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Defining Moments

Defining Moments There are defining moments in both the lives of people, and the history of nations. Those defining moments often come with options. Those options can lead both individuals and nations down very different paths. To take some of those paths entails a great deal more bravery than others. New Zealand, after the [...]

By | 2019-03-20T01:48:20+00:00 March 19th, 2019|Articles, Blog, social change|0 Comments

Memories of Starlings and Streams. Why Are They Important?

Memories of Starlings and Streams. Why Are They Important? One of the most vivid memories I have from my childhood was each evening watching the waves of Starlings coming home to roost. Their roost was a stretch of old bamboo, probably about 50 metres in length. The noise of calls, chirps, general greetings, squabbling [...]

Why Sustainable Isn’t

Why Sustainable Isn't Sustainable this. Sustainable that. What are your policies on being sustainable? How is your business addressing sustainability issues? Have you signed up to the Tourism Sustainability Commitment? (Which we have because it is a step in the right direction, but will it make a real difference – doubtful) When I questioned [...]

Doers or Viewers?

Doers or Viewers? We had a very negative, but short, Trip Advisor review the other day. The issue appeared to be that we would not give out our business Wi-Fi password to a guest while we were upgrading our customer Wi-fi service with new equipment. Of course, if the customer had needed the service [...]

Why Are The Rules Like This?

Why Are The Rules Like This? A few days ago, one of our senior river guides gave us a heads up that he had been offered a more “normal” job, a change of career, and that he was seriously considering taking up the offer. The job comes with a reasonable salary plus a house. [...]

Will 2019 See a Return of the Duckie?

Will 2019 See a Return of the Duckie? It was once a regular occurrence, Duckie season. Not for the last couple of years though. Changing weather patterns with wetter summers had almost appeared to make Duckie season extinct. No more people ringing and asking whether they could book a Duckie trip but cancel it [...]

The River Valley Extended Family

The River Valley Extended Family Ripples Have you ever thrown a small stone into a pond of clear water and watched the ripples spread outwards? Just a small stone can send those ripples out to the far reaches of the pond. None of the surface of the pond is unaffected. From time to time [...]

With The Grand Daughters On The Whanganui River

With the Grand Daughters on the Whanganui River I tossed and turned that night after making the offer. An offer which was immediately accepted I might add. What was that offer? What had started as a very cruisy commercial four day dory trip on the Whanganui River, with me basically offering [...]

What’s In A ‘Job’?

What’s in a “Job”? Last Sunday I guided a relaxing day rafting trip on the section of the Rangitikei River we call “The Awesome Scenic Adventure”. The sun was shining, the water warm, the two families were nice people. Life was good. Did I make a fortune from being a river guide that day? [...]

Topsoil By Another Name?

Topsoil by Another Name? Christmas Eve night was wet here in Pukeokahu, east of Taihape on the central North Island of New Zealand. The rain was part of a weather pattern that had hung around for a few days. This weather pattern consisted of heat build ups during the day followed by afternoon or [...]