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 [...]

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 [...]

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