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This Way of Life 2010

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‘I treat my children the way I would like to have been raised,’ says Peter Karena, none too impressed by the adoptive father who raised him. In this captivating, visually ravishing doco, we watch Peter and his wife Colleen over an eventful four years as they do whatever it takes to provide emotional security and a life in harmony with nature for their six children. More

As charismatic a subject as any filmmaker could ask for, Peter makes ends meet as a horse-whisperer, builder and hunter. Seeing the children riding bareback through the East Coast dunes or astride a horse moving up a river with their father is like glimpsing the infancy of the classical gods. (Yes, Tom Burstyn’s cinematography is that remarkable.) But is such glorious freedom, a respect for nature and the abundant love of family all a child needs? Never evangelical, Peter and Colleen talk with unassuming vitality about the values they are instilling in their children. You might well leave their company persuaded that the parents of the future should be getting to know horses now. (Source: NZ International Film Festival) Hide

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    • Tima

      Saw this last night on the Maori channel after the Chch telethon.. what a beautiful family and great parents!

    • Bunnie

      Love it saw it lasnight also. Gives you a diffrent outlook on life.. makes you appreciate the little tings.. Def worth another watch!

    • Samme

      Truly extra-ordinary couple raising their 6 young children with beautiful rich outlooks on life even though they are living in hardship

    • Sybil

      A stunning movie. Beautifully filmed. A captivating story about an amazingly resilient,couple and the trials they face. Must see.

    • Kathy

      This movie is a gift to one's soul- a cure for what jades you!

    • Emma

      I was extremely moved, being frustrated at my short fused parenting techniques, I now have a lot to think about. Very moving XOXO

    • Gina

      mesmerizing, captivating and enchanting. Life changing for me

    • Sam

      I loved every minute of it. A beautiful family and a beautiful part of this earth. the kids are so blessed to have parents like they are.

    • Jayne

      A rare and special family...and movie. A must see and treasure

    • June

      I loved the whole documentary..I loved everything about it...I loved the horses, the children are beautiful. Peter is a hottie

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  • June

    I cant stop watching this beautiful film. The scenery is amazing. Peter is like the character Tristan in Legends of the fall. A Hunk!

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Michele Nobody (?)

A truly raw but beautiful film that captures a families joy and love and honesty rarely seen. A story of hope and spirituality that we should all be so priviledged to encounter.

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Beuatiful

Stephanie McLeay Nobody (?)

I saw this film last night, and I think it is one of the most beautiful films i have ever seen. That way of life, even though through the hard times, the love and bond between the family is so enriching and absolutley overwheleming, the film brought tears and laughter to me, and I came away from there with a sense of "evertything really is ok as long as the love is there". The way Peter has handled the turmoils in his life, was humbling and both beuatiful. The children seem so happy and loving, and I hope that I can live a life that way when I have children. bless this family X

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THE BOMB BRO'Z

james rolleston Nobody (?)

llewelyn the brother colleen my mum hahahahahahaha peter i wish to meet you bro and all the little bros and sisters you fullas are the BOMB at riding horses. =) mean as film =)!!!

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hiii

chanazz Nobody (?)

hahahah you's came to our school
you's inspire us tha way yous live
man that was the best movie ever and i havent even watched tha whole thing lol=]
by tha wae theaz nothin wrong with it!!!!!
from chanazz sarah hannah and pam students of collingwood area school
hiii corbin=]
and aorora yu shuldve showed us your dance moves man you sooo have to
shaeza mallchi and ellius
hi welly we miss u from rm6 e.g yr7&8z
peace love harmony

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great movie, but....

jon Nobody (?)

Loved the movie. Loved the family and great scenery but... Woke up in the night wondering why the family were so pissed off with him they would burn the house down, where the great vocabulary and well articulated philosophy came from. That sounds like an expensive and extensive education to me. How did he get a new set of yards and about 20 sets of horse gear when he wanted to set up a trecking company,that costs heaps, and then why was it never mentioned again? There is a lot more of interest to this story.
j

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See It.

