12 Nov 2023
Rangimoana Taylor, actor and storyteller from Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau ā Apanui, has received the Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu supreme award, the highest honour in Māori arts.
With over 35 years in the arts, Taylor joins a prestigious list of past winners celebrated for their significant contributions to New Zealand's culture.
Taylor's career spans local and international stages, including a role in the movie "Hook Line and Sinker" (2011).
Beyond acting, Taylor has shared his knowledge as a teacher at Toi Whakaari, New Zealand Drama School and a Takitimu Performing Arts School lecturer. He's also worked as an actor, director, and advisor in television and film.
Taylor's commitment to Māori education is seen in his writing, focusing on helping young Māori. He has also written children's stories and contributed to Schools Broadcasting on Radio. Reflecting on his journey, Rangimoana Taylor says, "It wasn't just about acting. It was about helping young Māori find themselves, find what they want to do, and theatre can help them get there." This passion for nurturing young Māori artists echoes his dedication.
His dedication to the arts and guiding young Māori aligns with past winners' values, such as Dame Robin White (2022), who emphasised celebrating Māori culture and Darcy Nicholas (2013), who envisioned a future for young Māori in theatre.
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