His publications include: Eyes of the Ruru. A book of poetry. Published
by Voice Press.
Three Shades. A book of poetry. Published by Voice Press.
He Rau Aroha. Short stories. Published by Penguin.
Ki Te Ao. Short stories. Published by Penguin.
He Tangi Aroha. A Novel. Published by Huia Publishers.
Soft Leaf Falls of the Moon. Poetry. Published by the
Kohanga and Whaea Kai Rau. Two Plays. Published by the
Iti te Kopara. Short stories. Published by the Pohutukawa Press.
Apirana has been published in many major New Zealand Anthologies including:
Doors: Poetry for Secondary Schools. Published by Leaders Press.
Jewels in the Water: Poetry for Secondary Schools. Published by Leaders Press.
Where's Waari: A History of the Maori through the Short Story. Published by Reed.
Growing up Maori: Published by Tandem Press.
The Puffin New Zealand Story Book: Published by Penguin.
An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry: Published by Oxford University Press. Auckland.
The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories: Published by Penguin.
Te Ao Marama 1: Published by Reed Books.
Te Ao Marama 4: Published by Reed Books.
Authors Choice: An Anthology of New Zealand Short Stories. Published by Penguin Books.
Parihaka: a book about Parihaka. Published by the City Gallery.
Apirana won the 1994, Te Ha Award for Poetry. He won the I.B.M Young Writers award, and was runner up in the Pegasus Book Awards. His first play Kohanga was voted play of the year by the Dominion and Evening Post. He was awarded the residency of Writer in Residence at Massey University.
Apirana helped form Maori theatre at a time when no such theatre existed. He has acted in and written many plays for theater. He was nominated best debut actor by the Dominion and Evening Post. He has been nominated as best supporting actor in The New Zealand Television awards for playing the part of Billy in Tiger Country. Apirana has also played major roles in the internationally released television films Moby Dick and The Swiss family Robinson.
Apirana has travelled nationally and internationally either as a poet
or a storyteller. He has also worked at the New Zealand Drama School and
Whitireia Polytechnic as a tutor in Drama and Creative Writing. Apirana
has twice been invited to tour India as a poet and has also traveled throughout
Europe when he was asked to participate in a three month poetry tour of
Austria Switzerland Italy and Germany. His poetry has been translated into
German and Italian.