The Explosion of Farm to Table Offerings. Why?

By Brian Megaw | April 30, 2021

For many years, a few restaurants, cafes, and accommodation places have offered some form of farm to table or paddock to plate style food. Of late, there has seemed to be a bit of an explosion in this field. Pick up any travel-related magazine, and some luxury lodge is touting that some at least of [...]

End of an Era and the Beginnings of a New One

By Brian Megaw | March 25, 2021

For businesses, one enduring memory of the Covid pandemic will be the questions asked around “what now” and “what does the future look like”. Here at River Valley, we have asked ourselves these questions and come up with some answers that involve taking our business in a new direction. I have outlined some of that [...]

Where People Work, Mistakes are Made

By Brian | June 20, 2020

Where People Work, Mistakes are Made A recent couple of cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, following almost a month of no new cases, just goes to show how vulnerable any country is to further outbreaks of the virus. As you would expect there are plenty of recriminations going round about how this happened. When [...]

A Return to Localism? Beyond the Local Farmers Market

By Brian | June 15, 2020

A Return to Localism? Beyond the Local Farmers Market I, for one, welcome the current emphasis, due to the close of international borders, on shopping and travelling locally. I have long been interested in strong communities and having economic benefit them rather than ending in the hands of corporates or heading offshore. But how far [...]

The Folly of Back to Normal

By Brian | June 5, 2020

The Folly of Back to Normal Turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or read somewhat anything from some mainstream commentator regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the talk will invariably come to “getting back to normal”. And secretly, or not so secretly that is what most of us desire. We want our lives to [...]

The Great Unravelling

By Brian | May 7, 2020

The Great Unravelling To be fair, I am not the first to use the term, “The Great Unravelling”. However, this is the best term to describe what I see happening both in New Zealand and around the world. Most people would not have thought that what we are presently witnessing would even be possible in [...]

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