social change

Where People Work, Mistakes are Made

Where People Work, Mistakes are Made A recent couple of cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, following almost a month of no new cases, just goes to show how vulnerable any country is to further outbreaks of the virus. As you would expect there are plenty of recriminations going round about how this happened. [...]

A Return to Localism? Beyond the Local Farmers Market

A Return to Localism? Beyond the Local Farmers Market I, for one, welcome the current emphasis, due to the close of international borders, on shopping and travelling locally. I have long been interested in strong communities and having economic benefit them rather than ending in the hands of corporates or heading offshore. But how [...]

The Folly of Back to Normal

The Folly of Back to Normal Turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or read somewhat anything from some mainstream commentator regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the talk will invariably come to “getting back to normal”. And secretly, or not so secretly that is what most of us desire. We want our lives [...]

By | 2020-06-06T01:52:48+00:00 June 5th, 2020|Articles, Climate Change, Environment & Food, social change|0 Comments

The Great Unravelling

The Great Unravelling To be fair, I am not the first to use the term, “The Great Unravelling”. However, this is the best term to describe what I see happening both in New Zealand and around the world. Most people would not have thought that what we are presently witnessing would even be possible [...]

Will Everything Return to Normal, Post Covid-19?

Will Everything Return to Normal, Post Covid-19? As I write this, New Zealand is entering its 4th day of a nationwide lockdown. This lockdown is part of the effort to control the spread of Covid-19, the Corona Virus. If unchecked, the virus can kill thousands of people in New Zealand, and millions worldwide. While [...]

River Valley and Covid-19

River Valley and Covid-19 Whatever I write in this post I know will be out of date quickly, possible even before we manage to get it on our website or social media. In saying that, I thought I would lay out what we are presently doing, or not doing. What is our – River [...]

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, [...]