What happens when trampers disappear without a trace? Naomi Arnold is a journalist and writer based in Nelson, New Zealand, who has covered several high profile missing tramper cases. We talk about one of New Zealand's most puzzling cases - the disappearance of German tourist Christian Prehn in Nelson Lakes National Park. A keen hiker herself, Naomi often retraces the steps of missing people to bring the story to life in the hope of one day finding them. We talk about the missing people stories she's covered, search and rescue, and some of the other pressing issues facing the outdoors in New Zealand.
Naomi's book latest book Southern Nights is due out in October. It looks at what is special about our southern skies, which have only been explored very recently compared to those in the northern hemisphere. It showcases our 'family of light', the major stars and objects of our sky and their associated meanings, history and cultural importance, explains Polynesian celestial navigation, which brought the first people here, and Maori astronomy or tatai arorangi, which helped people live here once they arrived.
You can learn more about Naomi on her website.
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