Storytelling | BLOG

Storytelling is my passion and my way of life. I have been connected to this land and community for seven generations.

Stories create our perceptions of our world. Akaroa has some of the most amazing history in New Zealand and some of the best conservation projects, I love to tell these stories in a way that bring them to life and leave you feeling so inspired about our future.

The Seventh Generation delivers regenerative tourism, sustainable from the ground up. With our own carbon sink of native forest on our land. Sustainability is my whole way of life, from milking the house cow in the morning to growing our own meat, eggs, vegetables and fruit and berries too! We have fenced the forest on our farm and the streams too, to protect the lifeforce or mauri of our natural systems.

I believe in living life that is in alignment with our passions and dreams, that we have been given this gift that we should not waste. Storytelling and regeneration is who I am, it is what makes me come alive. It is my pleasure to share that with you. 

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Takapuneke Red House Bay Akaroa
Takapūneke is as important as the Waitangi Grounds. The site of the Brig Elizabeth Te Rauparaha Massacre that was a Read more
The Seventh Generation Principle
The Seventh Generation Principle is an American Indian and Indigenous Concept to think of the seventh generation after you and Read more
Inside Out Akaroa House & Garden Tour 2022 - All you need to know here in one place. Read more
Maori Celebration Matariki Takapuneke official opening
Takapūneke is as important as Waitangi - the South Island’s preeminent historic site. Significantly on this very first public holiday Read more
Akaroa Storm
6 months after the storm, new photos show the extent of the damage and what it’s been like for the Read more
A Quiet Place North South April 2022
Back in November 2021 I was interviewed for ‘A Quiet Place’ about Natural Quiet, something that I find has been Read more
Restore Ōkururu
Can you spot the differences between these two photos? Ōkururu was hit hard by Cyclone Ruby in December 2021, while Read more
Storm Dreaming. The view from our home after the Banks Peninsula storm December 2021
I had a dream Storm dreaming. About fifteen years ago I had a dream. I was an old lady, with Read more
Banks Peninsula Storm 2021 Marie Haley The Seventh Generation
After the Banks Peninsula storm 2021 that caused localised mudslides to the Wildside and Hinewai Reserve, communities are isolated, roads, Read more
Terrible Storm damage on Banks Peninsula threatening homes and isolating households
The Eastern Bays of Banks Peninsula have just experienced the most terrible storm in living memory. This is my personal Read more
Banks Peninsula Storm slip terrifying for residents
The December 2021 Banks Peninsula storm from cyclone Ruby has taken out roads, powerpoles, phone lines and left households isolated Read more
Akaroa Private Tour at Akaroa Nature Heritage Park
3 hours | 2 Adults + 2 Children ONLY $290 | Save $150 Extra Adults: $120, Children $25 | Departs Read more
New-Zealand-History-Tour-Akaroa-Absolutely-the-Best-Place-in-NZ
Did you know that Akaroa is the best place for a New Zealand History Tour? With 5 significant historic sites Read more
Quiet Parks New Zealand Natural Quiet at it's very best
Quiet Parks - New Zealand has some of the best (and most spectacular) naturally quiet places in the world. Prepare Read more
Wildside Project-Conservation-Rangers-in-the-titi-colony
Learn all about the Amazing Wildside Project on Banks Peninsula, a leading farming and landowner conservation project. Read more
Akaroa History Painting of the Nanto Bordelaise Company French Settler ship Comte de Paris named after the Count de Paris & the Aube by artist Paul Deacon
Comte de Paris was the Nanto Bordelaise Company's 501-tonne sailing ship that carried the French and German settlers to a Read more
Students learn from Hugh Wilson the Legend at Hinewai Reserve
Hugh Wilson is a botanist, linguist, conservationist, visionary and absolute legend. He has also had a profound impact upon the Read more
Akaroa Farmers Market, things to do Akaroa
