Lisa (Kai Tahu and Waitaha) is an award winning Narrative Designer and the Community Director for mobile free-to-play developer Runaway Play. Prior to joining Runaway she wrote an honours dissertation about indigenous storytelling in video games.

Lisa is also a writer, an international speaker, a community organiser, a scholarship recipient to attend GDC, recipient of the 2020 Te Maunga Kai Kapua Teina award, 20Twenties young alumni awards and has served on the NZ Game Developers Association Board.

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The Real Secret of Mana: Māori Representation in Video Games

In this talk Lisa will dive into the history of Māori representation in video games. She will explain the importance of understanding whakapapa as a key concept within tikanga Māori and using it to inform the use of Māori culture or characters in your own games. REHEKO!