Metia Interactive MD Maru Nihoniho was one of seven winners at this year’s MCV Pacific Women In Games Lunch, presented by Xbox in Sydney earlier this week.
Nihoniho took the Innovator Award ahead of three other nominees.
Metia is well-known internationally for its game Sparx, a self-help e-therapy tool that teaches young people the key skills needed to help combat depression and anxiety. Last year Nihiniho was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to gaming and mental health.
The company is currently close to release with Māori Pa Wars, the first title available in te reo Māori from Metia. Nihoniho is also working on a Masters in Applied Practice.
The Women In Games award winners were:
Business Achievement of the Year
Clara Reeves, President, Hipster Whale
Brooke Maggs, Co-founder, Burning Glass Creative
Fiona Murray, Finance Manager, Surprise Attack
Maru Nihoniho, Managing Director and Game Designer, Metia Interactive
Dr Jennifer Hazel, Co-Founder, Check Point
Outstanding Achievement of the Year
Lisy Kane, Co-Founder, Girl Geek Academy and Producer, League of Geeks
Emilia Chignola, Producer, Two Lives Left