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How Do You Plan for the New Norm?

How Do You Plan for the New Norm? I went for a swim in the river – without a wetsuit, drysuit or any other protective or warm clothing, in fact only in my board shorts, on the 1st March, just a few days ago. I cannot remember previously ever swimming in the river, in [...]

By | 2020-03-28T21:37:20+00:00 March 6th, 2020|Articles, Conservation, Environment & Food, Weather|0 Comments

The Swamp

The Swamp The hours, days, and even weeks we spent in the “swamp” as children. The “swamp” was an area of wetland down the hill, behind the house my brother and three sisters grew up in, on a small farm just outside the North Island, New Zealand, city of New Plymouth. During the many [...]

By | 2020-03-03T05:46:50+00:00 February 29th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Conservation, Environment & Food, Nature|0 Comments

Imminent Doom

Living in Interesting Times We live in interesting times, of that there can be no doubt. How many other generations also believed they lived in interesting times? Most no doubt. However, the enormity of what is happening in our times is unparalleled. Yet, on a personal level, I struggle to balance what I have [...]

Wellness

Wellness A few days ago, I was at our local primary school (ages 5 to 13 years), Pukeokahu Primary. The reason for my visit was to watch the process whereby the school passed its assessment from Bronze to Silver Enviro School – which they did. It was great to see the enthusiasm that the [...]

A Bunch of Questions, A Few Statements But Even Fewer Answers

In this time of climatic change and uncertainty, I have come across a few questions and statements that for whatever reason resonated with me – whether that resonation was to acknowledge they were true, or false, or bore further thought. Here is my take on a few of them. [...]

By | 2019-10-12T22:26:29+00:00 October 4th, 2019|Articles, Blog, Climate Change, Conservation, Environment & Food, Nature|0 Comments

Ours By Right

Ours By Right This last summer, new signs went up by the popular swimming spot on the Rangitikei River outside River Valley Lodge. The signs are part of a nationwide initiative set up throughout New Zealand and administered by Regional Councils, in our case Horizons. Regional Councils in New Zealand, amongst their other roles, [...]

There is Something Fishy in This Picture

There is Something Fishy in This Picture A fisherman stands thigh deep in a crystal-clear mountain fed stream. He casts, sending his line to softly settle on the stream surface. The fly, an imitation of an insect, floats enticingly, daring any hungry trout to rise and strike. Strike the fish does. A [...]

Is This Lunacy? Reductionism and a Mechanical Viewpoint in Action

Is This Lunacy? Reductionism and a Mechanical Viewpoint in Action New Zealand’s ETS, or Emissions Trading Scheme, is a complicated beast. However, I just read an article about some of the potential effects of it. The article was by Neal Wallace in Farmers Weekly, a free newspaper-style weekly publication. This article dealt in part [...]

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 [...]