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Te Kuia me te pūngāwerewere – The Kuia and the spider

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Te Kuia me te pūngāwerewere – The Kuia and the spider – by Patricia Grace, ngā pikitia nā Robyn Kahukiwa, nā Hirini Melbourne i whakamāori

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.

Once there was a kuia who made mats and baskets
In the corner of her kitchen lived a spider who made webs.

A bilingual Māori and English edition of Patricia Grace and Robyn Kahukiwa’s award-winning picture book. The story about two old friends bickering over whose weaving is best has become a New Zealand classic.

Format: This book is a Paper back.

Language: This book is written in both English and Te reo Māori (Bilingual).

The English only version is available here: The Kuia and the spider

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About the Author:

Patricia Grace (Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa and Te Ati Awa) is a major New Zealand novelist, short story writer and children’s writer. She began writing early, whilst teaching and raising her family of seven children. This children’s story The Kuia and the Spider won the New Zealand Picture Book of the Year in 1982.

Other books available by Patricia Grace:

The English version of this book The kuia and the spider (Also with Robyn Kahukiwa)

Haka Also available is the te reo Māori Whiti te ra!

Te tuna wātakirihi me ngā tamariki o te tiriti o Toa – Watercress Tuna and the children of Champion Street

About the illustrator:

Robyn Kahukiwa (Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti) is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important Māori artists, and is also an award-winning children’s book illustrator and writer. Her art has been exhibited worldwide and is held in numerous collections. Robyn lives in Raumati Beach, near Wellington.

Other books available written and Illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa include:


Ngā Atua Māori Gods

Tuatangata Levi

The forgotten taniwha – Te taniwha i warewaretia

Other books available Illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa include:

The Haka of Tanerore – Te haka a Tanerore

The standing strong house – Te whare tū māia


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