Sam’s still the man


Cel­e­brated poet Sam Hunt en­ter­tained 200 guests dur­ing the book launch of Gone For­ever at Pataka Mu­seum on Satur­day.

The for­mer Pukerua Bay res­i­dent was also pre­sented with a Mayoral Recog­ni­tion Award at the event.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett pre­sented Hunt with the award for his con­tri­bu­tion to Porirua’s iden­tity, arts scene, ‘‘and how we see our­selves’’, he said. ‘‘Sam has told New Zealan­ders about our­selves, I think, with good hu­mour and clear sight and hon­esty,’’ Mr Leggett said.

How­ever, the re­ac­tions caused by Hunt were not al­ways pos­i­tive, he said.

‘‘He’s quite dis­rup­tive and that’s ac­tu­ally what we love about him.’’

Hunt said it was lovely to be back in Porirua.

‘‘I’m greatly hon­oured,’’ he said of the award.

Sev­eral of Hunt’s po­ems are in­cluded in the book Gone For­ever, some of which he read at the launch.

The book, by Bob Maysmor, told an im­por­tant story about Pare­mata’s Hob­son St, Mr Leggett said.

Gone For­ever fol­lowed an ex­hi­bi­tion on Hob­son St held 13 years ago, he said.

‘‘ The name Gone For­ever is ac­cu­rate in that Hob­son St no longer ex­ists but, thanks to Bob’s doc­u­men­ta­tion and unique abil­ity to cap­ture the essence of peo­ple, Hob­son St can now live on.’’


Big day: Poet Sam Hunt af­ter

ac­cept­ing the Mayoral Recog­ni­tion Award at Pataka Mu­seum.

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