Since completing a Fine Arts degree at Elam, University of Auckland, in 1989 Tim has worked as an artist, designer, tohunga tā moko, director, screen writer and consultant. His primary inspiration has been his Tūhoe heritage, having moved back to the Eastern Bay of Plenty in 1990. Projects there included: public carvings and paintings; the creation of flags for Ngai Tūhoe and Ngāti Awa; redesigning the Whakatane Museum; a variety of community and iwi graphic design work; stone and bone jewelery; marae restoration; and the establishment of a Tūhoe Artists Collective.
Through the later part of the 90s and the early 00s he focused his energy primarily on tā moko. A mataora for relation Taurewa Biddle has become one of the most photographed pieces of contemporary tā moko.
Tim also struck up a successful design collaboration with Wellington firm DNA with whom he has done branding for Team All Blacks and the 2017 British and Irish Lions Series. He was also engaged by International events firm DAE to be on the core creative team that created the Opening Ceremony of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
In 2007, Tim completed an MA in Scriptwriting at Victoria University. He has worked as a writer, director or consultant on a number of productions including: Pukana; Shortland Street; Jackson's Wharf; Whalerider; Radiradirah; Kairakau; Only in Aotearoa; This is Piki; and Fresh. He is also a member of the Māori collective Steambox Films and has directed the award winning short films: The Road to Whakarae; Tits on a Bull; Meke; Kotuku Rerenga Rua; and Māori Time.
Currently he is: a lead-writer and director for new TV3 drama series Head High; writer of the feature film Whawhai Tonu - Struggle Without End; co-writer/director of anthology feature film Ngā Pouwhenua; and writer of new TVNZ documentary series Origins.
Tim lives in Rotorua with wife Taria Tahana and their two sons - Tiki and Tanu.