The Kuia and the Spider, on stage for one and all

Due to the cancellation of Whānau Day, the performances of Te Kuia Me Te Pūngāwerewere on Sunday 24 March will now take place at Waipapa Marae, The University of Auckland, 16 Wynyard Street at 11am and 2pm. Those who have registered for the performances will have their registrations transferred to the new venue. Please let use know if you are no longer able to attend.


 Inspired by author Patricia Grace and illustrator Robyn Kahukiwa’s classic children’s book ‘The Kuia and the Spider’, Te Kuia Me Te Pūngāwerewere is a delightful, comedic prequel that takes audiences on a journey into spider world.

In this beloved tale, the kuia (female elder) argues with a large spider living in her kitchen and competes to see who can do the best weaving. While in the midst of their daily bickering, Kui and Pūpai are suddenly thrust from their home in Paekākāriki and into spider world. There amongst the spiders, they must work together to save the habitat from human destruction.

Performed entirely in te reo Māori, but full of gestures and movement so that everyone can follow along, this splendid show breathes new life into an iconic Kiwi story cherished by children and parents all over Aotearoa.

Recommended for ages 5+

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Writer and director Jamie McCaskill talks to Stuff about adapting a much loved book for the stage. Read the interview here

Watch Maori Television coverage of the performance of Te Kuia Me Te Pūngāwerewere at BLENNZ Homai here

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Images: Eu-Lee Teh

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Produced by
Taki Rua Productions
Capital E National Theatre for Children

Writer, Director Jamie McCaskill
Performer Amanda Noblett

Adapted from ‘The Kuia and the Spider’ by Patricia Grace with illustrations by Robyn Kahukiwa.
Te reo Māori translation by Hōhepa Waitoa.

Developed with the contributions of Matu Ngaropo, Kura Forrester, Scotty Cotter and Amanda Noblett, from an original concept by Geoff Pinfield, Tānemahuta Gray and Taki Rua Productions. Text copyright © Patricia Grace, 1982. Illustrations copyright © Robyn Kahukiwa, 1982. First published by Puffin Books. This adaptation published is by arrangement with Penguin Random House New Zealand Ltd.

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