Rollin’ thru New Zealand with Kenny Rogers and The First Edition

As the opening of this 1974 documentary demonstrates, many people in the United States have never heard of New Zealand. In an attempt to remedy the situation, Kiwi director Tony Williams (the Bugger ads) followed Texan country rocker Kenny Rogers and his band The First Edition as they toured the country in a Road Services bus. All western shirts, shaggy hair, beards and satin jackets, they see the sights, meet the locals (many of them older rustic characters), play baseball, put down a hangi, break into song — and admire the country’s slower, more dignified pace.