Sam Hunt

Poet, raconteur
Tall buildings no bigger than blocks on the floor,
Wellington afloat on the harbour haze ...
You think of how most men spend their days
In offices as cramped as elevators –
From 'Letter to Jerusalem 2' in Collected Poems 1963 - 1980, Penguin Books, 1980
photo of Sam Hunt

Where to find it

Set onto a plinth above the water at the diving platform.
  • Wheelchair accessible

About the author

Poetry read aloud and recited from memory formed a significant part of Sam Hunt’s upbringing, and after training and briefly working as a teacher he dedicated himself to the life of a bard.

He developed a unique performing style, delivering his emotionally engaging and strongly cadenced verse in pubs, theatres, prisons, schools – wherever he could command an audience.

Hunt has become one of New Zealand’s best-known and best-selling poets. He has also been a major influence in extending poetry’s reach and appeal to a contemporary audience.

With thanks to The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc