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  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143775867
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $17.99

Te Kuia me te Pungawerewere

The Kuia and the Spider



Who's the best at weaving, the kuia or the spider? They decide to ask their grandchildren . . . Patricia Grace and Robyn Kahukiwa's 1981 classic story The Kuia and the Spider returns in a dual reo Maori and English text, with Hirini Melbourne's original translation.

A bilingual Maori and English edition of Patricia Grace and Robyn Kahukiwa's award-winning picture book.

Tera tetahi kuia ko tana mahi
he raranga whariki, raranga kete hoki.
I te koko o tona kihini e noho ana he pungawerewere
ko tana mahi he hanga whare tukutuku.
Mai i te putanga i te 1981, kua noho Te Kuia me te Pungawerewere a Patricia Grace raua ko Robyn Kahukiwa hei tino paki turoa no Aotearoa.


Once there was a kuia who made mats and baskets
In the corner of her kitchen lived a spider who made webs.
Since its publication in 1981, Patricia Grace and Robyn Kahukiwa’s award-winning story about two old friends bickering over whose weaving is best has become a New Zealand classic.

  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143775867
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $17.99

About the authors

Patricia Grace

Patricia Grace is one of New Zealand’s most prominent and celebrated Maori fiction authors and a figurehead of modern New Zealand literature. She garnered initial acclaim in the 1970s with her collection of short stories entitled Waiariki (1975) — the first published book by a Maori woman in New Zealand. She has published six novels and seven short story collections, as well as a number of books for children and a work of non-fiction. She won the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction for Potiki in 1987, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2001 with Dogside Story, which also won the 2001 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Fiction Prize. Her children’s story The Kuia and the Spider won the New Zealand Picture Book of the Year in 1982.

Robyn Kahukiwa

Robyn Kahukiwa (Ngati Porou) is a highly regarded New Zealand contemporary artist and award-winning author and illustrator of children's books.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, she trained as a commercial artist and came to New Zealand at the age of 19, where she came to be known for her work drawing on Maori symbolism and mythological figures as well as for her staunch support of Maori women's rights. She has written and illustrated 12 books of her own, and illustrated a number of stories for other New Zealand authors, most notably Patricia Grace. In 2011 Kahukiwa was awarded Te Tohu Toi Ke a Te Waka Toi/Making a Difference Award for her contribution to Maori arts.

Praise for Te Kuia me te Pungawerewere

The children's book The Kuia and the Spider is a Kiwi classic, as cherished as The Hungry Caterpillar and Hairy Maclary

Aroha Awarau, Stuff

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