Maraea is a graduate of the visual arts programme at Te Wananga o te Awanuiarangi and is currently studying towards her Master of Fine Art at Whitecliffe.

Maraea is best known for her colourful perspex installations of which her commissioned work for The University of Waikato can be viewed in the foyer of the Maharaia building at the ToiOhomai Windermere Campus.

Maraea has produced new photographic works as part of her graduate portfolio which are currently exhibited as part of the Te Huihui o Matariki: the Rise of Matariki exhibition and which have at their centre as subject, the buildings of the former Queen Victoria Māori boarding school for girls in Parnell, of which Maraea is an alumni. In conversation with a friend who had been saddened by sight of the now defunct school occupied by various community groups, Maraea chose to capture images of the historic school buildings which for her rather than being sad remnants of a bygone era are embued with the essence of many happy memories of her secondary school yrs shared with her peers at Queen Vic.