by Patrick O'Brien
At heart I’m just a simple country boy, born and raised on the Manawatu river. My family were farmers, a mix of dairying, swine, some dry stock, and a little cropping.
Ours was a rehab farm, an initiative of the New Zealand Government which saw “unproductive” land given to soldiers returning from the Second World War, the idea being to boost the country’s production and economic fortunes. Where I grew up, all the men had been to war and, for most of them, this land then broke their bodies as well.