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It is a still night in the forest, and we can hear the sound of falling twigs, leaves, and berries – part of the self-sustaining cycle of death, decay, and growth. I explore this process from the perspective of the forest floor from initial collisions, build-up of litter, insect activity, and through chemical processes that nourish new life. Our soils are deteriorating due to erosion and intensive farming. Diseases such as kauri dieback and myrtle rust are threatening our magnificent native trees. The burning of forests and tussocks, introduction of pests, draining of wetlands, and loss of habitat through development are some of the factors that have contributed to more than 50 extinctions.
Composed for 'Force of Nature: Celebrating 100 Years of Forest & Bird'
17 Mar 2023: Auckland Arts Festival | Force of Nature