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Tu Meke Tui

$30.00 NZD

Tu Meke Tui is a children’s book written by Malcolm Clarke and illustrated by stencil artist Hayley King, also known as Flox.


Tere the Tui and Taitu the Takahe are two very different sorts of birds: one loves to flit and twirl about in the sky, while the other prefers to rustle around in the undergrowth. Tu Meke Tui is a story of friendship, courage and discovering that sometimes it’s our differences which make us truly special. 


Tumeke is a New Zealand Māori word which means to startle or take fright. In recent years, tu meke (as two words) has developed as a colloquial phrase meaning “too much”; and is used to express excitement or being shaken up. 


  • Written by Malcolm Clarke
  • Illustrated by Flox
  • Hardback book
  • 22 pages
  • ISBN: 9780473343750


The idea for Tu Meke Tui was born out of Malcolm’s appreciation for New Zealand native wildlife and his desire to expose young readers to the wonders of the natural. Illustrated by aerosol and stencil artist Flox, this colourful book features her trademark native New Zealand birds, ferns and flowers.


This product is also available for purchase in store at Wellington Museum.