Who doesn’t love a tūī (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) in their garden? Fortunately many of us here in the inner west have them dropping by, with regular observations right across the region.
Though they like a good insect, they’re predominantly nectar feeders, so love natives like kōwhai, harakeke (flax), puriri, rewarewa, kahikatea, pohutukawa, rātā. That said, they also love cherry blossom and other exotic species. We’d prefer you to plant natives, and while they get established you could just put out some sugar water. You’ll probably attract tauhou / silvereye, and perhaps, one day, a korimako /bellbird.
Visit New Zealand Birds Online for more on tūī.