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.

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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