From Zero to Ten is Huge!

By Brian Megaw | April 25, 2022

From Zero to Ten is Huge! For the last decade or more, a dedicated group of volunteers have been sacrificing their weekends to take to the bush, and around here, that means the steep and rugged Ruahine Ranges. However, they are not sacrificing their weekends just for some ramble through the woods. Instead, they have [...]

I Want to Have a Big Environmental Footprint

By Brian Megaw | April 20, 2022

I Want to Have a Big Environmental Footprint What would you think if someone said to you they wanted to have a big, in fact, a massive environmental footprint? Your first reaction would probably be to wonder exactly what was going on in that person’s head. After all, don’t the recommendations of the IPCC and [...]

The Opportunities for Beauty

By Brian Megaw | March 21, 2022

The Opportunities for Beauty I have never been convinced that New Zealand's climate change obligations can be at least partially met by the blanketing of our landscape in the ugliness of monoculture pine trees. It is not just the monotony of this type of forestry, but also, as I see it, there are so many [...]

After the Darkness of Winter and Lockdowns, We All Need Time in Nature

By Brian Megaw | September 17, 2021

After the darkness of winter and the frustrations of Covid induced lockdowns, it is that time of year when our thoughts inevitably move towards the warm long days of summer. For the team at River Valley, warmer days and more sunshine lead to thoughts of multi-day river trips! We cannot be the only people with [...]

What to Expect When Travelling in New Zealand this Summer

By Brian Megaw | August 31, 2021

As I write this post, in New Zealand, we are about to enter our third week of lockdown. New Covid cases dropped in the last 24 hours, encouraging signs that this outbreak is coming under control. Will it be the last lockdown as we continue the struggle to keep the population safe? Probably not. The [...]

What is Normal?

By Brian Megaw | August 12, 2021

Of late, I have been thinking about what is meant by the often used comment “when everything gets back to normal.” What I have been wondering about is, what is normal? I think it best that I use some examples to outline my thinking. Land Use and the Food We Eat Have you ever considered [...]

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