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  1. The first of two parts of this full length NFU film.

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This educational video was made by the NFU for the National Mountain Safety Council to promote awareness of bush safety. After a blackboard science lesson (check out a bearded Ray Henwood) things get interesting. A fictional trip into the bush turns into a Stubbies-clad 70s Kiwi version of the Blair Witch Project as we're told that one of the group will not survive the night, picked off by that fearsome killer: exposure. The message is serious, but the doom-laden tone induced titters in school classrooms and scout halls throughout NZ.


A perspective by Paul Stanley Ward 18.01.2009

Watching Such a Stupid Way to Die awakened my memories of an 80s pre-school camp instructional video session. Knowing winks and nudges were exchanged in the darkened classroom when the hapless Thomas, suffering from hypothermia, is given ...

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 Philip McDonald
 David H Fowler
 Wayne Smith

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 Philip Monolagi

Philip Monolagi

Never EVER go out bush unprotected!!!!

 Stu Mountjoy

Stu Mountjoy

I remember watching this one, Onslow College I think, and I thought it was about a serious thing - and I wasn't even into tramping! Mind you, some of the sex education films were also met with laughing.



I saw this in 1977 at my form 1 week long camp at Piha beach, when I grew up in Auckland. At that time it was a relatively recent film and in those days was one of many educational films - they were our av component of our learning.

Very impressionable film and quite dramatic with its quite emotional film score, and always remember the serious (and far younger) Ray Henwood and the overacting. Not very common to see smoking trampers these days!

 Shaun Barnett

Shaun Barnett

A classic piece of Kiwi film-making; I remember seeing it at primary school in the mid-1970s, and it certainly stuck in my mind: jeans and alcohol were the bushcraft crimes that lead to death by hypothermia, a term I'd never heard before.



I remember seeing this when I was in the Army years ago. It was given as an advisory piece before we went bush on an exercise. I found it a bit scary as did quite a few others of us gallant young part-time soldiers!

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The New Zealand alpine bush is extraordinary, beautiful ... but every year some die here. 
Hell that cloud seems to be moving in pretty fast. 
Oh no, it's the wrong bloody way. 
Because these five people are almost entirely ignorant of the dangers inherent in the mountains, Thomas Coogan will tomorrow night ... be dead!