• The Author

    Tim Tipene with family

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

    His tribal affiliations are Ngāti Kurī / Te Uri-o-Hau / Ngāti Whātua

    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.

    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 Warrior Kids in schools and communities, changing the lives of thousands of young people and their families.

    Tim Tipene and son

    Book Awards

    Tim's first story was published in 1996. Since then he has gone on to write numerous books.

    His writing has seen him achieve the following awards.

    Pipi and Pou and the Tentacles of the Deep

    Storylines Notable Book 2023.


    Pipi and Pou and the Raging Mountain

    Finalist - Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award at the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2023.


    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.
    Pipi and Pou and the Tentacles of the Deep
    Rona Moon
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    The boy who wanted to marry his teacher.

    Interview on TV3's The Project.

    Mrs Battleship.

    Listen to an in depth interview from Radio NZ

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

  • The book that wouldn't read