Why Do I Feel Like This?

By Brian | July 3, 2018

Nature Is So Good For The Brain When we go out into nature, Williams says, “our brains shift in a way that’s really good for our mood and health.” Normally it takes several days to get in the right space. First there is the rigging (boater talk for getting all the equipment sorted and packed [...]

The Dictionary and The Eclipse of Nature

By Brian | June 26, 2018

The Dictionary and the Eclipse of Nature Did you know that the 2007 Oxford Children’s Dictionary, aimed at seven-year olds, dropped words such as ‘almond’, ‘blackberry’ and ‘crocus’ and replaced them with ‘analogue’, ‘block graph’ and ‘celebrity’? The 2012 edition reinforced this break with nature. This process of writing nature out of young minds. Heron, [...]

A Typical Portrait of a Family Business?

By Brian | June 22, 2018

A Typical Portrait of a Family Business? A cornerstone of tourism in New Zealand has always been the small, most often family owned, business. While the industry shows signs of some consolidation, with corporate buy outs of a number of previously privately owned operators, small and medium businesses still comprise 85 % of the businesses [...]

Complicated vs. Complex

By Brian | June 14, 2018

Complicated vs. Complex. What’s the Difference and Why is it Important? In New Zealand rural areas, production of various commodities invariably dominates the landscape. This could be dairy operations on the Canterbury plains, the Waikato and Taranaki. On hill country in both the North & South Islands, sheep and cattle production dominates, while in areas, […]

Out Of The Ranges

By Brian | June 6, 2018

The Musters for 2018 are now complete, with one of the wild Kaimanawa horses from the second Muster having arrived at its new home at River Valley Stables. What Horses, You May Ask? The Kaimanawa wild (feral) horses are found grazing in small family bands within the boundary of the New Zealand Defence Force Army […]

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