As a games designer and producer, Maru’s focus is on indigenous storytelling as culture-based games are hugely influential and are a powerful outlet for engagement and learning.  Maru has published several games including Sparx to teach rangatahi how to manage depression, Takaro to teach rangatahi about coding concepts and Guardian Maia, interactive fiction that follows the journey of a Maori woman through a dystopian future.

Maru believes that Maori cultural identity is a unique strength in the future of NZ.