Barbara Genda and Harry Jarman sold their UK house, bought a yacht and set off on a round-the-world trip which they hoped would forge everlasting memories for their children.
But tragedy struck when their 14-year-old son Eddie was struck by a jetboat and killed while checking the anchor.
Grief-stricken and unable to continue their journey, they say they are now stuck in French Polynesia after being denied entry into New Zealand to try to sell their boat so they can return home to West Sussex and try to restart their lives.
It was a bitter decision to swallow for the family who have watched as a stream of superyachts are given exemptions to enter New Zealand provided they spend at least $50,000 each in repair work at New Zealand marine businesses.
It has also been revealed that the billionaire owners of international America's Cup teams could be deemed "critical workers" in the eyes of the New Zealand Government - who have opened the doors for them to apply for border exemptions before the 2021 event.
This week, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) indicated that America's Cup teams can now apply for an exemption for their owners to enter New Zealand under the "other critical workers" category.
This border exemption category would enable Britain's richest man, Jim Ratcliffe, who owns Ineos Team UK, and the owner of luxury Italian fashion house Prada, Patrizio Bertelli, to enter New Zealand.
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