• Toatoi

    An art of personal development and warrior training.

  • About

    Welcome to Toatoi

    A survivor of a violent and abusive childhood, Tim Tipene broke the cycle through a combination of Martial Arts training, Psychotherapy and Personal Development. Tim consolidated his learning and experience to create Toatoi in 1994. The most well known Toatoi classes is the acclaimed Warrior Kids.

    Tim Tipene Toatoi

    Tim Tipene teaching Toatoi, 2015

    Tim Tipene Warrior Kids

    Self Mastery

    Focusing on bringing out the warrior within, Toatoi draws upon Maori warrior concepts and Eastern martial arts in a non-aggressive way designed to instill confidence, respect and self-control, leading students to become masters of their lives.

    Holistic Training

    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. Also students learn life enhancing martial art skills.

    Tim Tipene Warrior Kids
    Tim Tipene Warrior Kids

    Warrior Kids working with anger.

    Toatoi offers...,

    Self Control

    Social Skills

    Self Regulation

    Assertiveness

    Resilience

    Mindfulness

    Emotional Skills

    Anger Management

    Conflict Resolution

    Self Protection

    Martial Art Skills

    Fun

    De-escalation and Containment

    Toatoi is winning without causing defeat.

    Movement is relaxed and calm fostering responsive responses rather than reactive, seeking to protect the mana of all involved.

    Tim Tipene Warrior Kids
    Tim Tipene Toatoi

    Subtle with minimal movement

    Finding the path of less resistance, techniques are flexible and adaptable open to the variability of situations and encounters that one may find themselves facing.

    Its all in the name

    Tim Tipene came up with the name Toatoi by combining the two Maori words Toa and Toi. Both of these words have many meanings. Toa can mean Warrior, Champion and brave. Toi can mean Art or Way. The name Toatoi encompasses all of these meanings.

  • PeaceMasters

    Toatoi and Warrior Kids are also known as PeaceMasters. Through the study of Toatoi students become masters of peace. Individual progress in Toatoi and Warrior Kids is acknowledged via belt grades up to Black Belt and beyond.

    Black Belt of Peace Tim Tipene

    The Black Belt of Peace

    This is the first Black Belt students achieve in Toatoi and Warrior Kids. It grounds the student in self control and self mastery, and sets the path for further learning and grades.

    PeaceMaster Award Tim Tipene

    PeaceMaster Award

    The PeaceMaster Award is given to students who demonstrate an act of outstanding bravery, service, kindness or personal strength.

  • Classes

    Nowadays, when Master Tim isn't writing award winning books or giving inspirational talks to audiences around the country, he runs classes for a small number of students in West Auckland.

    Toatoi classes are specialised therefore numbers are limited to just 6 students.

    Tim Tipene with Taiyang and Tahlia Tipene

    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 Toatoi teen class.

     

    For information on attending a class use the contact form below.

  • Warrior Kids

    The renowned class for children

    offering self control and social Skills for ages 5 - 12

    Warrior Kids with Tim Tipene

    In 1994 at the age of 22, Tim Tipene was unemployed and had no fixed abode. Without any formal qualifications or funding, Tim started the Warrior Kids program to help kids in his community. Tim went on to provide Warrior Kids to communities and schools for 25 years, taking referrals from community and government agencies, and changing the lives of thousands of children and their families. In all that time Warrior Kids only ever received 6 months of funding.

     

    Watch the video below to hear what parents have to say about Warrior Kids.

    Visit the Warrior Kids Website

    www.warriorkids.org

  • Kura Toa Warrior School

    Tim established Kura Toa Warrior School in 1994 to house his Toatoi classes, including the renowned Warrior Kids program. As well as being a house of learning, Kura Toa is also a novel and has been a stage production.

     

    Tim Tipene Kura Toa

    Kura Toa the novel

    An imaginative expression of Tim Tipene's warrior philosophy.

    First published 2004 by Reed Publishing.

    Re-published 2009 by Oratia Books.

    Tim Tipene Kura Toa stage production

    Kura Toa Stage Production

    Tim with the cast and crew of the Bay of Islands College 2012 stage production of the novel Kura Toa Warrior School.

