The classic story of running away and joining the circus has come true for Queentown's Ashton family.
Pole dancer Anna and clown Royce and their three children Dylan (10 and a magician), Jaz and Dallas (both three and excellent tigers) are integral parts of the Extravaganza gypsy fair, on the road from September until April.
They call their house truck home as they perform up to four times a day, and fitting in school for the young ones.
Helping in the shop selling gemstones and costumes is an extra maths lesson for Dylan, who says she enjoys spending time with all the other kids on the road.
Royce says packing up for life on the road is a risk, but one worth taking.
"We had all those fears just push through them things usually work out in life don't they," he told Seven Sharp.
"Maybe this has galvanised them, hearing each other's stories and knowing they are not alone," say the nurses behind the Facebook group, New Zealand, please hear our voice.