Have you ever heard about a story called “A good use for a cobwebs?” Long ago there lived a giant
bird named Matuku who ate anybody that passed his cave and made a fence out of their bones.
Matuku captured an old warrior called Whairoa, ate him and used his bones to make a fence. Whairoa’s son Rata was angry when he heard that his father got eaten by the bird. So Rata asked his spider, Pungawerewere to make a cobweb to capture Matuku. When Matuku came out of his house Rata threw the cobweb noose over Matuku and managed to capture him.
They cooked Matuku, ate him bones and used his bones to finish off his fence.