Rob Hack was born in Invercargill. His poetry collection Everything is Here (2016) is the culmination of sixteen years unearthing his long neglected Cook Island heritage, revisiting his boyhood on Niue, his travels and observations of people, places and things.
Sam Hunt, Gregory O’Brien and Lynn Jenner spoke highly of this collection. Last year Rob built a writing cabin in his backyard and continues to perform his poetry live. He’s currently researching the life and times of the late Dr Tom Davis, former NASA scientist and Prime Minister of the Cook Islands for a new book. Until recently, he has hosted the poetry show, Not at The Table which featured interviews, readings and music on Paekakariki Radio. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the IIML and four beautiful grandchildren.