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.
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 Tipene
A Programme of Self Control and Social Skills for Children and Teens.
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.
NZ Women's Weekly, 2000
'As a parent observing, I have learnt also,'
- Warrior Kids Parent.
Warrior Kids in Action, 2014
Tim Tipene talks Warrior Kids 2016
Parents and past students talk Warrior Kids
Bullies and Warriors
First published as Warrior Kids in 2006.
The 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 ages 8 years and older.
Oratia Books, 2012
Warrior Kids: Warrior Training for Children
The Warrior Kids Manual written by Tim Tipene 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 28 years has empowered thousands of children, 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 instil confidence, respect and self-control.
Oratia Books, 2011
First edition published as The Warrior Kids Programme, 2002 by Families for NonViolence.
'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
Kura Toa Warrior School
Hinemoa te toa
Bring it on!
Keep up to date with the latest from Warrior Kids
The dates for Term 2 classes are 3 May - 7 July.
Hopefully there won't be too many interruptions with COVID-19. Booking is essential as class numbers are limited. Contact Warrior Kids to apply.
Warrior Kids resumed in the community on the 8th of February for term 1 of 2022. Seven weeks of sessions are available to students who are owed classes from Term 3 in 2021, and who missed out due to the COVID-19 Lockdown. Tim is fulfilling his obligation to families who had committed to the term, and allowing extra weeks for further disruptions due to the pandemic. A big thank you to those families who chose to do their sessions online during the lockdown.
Term 2 will see classes available to new and present students.
Warrior Kids Posters were printed and distributed over the years. Here is a selection.