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With The Grand Daughters On The Whanganui River

With the Grand Daughters on the Whanganui River I tossed and turned that night after making the offer. An offer which was immediately accepted I might add. What was that offer? What had started as a very cruisy commercial four day dory trip on the Whanganui River, with me basically offering [...]

Topsoil By Another Name?

Topsoil by Another Name? Christmas Eve night was wet here in Pukeokahu, east of Taihape on the central North Island of New Zealand. The rain was part of a weather pattern that had hung around for a few days. This weather pattern consisted of heat build ups during the day followed by afternoon or [...]

The Role of Corporates in the Tourism Industry

The Role of Corporates in the Tourism Industry What is the role of big (by New Zealand standards) corporate companies in the New Zealand Tourism scene? I think this subject needs some thinking about as we see the slow buy up and consolidation of smaller private and family owned enterprises by bigger enterprises. These [...]

Speaking from The Heart?

Speaking from The Heart? Why is there an issue for anyone around speaking out about what is ethical and fair for people and the planet? Why by speaking out do you pick up a brand of being somehow a greenie loopy? That by speaking out, or writing about these issues you are being unrealistic, [...]

Thoughts on Using Holistic Grazing Management with a Horse Trekking Herd

Thoughts on Using Holistic Grazing Management with a Horse Trekking Herd As I write this it is the 18th December here at Pukeokahu on the central plateau hill country of the North Island of New Zealand. This is early summer, with the long days really starting to heat up. Out on the horse pasture, [...]

Does Anyone Really Care?

Does Anyone Really Care? I recently read some disturbing comments made by Sudima Hotels director Les Morgan. These were published in the tourism trade newsletter, Inside Tourism. He had been asked if his company had addressed sustainability issues. His reply was that first, the business had to be sustainable economically. He then went on [...]

A Whole Viewpoint of Combating Climate Change

A Whole Viewpoint of Combating Climate Change Imbalance in one element effects other related elements. This would seem to be self-evident, however when we look at our response to the unfolding climate and ecological dramas that beset us it does not appear obvious at all. New Zealand has committed to planting one billion trees [...]

Building A Community?

Building a Community? That healthy communities, and recognition of the interconnectedness of communities, is critical as we go on as a human civilisation I would have thought is a given. But first, let me make it clear that when I say communities I mean all communities, both human and non-human. As far as this [...]

The Bigger Better Vegetable Garden

The Bigger, Better, Vegetable Garden If you have either visited River Valley in recent years, or been following us online, you will know that a strong part of our ethic is attempting to be a regenerative business. A business that has a primary aim to benefit the land, nature, local community, family, [...]

By | 2019-01-02T21:53:13+00:00 October 14th, 2018|Blog, Environment & Food, Permaculture|0 Comments

Extreme Weather Events

Extreme Weather Events In what increasingly appears to be the new order of things, last week (4th & 5th September 2018) the Ruahine Range on the central North Island of New Zealand was hit by another weather bomb. Originally the weather forecast only mentioned snow to 800m or 900m. This spring snowfall was only [...]

By | 2018-12-11T22:51:53+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Blog, Environment & Food, Lodge, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area, Weather|0 Comments