Tui grew up in an Auckland sailing family although she was born well inland in 1952 in Te Awamutu in the Waikato area of New Zealand. She trained as a primary school teacher, was teaching before she was out of her teens and taught for many years.
In 1973 she married Bill Simpson, an Auckland boat-builder and sailor. They lived on their boat for a year and a half. ‘Patricia’ was a small traditional yacht. They sailed the South Pacific on her for over a year. During all that ocean voyaging, the little wooden yacht weathered many storms that proved too much for larger vessels.
The couple had two children in the early 1980s, Leith and Heather. Tui separated from Bill in 1990.
She met Jeff Tucker in 1991 and the pair have been together ever since. They were keen runners and triathletes. They did Ironman together in 1996 in Auckland. Tui enjoyed long-distance open-water swimming and did most of the ocean swimming events on offer in Auckland at the time. The pair now focuses on road and off-road cycling in the countryside near their home.
Tui ran a sole-charge web design company called Tuiscope, from the mid-nineties to the present. She and Jeff moved out of Auckland in the year 2000 to start the new millenium in the Waikato, Tui’s birthplace. They live there still.
She has always been a writer producing children's stories in dozens. Some were published by various publishers and some were sold internationally. She also wrote articles for newspapers and magazines, produced much written and photographic material for the web sites she created and wrote teachers’ lesson plans for Learning Media.
She wrote the first draft of her novel Ripple in 2009 and completed the third and final draft in 2011.
In 2012 NZ was “Country of Honour” at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. (Frankfurt is the world’s largest book fair) Ripple was chosen by the New Zealand Society of Authors to represent NZ literature at the fair. Tui made her first trip to the Northern hemisphere to attend.
Unique traits: Vivid imagination and crazy love of oceans and marine life.