Kura Toa: Warrior School
An inspiring junior novel with special appeal to boys. High-school student Haki needs to find the pounamu that was stolen from him after a car crash. In his search he must confront his fears and find a way to answer the challenge to serve his people, his land, to fight a taniwha and to grow into a warrior.
Tim Tipene has written numerous books for younger readers. He received a Picture Book Honour Award in the 2006 New Zealand Post Book Awards with Haere, Farewell Jack Farewell. Tim is the leader of the Kura Toa/Warrior Kids martial arts programme for at-risk young people. He lives in Waitakere City and has two children.