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Apirana Taylor

Apirana Taylor 2016-671Apirana Taylor is an award-winning writer, poet, storyteller, painter and actor. He was born in 1955 and is of Māori (Ngati Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui, and Ngati Ruanui) and Pākeha descent.
He frequently travels nationally and internationally, reciting his poetry and performing his written stories for young and old. His stories are frequently accompanied by traditional and contemporary Māori music. He has held writers' residencies at Massey and Canterbury Universities. A selection of his poetry was recently published in the anthology  A Treasury of New Zealand Poems for Children, published by Random House. His stories for children are frequently broadcast on Radio New Zealand. His latest novel, Five Strings, will be published in November 2016, by Anahera Press.

Selected Bibliography:
  • Eyes of the Ruru, (Voice Press 1979)
  • Three Shades (Voice Press 1981)
  • Soft Leaf Falls of the Moon (Pohutukawa Press 1996)
  • Te Ata Kura (Canterbury University Press 2004)
  • A Canoe in Mid Stream (Canterbury University Press 2009, 2nd Edition Canterbury University Press 2011)
  • The Breathing Tree (Canterbury University Press 2014)
  • Whakapapa,  A cd of poems and music written and read by the poet:   2001
  • Footprints in Tears, A cd of poems and music written and read by the poet:  2004


  •  He Rau Aroha                              Short Stories  Penguin Publishers 1982
  • Ki Te Ao                                       Short Stories Penguin Publishers 1985
  • Iti Te Kopara                                Short Stories Pohutukawa Press   2000
  • Mother Tohora The Whale and other stories   A cd of Children’s stories


  • He Tangi Aroha (Huia 1993)
  • Kohanga and Whaea Kairau (Pohutukawa Press 1999)
  • Nga Manu Roreka, a play in Maori, first performed by Taki Rua in 2009 
  • IBM Young Writer's Award.
  • Te Ha Award for Poetry 1994
  • Kohanga, nominted as the best debut play of the year 1999
  • Ursula Bethell Residence in Creative Writing (Canterbury University Writer in Residence) 2002. 
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