• Self Control and Social Skills

    For Children and Teens.

    Changing lives for 24 years

  • About

    Warrior Kids

    Self Control - Social Skills - Self Regulation - Assertiveness

    Mindfulness - Emotional Awareness - Conflict Resolution - Self Protection Skills - Fun

    Warrior Kids is a pioneering, preventative program that over the past 24 years has empowered thousands of children across New Zealand, many of them from challenged backgrounds.

    The renowned child centered 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.

    Focusing on bringing out the warrior within, Warrior Kids draws upon 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.

    Frustrated at the lack of support for children and young people Tim Tipene decided to do something about it. In 1994 at the age of 22, without any formal qualifications, funds or support, Tim created Warrior Kids to empower children with Self Control and Social Skills.

    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.


    'A warrior is one who can face the challenges of life.

    One who can be with their emotions and their vulnerabilities.

    One who is not afraid to address the past,

    and who can engage fully in life and in relationship.

    For me to overcome my abusive childhood and

    break the cycle of violence I had to be a Warrior.

    To heal may mean to cry a river.

    Only a warrior could do that.'

    - Tim Tipene


    Warrior Kids is now being taught in communities and schools nationally and internationally. Look out for Warrior Kids near you.


    Warrior Kids has never asked for donations and does not seek funding. You can show your support by connecting with us on social media. You will find the links below.

    Warrior Kids with

    Master Tim Tipene

    Warrior Kids is a specialised class.

    To ensure quality class numbers are limited to

    just 10 students, so booking a space is essential.


    Classes for Children 5-12yrs:

    Term 2 Class Times 2018

    1st May - 7th July.

    Families choose a class time that suits.


    4pm - 5pm - Nearly full

    5.30pm - 6.30pm - Spaces available



    4pm - 5pm - Nearly Full


    Teen Class: Tuesdays 7pm - 8pm


    Take a trial Class for $20.

    Classes are held at

    66 Bahari Drive, Ranui

    West Auckland.


    Sign up for more info below.

  • Tim Tipene

    Founder and Master of Warrior Kids,

    Award Winning Author, Inspirational Speaker

    Tim Tipene

    Tim Tipene overcame a violent and abusive childhood,

    and broke the cycle to become a renowned

    inspirational speaker, award winning author

    and the founder of the acclaimed Warrior Kids program.

    Tim was adopted and 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, funds or support, Tim created the Warrior Kids program to empower children and young people with Self Control and Social Skills. 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 through Warrior Kids.
    • In 2013 Tim was inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame for Warrior Kids.

    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 started working in the community at the age of 19

    when he became a live in support person for adults

    with special needs for Mt Tabor Trust.

    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.


    For two decades Tim has been sharing his inspirational

    story with audiences both young and old.

    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.


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    Books written by Tim Tipene

  • Videos

    Auckland Writers Festival, 2017

    Warrior Kids Founder Tim Tipene speaking at the Auckland Writers Festival, 2017.

    TVNZ talk Warrior Kids

    Tim Tipene talks Warrior Kids on TVNZ's Good Morning, 16 November 2011.

    Where the idea came from

    Tim Tipene explains where the idea for Warrior Kids came from. 2015.

    Warrior Kids Philosophy

    Tim Tipene describes the philosophy of his programme for children. 2015.

    Warrior Kids

    High & Low Point

    Tim Tipene talks about the Sharing Circle in Warrior Kids, and the High and Low point.

    Warrior Kids

    Session 1

    Warrior Kids Session 1, revised. Tim Tipene takes you through a simplified first session of the school program. For those running and those wanting to run the Warrior Kids program.