Hone Te Kauru Taiapa (10 August 1911 – 10 May 1979), also known as John Taiapa, was a Māori wood carver and carpenter of Ngati Porou. He was the younger brother of master Māori carver Pine Taiapa. The two brothers worked closely with politician Sir Apirana Turupa Ngata on reintroducing Māori sculpture to the country after World War II. Both men, for example, demonstrated Māori carving skills by carving traditional homes on the North Island in marae as part of a program by the New Zealand Department of Education to educate teachers to reintroduce Māori arts to school children. New Zealand poet Hone Tuwhare included a poem about the wood carver, "On a theme by Hone Taiapa," in his 1973 collection Something Nothing.
He led the team of carvers that carved most of the pieces for Arohanui ki te Tangata in Lower Hutt, which was opened in September 1960.
- Ballara, Angela, "Taiapa, Hone Te Kauru 1911 - 1979", Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, updated 22 June 2007.
- Dunn, Michael (2002). New Zealand Sculpture: A History. Auckland University Press. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-86940-277-8.
- Tuwhare, Hone (1994). Deep River Talk: Collected Poems by Hone Tuwhare. Translated by Frank Stewart. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-1607-0.
- "PLACES AND THINGS", TE AO HOU The New World, No. 32 (September 1960), p. 62.