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  1. Part one of five of this full length documentary.

  2. Part two of five of this full length documentary.

  3. Part three of five of this full length documentary.

  4. Part four of five of this full length documentary.

  5. Part five of five of this full length documentary.

  6. Credits from this documentary.


This Arthur Everard-directed documentary pursues four young Māori - Ripeka, Moana, Grace and Phillip - as they transition from school, whānau and rural life To Live In the City. The film follows them as they arrive in Wellington and attend a pre-employment course run by The Department of Māori Affairs which offers accommodation and advice on employment options. A 1991 sequel To Live in the City 24 Years On, picked on the lives of the four, now middle aged.

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 Arthur Everard
 Geoffrey Scott
 Ron Bowie

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I don't like having to use the kids to help out on the farm. When they grow up, I'd rather have them leave than depend on them all the time. 
There are only half a dozen shops in Te Araroa, nothing much for school leavers. Perhaps they could do some scrub cutting, fencing or shepherding out in the farms. There's not much right here in town. The young people just have to go to the cities to get work. 
Many Māori boys and girls are coming in from country districts to the cities... and finding all manner of problems when they arrive. We decided if they could be brought in together, in a group, if they could be given help with accommodation for a year... then this would be not only better for themselves but better for the community.