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 share 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.
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'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
OneTree House, 2020
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
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 Māori 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.
Bring it on!
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 Māori 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.
Watch Tim's Inspirational Story
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.
Tim teaching Warrior Kids in 1999.
Photo from the NZ Herald.
Watch Tim on TV3's The Project, 2019
NZ North & South Magazine, 2011
Parents and past students talk Warrior Kids
Tim Tipene talks Warrior Kids 2016
Warrior Kids in Action, 2014
Warrior Kids Posters were printed and distributed over the years. Here is a selection.