The story of Mesopotamia Station is infamous.
It's history and the exploits, triumphs and tragedies of Samuel Butler and the Prouting family are in a way all of our stories.
Even though I am now (very much) an Aucklander having chosen to live my life in New Zealand’s largest city my heart is and always will be in Canterbury.
Growing up in a rural community, working on farms, learning to swim in rivers like the Rangitata and Te Moana rather than beaches and mustering in the school holidays.
Being a part of that lifestyle has served me well, giving me a modicum of common sense, a good work ethic and an inner confidence that I can do whatever needs to be done.
To me that is what has always allowed ordinary New Zealanders do extraordinary things.
Random House have just released a new book A Fabled Land the story of Mesopotamia.
A story by Bruce Ansley and Peter Bush.
A story for all New Zealanders.