4 Dec 2023

Exploring 'spiritual' connections to the land

From Nights, 10:35 pm on 4 December 2023
Signage for the Pouakai Circuit in the foreground of Mt Taranaki

Don't be so taken by the views on the Pouakai Circuit that you stumble into a swamp. Photo: Sarang

Do you have a favourite place? Would you describe your connection as "spiritual"?

For Michaela Richards, a PhD student at Victoria University, that place is Mt Taranaki.

Inspired by the mountains soon to be granted "legal personhood", her thesis explores the intersection between spirituality and conservation, ie how the way we express our connection to the land impacts the way we treat it.