Apirana Taylor, of Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Ati Awa and Pākeha descent, has published several collections of poetry, short stories and novels. He has also published prolifically in other mediums including sound and video recordings.

He writes for children and theatre, and is involved in acting, and teaching drama.  Apirana is also a painter. Taylor’s first collection of poetry, “Eyes of the Ruru”, established his    powerful voice among Maori writers and his prose, written predominantly in realist modes, firmly established his literary presence.
Place of birth: Wellington

Now living in: Paekakariki



rain washed


wind swept

secret kept

village on the

lip of the sea

calm and blue

laced with waves

or stormy Paekakariki

people Kapiti

southern isle

on the edge

of my eye

morning sky

a train ride

from the city

sunsets like

jewels home

for me


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