His position is at scrum-half. He has previously played for the Bay of Plenty Steamers, the Hurricanes, Portadown Reconstruction Finance Corporation and Scarlets. Tipuna has also represented the New Zealand Sevens and New Zealand Māori teams.
In August 2011, Tipanu joined the Scarlets on a short term contract, before joining Bristol Rugby in November.
He immediately became first choice scrum-half at Bristol. On 28 March 2014, Tipuna made his move to the Aviva Premiership with Newcastle Falcons on a two-year contract from the 2014-2015 season.