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New School Trips That Help Promote Connections And Understanding

Covid has been incredibly disruptive for schools and students, here’s a school education trip that ticks all the boxes: Approved by the Ministry of Health, including local New Zealand history, Maori culture, in depth knowledge that allows learners to make connections and understand the world around them, engaging, inspiring, outdoors and stress-free!

“Your kōrero was informative and considerate! It was rich in history, well detailed, and researched. It served as a reminder of just how important it is for students to learn about where they come from and the stories from where they reside. Such learning out of the classroom is invaluable and necessary! It allows learners to make connections and better understand the world around them. Our students were able to visualise and better comprehend the events which had taken place in Akaroa and make connections with what happened then and what continues to happen in Aotearoa, New Zealand.” 

Courtney, teacher Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi, Christchurch.
School children link arms around old tree
How old is this tree, and what has it seen in it’s lifetime? Imagine

Marie is a master storyteller and guide and is friendly and adaptable, she can design the itinerary especially for your groups needs during these crazy and changeable times. She has years of experience guiding school groups and as a teacher you can just relax and enjoy the stories alongside your students.

I can take your school to three of the most important historic sites in New Zealand and share with you the incredible stories that formed our nation, not from a dull historical narrative, but from a personal connection and local’s understanding, my ancestors, seven generations ago, where the first settlers to build a home in Akaroa, where present at the purchase of Banks Peninsula and where just beaten in the race for Akaroa. As a fan of Napoleon and friend of Victor Hugo, you will be in awe of the story of the very first French settler.

Learn about the inter-tribal warfare, the fierce warriors and the incredible adaptability of the Maori race. Connect to these stories like you haven’t before with exquisite details told by a guide with a complete understanding of complex events.

Onuku Marae Church and Pohutakawa Tree
Learn about the Maori culture and history events in Akaroa that changed the history of our nation.

Use your imagination to see how New Zealand was, once upon a time. The land of birds and giant old growth forest, of seabirds in their millions, of moa and whales breeding in our sheltered harbours. Use this imagination to establish in your own mind a future of Banks Peninsula, with its important conservation projects, Hinewai Reserve and the Wildside Predator Free NZ work.

Educational Tour for School Groups: Local NZ History in NZ Schools

Flexible Duration and Content | Pricing to Fit Your Schools Budget
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Educational experience for students that teaches them about the history and nature of Akaroa and New Zealand in an informative, interactive and inspiring way. Together, we will visit some of the most important historical sites in New Zealand such as the Takapuneke, site of the Brig Elizabeth Te Rauparaha massacre, Onuku Marae where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed and Britomart Monument, the place of the British declaration of sovereignty. The students will experience New Zealand‘s nature and wildlife by visiting internationally renowned Hinewai Reserve and learning all about the Wildside Project which is focused on predator control and the protection of native species. Our local guide has many years of experience in operating school tours and will organise the trip for you and your students from start to finish. The itinerary can be adjusted on request.

During Covid Alert Level 2 it is safe to travel on a chartered school tour with The Seventh Generation, all extra safety precautions are taken, Marie has had her first vaccination, with the second dose to come. The van is cleaned between tours and hand washing and sanitiser is provided. You will not have to wear a mask, a covid tracer code is provided and your details will be taken for the government regulations. Students are able to be socially distanced from all other members of the public, and restriction from shops and indoor spaces can be ensured.

Students learn from Hugh Wilson at Hinewai Reserve
Students learn from Hugh Wilson at Hinewai Reserve

Marie Haley

I am your guide, Marie Haley, I was born and raised on Banks Peninsula. The seventh generation direct decedent of Akaroa’s very first French settler. I grew up on the family farm following in the footsteps of my Grandfather, and his Grandfather before.