• Changing lives since 1994

  • Self Control and Social Skills for Children and Teens.

    Welcome to Warrior Kids.

     

    Warrior Kids was created by Tim Tipene in 1994.

    Tim overcame an abusive, violent and traumatic childhood. He broke the cycle through a combination of Martial Arts training, Psychotherapy and Personal Development.

    Tim consolidated his learning and experience to create the Warrior Kids programme.

     

    For 27 years Tim has provided Warrior Kids to communities and schools, taking referrals from community and government agencies, and changing the lives of thousands of children and their families.

    Warrior Kids Tim Tipene

    Image - New Zealand Women's Weekly article, 2000

    Warrior Kids supports and empowers children, teens and their families with... 

    Self Control - Social Skills - Self Regulation - Assertiveness - Resilience - Mindfulness -

    Emotional Skills - Conflict Resolution - Self Protection - Martial Art Skills - Fun

     
    Warrior Kids offers weekly classes, books, talks and workshops.

    New Zealand Actor Teuila Blakely talks Warrior Kids, 2019

    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 instil confidence, respect and self-control, leading students to become masters of their lives.

    Warrior Kids Tim Tipene

    Image - Warrior Kids - Warrior Training for Children Manual, 2011

    Master Tim is a trained counsellor with a graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Tim started martial arts at the age of 12 and over 37 years has gained a number of Black Belt Dan ranks and teaching titles.

     

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

    In 2015 Tim was recognised as a New Zealander of the year Local Hero, and received a medal for his contribution to the lives of others.

     

    Master Tim is also an award winning children's author and inspirational speaker.

    In the past he has 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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    Image - Warrior Kids beat their anger not other people.

    New Zealand Herald article, 1999.

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    'As a parent observing, I have learnt also,'

    - Warrior Kids Parent.

     

      WARRIOR KIDS DOES NOT APPLY FOR FUNDING

    AND DOES NOT ASK FOR DONATIONS

  • Classes

    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 and teens, involving games and challenges where students become champions of life.

    Warrior Kids Tim Tipene

    Students learn in a nurturing and therapeutic environment, while also being challenged. There are times of sharing and reflection, times of practicing breathing and mindfulness exercises, times of exploring body work such as flexibility and agility exercises, and times of play.

    Tim Tipene Warrior Kids

    Warrior Kids 2010.

    Students learn life enhancing martial art skills. Warrior Kids is winning without causing defeat, teaching techniques of de-escalation and containment.

    Warrior Kids Tim Tipene
  • Class Times

    Weekly Warrior Classes with Master Tim

    Warrior Kids weekly classes are specialised.

    To ensure quality the number of students

    is limited to just 6, so booking a space is essential.

    Term 2 Classes 2021

    3 May - 9 July

    Warrior Kids

    For children 5 - 12yrs

     

    Tuesday

    4pm - 5pm & 5pm - 6pm

     

    Thursday

    4pm - 5pm

     

    Warrior Teens

    12yrs plus

     

    Thursday 5pm - 6pm

     

    Fees are on a sliding scale. Families pay what they can afford.

    Fees are paid in full for the term which secures a place in a class.

    Book a trial class today!

     

    For more information and to check the availability of classes submit your name and email address

    Assistant Instructors

    Master Tim is assisted by

    Taiyang Tipene, Black Belt 3rd Dan,

    and

    Tahlia Tipene, Black Belt 2nd Dan.

    High achievers, Taiyang and Tahlia have been studying Warrior Kids since the age of 4 and both train in the Warrior Teen class.

    Tim Tipene with Taiyang and Tahlia Tipene
  • Talks

    For two decades Master 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 Master Tim speak or present a workshop 

    at your school or event 

    phone Alana and Rosemary on 021 840 898

     

    Here are some of his talks for you to enjoy

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    The boy who wanted to marry his teacher.

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

    Mrs Battleship

    Parenting

    Bring it on!!

  • Books

    Warrior Kids for the Home, Classroom and Community.

    Also available at all good book stores.

    All books written by Master Tim.

    Warrior Kids T-shirt - Adult's Large

    Warrior Kids T-shirt - Adult's Large

    35.00
    Warrior Kids T-shirt featuring the Taniwha from the award-winning Children's Book, Taming the Taniwha.
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    Warrior Kids T-shirt - Adult's Medium

    Warrior Kids T-shirt - Adult's Medium

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    Warrior Kids T-shirt featuring the Taniwha from the award-winning Children's Book, Taming the Taniwha.
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    Warrior Kids T-shirt - Children's Large

    Warrior Kids T-shirt - Children's Large

    28.00
    Warrior Kids T-shirt featuring the Taniwha from the award-winning Children's Book, Taming the Taniwha.
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    Warrior Kids T-shirt - Children's Medium

    Warrior Kids T-shirt - Children's Medium

    28.00
    Warrior Kids T-shirt featuring the Taniwha from the award-winning Children's Book, Taming the Taniwha.
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    Mrs Battleship

    Mrs Battleship

    22.00
    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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    Rona Moon

    Rona Moon

    25.99
    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.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 imaginative expression of Tim Tipene's warrior philosophy. First published 2004 by Reed Publishing. Re-published 2009 by Oratia Books.
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    Bullies and Warriors

    Bullies and Warriors

    24.99
    A Warrior Kids Novel by Tim Tipene.
    This edition published 2012 by Oratia Books.
    This novel depicts the reality of bullying - and strategies to address it - for children on both sides of the problem.
    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 program 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.
    Bullies and Warriors is suitable for all ages 8 years and older.
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    Warrior Kids:  Warrior Training for Children

    Warrior Kids: Warrior Training for Children

    44.99
    This Manual written by Tim Tipene and published by Oratia Books features the complete ten sessions of the in-school program in a format that anyone can apply to their own work with young people. Bring Warrior Kids to your Community! Warrior Kids is a pioneering programme that for over 23 years has empowered thousands of children across New Zealand, many of them from challenged backgrounds. Focusing on bringing out the warrior within, the program draws upon Maori concepts of the warrior and Eastern martial arts in a non-aggressive way designed to instill confidence, respect and self-control.
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  • Warrior Kids Online

    Master Tim's regular Vlog for Warrior Kids

    Farewell to my teacher, Mrs Battersby.

    Being safe with

    our Anger

    How to Parent yourself.

    Being a Warrior Kid at home and at school.

    Check out more from the

    Warrior Kids Playlist.

    Warrior Kids in action.

  • News

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  • Master Tim

    Hero, Award Winning Author, Inspirational Speaker.

    Founder of Warrior Kids.

    Tim 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 his 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.

    With the aid of therapy Tim overcame his abusive and violent childhood and broke the cycle.

    At 18 Tim started community work and has spent his life transforming the lives of others.

     

    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.

     

     

     

    For more information visit

    www.timtipene.com

  • Listen to an in depth interview with Tim from Radio NZ

    To know more about Master Tim check out these books about his life.

    Available at all good book stores.

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