"Over the past few months, I’ve had a lot of time. Time to spend in nature. Time to think. Time to read. Time to really be with my family. Time to be vulnerable and open my mind and heart to strangers and new experiences. I posted on social media a lot but I stopped consuming it as much (mere fact of not ever having wifi or phone service). I didn’t spend 12 hours a day on my laptop and because of that I really didn’t read as much news, as many headlines, as many articles, etc. I may have lost connection to what exactly is happening but I think what I regained was a sense of enchantment with the world. I met so many good people from all over the world. I sat on so many gorgeous beaches, hiked up so many awe-inspiring mountains, watched loads and loads of stunning sunrises and sunsets. I swam in the ocean more in one year than I have in my entire life. I ate a lot of delicious food. I slept a lot. I walked around a lot of different cities and realized we’re a lot more alike than we are different."...some reflections from the past few months on the blog today 💕
Maungaroa Ridge, Piha, 2018.
The effect of kauri dieback disease is apparent - Maungaroa Ridge encircles the beach & community at Piha, so it's easy to see the extent of the disease & hard not to feel affected by it. It's also hard not to see the connection between human movement & spread of the disease, as it's distribution is related to proximity to tracks in the forest. I mourn the situation - the forest is something I feel a powerful sense of connection to - so it's decline elicits a profound sense of personal loss, even though that's trivial compared the value of intrinsic or ecosystem loss.
The Waitakere ranges in West Auckland is known for its stunning scenery. It's also become synonymous with missing or murdered women. -
Tracey Ann Patient, Karen Stanley-Hunt, Carmen Thomas & Grace Millane are among the people who's remains have been found in the bushland. -
Since 2004, three attractive brunette women have gone missing in Mercer Bay close to Piha. These women were surrounded by family & friends who cared for them. To their loved ones the disappearances don't make sense. People just don't vanish into thin air.
The statue of Te Ahua o Hinerangi now guards the entrance to the Mercer track. Hinerangi's own tragic tale is a local legend.
Keep posted for our upcoming story. The Waitakeres has yet to reveal what happened to this young woman in 2004...