Tuesday 22 June: Nature and Wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand, Dr Catherine Knight

7.30 pm Tuesday, 22 June, Palmerston North Central Library, George Street, Palmerston North.

Nature and Wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand:
Exploring the connection.

Dr Catherine Knight

In this talk, Dr Catherine Knight will present the findings from her latest book exploring the connection between nature and wellbeing in New Zealand. She will provide a brief foray into the burgeoning body of international research in this field before exploring the implications of these findings for us in Aotearoa, especially in our cities and towns, where the majority of us live. She will argue that ‘renaturing’ our cities will not only mean greener, more liveable cities, but it will also make them more climate resilient and ecologically diverse.

Catherine Knight is a writer and environmental historian. She has published five books. New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history (Canterbury University Press, 2016) was longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017 and was selected as one of the Listener’s Best Books for 2016. Her previous book, Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu (Dunmore Press, 2014), won the J.M. Sherrard major award for excellence in regional and local history, and Palmerston North Heritage Trust’s inaugural award for the best work of history relating to the Manawatu. Her fifth book, Nature and Wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand: Exploring the connection, was released in late 2020. For more information about the book, please see https://www.khm.co.nz/totara-press