• Tim Tipene

    Inspirational Author & Speaker

    Founder of Warrior Kids


  • About

    Tim Tipene

    Tim Tipene overcame a violent and abusive childhood,

    and broke the cycle to become a renowned inspirational author and speaker,

    and the founder of the acclaimed Warrior Kids program.

    Tim was raised in two cultures, NZ Maori and NZ European.

    His tribal affiliations are Ngati Kuri and Ngati Whatua.


    Tim is the author of ten books, five of which have won awards, including the picture books for children - Maui - Sun Catcher, Hinemoa te toa, Taming the Taniwha, Haere and The Wooden Fish.


    In 1994 at the age of 22, without any formal qualifications, funding or support, Tim created Kura Toa Warrior School and the Warrior Kids programme to empower Children with Self Control and Self Regulation. Tim has gone on to provide Warrior Kids to communities and schools for over 23 years, changing the lives of thousands of children and their families. Warrior Kids is now being taught nationally and internationally. Tim became a trained counsellor with a graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

    • In 2014 and 2015 Tim was recognised as a Kiwibank Local Hero and received a Medal 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 Black Belt Dan ranks and various teaching titles.


    Tim has been a self-defence instructor for women, an advocate for adults with special needs and a facilitator of Anger Management and Living Without Violence programmes for men.


    Tim speaks in schools through Duffy Books in Homes, Storylines, the NZ Book Council and Getting Kids into Books. Tim was a speaker at the 2017 Auckland Writers Festival and is a part of the Sir Peter Blake Dream Team of Leaders.


    Tim has featured on television, radio and in various publications.


    Fact sheet for Media and Teachers

    Watch Tim's talk at the Auckland Writers Festival, 2017

    Click here to Buy Tim's Books

  • Speaker

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    Tim's Talks

    To have Tim speak at your school or event

    phone Rosemary on +64 21 840 898


    "Thanks to Storylines for the fabulous author visit from Tim Tipene yesterday. We were his fourth school of the day and he still had great energy and enthusiasm. He held the kids interest for over an hour! Tim is very motivational as a speaker and I'm sure he struck a chord with many students, both with his stories of his life and his passion for telling stories. The memory of this will stay with many of our students. Please pass on to Tim my heartfelt thanks and also my admiration of him, his many talents and his passion. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity." - Jenny Joynt, Ruawai College, May 2017.


    'You will read below about our visit from the author Tim Tipene last week - a fantastic experience.

    In amongst the humour and quick-witted story-telling, he told the story of how one year, with one teacher changed the course of his life. Their connection, through her belief in him, and his desire to live up to her expectations, reflected in so many ways what has been a focus for us this year - the link between building relationships and learning. It was inspiring to hear the impact of this in

    'real-life'. The other huge positive from Tim's visit was the effect on so many of our boys, and how they see themselves as learners. Tim's story was very relatable for many, and reinforced the importance of positive male role models around our young men.' - Kathryn Ramel, School Principal. Snells Beach School. May 2017.


    'We were truly spoilt to have Tim Tipene speak at our school assembly last week. What an entertaining afternoon! Tim was honest, funny, sad, and most importantly 'real' when sharing the story of the events that led to him becoming an author.' - Snells Beach School Newsletter, 19 May 2017.


    '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. March, 2015.

    '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, Otahuhu College. March, 2015.

    To have Tim speak at your school or event
    phone Rosemary +64 21 840 898

    Photo: Tim speaking at the Auckland Writers Festival 2017.

    Photo by Stephanie Creagh.

  • Classes

    Train with Tim

    Tim Tipene

    Warrior Kids

    Personal Development Martial Arts for Children 5 - 12 yrs offering,

    Self Control - Self Regulation - Social Skills - Assertiveness

    Mindfulness - Emotional Awareness - Conflict Resolution - Fun

    The renowned child centered class where the focus is on personal development. Warrior Kids is a high impact, full on, non-stop adventure for all children, involving games and challenges where children become champions of life.


    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm - 5pm and 5.30pm - 6.30pm

    Choose a time that suits. $20 for a trial class.

    West Auckland, New Zealand.

    Tim Tipene

    Kura Toa

    Warrior School

    Personal Development Martial Arts for Teens and Adults.

    Tuesdays, 7pm - 8pm. $20 for a trial class.

    West Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Books by Tim Tipene

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    Warrior Kids - Warrior Training for Children
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    The Wooden Fish
    Bullie and Warriors
    Haere, Farewell, Jack, farewell
    Kura Toa Warrior School
    Taming the Taniwha
    Hinemoa te toa
    Rewa finds his Wings
    Maui - Sun Catcher
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