Tim Tipene developed Warrior Kids in 1994. Tim is a qualified martial arts instructor who has accumulated a total of 12 Dan Black Belt ranks. He is a youth and self-defence counsellor, as well as the award-winning author of children's picture books and junior novels including Kura Toa: Warrior School, Warrior Kids, Haere Jack Haere and Taming the Taniwha. Tim is also a trustee of the Storylines Children's Literature Foundation. He lives in Waitakere, Auckland.