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8 Billion Humans are Totally Reliant on Healthy Ecosystems

8 Billion Humans are Totally Reliant on Healthy Ecosystems I came across this concept the other day, can’t remember where, but it immediately made an impression on me. It goes like this. All of us, close on 8 billion human beings on this planet, rely on healthy ecosystems to survive. We [...]

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 [...]

New Zealand Tourism – A New Path Required

New Zealand Tourism – A New Path Required What will the New Zealand Tourism Industry look like come Spring 2020? Following the COVID-19 epidemic that is presently shutting down country after country, there has been no shortage of pundits and media commentators forecasting doom for the industry. Many of these commentators may be right [...]

It Never Comes Back – Ever!

It Never Comes Back – Ever! I thought I would share a few thoughts about what can be, in some circumstances, the realities of compromise, especially as it pertains to the impact of our economy and society on the rest of the earth. What triggered these thoughts was thinking about a conversation that I [...]

Giving It a Go. Steps to Taking Back Your Own Food Supply

Giving It a Go. Steps to Taking Back Your Own Food Supply Ever since I was in my late teen years, I have been interested in resiliency, self-sufficiency and all that sort of “stuff”. With the current crisis, that interest now serves myself, family and friends in good steed. New Zealand is in lockdown, [...]

By | 2020-04-03T23:14:22+00:00 April 3rd, 2020|Articles, Environment & Food, Lodge, Permaculture, Sustainability|0 Comments

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 [...]

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