06 Oct Poet performs for juniors

Nayland College was lucky to be able to offer junior students a unique performance by award-winning author, poet and performer Apirana Taylor at the end of term 2.  Mr Taylor is of Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Ruanui and Pākehā descent.

Students were entertained and challenged by his period-long performance of poetry and music, interspersed with stories from his interesting life performing around Aotearoa and the world.  He talked about his experience of travelling in Europe with a Cheyenne performer from North America and how many similarities he noticed between the Cheyenne and Māori cultures.

Mr Taylor also spoke to the students about his views on poetry.  “Some people think poetry has to be deep and meaningful but it’s got to be fun”, he said.  When asked by a student what inspired him to start writing, he spoke about the encouragement he received from one of his primary school teachers.  “She must’ve been very understanding”, Mr Taylor said.  “I used to have a bit of a crush on her and take her flowers.  It was only later I found out they were onion flowers”.