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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

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. [...]