Documentary TV Series:

This Way of Life

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"A different way of living in New Zealand." Purchased on Mighty Ape

Documentary about a family living in New Zealand who have many ordeals to get through. This family is in touch with the way our pioneers would have lived. They live a very simple life where fancy possessions are not needed, only a gutsy determination to survive, their love and respect for each other and animals. An amazing film that the whole family can enjoy and learn some valuable life-lessons.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"Every New Zealander should watch this movie at least once"
5 stars"
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This is a great movie to showcase NZ to the world and it really makes you re-evaluate what is important in life. It totally changed the way I look at everything and I truly appreciate every single day. A must watch movie – 5 stars!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"WOW! "
4 stars"
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What an inspiring story about a fearless & loving family – true to themselves and their values!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Set against the imposing mountains and isolated beaches in a remote part of New Zealand, This Way of Life is an intimate portrait of a Maori family and their relationship with nature, adversity, their horses and society at large.

Peter and Colleen Karena are in their early 30’s. They have six children and 50 horses. Masterful in the saddle and Hollywood handsome, Peter is an outsider. Though European, Peter was adopted into a Maori family and is Maori in all but skin. Driven by an unresolved relationship with his father, Peter’s refusal to compromise and his interaction with his world calls into question our assumptions of bravery and heroism. He is a horse whisperer, thinker, hunter, builder, husband and father.

Colleen Karena (Ngati Maniapoto) is the keeper of her family’s taonga tuku iho (heritage). She is a parent in the old-fashioned sense, for her the family is the centre of the universe and mothering the most important job. The Karena kids are unfettered and exuberant, the idea of risk alien to them. Unimpaired by consumerism, the children’s Gameboys and PlayStations are real horses and real guns used to hunt venison for sustenance.
Re-released on
February 7th, 2011
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
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Country of Production
  • New Zealand
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All-time sales rank
Top 500
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