The NZ Games Festival advisory board takes point on key festival decisions and direction.


navi brouwer


committee manager

Navi likes dogs. She likes all dogs, in fact, even the little yappy ones. She is also pretty keen on supporting lovely people who give some of their spare time to make phenomenal events happen. She’s particularly fond of NZ Games Festival and is stoked to be part of the festival team once again.

Navi is one of those strange people who likes wrangling people and organising events so along with her day job as a project manager at Weta Digital, she helps out with Game Developers of Wellington and Global Game Jam Wellington as well. She also had the pleasure of learning about the games industry with Dinosaur Polo Club and PikPok. She’d like to say a big thank-you to all of the committee and friends who have supported her each year, especially to her family, James and Mochi.


stef peacock


creative director

Stef(an) is a designer with a love for telling stories, adding sparkles to everything, and patterned shirts. Seriously; he only owns one plain shirt and that’s so he can wear his floral blazer. 

Stef is currently a freelance UI Designer & Artist, working with Runaway Play on some of their delightful nature inspired titles. A long time fan of making fun and enjoyable experiences, Stef has been with NZGF since 2019 and has loved seeing everyone having a blast through several iterations of the festival.

Keir Rice

keir rice



While new to the board Keir is no stranger to the festival having attended since 2016. He is excited and proud to be helping out with such a special festival. Keir studied Design & Animation at Massey University, before joining the ranks of NZ game developers in 2008. He worked locally with the likes of Sidhe & Pikpok on console and mobile projects. Contributing to over 50 titles as Lead Technical Artist or subsequently as Analytics Manager.

At Weta Gameshop he helped the team explore the new realm of Mixed Reality with Dr. Grordboart’s Invaders.

Most recently Keir co-founded NZXR, a company on the forefront of developments in Augmented Reality. NZXR is working with a veritable who’s who of Augmented Reality companies world wide, from right here in Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa.

Serena Lal

serena lal


board member

Serena (she/her) is Fijian Indian Social Innovator & Designer who serves across the social and public sector. Serena is a co-founder, experienced board director/trustee, gamer, livestreamer and community events manager for the NZ Livestream gaming community. Serena is invested in honouring our responsibilities as Tangata Tiriti and meaningful leadership and recognition from underrepresented gaming spaces.

Serena believes in the power of games to have discussions and experiences towards a just and accessible world. She loves story-led games, D&D, learning to arts & crafts and trying to invent new foods through baking experiments. Serena is a keen listener and mental health support person. Always available for chats or conversations on any topic!

Cameron Hopkinson

cameron hopkinson


board member

Cameron is a programmer, composer, and game accessibility consultant from Wellington. They are currently working as an accessibility consultant on Wayward Strand. Cameron is also a co-founder of Accessibility Unlocked, a group that aims to advocate for and support disabled and neurodivergent game developers in Australia and New Zealand. Accessibility Unlocked was listed as one of 2020’s Game Changers by