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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 [...]

Economic Multipliers – The Economic Effects of Tourism in Rural Areas

Economic Multipliers – The Economic Effects of Tourism in Rural Areas I have to be honest and say that sometimes I do quite like “geeky” stuff. You know, things like the latest research into all sorts of subjects, facts and figures and so on. Well one somewhat geeky subject that has always both concerned [...]

What a Load of Bollocks, Food Police and Raw Milk

What a Load of Bollocks, Food Police and Raw Milk How much personal responsibility should I be allowed to decide what sorts of food I eat or drink? A few days ago, I read an article that got me thinking about this on news website Stuff. The article covered a series of raids by [...]

By | 2020-01-05T21:58:07+00:00 December 29th, 2019|Articles, Blog, Environment & Food, social change|0 Comments

When Did I Become a Consumer?

When Did I Become a Consumer? I am like almost everybody else in the western world, and probably also in many developing nations. Every day I come in contact with thousands of advertising messages that seek to influence me to make a purchase. As you may know, we do not live in [...]

By | 2019-08-16T01:48:58+00:00 August 16th, 2019|Articles, Blog, social change, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area|0 Comments

The County Roadman

The County Roadman The 1970s in rural New Zealand marked the final passing of an era. The era that passed was the end of the long tradition of the County Roadman. Who Were the Roadmen? The roadmen were exactly as their name implies, men or groups of men who worked on both [...]

By | 2019-08-08T03:59:14+00:00 August 8th, 2019|Articles, Blog, social change, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area|0 Comments

Connection Is Real

Connection is Real Chickens, Horses, Cows, Guinea fowl, Sheep, vegetable gardens and finally people. Does that make River Valley a farm as well a tourist operator? Many would say, especially in our part of the world where most land holdings are hundreds or even thousands of hectares, that the relatively small area of land, [...]

The Elephant in the Sky

The Elephant In The Sky Tourism Industry experts love trotting out forecasts. Forecasts of visitor arrivals. Forecasts of how much they are going to spend. Forecasts of the, always positive, impacts all these people will have on New Zealand. More employment. Economic growth in the regions and so on. And yet the elephant in [...]

Does Tourism Bring People Together?

Does Tourism Bring People Together? It is often said that tourism has the power or maybe the possibility to bring people together. Amongst its supposed positive attributes are visitors learning about and learning to accept, even embrace, other cultures. Tourism often prides itself, at least in New Zealand, in showcasing indigenous culture, in our [...]

Where Is The Nearest McDonalds?

Where Is The Nearest McDonalds? Here at River Valley Lodge, it is lunchtime. Guests are coming in from morning activities, be that rafting, horse trekking, or simply having been for a walk. Others on warmer days will have spent time swimming or lazing out by the river. Many of course will not have left [...]

What Is Reductionism? Why Is It a Form Of Thinking That Is So Pervasive And Why Does It Give The Wrong Answers?

What Is Reductionism? Why Is It a Form Of Thinking That Is So Pervasive And Why Does It Give The Wrong Answers? A term I often see is “reductionism”. This term while increasingly common in articles about regenerative systems, is especially common when used as the opposite of “holistic”. The process of reductionism is [...]

By | 2019-04-06T22:08:35+00:00 April 6th, 2019|Articles, Blog, Communications, social change|0 Comments