Joe Nobody (?)

What a great film! The Karenas living confronts our own, in a good way. We all live a bit of their life sometimes, but not often enough.

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Tino pai!

Cali Kelly-Jury Nobody (?)

Well done Pete n Colleen! I miss yous! The kids made me laugh! Well done llewelyn!

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SIMLPY STUNNING...

kate Nobody (?)

Beautiful,moving,scenic,passionate,frustrating,touching,emotional,funny and honest.
What a movie...what a family...what a lifestyle...what a place.
Take 1.5 hours of your day and go see it!!

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Yvonne Nobody (?)

I didn't want to movie to end. I hope this movie will not bring the Karena family unwanted or negative attention. I hope they can continue to live their life the way the have chosen to. If only there were more fathers like Peter I believe NZ would not have some of the tragic issues it struggles with today.

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Way to go

Natalie Nobody (?)

Totally inspiring family. Beautiful kids blessed with a life full of natural riches and joys , rather than the material wants of this fast paced world. Totally refreshing. Colleen you are a legend, Peter your talents especially with the horses a joy to witness a true gift. Dont ever change you are so totally real.
Arohanui

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This way of life - Truely stunning, take the whole whanau!!!

Reggae Kohu Nobody (?)

I found this doco to be truely inspiring. To watch the trials that this family endure and how they still manage to remain strong and honourable to their values is amazing. Both peter and colleen are the true sense of what a man, father, woman and mother should be. Their children are so beautiful to watch, learning life skills through their mum and dad. So many children of today are so caught up in materialist things whereas these gorgeous children appreciate the small things in life. I watched this with my koro the other night and he also loved it. Its my partners birthday today so im taking him to watch it tonight. My partner and i have endured many hardships but this movie helps me to appreciate what is most important in life which can often be forgotten when you have so much things going on! Totall love this movie, absolutely recommend it!

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The best family ever !!!

paigan Nobody (?)

hi auncle and aunty i havnt seen the movy but i saw promo and i know its awsum.i wish we could watch it oer herein auzzie i know heaps of people who want it to come over here. i love yous sooooooo much an miss you all welly, aurora, malachi, elias, corby an my name sake :-) salem. cant w8 to see yous over here sooni hope.xoxoxoxoxoxxo

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hae

pamela b Nobody (?)

haha im going to watch ur movie this sunday ive watched the previews with chanazz but i want to see the full movie loloz miss yah welly lol
x

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Inspiring

Dee Nobody (?)

Love the story - would love to know how the family fared in a few years time.

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erin suter Nobody (?)

I loved this movie. Peter and colleen seem like such beautiful people. It is a reminder of what really counts in life. I was touched and humbled by their ethos. So much so that I offered to shout one of my sons and his girlfriend to the movie. They are having a baby soon.

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Accomplished, absorbing

Jim Nobody (?)

Great NZ movie. Excellent cinematography. I loved Pete's attitude.

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Great film- when watched through to the end

Mark Tantrum Nobody (?)

It was a little gratuitous with opening scenes and even throughout the film with all the horse riding, but it ties in nicely throughout the film how the free and easy living is part of the parents philosophy in how they are raising their kids. I really liked the tie in with the conversation with the Grandad- made everything seem credible and understandable why the parents have made the choices they have.

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Blessings from nature

Hohepa Archer Nobody (?)

hey auntie and uncle, seen the previews cant wait to see it hope you enjoyed making the movie say hi to everyone hope is well love and miss you =]

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  • Jayne

    Absolutely agree. And even more!

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Truly Amazing!

V Nobody (?)

I was immediately captured by Peter's philosphical insights which he articulated with a raw and practical honesty. Colleen balanced this well with her beauty, intelligence and instinctive humility. Their needs were basic, their values bore conviction and their children were absolutely beautiful! I felt blessed to have the privilege of being a part of their family for that hour and half! A moment in time I will never forget, and will forever tell my children (and anyone else within ear shot about!!). God bless the Karena family.

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blessed

Coreena A-Lister (?)

this family is truly inspiring . well done

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Jess Nobody (?)

