All In The Family

By Brian Megaw | February 18, 2018

All In The Family Four guides, three passenger rafts, one very loaded gear raft, two inflatable kayaks, plus, eight adults and eight very excited children! For a number of years we have been steadily growing the multi day river trip side of our rafting operation. This growth has involved both a greater range of trips [...]

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Time For A Cultural Reboot?

By Brian Megaw | February 4, 2018

Time For A Cultural Reboot? Each Wednesday night during school terms I attend a Te Reo (Maori language) class in Taihape. I have to admit, with only 2 hours of instruction per week it may be quite some time before I become a fluent speaker - years in fact. However, there is another benefit to [...]

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Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

By Brian Megaw | January 28, 2018

Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants I don't know about you, but I have found various people throughout my life to be inspirational. This inspiration has lead me to investigate and research all sorts of unexpected turns and paths, most of which were interesting, but not applicable to my current situation at the time. Others [...]

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Are We Silent About The Things That Matter?

By Brian Megaw | January 22, 2018

Are We Silent About The Things That Matter? 100% Pure, one of the most successful tourism marketing campaigns ever. Yes, the New Zealand tourism industry has basked in the glow of this campaign and reaped the benefits. But a question we must ask ourselves, how much are we doing, that is, what the tourism industry [...]

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The River Valley Path to Being Regenerative

By Brian Megaw | January 17, 2018

The River Valley Path to Being Regenerative The Influence of Waves It is impossible to talk about being a regenerative company, especially one that operates in a rural area, without acknowledging the impact of agriculture, and the effect that has on the land, and communities. Agricultural development underwent a number of waves (depending on location). [...]

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What Does A Healthy Rural Landscape Look Like?

By Brian Megaw | January 7, 2018

What Does A Healthy Rural Landscape Look Like? My last blog ended with the question, "Are we just being romantics?" Is our desire to have our grandchildren inherit a healthy biodiverse landscape, and be a part of a diverse, fun, creative rural community just a romantic dream? The Second Law of Thermodynamics The second law [...]

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Can We Actually Make Change?

By Brian Megaw | January 2, 2018

Can We Actually Make Change? At River Valley we like to talk about being regenerative, but is  River Valley really a catalyst for regeneration in our rural community? (Dictionary meaning of "Catalyst" - A person or thing that precipitates an event. "Regeneration" - The action or process of regenerating or being regenerated. "Regenerate" - Bring [...]

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Desolation, Rugged Beauty, a Potential Train Crash. The Headwaters of the Rangitikei River

By Brian Megaw | December 26, 2017

Desolation, Rugged Beauty, a Potential Train Crash. The Headwaters of the Rangitikei River   Isolation, quiet, nature, wilderness, no people, crystal clear water, monster trout, eels, bird song (especially the beautiful notes of the Korimako/Bell Bird), rugged scenery, spectacular rock formations, tight technical rapids, no cell phone coverage. All these words, and so many more [...]

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Anyone For Lettuce?

By Brian Megaw | December 18, 2017

Anyone For Lettuce? Dapples of early morning dew roll down the leaves of lettuce, onion, beetroot and broccoli. A few flower plants give a splash of colour (and also attract pollinating insects), while amongst the leaves of the strawberry plants, bright red berries hide from busy hands, and hungrier mouths. Early morning in one of [...]

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What River Trips Are Best For A Family? It All “Depends”

By Brian Megaw | December 10, 2017

 What River Trips Are Best For A Family? It All "Depends" As the hot days of summer start to roll in, in New Zealand, our thoughts invariably turn to having fun on and in the water. This may involve riding waves into a sandy beach, or the feel of fresh clean water as you languidly [...]

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