently have.

For those living within 900 metres of the Derwent Street cabinet, the news is even better. They will have the option to upgrade to VDSL, which has download speeds of better than 20Mbit/sec.

To make the most of these vastly improved speeds many homes will have to upgrade their aging modems with a new ADSL2+ modem, otherwise there will only be a minor incremental difference to your service. New modems cost upwards of $100, however Naseby Vision is talking with suppliers to arrange discounted prices for Naseby Vision members.
The new high speed internet will have substantial benefits for local businesses and residents alike. 

Naseby Vision is planning to run a workshop after the new service starts to help people explore the benefits that the new service will open up, such as more efficient business management solutions and the new entertainment options for residents such as Lightbox and Netflix.


26 November 2015

Improved mobile phone and data coverage for Naseby has arrived!!

Construction of the new tower was finished and it has been handed over by the construction company to Vodafone in late November and is now providing Naseby with excellent coverage. The tower is owned by Vodafone and is shared by all ISPs including Spark and 2degrees, so no matter which mobile company you're with, mobile phone and high speed data coverage within Naseby and other neighbouring parts of the Maniototo has improve markedly.

The new facility has been funded under the Government's Rural Broadband Initiative and after 10 years of lobbying by Naseby Vision for coverage improvements, we've been celebrating the launch of the new service.