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Bad Press Hide Positive Developments on Farms

Bad Press Hide Positive Developments on Farms Do farmers get a bad press in New Zealand? Depending on what you read or hear, and who wrote it or said it, the answer is either yes or no. Unfortunately, views on both sides have become increasingly polarised. What, for the most part, has driven this [...]

By | 2019-09-19T23:33:15+00:00 September 19th, 2019|Agriculture, Articles, Blog, Lodge, Tha Rangitikei and Our Area|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

Food From a Micro Farm

Food From a Micro Farm Last weekend I attended a workshop about market gardening on a micro scale. As you may be aware, we grow as much of the fresh vegetable produce as we can that is used in the Lodge kitchen. I attended because I was interested in how we could grow more [...]

Ours By Right

Ours By Right This last summer, new signs went up by the popular swimming spot on the Rangitikei River outside River Valley Lodge. The signs are part of a nationwide initiative set up throughout New Zealand and administered by Regional Councils, in our case Horizons. Regional Councils in New Zealand, amongst their other roles, [...]

There is Something Fishy in This Picture

There is Something Fishy in This Picture A fisherman stands thigh deep in a crystal-clear mountain fed stream. He casts, sending his line to softly settle on the stream surface. The fly, an imitation of an insect, floats enticingly, daring any hungry trout to rise and strike. Strike the fish does. A [...]

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 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. [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]