Maru is the founder and managing director of award-winning game development studio Metia Interactive. She recently completed her Master of Applied Practice – Technological Futures with the aim to use game design with converging and emerging technologies. Maru was awarded Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to gaming and mental health and was presented with the Māori Entrepreneurial Leader Award from the University of Auckland as well as being named as Forbes Top 50 Women in Technology 2018.