The Akaroa Farmers Market is on every Saturday between October and April from 9:30 - 1pm. At the St Patrick's Read more
New Zealand Private Tour 2021
Marie Haley is Akaroa's number 1 expert local guide, offering private tours that are simply remarkable. Read more
Hinewai Reserve Hugh Wilson and Marie Haley
Hinewai Reserve Hugh Wilson and Storyteller Marie Haley have a public conversation on the wonderful kanuka tree. Read more
School History in Akaroa
School history in Akaroa, is available to children of all ages and abilities, they can and should learn history, stories Read more
Akaroa History French Settlement
Akaroa history is incredibly rich, Māori waves of exploration, settlement and conquest, rich culture and traditions as well as inter-tribal Read more
New Zealand History School Trips
School trips Akaroa - here's a school education trip that ticks all the boxes: Including local New Zealand history, Maori Read more
Old Growth Forest Banks Peninsula
There is so much to do on State 75 from Christchurch to Akaroa. Make a trip of it and explore Read more
Man standing on top of Banks Peninsula summit experiencing freedom
Escape while under Level 2 delta restrictions to one of your favourite and familiar destinations of stunning beauty, Akaroa, but Read more
Akaroa French Festival 2021 2022
Akaroa French Festival 2023, what to do, where and when. Don’t miss out! Read more
Channel 9 Australia is filming live in Akaroa to showcase the beauty of Akaroa in Winter. Come and see, it's Read more
Akaroa education The Seventh Generation
Marie Haley from The Seventh Generation Education Adventures talking to the Akaroa Area School class about abundance on Campbell Island. Read more
Akaroa Museum Comte de Paris Exhibition
Akaroa History Storyteller Marie Haley is featured as a local resident with a powerful connection to place developed over seven Read more
Speaking to a group
Fabulous review of the Akaroa History and Nature Tour with The Seventh Generation Tours Akaroa. Read more
Best Scone Recipe in New Zealand! Try this and you won't be disappointed, all the tips and tricks you need Read more
New Zealand Private Tours Get Away from it all.
Marie stands here on the cliff tops of her Great Great Grandfathers farm. Knowing where she is from fills her Read more
Dame Anne Salmond visited Akaroa recently for the Akaroa Civic Trust's 50 year celebration and to discuss the Tahitian navigator Read more
Celebrating Green Ribbon Award
The Wildside story started 25 years ago, when a Banks Peninsula farmer set out to protect the little blue penguins Read more
Banks Peninsula titi burrow monitoring result summary, 1995 to 2018 A graph showing the incredible increase in titi since a Read more
For wilderness is not space, but the life force that inhibits that space. Marie Haley Wilderness is Campbell Island, It Read more
Hugh Wilson documentary by Jason Hosking
Hugh Wilson documentary is a must watch Hugh Wilson of Hinewai Reserve is featured in Fools & Dreamers is a Read more
This Akaroa tour ticks all the boxes, New Zealands unique history, told by a true storyteller, stunning scenery and nature Read more
Written in the Stars by Jane Nicolls In the tiny port of Akaroa, Marie Haley recently launched her thoroughly researched Read more
Akaroa Conservationist Marie Haley from The Seventh Generation Tours is featured in this months Latitude Magazine for her role in Read more
This Hugh Wilson video was judged the best in New Zealand Watch this video to understand why Banks Peninsula is Read more
Our understanding of our home and our sense of place is such a vital connection for people's wellbeing and contentment, Read more
Little blue penguin in nesting box
Titi or sooty shearwater were once common across Banks Peninsula along with many other species of burrowing petrel, by 1995 Read more
The Wildside is an area on the outer edge of Banks Peninsula recognised for its high biodiversity value and a Read more
Yellow-eyed penguin standing next to a predator trap
  Across the mainland hōiho or yellow-eyed penguins (YEP) are having a tough time of it. This year the number Read more
Tours The Seventh Generation Turangawaewae
I started The Seventh Generation Tours to allow me to share with the world my passion for this place, my Read more