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Book - Tu Meke Tui - Hardcover

Tu Meke Tūī is a children’s book written by Malcolm Clarke, illustrated by Flox (aka Hayley King) and designed and published by Mary Egan Publishing.

The idea for Tū Meke Tūī 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.

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.

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. 

Illustrations by: Flox
Written by: Malcom Clarke

Dimensions: 240 mm x 240 mm
Bind: Hardcover

Flox by Hayley King 

Hayley King is the lady behind Flox, making her mark on the inner cityscape of Auckland since 2003 - as an aerosol and stencil artist with a fine art degree.
Her trademark native birds, ferns and flowers are a celebration of Aotearoa’s environmental taonga (treasures) and her works are always vibrant and confident in colour. Hayley's intricately hand-cut stencils are what set her apart from the rest, making her work so instantly recognisable!
With a philosophy deeply ingrained in the value of the hand-made, her processes pay homage to the craft of the cut – what she refers to as her Labour of Love. Since 2015 Flox has focused on honing new ideas, exploring other cultures and pushing her own artistic boundaries.
Hayley’s works have quickly expanded from prints, murals, live painting and even workshops for schools and the public, as well as being involved in numerous collaborations, charity work and exhibitions - all of which making her one of Aotearoa’s most recognised contemporary artists.   

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