Kea Kids News: a new video game features the Maori wahine

A new video game starring Maori Wahine called Guardian Maia is rich and finely detailed in Te Ao Maori.

Shiloh Repia-Barbarich, 9 years old from Kaiti school and Ngati Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, talks to Maru Nihoniho about the new game.

Nihoniho grew up playing video games, but wanted to design a game that featured Maori characters and gameplay.

She hopes Guardian Maia will inspire more native video players. The game is expected to launch in 2023.

The Maori heroine, Maia, is at the center of a rich and finely detailed new game in Maori Te Ao.


The Maori heroine, Maia, is at the center of a rich and finely detailed new game in Maori Te Ao.

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Also on News Kea Kids today we meet a TikTok star who is making her way through a “Kiwi Bucket List” while tasting iconic New Zealand lollipops.

Luke Nola and his friends

Born and raised in Liverpool, England, TikTok star Lewis Contini came to New Zealand to meet his Maori father and check out a list of very kiwi experiences, including sampling our lollipops.

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