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Sam Hunt - The Matinee Man


Sun 10 Nov 2013, 2:45pm–4:15pm

Where: St Peters Hall, Cnr Beach Rd and Ames St, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

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Sam Hunt was born in 1946 and grew up around Castor Bay, Auckland. It was a coastal childhood, full of poems - by way of parents, family friends - usually told by heart. Sam reckons, too, the Catholic Mass had a lot to do with it.

As well as doing solo shows all his working life, he's worked - and continues to work - with various musicians and bands - among them, The Warratahs, David Kilgour & Heavy 8s, NZSO, Split Enz.

In the 1980s, Sam was awarded a QSM - 'quiet sober man' he reckoned - for services to poetry. He was further festooned with honours when he was made a Companion of the Order of New Zealand (CNZM) in 2010; and in 2012, receiving the Prime Ministers Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry.

Over the years, Sam has published some 16 books of poems - his most recent being “Knucklebones (Poems 1962-2012)”. A new collection of poems composed since then, “Salt River Songs”, should be appearing early 2014.

On revisiting Paekakariki, Sam has this to say:

“I came across Paekakariki early on in a travelling life through my friends Meg & Alistair Te Ariki Campbell. They lived high on the Pukerua Bay cliffs. Many a time, we would “adjourn” to the pub at Paekakariki for an afternoon. There was always good company to be had - the odd, inevitable wanker, too, of course! (You find them – even in Paradise!)

Among the definite NON-wankers were Khura Stewart & her partner, the late great Denis Glover – poet of the immortal ‘Sings Harry’ poems, ‘The Magpies’, ‘Aratwhata Bill’, & so many more.

In that totally non-literary environment, poems were told – praised, scorned –poems lived in that place. They seemed to come alive there.

I remember, years later, after Jim Baxter’s died, 1972, his widow, Jacquie Sterm & family moved “up the coast, to Paekakariki”. They became an essential part of that beery, bachy community. In her years there, Jacquie composed many of her most memorable poems. People. People in a particular place . . .

Whenever anyone mentions Paekakariki to me, I start remembering people, poems, wonderful characters. Ones you’d never forget. I wonder if those sorts of people are still about the place. I suspect so; surely hope so...”

Whether haunting solitary parts - which he definitely prefers - or touring, Sam Hunt continues to live by his own maxim:

Tell the story,
tell it true -
charm it crazy...

An afternoon in paekakariki with sam hunt - the matinee man

Advance tickets available from darcys fruit shop, Paekakariki, and online via Eventfinda

see you there!