Produced with the support of Creative New Zealand.
About the author:
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 he 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.
Since 1994, Tim has been changing lives through his acclaimed Warrior Kids programme, his award-winning books and his inspirational talks. Tim has appeared on television and radio, and in various magazines and newspapers.
He overcame his abusive and violent childhood, broke the cycle, and has spent his life transforming the lives of others.
About the Illustrator:
Izzy Joy is a young but experienced illustrator. “My personal artwork is definitely about connecting people with each other and with nature … uplifting people, especially young women, and raising understanding and compassion toward people that are struggling in life” Izzy remarks. Izzy’s works include The Story of Rangi and Papa (Zine) and Io Wahine (Zine).
Pipi and Pou: The River Monster
About the Book:
Pipi and Pou want to spend the day reading but Nana says they have to go up north - someone needs their help. Yet when they get there,
instead of being greeted as heroes something attacks them! With danger coming from every direction, how can they work together so they can get out alive?
Join Pipi, Pou, and Nana - kaitiakiwith a superhero difference - as they journey to the river’s edge, make unusual friends, and try to
keep their powers hidden from a surprising source of help.
Junior Fiction Series - large novel format, 8 chapters, with 1-2 black and white images per chapter.
Tim Tipene discusses his writing with Julian Wilcox on RNZ's Māpuna show.