Apirana Taylor

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Apirana Taylor
Born (1955-03-15) 15 March 1955 (age 64)
Wellington, New Zealand
OccupationPoet, novelist

Apirana Taylor (born 15 March 1955) is a New Zealand poet, novelist, performer, story-teller, musician and painter.


Born in Wellington, Apirana Taylor is of Pākehā and Māori descent with affiliations to Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and Ngāti Ruanui.[1] He was a prominent member of the Māori theatre cooperative Te Ohu Whakaari. Taylor has published three volumes of poetry – Eyes of the Ruru (1979), Soft Leaf Falls of the Moon (1997) and Te Ata Kura; the red-tipped dawn (2004); three short-story collections; a novel, He Tangi Aroha (1993); and two plays. He was a runner-up for the Pegasus Book Award in 1985, for He Rau Aroha: A Hundred Leaves of Love.[2]


  • 3 shades, by Apirana Taylor, Lindsay Rabbitt, L.E. Scott; with an introduction by Alan Loney, Wellington: Voice Press, 1981
  • Ki te ao: new stories, Penguin Books, 1990
  • Te ata kura = The red tipped dawn, Canterbury University Press, 2004


  1. ^ Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English, Oxford University Press, 1997.
  2. ^ Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2008