Apirana Taylor, from the Ngati Porou, Te Whanau a Apanui, and Ngati Ruanui tribes, and also of Pakeha heritage, is a poet, playwright, novelist, short story writer, storyteller, actor, painter, and musician. His poems and short stories are frequently studied in schools at NCEA and tertiary level and his poetry and prose has been translated into several languages. He has been a writer in residence at Massey and Canterbury Universities, Rangi Ruru, St. Andrew's College, and Hagley High School. Apirana’s latest book of poetry, A Canoe in Midstream, was published by Canterbury University Press in 2009. He lives in Paekakariki with his whanau.