A Day on the Whanganui River in a Dory

By Brian Megaw | February 25, 2021

My warm sleeping bag and comfy sleeping pad feel like the place to stay this early in the morning. But it is 6.15 am, at this time of year still not quite light, but if we are to be underway on the river by 8.30, then I need to get going. Even this early, it [...]

Retreats – Some Reimagining

By Brian Megaw | February 13, 2021

You could say the original driving force in creating River Valley was a desire to share such a spectacular and beautiful location with others. We have been successful in this, and some might say too successful with too many people at times – at least pre-Covid. However, the last few months have certainly given plenty [...]

Is Regenerative Tourism a Thing?

By Brian Megaw | February 6, 2021

I recently watched a webinar where Anna Pollock, the founder of travel firm, Conscious Travel, outlined her thoughts on how tourism can be regenerative. I was so taken by what she had to say, as it resonated strongly with my thoughts, that I searched for and found a copy of her PowerPoint slides. While her [...]

Incomplete Ecosystems

By Brian Megaw | November 28, 2020

I have recently been reading “The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lakes District” by James Rebanks. An excellent read by the way. The book is the story of James growing up, and then farming on his own on the Lakes District of Northern England. What became clear to me while reading this book was [...]

How Can One Billion Trees Be a Problem?

By Brian | September 12, 2020

How Can One Billion Trees Be a Problem? As part of New Zealand's answer to meeting our climate change obligations is the crazy policy of one billion trees. What this policy says, in essence, is that rather than cutting back on our carbon emissions in transport, farming and other sectors, instead, we will offset them, [...]

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