Vale Michael Hacking

Editor/director and DEGANZ member Michael Hacking died in March this year after a long battle with cancer.

Michael came to New Zealand from England after leaving University. He was a good-looking young man with a quick wit and in 1970s Wellington he and partner Carole Hartney, with their English accents and good looks, cut a dash – they were ‘cool’ and soon part of the smart set.

After learning how to cut film at John O’Shea’s legendary indie company Pacific Films in the 1970s, Michael Hacking moved into directing while working for TVNZ. After directing two episodes of 1987 series Journeys in National Parks, his work as a director, producer, and writer for Natural History New Zealand took him around the globe. It was a life of adventure: threats from apex predators, kidnapping by armed Papua-New Guineans, and a stay in London’s Tropical Diseases Hospital with malaria.

For a full bio, go to NZ On Screen.

Over a decade ago Michael was hit with a brain tumour. He died on 3 March 2022 aged 70. His battle with the big C and survival this long attests to his uncomplaining courage, attitude to life and the support of his family. Michael is seriously missed by his wife Carole Hartney and daughter Lily, son-in-law Oliver and granddaughters Poppy and Florence.

Howard Taylor
Board member

Last updated on 30 June 2022