THE MACKY CLAN SAILED FROM SCOTLAND BEFORE NEW ZEALAND HAD ELECTRICITY OR PROPER SEWERS. IN A FRONTIER SETTLEMENT BOTH RAW AND REFINED, JOE TAILORED A CLIENTELE RANGING FROM BRAWLERS TO BARRISTERS IN GARMENTS TO SERVICE THEM THROUGH LIFE’S LANDMARKS, FROM SEDUCTION TO DEPOSITION, BAPTISM TO WAKE.

With a glance of his eye, Joe could discern the measure of a man without a tape, and his humour earned him the nickname so enduring, few remember how he was called before ‘Black’.