• Tim Tipene

    Founder of the acclaimed Warrior Kids programme,

    Award-winning Author & Inspirational Speaker.

  • Buy Tim's latest books

     

    White Moko

    '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

    '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

    Mrs Battleship is a collection for junior readers: vignettes from Tim's primary school years - both funny and sad, such as when he realised that not all children suffered as he did - a light-bulb moment for him. There were several teachers in his journey that championed him, who saw what was happening at home - and they made a life-changing difference. This is a collection about truth and triumph. It contains helplines and free teachers notes on One Tree House's website - making it a ground-breaking book for reading aloud and class discussion.

     

    One Tree House, 2019

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  • Inspiration

    For two decades Tim has been sharing his inspirational story

    of overcoming a violent and abusive childhood and breaking the cycle with audiences both young and old. Tim has spoken in schools for Duffy Books in Homes, Storylines, the NZ Book Council and Getting Kids into Books. Tim has been a speaker at the Auckland Writers Festival and was a part of the Sir Peter Blake Dream Team of Leaders.

     

    To have Tim speak at your school or event in person or on Zoom

    phone Alana and Rosemary on 021 840 898

     

    Here are some of his talks for you to enjoy

    The boy who wanted to marry his teacher.

    Tim speaking to Finlayson Park School for Duffy Books in Homes.

    My sister liked

    to fight boys.

    Mrs Battleship.

    Being kicked out of school.

  • Storytime

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

    Rona Moon

    Butterfly Tape from

    Mrs Battleship

    Hinemoa te toa

    Taming the Taniwha

    A playlist of Tim's readings.

  • Warrior Kids

    Self Control and Social Skills for Children and Teens

     

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

     

    Tim has provided Warrior Kids to communities and schools for 27 years, taking referrals from community and government agencies, and changing the lives of thousands of children and their families. In all that time Tim's Warrior Kids classes only ever received 6 months of funding.

    Tim became a trained counsellor and gained a graduate certificate in

    Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 2000.

    Actor Teuila Blakely talks Warrior Kids

    25 Years of

    Warrior Kids

    TVNZ talk

    Warrior Kids

    Parents talk

    Warrior Kids

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    For more information visit the Warrior Kids site.

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  • From Pain to Purpose

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    Tim as a child with some of his aunties

    Tim Waitai-Tipene, (Ngati Kuri/Ngati Whatua), was adopted into the Waitai-Tipene whanau as a toddler. He was raised in two cultures, NZ Maori and NZ European. Tim's immediate family were abusive and violent. His biological father was a convicted predator and violent offender who spent much of life behind bars. It was only with the extended whanau that Tim felt loved.

    Expelled from high school Tim went through a number of jobs, homes and relationships before he managed to find help to address his past.

    Through a combination of therapy, martial arts and personal development, Tim overcame his abusive, violent and traumatic childhood and broke the cycle. At 17 he started community work and has spent his life transforming the lives of others.

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    Tim Tipene with one of his childhood heroes, Mrs Battersby, 2017

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    For 27 years Tim has been changing lives through his acclaimed Warrior Kids program, his award winning books and his inspirational talks. Tim has featured on television, radio and in various magazines and newspapers.

    Tim started martial arts at the age of 12 and over 35 years has gained a number of Black Belt Dan ranks and teaching titles.

     

    In 1994 at the age of 22, Tim was unemployed and had no fixed abode. Without any formal qualifications or funding, Tim consolidated his learning and experience and created his own form of personal development and therapeutic Warrior Training.

    He established Kura Toa Warrior School to house his Warrior Kids program which he used to help kids in his community.

     

    In 2013 Tim was inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

    In 2014 Tim was recognised as a Kiwibank New Zealander of the year Local Hero and received a Medal in recognition of his contribution to the lives of others.

     

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

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    Listen to an in depth interview from Radio NZ 

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

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

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  • Rona Moon

    Rona Moon

    25.99
    'My picture book of the year,' - Catherine Woulfe, The Spinoff. 

    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.
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    White Moko

    White Moko

    34.00
    'The most powerful book I have read for some time.'
    - Bob's Book Blog.

