We really hope you enjoy Maru Nihoniho sharing the story of her career journey.

Maru is the founder of Metia Interactive and leads a team of developers that includes artists and programmers. As a games designer and producer her focus is on meaningful, indigenous storytelling as culture-based games can be hugely influential and are a powerful outlet for engagement and learning. She has published several Māori games: Sparx, to teach rangatahi how to manage depression, Māori Pa Wars, a strategic tower defence game, Tākaro to teach rangatahi about coding concepts and Guardian Maia, interactive fiction that follows the journey of a Māori woman through a dystopian New Zealand.

Maru has won numerous awards and received international recognition for her work. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2016 for services to gaming and mental health. In 2017, she was awarded the MCV Pacific Women in Games - The Gamechangers Award for Innovator of the year presented by Microsoft Xbox. In 2018, she was named as one of the Forbes Top 50 Women in Technology.

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