Christmas Mullings

By Brian | December 20, 2019

Christmas Mullings And in a heartbeat, it is Christmas yet again. Where does the year go? Beneath the retail frenzy and the never-ending messages that buying bigger gifts leads to more happiness and feelings of self-worth, there is another side to Christmas. For me, this other side is the chance to catch my breath and [...]

Wellness

By Brian | December 14, 2019

Wellness A few days ago, I was at our local primary school (ages 5 to 13 years), Pukeokahu Primary. The reason for my visit was to watch the process whereby the school passed its assessment from Bronze to Silver Enviro School – which they did. It was great to see the enthusiasm that the pupils [...]

Ethically Bankrupt Organisations

By Brian | December 5, 2019

Ethically Bankrupt Organisations I recently read a post on Facebook from Riverford, a large organic vegetable and fruit supplier and grower in the UK. I follow Riverford, and while being in New Zealand, I cannot buy their produce, I admire many of the initiatives they are taking, both environmentally and socially. This particular post was [...]

Who Works at River Valley?

By Brian | December 1, 2019

Who Works at River Valley? I often get asked, well almost told that most of our staff would be transitory backpackers, wouldn’t they be? The person making the query is most surprised when I tell them, that no, other than the occasional wwoofer, (we call them cuzzies), all the staff are paid employees, and most [...]

Like Good Cheese and Fine Wine. It All Takes Time

By Brian | November 16, 2019

Like Good Cheese and Fine Wine. It All Takes Time Last week we had a meeting with an architect friend of Janey’s. Up for discussion were some ideas around changes to the main Lodge building. These proposed changes include a revamp of the kitchen and bar working areas, and also changes to the customer dining [...]

It Has Been an Epic Week

By Brian | November 8, 2019

It Has Been An Epic Week What a difference a few days can make. Early last week I was wearing long trousers, a fleece pullover and a woollen t-shirt. Temperatures – degrees Celsius - were in the mid-teens at best. With day after day of cool temperatures, showers or rain, local farmers were battling the [...]

What is River Valley About?

By Brian | November 1, 2019

Finding the Right Words What are we all about is a question any business at some stage asks itself. River Valley is no exception. In fact, we have asked this very question about what and why many times. While this is not the BIG meaning of life question, it is most certainly something that any [...]

Is This Just A Load of Red Bull or Is It a Case of World Famous in Taihape?

By Brian | October 25, 2019

Is This Just A Load of Red Bull or Is It a Case of World Famous in Taihape? A traveller went rafting with us the other day. The trip he did was on the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River. He was probably in his mid-30s and travelling alone. Often, people travelling alone like [...]

River Valley, Kiwi Experience and Relationships

By Brian | October 19, 2019

River Valley, Kiwi Experience and Relationships On Saturday night, the 12th October, Nicola, Janey, Tom and I went to the Kiwi Experience Birthday party held in Auckland. This party, which was quite a big fun affair, celebrated the 30th birthday of the company that has become New Zealand’s leading hop on, hop off, adventure travel [...]

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