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Marie Haley inside forest reserve

Help Restore the Beauty of Nature, After Heartbreaking Loss – Goughs Bay

After dedicating her life to protecting nature a storm has destroyed fencing and beautiful native forest in Goughs Bay, can you help Marie restore it? Watch on RNZ.

Goughs Bay on RNZ
Watch the video and interviews of affected Goughs Bay landowners.
Banks Peninsula Storm 2021 Marie Haley The Seventh Generation
Absolutely heartbreaking, to loose your forest and have the beauty replaced by barren ugliness, all from one rain.

Can you help restore Goughs Bay? After living though a terrifying storm that devastated the forest and left us with no road access for months, no phone and no driveway, we woke the next morning to find that all of our fencing to protect native forest was destroyed and the beautiful 50 year old forest literally ripped out by it’s roots.

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You can help us – givealittle – or get in touch to help out on the ground.

The full main stream of the property was fenced and forested with mature trees. It is now a wide boulder field with steep stream banks. The side streams and forest areas were also fenced and protected to allow for native biodiversity. Approximately half the property was protected native forest. Freshwater ecologists have confirmed there are NO insects left in the main stream. 

There are so many ways you can help, please SHARE this page widely, come and help replant the trees, get involved in educational days, or give-a-little. You can contact us on

Help Restore Goughs Bay Stream

Ōkaruru/Goughs Bay was recognised by ECan for it’s high stream values and has a nationally important wetland. After this storm, banded kōkopu and many eels were found dead in the mud. The whole stream system is now at risk. 

Help Restore Goughs Bay Banded or possibly Giant Kokopu
Banded or possibly Giant Kokopu

We have lost 28 fences in total and 9 boundary fences, including two full stream fences and the fences around two forest reserves. A meter of fencing is $30 and a tree with plant guards is $10.

We can set aside more land than we did before and protect more native forest and restore the stream, replanting trees to return the beauty and the birdsong.

Marie has spent her lifetime working in conservation and enhancing communities, and is a storyteller inspiring others to be the change in the world. She never thought that this would happen to the land she loves and manages, but instead of giving up hope she wants to make this place better for future generations, better than it was before the storm.

While nature will heal eventually, it won’t without fences to exclude cattle and sheep, and by controlling weeds. Please help us restore Goughs Bay.!

Goughs Bay Marie Haley on maggot farming and the storm that destroyed her stream
Marie Haley on maggot farming and the storm that destroyed her stream.

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.