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Peter Hawes

Writer, Presenter

A proud son of the West Coast, Peter Hawes was a fixture on New Zealand television in the late 70s and early 80s. After writing for A Week of It, he presented Yours for the Asking, giving free rein to his irreverent wit and fondness for wordplay as he answered viewer questions. Hawes also wrote extensively for the theatre and authored a number of well-received novels. Hawes passed away on 29 October 2018.

Hawes as a performer tends to get love him or hate him reactions. He’s the terror of the tortured pun, the maestro of the mangled metaphor ... Inspired moments haul him back from the edge of right over the top. Writer Diana Wichtel in The Listener, 17 August 1985