SkyzoneNZ Video

When I looked at the Theme for this page and saw the potential it has, I had the idea of getting a video on the page showing the School and surroundings. It was just a week before Closed for Good day on the 31st of August and not much time to get this organised. Without contacting the school in the first place I contacted everybody in at BNZ I know if they know someone with a drone to take a short shot for a video. I also contacted several companies doing this professionally telling them it is for a school and we have no budget for doing this.

On Friday Morning I got a call back from one of the professionals telling me the school lies within a restriction zone from the Airport. To fly a drone there requires a general license and a permit from the airport. This guy was going to get his license so he was not able to help out here.
So I made plans for doing something different.

On Friday evening Alex from SkyzoneNZ wrote me an email, they are keen on doing it. I told him everything he needed to know and he took over from there to get the permission for one day.

Tuesday evening a text message from Alex confirmed they got the permission and they will be on site at 1:30 on the 31st of August. How exciting. I contacted John and Luana, asking for the permission for this and they were fine.

On the day we had the best weather you can imagine, no wind, no clouds, ideal for our video shooting.
Our whole team and the entire school was excited now and when Alex and the team from SkyzoneNZ arrived, everyone was on the school grounds.

The result is an awesome video of your school.

Thanks a lot to:
Alex from SkyzoneNZ and his team for making this idea real.
John and Luana for allowing to make this video
All teachers for getting engaged and show an active school
All children for playing, being active and so enthusiastic about it.
SkyzoneNZ Aerial Photography Black.
You all can be proud of the achievement.
Thanks
Detlef,
Project Manager Closed for Good
BNZ

BNZ Closed for Good helps creating new Website

Closed for Good is BNZ’s annual day of volunteering. BNZ closes its stores and most of their support offices and get out into New Zealand communities to lend a hand. A team of six BNZ Technology people helped Roseneath School to create a new website. As this was a challenging task to be completed in one day, there was several weeks of preparation work from the school as well as from the BNZ team. BNZ managed to get the principle design in place while the teachers were collecting the content. On the day the different tasks were distributed around the team members  from taking pictures for the new page, collecting information about the school and getting the technology working. Several challenges with the web hosting partner caused delays in the creation of the page itself until the team made the call to change the hoster temporarily until the issues are resolved. The highlight of the day and for the school was in the afternoon. Detlef from BNZ organised  a team from SkyZone NZ to come onsite with a camera drone to take a short video shot from the school. All were excited about this and we got the whole school teaching outside at the great weather while the drone was flying around the school ground.
In the evening the BNZ crew left, exhausted and happy what was achieved but unhappy that the new website couldn’t be completed as planned in the given time, mainly because of the technical issues in the morning. But all committed to work on getting this completed within the next days. The BNZ Team says thank you to the School and thank you to all children for having us onsite for the day and the great work and cooperation in getting your new Website in place.