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.