The most moving moving film I might have ever seen. Blew me away!

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So Who Will answer?

T Munro Nobody (?)

This movie has had me coming away with more questions than inspiration, intrigue, gratitude, forgiveness, love and many other heartfelt, fundamental emotions that I presume it was made to invoke. Albeit the cinematogrophy was beauiful and there were breathtaking moments, overall the "documentary" was, to me, staged and left me wondering why this was made & who was behind it? I take my hat off to Colleen and Peter & their beautiful children. Why did they need to tell thier story? I need to know more now! Or do I?

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Trusting the Process

Vicki Nobody (?)

This film spoke to me of hope, trust and love. Both Steve ,Colleen and their children leave me wondering what happens next in this rich and honest account of a family living in New Zealand.

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Whats the whole story

JJ Nobody (?)

lovely heartfelt movie BUT is there another side to this story? Would be good to get not just these guys angle but others as well

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May Nobody (?)

While this is an interesting story and a well made local documentary, it is overwhelmingly presented from one point of view. There is another side of the story which is kept hidden, which jeopardized the neutrality of the film. But on the whole is an inspiring tale of how a family can stand strong together through their faith.

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Wai Nobody (?)

This film makes me proud that you are my brother Pete. Coll, don't ever change! Love you all & see you soon xo

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Wow what a awesome whanau

KAT WATENE Nobody (?)

love the preview will defernatly come home and see the movie.
well done to the whanau for comeing through that trial and rising above

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Amazing family

Sue Nobody (?)

Best dvd I have watched in ages, so much so I watched it twice in one day, bought two dvds of it and gave as a special gift to another special family and kept one for me to share with other family members each time we watch it we discuss it and opens up lots of discussion, Pete and Colleen u r amazing parents and love your kids.

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Rosie Hoy Nobody (?)

A sequel is "needed"
There are so many aspects to follow up on.
We would love ro follow the South Island trail with the star's journey recorded.
Great coverage for Tourism NZ.
Should be our Taonga "First Family"
We are in love with them. Simply georgeous.

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lawson kete Nobody (?)

yeah kool as it show the ways of a broken family life of sadness and gud tyme yeah hope 2 show my family one day haha lol

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  • Dave

    There definitely needs to be a part 2 and soon.

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part 2 please

Emanon Nobody (?)

I have sooooooooooo many un-answered questions, will there be a follow up or part 2 maybe???

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Truly Inspired

Aija K. Nobody (?)

This is a beautiful home grown film about a beautiful family. It was breathtaking to watch this family's journey and to see what they overcame. This film's real heart I think lies within the philosophy of the way they live their life and the way they raise their children. I wish more parents were as intune with their childrens needs as Peter and Colleen.
You two do an amazing job.

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Ataahua Whanau

manua Nobody (?)

What an amazing whanau!!! I was blowen away with how positive Peter and Collen were threw out all the hard times that they went threw.The movie really hits home as to how much we take for granted in life.Your childern are beautiful and you should be so proud of your selfs as parents.I hope there is a part 2!!!!! I wish this whanau all the best that life has to offer...

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Children

Ru Nobody (?)

Wow, only saw trailers but what a lovely family. With so many examples of 'missing fathers' in the lives of their children and hard economic times Peter and Colleen you have more than we'll ever have - it's a beautiful tale of the fusion of love, man and nature...

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Maia Nobody (?)

i loved this movie ! i meet them ! i went on there horse trek with my school ?!

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  • Stephanie Lloyd

    I am so humbled to have ''met'' this family via the Doco. ThanQ Maori TV.

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Blown away

Gasp! Nobody (?)

I'm totally blown away....been thinking about this family for 3 weeks now. God bless them!!
Being rejected by a parent blows a hole in a person.... Stay strong Pete!! Colleen and the kids will see you through.

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  • Wayne

    Brilliant movie!

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Erik Hatterscheidt Nobody (?)

I am glad to know that there are still individual out there that live what they preach, they set a standard for the rest of us...

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