    A memoir from award-winning writer and inspirational speaker Tim Tipene. Raised in violence, the product of rape, Tim not only survived, he found how to accept and then overcome the hurt... to achieve the ultimate revenge - a successful life. Tim founded the Warrior Kids programme 26 years ago. His courses now empower families and children and this memoir is a recollection of his life from child to adult and shows what led to him choosing a different path for himself.
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    Mrs Battleship

    Mrs Battleship

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    Mrs Battleship is a collection for junior readers: vignettes from Tim's primary school years - both funny and sad, such as when he realised that not all children suffered as he did - a light-bulb moment for him. There were several teachers in his journey that championed him, who saw what was happening at home - and they made a life-changing difference. This is a collection about truth and triumph. It contains helplines and free teachers notes on One Tree House's website - making it a ground-breaking book for reading aloud and class discussion.
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    Warrior Kids - Warrior Training for Children

    Warrior Kids - Warrior Training for Children

    44.99
    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. This book features the complete ten sessions of the Warrior Kids' in-school programme in an easy to use format. Focusing on bringing out the warrior within, the Warrior Kids programme draws on Maori warrior concepts and Eastern martial arts in a non-aggressive way designed to instill confidence, respect and self-control, leading children to become masters of their lives. Published 2009 by Oratia Books.
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    The Wooden Fish

    The Wooden Fish

    24.99
    A Storylines Notable Book for 2000.

    Hanseni wants to help his mother and father but he's too little. Then one day the fishermen of the village return with no fish and the villagers have to go hungry. As each day passes there is still no food for the village. How can Hanseni help his village and make his father happy again? The Wooden Fish is a beautifully told story about a special gift from a son to his father. Illustrated by Jennifer Cooper.
    First published 1996 by Learning Media. Re-published 1999 by Reed Publishing.
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    Bullie and Warriors

    Bullie and Warriors

    24.99
    Going to school is a misery for Sean. Whatever he does to avoid the school bully, Mark Thomas and his mates always catch up with him. Then the students join Warrior Kids, a programme that teaches leadership and self-control. So begins a journey for Mark and Sean that has a predictable outcome for one boy and a surprise for the other. This novel for 8 years and older is a realistic insight into school life as it is for many children. It offers strategies to address bullying for children on both sides of the problem. First published as Warrior Kids by Reed Publishing, 2006. Re-pub 2012, Oratia.
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    Haere, Farewell, Jack, farewell

    Haere, Farewell, Jack, farewell

    9.99
    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.

    A death is mourned, a birth is celebrated, and a little girl sees that life comes full circle. A poetic and moving tale by Tim Tipene, with evocative illustrations by Huhanna Smith. Published 2005 by Huia Publishers.
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    Kura Toa Warrior School

    Kura Toa Warrior School

    24.99
    In this novel for young adults, Haki must confront his fears and find a way to answer the challenge to serve his people, to serve his land, to fight a Taniwha and, ultimately, to become a warrior. An imiginative expression of Tim Tipene's warrior philosophy. First published 2004 by Reed Publishing. Re-published 2009 by Oratia Books.
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    Taming the Taniwha

    Taming the Taniwha

    24.99
    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.

    Tama needs to find out just how to tame the meanest, greenest taniwha he's ever met. A great book for kids to explore different methods of dealing with bullies and an effective tool to generate discussion. Illustrated by Henry Campbell. Published 2001 by Huia Publishers.
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    Hinemoa te toa

    Hinemoa te toa

    24.99
    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.

    Hinemoa was tough. 'I am a warrior,' she'd say, 'Hinemoa te toa - just like my ancestors.' Is there anything Hinemoa is afraid of. Illustrated by John Bennett. Published 2008 by Scholastic New Zealand.
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    Rewa finds his Wings

    Rewa finds his Wings

    24.99
    Rewa works at a job he doesn't enjoy. He often imagines being a bird and flying away. His worried mother sends him to a Tohunga, a wise man. The Tohunga grants Rewa his wish. Rewa flits as a Piwaiwaka, swoops as a Kereru and dances through the air as a Tui. Then even the Tohunga cannot bring him back to earth as Rewa flies higher and higher. Illustrated by Jo Thapa. Published 2008 by Raupo Publishing.
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    Patu

    Patu

    24.99
    In this powerful novel for teenagers, 16-year-old Jahnine is having to fend for herself amidst a series of family misfortunes, with her mother in hospital battling cancer and her brother gone without a trace. Family legend has it that a Patu taken during the Land Wars by her great-great-grandfather has left a curse on them. Determined to return the Patu and lift the curse, Jahnine turns to a strange Maori boy, Andy, and follows him away from Auckland to try and put things right. Nothing turns out the way she imagines in this powerful, realistic novel.
    Published 2012 by Oratia Books.
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    Maui - Sun Catcher

    Maui - Sun Catcher

    24.99
    A Storylines Notable book for 2017.

    Imaginative, powerful and fun, Maui - Sun Catcher is award-winning author Tim Tipene's modern take on the classic story of Maui catching the sun, with vivid illustrations by well-known illustrator Zak Waipara and translated by Rob Ruha. This handsome hardback is in English and Maori.
    Oratia Books, 2016
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