Poet, sportsman, friend of the environment, Brian Turner, talks about turning 75, the shape we're in and the art of keeping on keeping on.

Before the rail tracks were pulled up, before pink-faced city types came pedalling and puffing along the Otago Central Rail Trail in search of a latte, Oturehua was a farm hamlet pure and simple.

The locals of the tiny township in the Ida Valley knew all about graft; docking and tailing and fencing and haymaking. When Brian Turner arrived with his pencil and his thoughts two decades ago, writers were an alien species.

A period of

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