Storytelling | BLOG

Storytelling is my passion and my way of life. I am connected to the land that I have lived on for Seven Generations and to the community and stories that I move within. I believe that stories create the world, that our perceptions are built from the stories that we believe and can imagine in our own mind and heart. Akaroa has some of the most amazing history stories 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.

I deliver regenerative tourism, sustainable from the ground up. Sustainability is not something I plan, it is what I do, my whole way of life, from milking the house cow in the morning to growing our own meat, eggs, vegetables and we’re getting there with 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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Painting of the Nanto Bordelaise Company French Settler ship Comte de Paris named after the Count de Paris & the Aube by artist Paul Deacon
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New Zealand Private Tour 2021
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Akaroa French Festival 2021 2022
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Speaking to a group
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Celebrating Green Ribbon Award
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Yellow-eyed penguin standing next to a predator trap
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Carving of Papatuanuku Maori Mother Earth overlooking Hinewai Reserve and Pacific Ocean
I started The Seventh Generation Tours to allow me to share with the world my passion for this place, my Read more