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River Valley, Kiwi Experience and Relationships

River Valley, Kiwi Experience and Relationships On Saturday night, the 12th October, Nicola, Janey, Tom and I went to the Kiwi Experience Birthday party held in Auckland. This party, which was quite a big fun affair, celebrated the 30th birthday of the company that has become New Zealand’s leading hop on, hop off, adventure [...]

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 [...]

Is This Lunacy? Reductionism and a Mechanical Viewpoint in Action

Is This Lunacy? Reductionism and a Mechanical Viewpoint in Action New Zealand’s ETS, or Emissions Trading Scheme, is a complicated beast. However, I just read an article about some of the potential effects of it. The article was by Neal Wallace in Farmers Weekly, a free newspaper-style weekly publication. This article dealt in part [...]

Taken From The Wild

Taken From The Wild The beauty of Autumn has arrived. Once again, I find myself in a quandary. To take or not to take. To save or to leave to the hands of fate. I’m referring to the annual muster of the wild horses in the Kaimanawa Ranges. I have been fortunate to have [...]

It’s a Wrap. The End of the Multi Day River Trip Season

It’s a Wrap. The End of the Multi Day River Trip Season. Today the 7th of April, the guests on our last multi day river trip of the season will be picked up and brought back to the Lodge. It has been a bit cooler, in fact yesterday was quite cold, and no doubt [...]

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 | 2019-04-06T21:51:06+00:00 March 31st, 2019|Agriculture, Articles, Blog, Environment & Food, Nature|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 [...]