Retired Rotorua vet Ian MacKenzie has a thing about appointments.

He doesn't like them, having spent many years adhering to the hands of a clock.

"It's one of a few things I have a thing with," MacKenzie admitted, albeit with a twinkle in his eye.

That's why volunteering his time and energy of his own accord suits him down to the ground.


MacKenzie arrived in Rotorua in 1970 and spent until 2011 at Central City Vets, that's over four decades of appointments. As well as his work, he used to run.

"Initially I ran at the racecourse and then started