The Laughing Moa Cycle Trail

By Brian Megaw | June 15, 2022

The Laughing Moa Cycle Trail Not far from River Valley is the small settlement of Moawhango. Some kilometres downstream from the River Valley Lodge, the river of the same name, the Moawhango, flows into the main river we raft on, namely the Rangitikei. Moawhango is a Maori placename that translates as noisy or raucous Moa. [...]

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 [...]

Into the Dark

By Brian Megaw | February 24, 2022

Into the Dark How do we value that which may be lost forever? Extinction – a situation in which something no longer exists (Cambridge Dictionary) For many people, extinction is just another word. I have had several conversations around this subject and especially thought about it more as I cleared stoat traps yesterday on a [...]

Reflections on Contrasts

By Brian Megaw | February 15, 2022

Reflections on Contrasts What a difference a few days make! A little over ten days ago, the primary weather concern in our area of the world was an unfolding drought. The landscape was parched, turning from that lovely golden summer brown to the grey-brown of dust. Trees were quickly becoming the only green things to [...]

The Gentle Annie Cycle Journey

By Brian Megaw | January 20, 2022

The Gentle Annie Cycle Journey Many of you will know that we received the first of our new Giant E-Bikes in December. Since then, the bikes have been in regular use, mainly as freedom hires. How far do most people ride? A popular loop has been what we call the Tour de Moawhango. This route, [...]

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