• Tim Tipene

    Award-winning Author

    Founder of the acclaimed Warrior Kids

    Inspirational Speaker

  • 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

    '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

    Visit the site store for more of Tim's books

  • About Tim


    For 28 years Tim Tipene has been teaching Children and Teens to be Warrior Kids through his...


    Where it all began.

    Tim founded Warrior Kids in 1994, teaching Self Control and Social Skills. Through his programme he has changed the lives of thousands of children, teens and their families in communities and schools.


    As an award-winning author Tim's books are an extension of his Warrior Kids Programme. First published in 1996, he writes for children, teens and adults. Books are a great and accessible way to have the Warrior Kids message at home and school.

    Inspirational Talks

    For over two decades Tim has been taking the magic of Warrior Kids to audiences both young and old. He 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.

    Tim was adopted and raised in two cultures, NZ Maori and NZ European. His tribal affiliations are Ngāti Kurī / Ngāti Whātua / Ngāti Pākehā


    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.


    For his work Tim was recognised as a Kiwibank New Zealander of the year Local Hero in 2015 and 2016, and received a Medal for his contribution to the lives of others. 

    In 2013 he was inducted into the NZ Martial Arts Hall of Fame. 


    '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 


    Tim teaching Warrior Kids.

    NZ Herald, 1999

    Listen to an in depth interview from Radio NZ

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

    For more information about Warrior Kids visit the site.

  • Book a Talk

    'Powerful, heartbreaking and inspirational! The way Tim presents himself is really powerful. Lots of things were running through my mind. My own childhood, my brothers, other people I grew up with. The children in my classes throughout the years!'

    - RTLB Central West Auckland Team, 2022


    'His charismatic, heart felt, honest approach to sharing his story was next level amazing.'

    - RTLB Central West Auckland Team, 2022


    'Awe inspiring presenter and master storyteller. I laughed, I cried and I celebrated Tim's stories!!!'

    - RTLB Central West Auckland Team, 2022


    'Tim was awesome! He really engaged and inspired us with his story – and was the highlight of the conference for many. Excellent experience, and highly recommended!’

    - Jo Murphy, Marketing and Brand Manager, Wilson Parking, 2021


    Book Tim to speak at your school or event

    phone 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.

  • Connect With Tim





  • Store

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

    Buy his books direct from the selection below or purchase at any good book store.

  • 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.

    Listen to an in depth interview from Radio NZ 

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

  • Message Tim