Since completing a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Renae Maihi has become an acclaimed director and writer of theatre, starting with Ngā Manurere, starring Keisha Castle-Hughes. The NZ Herald called it the "surprise jewel" of 2009. Maihi went on to co-write short film Redemption, which was invited to the Berlin and Sundance film festivals, then directed her debut short Butterfly. The 2017 NZ International Film Festival featured two of her films: the New York-shot short Mannahatta, and collaborative feature Waru, where she was part of a team of eight female directors.
Writing has always been a part of my life. It was never something that I started, rather something that naturally came to me as soon as I could hold a pen. Renae Maihi, in an interview with The Big Idea, 28 April 2010