What is a Guardian?
The Maori world view guardianship/kaitiakitanga means protection, preservation or sheltering where there is kinship between humans and the natural world.
A guardian or kaitiaki is a person who is recognised by the people of a tribal group/Iwi and this person acts as the carer or protector of their assigned area such as a lake or forest or special valued items.
Who is the Guardian?
The people of a tribal settlement in Fiordland are protected by guardians and one guardian, Maia, lives outside the settlement, in the forest as she protects the Pa from hostile outside forces. Her duty is not only to protect the people but to ensure the forest and its beings are also protected.
Her strength, her speed and her ability to speak with birds have always set her apart from others. As a guardian she is tolerated. As a woman she is feared.
Guardian - Interactive Fiction
Guardian - Animated Feature or Live Action
Maia's stories will be told through interactive digital forms however the scope to develop a feature film is currently in the pipeline.
This is a hybrid historical/science-fiction story that draws on the mythology of the Maori culture in New Zealand. Guardian is also a global story and taps into the universal human need to belong and understand the mysteries of the world.
Guardian - Platformer Game
This tells the story of how Maia became a guardian, the challenges and quests that she faced to earn her position as guardian of the forest and defender of her Pa.
This game is not only a test of her physical strengths but a test of her Mana (spiritual power) and Mauri (life force)
"Guardian the Initiation" is currently in the design phase and will be a platform game where the player controls Maia through her adventure.