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Tim Tipene

Tim Tipene was adopted into the Waitai Tipene family as an infant and raised in two cultures, NZ Māori and NZ European. His Iwi affiliations are Ngāti Kurī, Te Uri-o-Hau and Ngāti Whātua.

First published in 1996, Tim is an award-winning author of children’s picture books and junior novels, including the Pipi and Pouseries and The Book That Wouldn’t Read.

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. In recognition of his contribution to the lives of others, Tim was inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2013, and awarded a Kiwibank Local Hero Medal in 2015.

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.


Selected bibliography:

  • The Wooden Fish, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Reed 1999)
  • Taming the Taniwha, illustrated by Henry Campbell (Huia 2001)
  • Haere: Farewell Jack, Farewell, illustrated by Huhana Smith (Huia 2005)
  • Kura Toa: Warrior School (Reed 2004)
  • Warrior Kids (Reed 2006)
  • Rewa Finds His Wings, illustrated by Jo Thapa (Raupo 2008)
  • Hinemoa te Toa, illustrated by John Bennett (Scholastic 2008)
  • Warrior Kids: Warrior Training for Children (Libro International 2011)
  • Patu (Libro International 2012)
  • Māui – Sun Catcher, illustrated by Zak Waipara (Oratia 2016)
  • Mrs Battleship, illustrated by Carol Green (One Tree House 2019)
  • White Moko (One Tree House 2020)
  • Rona Moon, illustrated by Theresa Reihana (Oratia 2020)
  • Pipi and Pou and the Raging Mountain, illustrated by Isobel Te Aho-White (One Tree House 2022)
  • Pipi and Pou and the River Monster, illustrated by Isobel Te Aho-White (One Tree House 2022)
  • Pipi and Pou and the Tentacles of the Deep, illustrated by Isobel Te Aho-White (One Tree House 2023)
  • Pipi and Pou and the 100 Legs of Terror, illustrated by Isobel Te Aho-White (One Tree House 2023)
  • The Book that Wouldn’t Read, illustrated by Nicoletta Benella (Oratia 2023)


  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2000 for The Wooden Fish
  • White Ravens 2002 List for Taming the Taniwha
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2006 Picture Book Honour Award for Haere: Farewell Jack, Farewell
  • LIANZA Te Kura Pounamu Award 2009 for Hinemoa te Toa
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2017 for Māui – Sun Catcher
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2021 for Rona Moon
  • New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Junior Fiction finalist 2023 for Pipi and Pou and the Raging Mountain.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2023 for Pipi and Pou and the Tentacles of the Deep

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