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.
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.- Tapua Hipere (farmer - Okaihau)