Tim Tipene
Tim Tipene, (Papa Tim)

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.

Warrior Kids
In 1994 at the age of 22 Tim created Toatoi, a personal development and therapeutic martial art, and founded Warrior Kids, a Toatoi class for children. The aim of Warrior Kids is to empower Children and Youth with Self Control and Social Skills within a therapeutic and loving environment.

Tim created Warrior Kids without any formal qualifications, funds or support, and has gone on to provide Warrior Kids to communities and schools for over 24 years, taking referrals from community and government agencies, and changing the lives of thousands of children and their families.

Warrior Kids is for all children and is now being taught nationally and internationally. Tim became a trained counsellor and gained a graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 2000.

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.

Inspirational Speaker
For two decades 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 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.

More facts about Tim
Tim was adopted and raised in two cultures, NZ Maori and NZ European.

His tribal affiliations are Ngati Kuri and Ngati Whatua.

In 2013 Tim was inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame for Warrior Kids.
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 1994 Tim created Kura Toa Warrior School to house his Toatoi and Warrior Kids classes.
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.
Tim has featured on television, radio and in various publications.

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