Archive for May, 2010
Kiwi Segway PT owner Neal Summers took his x2 to Stewart Island last weekend. Already visiting Bluff (located at the South Island’s southern-most point) to enjoy fresh oysters and the Seafood Festival, it didn’t take much to convince friends to airlift him and his x2 across Foveau Strait by helicopter.
Neal says Tyson Bramwell, a pilot for Stewart Island Helicopters “made it a condition of carriage that I allow him and his friends to have a ride the x2 as soon as we arrived. That sounded like a pretty good deal to me! I don’t think anyone down there had ever seen a Segway PT before, and they all loved it. They couldn’t believe where this thing can go and what it can do. This is one of the things I love most about taking the x2 with me wherever I go – people just start talking to me, and before I know it it opens up all kinds of opportunities for fun and adventure.”
Segway NZ thinks this could well be the world record for the furthest south yet travelled by a Segway PT. Stewart Island is 47 degrees south of the equator, and is by far the smallest of New Zealand’s three main islands with a permanent population of about 400 people. Owing to an anomaly in the magnetic latitude contours, this location is well placed for observing Aurora australis.
Segway NZ rolls out another world-first with our custom front panels for Segway Patroller models. The Patroller range is designed for use in public safety roles, and comes standard with either SECURITY or POLICE labels.
Now you can hire or buy a Segway Patroller fitted with temporary or permanent signage suited for specific roles or individuals at events. We have TRAFFIC, FIRST AID, MANAGER and ASK ME ready now, and custom labels can be made up at short notice.
The first client to hire a fleet of Segway Patrollers with our new signs was Graeme Martin from Bay Events, for use at the Tauranga Home Show (29 April-2 May 2010). Graeme has been hiring a Segway PT for his personal use at shows for years, and finds it an invaluable tool during the three day pre-show build-up period as well as throughout the show itself. This year two more PTs provided additional services that boosted the quality of the show for both the public and exhibitors: an ASK ME roving helper, and rapid coffee delivery to hard-working people manning the stands throughout this busy three day event. It is this kind of superior event experience that brings back return attendees year after year.
Two more Segway PTs with TRAFFIC signage were in constant use for traffic management. Just two staff on PTs were able to direct, control and provide secure parking throughout the event (a role which took 3 or 4 staff on foot in previous years). With staff elevated 20cm/8inches higher than on foot, they could be easily seen by drivers, and could rapidly move about the enormous car parking area to be where they were need.
Contact us for our special rates to hire Segway PTs (all models, including Patrollers and Cargo models) for use at Events. Available for any period from 1 day to several months.
The reflective shield spaces on the Patroller model are not intended to be used primarily as an advertising space. Segway, Inc. prefers the distinctive look of the Patroller range to remain associated primarily with public safety roles. We recommend “front shield” solutions such as our fantastic Segway Sails for advertising and brand promotions purposes.
This week Segway New Zealand was awarded a Best Performance award for 2009, at the Segway Asia-Pacific (APAC) conference in Singapore.
Despite a world recession and difficult trading conditions between mid 2008 through to the end of 2009, Segway NZ achieved remarkable results, resulting in our country remaining the regional leader in Segway PT ownership per capita. At about 1 PT per 16,000 people NZ ranks close to the highest in the world, even before normalising for GDP.
Across the Tasman, new distributor Simply Moving Australia achieved that country’s highest yearly sales ever, and their state Dealers were similarly awarded for their outstanding success.