    Tim Tipene Kura Toa

    Kura Toa Stage Production

    Tim with the director for the Kura Toa Warrior School stage production, Jasmine Maunsell, and choreographer Horrace Maunsell.

    Tim Tipene, Mayor Bob Harvey

    Kura Toa opening 2009

    Tim Tipene, Tyrone Jarvis Raumati, Owen Paikea, Mayor Bob Harvey and Peter Dowling, from Oratia Publishers, for the opening of the Kura Toa new premises and the relaunch of the Kura Toa novel 2009.

    Tim Tipene, Mayor Bob Harvey, Owen Paikea, Tyrone Jarvis Raumati

    Kura Toa opening 2009

    Tim speaking at the opening of the new Kura Toa Warrior School premises. Tim is joined by Mayor Bob Harvey, Owen Paikea and Tyrone Jarvis Raumati.

    Tim Tipene, Owen Paikea, Mayor Bob Harvey, Travis Rapana

    Kura Toa opening 2009

    Tim Tipene, Owen Paikea, Mayor Bob Harvey and Travis Rapana at the opening of the new Kura Toa premises.

    Tim Tipene Kura Toa

    Kura Toa Warrior School 2011

    Tim Tipene Kura Toa

    Kura Toa Warrior School 2019

  • Contact Us

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  • Tim Tipene

    Award Winning Author, Inspirational Speaker.

    Founder of Warrior Kids and Toatoi.

    Tim Tipene 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 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. He has spent his life transforming the lives of others, often without any form of payment.

     

    For 25 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.

     

    Some facts about Tim

    Tim's tribal affiliations are Ngati Kuri and Ngati Whatua.

    • Tim became a trained counsellor and gained a graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 2000.
    • In 2013 Tim was inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
    • In 2014 Tim was recognised as a Kiwibank Local Hero and received a Medal in recognition of his contribution to the lives of others.
    • Tim started martial arts at the age of 12 and over 35 years has gained a number of Black Belt Dan ranks and teaching titles.
    • 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.

    For more information visit

    www.timtipene.com

  • History

    Kura Toa Warrior School has been changing lives since 1994.

    Some highlights from the last 25 years.

    Tim Tipene giving young lives hope, 1999.

    Tim was acknowledged for his work in this article that featured in the Western Leader in July 1999.

    Tim Tipene training 1994

    Kura Toa training 1994.

    Kura Toa with Haki and Buster

    Maoi and Mita as Buster and Haki for the 2012 stage production of Kura Toa.

    Kura Toa Warrior School stage production with Tim Tipene

    The Kura Toa stage production featured amazing choreography and dancing.

    Tim Tipene training 2010

    Kura Toa training 2010.

    Kura Toa Warrior School opening 2009

    Part of the crowd that attended the opening of the Kura Toa new premises 2009.

    Tim Tipene training 1994

    Kura Toa training 1994.

  • Book Store

    Books written by Tim Tipene

    Bullies and Warriors
    24.99
    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 programme 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. This novel for 8 years and older is a realistic insight into school life as it is for many children. It offers strategies to address bullying for children on both sides of the problem. First published as Warrior Kids by Reed Publishing, 2006. Re-pub 2012, Oratia.
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    Warrior Kids - Warrior Training for Children
    44.99
    In 1994 Tim started the Warrior Kids programme and went on to provide it to communities and schools for over 20 years, changing the lives of thousands of children and their families. This book features the complete ten sessions of the Warrior Kids' in-school programme in an easy to use format. Focusing on bringing out the warrior within, the Warrior Kids programme draws on Maori warrior concepts and Eastern martial arts in a non-aggressive way designed to instill confidence, respect and self-control, leading children to become masters of their lives. Published 2009 by Oratia Books.
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    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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    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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    Hinemoa te toa
    24.99
    Hinemoa te toa 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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    Taming the Taniwha
    24.99
    Taming the Taniwha was a White Raven title for 2002 and was named one of the top New Zealand picture books by Waikato University in 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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    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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    Haere, Farewell, Jack, farewell
    24.99
    Haere received a Picture Book Honour Award at the 2006 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. It was named one of the top New Zealand picture books by Waikato University in 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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    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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    Rewa find 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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