The River Valley Ride

By Brian | February 22, 2020

Doubting Thomas Eats Humble Pie After several years of planning, more than a few doubts – as much from husbands (such as me) as anybody else, the first River Valley 8 Day Ride concluded on Monday with many a very happy rider. This multi-day horse trek, which has been my wife, Nicola’s, project, has taken [...]

Logis Hotels – an Alternative Future for the Classic New Zealand Country Pub

By Brian | February 8, 2020

Logis Hotels – an alternative future for the classic New Zealand country pub Recently we were visited by a small group of people in their vintage cars, including a very old Rolls Royce. It is quite surprising to me how often we do get visited by people driving vintage cars. Sometimes they are on tour [...]

An Unexpected Bonus

By Brian | January 30, 2020

An Unexpected Bonus Many farms in our district also incorporate areas of production forests, mostly smaller blocks of Radiate Pine trees. When these trees are harvested, generally at around to 25 to 30 years of age, there can be quite a lot of disruption to farming operations – and also in some cases, adventure tourism [...]

Economic Multipliers – The Economic Effects of Tourism in Rural Areas

By Brian | January 12, 2020

Economic Multipliers – The Economic Effects of Tourism in Rural Areas I have to be honest and say that sometimes I do quite like “geeky” stuff. You know, things like the latest research into all sorts of subjects, facts and figures and so on. Well one somewhat geeky subject that has always both concerned me [...]

Bad Press Hide Positive Developments on Farms

By Brian | September 19, 2019

Bad Press Hide Positive Developments on Farms Do farmers get a bad press in New Zealand? Depending on what you read or hear, and who wrote it or said it, the answer is either yes or no. Unfortunately, views on both sides have become increasingly polarised. What, for the most part, has driven this polarisation [...]