Maraea Rakuraku is a proudly indigenous Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa storyteller who lives in Wellington and the Bay of Plenty.
A 20-minute piece; Speedmating for Native Girls created specifically for the 2009 New Zealand International Comedy Festival introduced Maraea Rakuraku to the stage and first garnered interest in her work. This was followed up in 2012 with her first feature length play, The Prospect that, gained several nominations in the annual Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards (now known as the Wellington Theatre Awards) and awarded three, including Most Promising Playwright. In 2016, her second feature length work; Tan-knee won three of the four categories (Best Play by a Woman Playwright, Best Play by a Māori Playwright and Best Play) at the annual Adam New Zealand Play Award. Tan-Knee was selected for the Next Stage workshop process at the Auckland Theatre Company later that year. In 2017, Te Papakāinga was awarded Best Play by a Māori Playwright again, at the Adam Awards.
Maraea is a published writer (Huia Publishers, Auckland University Press, Otago University Press, University of Hawai’i) who performs with DuskyMaidensNobleSavages, a Spoken Word troupe she founded, comprised of poets of Te Moananui a Kiwa.
She reviews for Theatreview and Pantograph Punch.
Maraea holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch and a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University, Wellington. She is the founding director of Native Agency Limited created to develop and grow indigenous and minority voice across multi-media platforms.