Award Winning Author
Founder of Warrior Kids and PeaceMasters
Ngati Kuri/Ngati Whatua
A survivor of a violent and abusive childhood Tim broke the cycle and became a leader in the field of personal development and stopping violence. He is highly regarded for his work in the community and for his books that deal with social and environmental issues.
Tim created Personal Development Martial Arts. In 1994 Tim started the Warrior Kids programme and went on to provide it to communities and schools for over 20 years, changing the lives of thousands of children and their families. In 2016 Tim renamed his class for teenagers and adults to PeaceMasters.
Through his public talks Tim continues to share his inspirational story with audiences both young and old.
Award Winning Author
Tim is the author of a number of award winning books. His work has also appeared in anthologies and school journals.
Further Awards and Experience
Tim was awarded a Kiwibank Local Hero Medal in 2014 in recognition of his contribution to the lives of others.
In 2013 Tim was inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Tim started martial arts at the age of 12 and over 30 years accumulated a total of 12 Dan Black Belt ranks and various teaching titles.
Tim is a trained counsellor with a graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Tim has worked in the security industry, has been a self-defence instructor for women, an advocate for intellectually challenged adults and a facilitator of Anger Management and Living Without Violence programmes for men.
Tim has featured on television, radio and in various publications.
From 2010 to 2015 Tim was an active board member of the The Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust.
Tim is a renowned speaker. He shares his inspirational story with audiences both young and old. Tim speaks at schools throughout NZ through Duffy Books, Storylines, the NZ Book Council and as a part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust Dream Team.
'I felt the students appreciated Tim's realness and honesty in his sharing. His assembly talk to the whole school was amazing, teachers spoke very highly of Tim and the students asked and if we could have Tim speak at assembly all the time.' (Librarian, Otahuhu College)
'It was such an awesome experience and an amazing opportunity to be able to spend two periods at school, alongside a number of other students, with one of New Zealand's most talented authors, Tim Tipene. Hearing your story and how you became an author was so inspiring. Made me realise that no matter how bad you were bought up while you were young, it doesn't have to define you as a person, or the way your future will be. Thanks again Tim.' (Claudia Kanivatoa, Student)
'Tim connected really well with our students. His enthusiasm and going beyond the requirements was really appreciated. An example of this is that he was asked by a 5 year old to go to his classroom prior to the student writing session, he did this and much to the delight of the boy (as well as the teacher!). Teachers too really enjoyed his presentation as they picked up on some of the subtle humour.' (Fairburn School)
'Hello Tim, I was a student in Sancta Maria College when you visited last year. If you remember I asked for advice. I thank you for your guidance and I want you to know that I learned things that others cannot teach me. I stopped using violence and have helped many others in their problems.' (Student)
To have Tim speak at your school or event
phone Rosemary Tisdall +64 21 840 898
Self Control - Self Regulation - Social Skills - Assertiveness
Mindfulness - Emotional Awareness - Conflict Resolution - Fun
The renowned child centered Martial Arts Class where the focus is on personal development. Warrior Kids is a high impact, full on, non-stop adventure involving games and challenges where children become champions of life.
Warrior Kids was created in 1994 by Tim Tipene who went on to provide it to communities and schools for over 23 years, changing the lives of thousands of children and their families.
Warrior Kids is now being taught both nationally and internationally.
For more Warrior Kids visit the website by tapping the link below.
A survivor of a violent and abusive childhood Tim broke the cycle through a combination of Martial Arts training, Psychotherapy and Personal Development.
Tim consolidated his learning and experience to create Personal Development Martial Arts.
In 1994 Tim started the Warrior Kids program and went on to provide it to communities and schools for over 23 years. At the same time Tim provided classes for teens and adults specialising in Self Control - Self Regulation - Mindfulness - Social Skills - Assertiveness
Emotional Awareness - Conflict Resolution
Anger Management - Fitness.
These classes are now known as PeaceMasters.
For more PeaceMasters visit the website
by tapping the link below.