New US ambassador Scott Brown arrives in NZ, starts ticking off bucket list
The US ambassador to New Zealand has already ticked an item off his bucket list - on his first day in the country.
Scott Brown, the former US senator from Massachusetts touched down in NZ, and tackled a 3km mountain bike trail.
"Did a bucket list item today - rode a mountain bike. [First] day in NZ went with killer biker Matt up a 3k bike trail. In the rain. Yikes. Fun."
Did a bucket list item today- rode a mountain bike. 1st day in NZ went with killer biker Matt up a 3k bike trail. In the rain. Yikes. Fun. pic.twitter.com/LbZ4y3F6CB— Scott P. Brown (@SenScottBrown) June 25, 2017
He also documented his flight from the US - pet dog on his lap for the first leg.
The next leg of the journey. Getting there slowly, but surely. pic.twitter.com/rlfc20RXIS— Scott P. Brown (@SenScottBrown) June 24, 2017
On June 23, he wrote he was beginning his journey as the new ambassador to NZ and Samoa - "Honored and ready to serve."
He also posed for a photo in front of the US ambassador's official residence in Wellington.
At our new residence. Ready to serve. pic.twitter.com/T9QotuZm1i— Scott P. Brown (@SenScottBrown) June 24, 2017
Brown has led a varied life, and was a promising basketball star as a youngster before embarking on a military career where he rose to the rank of colonel. He also spent years as a male model in the 1980s.
Earlier this month, he shared a video introducing himself and his home.
Brown, who served in the US National Guard before receiving a law degree at Boston College Law School, did not seem to have any ties to New Zealand but did tell GQ magazine in 2015 he "always wanted to go".
The 57-year-old is married to US broadcaster Gail Huff. The couple have two adult daughters.