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How Can One Billion Trees Be a Problem?

How Can One Billion Trees Be a Problem? As part of New Zealand's answer to meeting our climate change obligations is the crazy policy of one billion trees. What this policy says, in essence, is that rather than cutting back on our carbon emissions in transport, farming and other sectors, instead, [...]

Blue Duck Warriors

Blue Duck Warriors I have always found it refreshing to spend time with passionate, hard-working people who have come together for a common goal. Hard-working people coming together in pursuit of a common goal was the situation at River Valley Lodge last weekend, the 29th and 30th August 2020. It was [...]

Early Spring Musings

Early Spring Musings While not officially Spring yet, today, Spring is here. Early daffodils are adding a splash of colour to the green of pastures. The grass is growing, but surprisingly wanting some rain. Who would have thought we would ever say that at the end of a Taihape winter? There [...]

The Ancient Art of Tree Crops

The Ancient Art of Tree Crops Every winter, we plant trees. These days not hundreds of plants, we have run out of space, but rather specific trees for specific purposes. In the last few days, we finished planting a hillside with Thornless Honey Locust trees – (Gleditsia Triacanthos f.Inermis) along with [...]

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 [...]

Wellness

Wellness A few days ago, I was at our local primary school (ages 5 to 13 years), Pukeokahu Primary. The reason for my visit was to watch the process whereby the school passed its assessment from Bronze to Silver Enviro School – which they did. It was great to see the enthusiasm that the [...]

Buffalo and The Benefits of Diversity

Buffalo and The Benefits of Diversity Meet Buffalo Buffalo is a new, and somewhat unplanned, arrival at River Valley. While we knew and planned that there would be a couple like Buffalo in the Spring, his arrival a week ago – early autumn - was a real surprise. Buffalo is the offspring [...]

By | 2020-08-05T00:06:04+00:00 March 31st, 2019|Agriculture, Articles, Blog, Environment & Food, Nature|0 Comments

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 [...]

Terrôir and Localism. What’s in it for You?

So, what is the terrôir of your adventure? Does it matter? What about the locals. Who are they? Do they matter? Terrôir is a French term that loosely relates to a “sense of place” and is usually applied to wine. In particular it applies to the unique combination of soil, aspect, sunshine and general [...]

Time to Savour And Memories To Be Treasured

Big Days! In fact, Big Big Days! I have always felt that multi-day river trips are to be enjoyed, to be savoured, to be at least as much as possible, unhurried. They are meant to be a highlight experience, rather than something to be endured. And yet the standard three day trip on the [...]

By | 2020-08-05T00:06:22+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Adventure Travel, Blog, Dories, Environment & Food, Multiday trips|0 Comments