Is Tourism an Extractive or Stewardship Industry?

By Brian Megaw | April 19, 2021

Milford Sound, New Zealand When I, and I imagine most people, think of mining, we think of enormous holes in the ground with colossal machinery lumbering like ants upon the devastation. Whether it be mountain top removal for coal, mineral extraction for precious metals or the grotesqueness of tar sand operations, we all have a [...]

The Story of Green Gold and How It Relates to Our Landscape

By Brian Megaw | April 9, 2021

As I sit here in my office writing this post, we are experiencing light and very welcome, warm rain outside. Our parched landscape needs this moisture. While this summer has not been as dry as some we have endured over the last few years; it was still more than dry enough. Over the last several [...]

Can the Problem also Contain a Solution?

By Brian Megaw | April 1, 2021

With the introduction of the much anticipated new freshwater regulations in New Zealand, there will be even further pressure on farmers to fence livestock, cattle in particular, out of rivers and streams. Much fencing and planting have already been done, but there is more to do. The legislation aims to clean up our waterways. These [...]

A Day on the Whanganui River in a Dory

By Brian Megaw | February 25, 2021

My warm sleeping bag and comfy sleeping pad feel like the place to stay this early in the morning. But it is 6.15 am, at this time of year still not quite light, but if we are to be underway on the river by 8.30, then I need to get going. Even this early, it [...]

Retreats – Some Reimagining

By Brian Megaw | February 13, 2021

You could say the original driving force in creating River Valley was a desire to share such a spectacular and beautiful location with others. We have been successful in this, and some might say too successful with too many people at times – at least pre-Covid. However, the last few months have certainly given plenty [...]

Is Regenerative Tourism a Thing?

By Brian Megaw | February 6, 2021

I recently watched a webinar where Anna Pollock, the founder of travel firm, Conscious Travel, outlined her thoughts on how tourism can be regenerative. I was so taken by what she had to say, as it resonated strongly with my thoughts, that I searched for and found a copy of her PowerPoint slides. While her [...]

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