The Elephant in the Sky

By Brian | June 20, 2019

The Elephant In The Sky Tourism Industry experts love trotting out forecasts. Forecasts of visitor arrivals. Forecasts of how much they are going to spend. Forecasts of the, always positive, impacts all these people will have on New Zealand. More employment. Economic growth in the regions and so on. And yet the elephant in the [...]

Does Tourism Bring People Together?

By Brian | June 14, 2019

Does Tourism Bring People Together? It is often said that tourism has the power or maybe the possibility to bring people together. Amongst its supposed positive attributes are visitors learning about and learning to accept, even embrace, other cultures. Tourism often prides itself, at least in New Zealand, in showcasing indigenous culture, in our case [...]

Where Is The Nearest McDonalds?

By Brian | April 25, 2019

Where Is The Nearest McDonalds? Here at River Valley Lodge, it is lunchtime. Guests are coming in from morning activities, be that rafting, horse trekking, or simply having been for a walk. Others on warmer days will have spent time swimming or lazing out by the river. Many of course will not have left the [...]

What Is Reductionism? Why Is It a Form Of Thinking That Is So Pervasive And Why Does It Give The Wrong Answers?

By Brian | April 6, 2019

What Is Reductionism? Why Is It a Form Of Thinking That Is So Pervasive And Why Does It Give The Wrong Answers? A term I often see is “reductionism”. This term while increasingly common in articles about regenerative systems, is especially common when used as the opposite of “holistic”. The process of reductionism is however [...]

Defining Moments

By Brian | March 19, 2019

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 horrific [...]

Memories of Starlings and Streams. Why Are They Important?

By Brian | March 10, 2019

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 and [...]

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