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The Traveling Rousmanieres
World Tour 2002-2003
Installment #4 – International Leg #1 – New Zealand
December 10, 2002

Hello Family and Friends!

After the pileup of our US stops for the last newsletter, we thought we might try to get ahead on the International leg. However, the events of just our first week abroad have already thrown us well behind. In any case, Internet access may begin to get scarce, so we’ll take a shot at a portrait of the Rousmanieres in New Zealand.

As some of you may know, New Zealand has played a very large and pivotal role in Will’s life. 12 years ago, Will’s dad, at a loss as to what to do with his wayward 18 year-old son, had Will deported to New Zealand as a last resort. The rest, as they say, is history.

So 12 years later, this seemed the logical first stop on the international leg of our world tour, as it provides a little bit of a comfort zone before we delve into truly strange lands. However, it has been a hell of a homecoming and, at the rate we’ve been going, we may not make it off the island.

In the last 5 days we have: renewed old friendships, had a lager or 2, delved into the (day and night) life of the Louis Vuitton Series of The America’s Cup, lunched in an olive grove on the north coast, swum in hilltop waterfalls, climbed a volcano, crawled through lava caves, raced barefoot on black sand beaches, had another lager or 2, toured the largest machine shop in New Zealand (which is the sole source of magnets for the global ion implantation equipment market, is the
builder of the Keel for Team New Zealand, and pumps out some wicked fast motorcycles), watched movies under the southern cross with the fragrance of lemons, mint and rosemary in the air and bunnies bouncing around in front of the screen, and flew by helicopter at sunset to the most beautiful island in the southern hemisphere (so green thanks to the fertilizer Will had to spread there in his youth) where Will’s adopted kiwi family gave the Rousmanieres a "top-off of
kiwi blood" and some lovely lamb chops…And maybe along the way we’ve had another lager or 2…or 3.

Immense thanks go out to our friend, Chris Bennett, who has been a most generous host while in Auckland and its environs. And it has been wonderful to see Will’s adopted kiwi family again, despite their insistence on telling (what Will insists are mythical) stories about Will’s wild youth down under.

Another wonderful element of the trip is that Will’s dad has been here to share it with us. He is in town with the Outdoor life Network covering the Cup, and accompanied us on about half of the events listed above. Not to mention the black tie affair he attended two nights ago, which any of you can probably find on the E! Channel, called the Louis Vuitton Ball. Billed as the New Zealand event of the year, 1200 guests, including Dad, the America’s Cup skippers, and Xena the warrior Princess, were whisked away on a ferry to an undisclosed location for a night of debauchery. Dad hasn’t been the same since. We left him this morning with Dennis Conner, getting in one last interview before DC, as he’s called here, fades into the sunset of Cup elimination.

A little worn out by Kiwi city life, today we jump in a car and spend 2 weeks driving down to the South island and back. We will be in the South island for Christmas, and whisked away to an undisclosed location for New Year’s Eve.

The next stop is a little unclear at the moment. But it will likely either be Australia or Western Samoa.

We will be back on the airwaves over the coming weeks but, just in case, we wish you all safe and loving holidays. And, please be assured that we are doing the same.


Will & Dana


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