Sharing the magic, stories of abundance on Campbell Island, at Akaroa Area School.
Marie Haley talking to an Akaroa Area School Class about Campbell Island and true abundance.

Sharing the magic, stories of abundance on Campbell Island, at Akaroa Area School.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Akaroa Area School to talk about the natural abundance on Campbell Island. I was lucky enough to visit this remote uninhabited Sub-Antarctic Island three times while a student at Victoria University in Wellington.

I shared with the children some of most memorable experiences of living in the wild, with no phone coverage, no internet, no weather forecast, no TV, no roads, no shops, just freedom to live in the moment and be blown away by the abundance and beauty. Everywhere I went I was surrounded with wildlife that was not afraid of humans. Each time we made camp we would immediately have a New Zealand pipit (small brown bird in the bottom right photo) take up residence, hopping around our feet eating the crumbs and at times even sitting on our legs and feet.

Whenever I took the time to sit and enjoy what happened naturally around me, there would always be a surprise, one morning during my outdoor ablutions three yellow-eyed penguins gathered for their morning chat before heading out to sea. Anywhere that you sat and waited there would be magic.

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.