An artist of multiple talents and remarkable versatility, Apirana Taylor’s work bridges cultures, languages and forms of expression. Of Maori and Pakeha (European) background, Taylor identifies himself as a Maori, with affiliations to Ngati Porou, Te Whanau-a-Apanui, and Ngati Ruanui, and his work is most strongly concerned with the problems that beset urbanised Maori society. His writing draws on and promotes values of community and a confidence in the possibility of extending tribal traditions through bicultural experimentation.
Apirana Taylor was born on 15 March 1955, the second of four children of Reremoana (née Shelford) and Melvin Taylor. His father was a diplomat and the family lived in the Wellington suburb of Khandallah. Spending much of his childhood among Maori relatives,
Citation: Heim, Otto. "Apirana Taylor". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 November 2005 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=6029, accessed 03 December 2023.]