The weta punga (Deinacrida heteracantha) is a huge and rather nasty looking spider found in New Zealand. Its vernacular name means in Maori 'god of ugly things'. It is also called the Little Barrier island giant weta. It can grow up to the size of a sparrow.
Because of the sparseness of its numbers, a release program of 200 specimens is to be undertaken in New Zealand this year.
Though this spider is huge and intimidating, it is also harmless.