Son of a Lebanese father and Māori mother, poet, playwright, and writer of television shows Rowley Habib grew up in Oruanui, near Taupō, New Zealand. He is the author of the poetry collection The Raw Men (2006) and the television scripts Death of the Land (1976); The Gathering (1979), the first Māori drama for television; and The Protesters (1983), winner of a Feltex award for best script.

Habib received a Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship and a Ngā Tohu ā Tā Kingi Ihaka in recognition of lifetime service to Māori arts. 

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