• Tim Tipene

    Award-winning Author


    Founder of the acclaimed Warrior Kids

    Pipi and Pou
  • Tim's latest books


    Pipi and Pou and the Raging Mountain

    Pipi and Pou

    and the Raging Mountain.

    'Uncomplicated and wholesome with a 100% New Zealand flavour which is fabulous to have...They're going to be real classics, and it's just so exciting for NZ children to have these characters.' 

    - Joanna Ludbrook, Nine To Noon, RNZ


    'They're just what kiwi kids have been looking for!'
    - Adele Broadbent, whatbooknext.com

    Join Pipi and Pou in their new adventure series as they transform into a mighty eagle and a fierce taniwha in order to overcome dangers and save lives.


    Pipi and Pou are looking forward to a weekend of screen time but Nana has other ideas. The earth is shaking down south and Nana wants to find out why. Can Pipi and Pou stop the raging mountain carving a destructive path through the forest? And what if success means sharing their secret powers with strangers?


    OneTree House 2022.

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    Pipi and Pou and the River Monster

    Pipi and Pou

    and the River Monster.

    Pipi and Pou want to spend the day reading but Nana says they have to go up north - someone needs their help. Yet when they get there, instead of being greeted as heroes something attacks them! With danger coming from every direction, how can they work together so they can get out alive?


    OneTree House 2022

    White Moko by Tim Tipene

    White Moko

    (White Grandchild)

    'The most powerful book I have read for some time.'
    - Bob's Book Blog.

    'Now he, (Tim), has written a memoir, White Moko, subtitled Stories from my Life, which gives some of the personal background to common themes running through his work: dealing with violence and abuse, and fighting to achieve goals, such as gaining self-respect and a sense of purpose in life. All of this is a remarkable achievement. It becomes amazing when measured against his early life, described in White Moko. The very fact that Tim Tipene is alive today is amazing. Every event in his young life seemed to destine him for drugs, despair and suicide.' 

                                          - Trevor Agnew, Magpies Magazine NZ.


    One Tree House, 2020

    Rona Moon by Tim Tipene

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    Rona Moon

    'My picture book of the year,' - Catherine Woulfe, The Spinoff. 

    No 1 on the top 10 books for kids at the Auckland Libraries, Dec/2020.

    Listed as one of the 50 Best Kids’ Books by the NZ Listener, 2020.

    'Everything looks so small from up here,’ said Rona.
    I know,’ Whaea beamed. ‘Even the reasons we felt angry seem so little.’
    The beloved myth of Rona and the Moon comes to 21st-century Aotearoa in English and Māori in Tim Tipene’s sensitive telling, strikingly illustrated by Tai Tokerau artist Theresa Reihana.
    Rona Moon gets angry with everyone — her brother, her Nana and Papa — and then one night she calls the moon stupid! Taken to meet her ancestor Whaea Rona on the moon, she learns a lesson in how to control her temper.


    Oratia Books, 2020

    Mrs Battleship by Tim Tipene

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    Mrs Battleship

    'Tipene's stories of how he found jewels of wisdom and love in a world that had no place for him are heart breaking. Adults will need tissues. This is a book that every teacher should read too. While we all hope we never have to teach a child with an upbringing like the one Tipene had, we also all hope we will be remembered as a Mrs Battleship too.


    There are plenty of funny moments too. It's easy to forget this is primarily a children's book. Younger readers will laugh out loud and nod in agreement. Tipene's cheeky side comes through.'

    - Rebekah Fraser, NZ Booklovers


    Mrs Battleship is a collection for junior readers: vignettes from Tim's primary school years - which do not feature in White Moko.


    One Tree House, 2019

    Check out more books written by Tim.

    Hinemoa te toa by Tim Tipene
    Taming the Taniwha by Tim Tipene
    Warrior Kids - Warrior Training for Children
  • Tim Tipene

    Award-winning Author

    Founder of the acclaimed Warrior Kids

    Tim Tipene with family

    Tim was adopted into the Waitai Tipene family, and raised in two cultures, NZ Māori and NZ European.

    His tribal affiliations are Ngāti Kurī / Ngāti Whātua / Ngāti Pākehā

    Tim Tipene and Professor Dave Millar

    Tim being inducted into the NZ Martial Arts Hall of Fame by Professor Dave Millar

    For Warrior Kids Tim received the following acknowledgements:

    • Kiwibank New Zealander of the year Local Hero Award in 2015 and 2016.
    • NZ Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee, 2013.
    Tim Tipene

    A trained counsellor with a graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Tim also holds multiple Black Belt Ranks and teaching titles in various Martial Arts.

    Tim Tipene inspirational speaker

    Inspirational Speaker: For over two decades Tim shared his story of overcoming an abusive and violent childhood with audiences both young and old. Click Storytime to listen to some of Tim's talks.

    Tim Tipene teaching Warrior Kids 1999

    Tim teaching Warrior Kids in 1999.

    Photo from the NZ Herald.

    In 1994 Tim created Warrior Kids, a self control and social skills programme for children and teens. For 28 years Tim ran the Warrior Kids programme and weekly classes in schools and communities, changing the lives of thousands of young people and their families.

    Tim Tipene and son

    'You only have to look at my life, where I've come from,

    the changes I've made, the accomplishments,

    and you can see the effectiveness of Warrior Kids.'

    - Tim Tipene

    Watch Tim's inspirational story


    Tim's Book Awards:

    Rona Moon

    Storylines Notable Te Reo Māori 2021.


    Māui - Sun Catcher

    Storylines Notable book 2017.


    Hinemoa te toa

    Received two awards at the 2009 LIANZA Children's Book Awards:

    Te Tohu Pounamu mo te wahanga Kaiwhakamaori and Te Tohu Taurapa mo te whahanga Pukapuka Pikitia.

    Haere, Farewell Jack, farewell

    Picture Book Honour Award at the 2006 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults.

    Named one of the top New Zealand picture books by Waikato University, 2010.

    Taming the Taniwha 

    Selected for the White Ravens International Youth Library Catalogue as one of the world's top 250 children's books for 2002.
    Named one of the top New Zealand picture books by Waikato University, 2010.

    The Wooden Fish

    Storylines Notable book 2000.

    Listen to an in depth interview from Radio NZ

    where Tim's discusses his book, 'White Moko'. 2020

  • Books

    Tim is an award winning author who was first published in 1996.

    His books can be purchased at any good book store.


  • In 1994 Tim Tipene created his own Self Control and Social Skills programme for children and teens. He called it...,


    For 28 years Tim ran the Warrior Kids programme and weekly classes in schools and communities, changing the lives of thousands of young people and their families.

    For more information about Warrior Kids visit the site.

  • Storytime

    For two decades Tim shared his inspirational story with audiences both young and old. Here are some highlights.

    The boy who wanted to marry his teacher.

    Mrs Battleship.

    Kicked out of School.

    My sister liked

    to fight boys.

    Sit back, relax and listen to Tim read some of his books.

    Rona Moon

    Māui - Sun Catcher

    Butterfly Tape from

    Mrs Battleship

    Hinemoa te toa

    Taming the Taniwha

    A playlist of Tim's readings.

  • Send Tim a message