Sam Hunt was born in 1946 at Castor Bay, Auckland. As a child, he was surrounded by poetry and performance: his mother, father and grandfather regularly read poems out loud or recited from memory; and his father was a somewhat eccentric barrister who came from a family of actors, troupers and musicians.
From a young age Sam Hunt wrote poetry, and has since become one of New Zealand’s best-known and best-loved poets, touring the length and breadth of the country for over 40 years, performing his poems in pubs, theatres, schools and countless other venues. Fuelled always by his lifelong commitment to ‘lifting the words off the page and giving them a good listen to,’ he has introduced poetry to generations of New Zealanders.
In 1985 he was awarded a QSM for his contribution to New Zealand literature, and in 2010 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to poetry. He lives with his son on the Kaipara Harbour in Northland.