the pavs are nz and australia's own
cake cabinet of excellence in game development

Every year, NZGF runs The Pavs as a celebration of ANZ’s best and boldest game development achievements. From digital to tabletop, we aim to the put a spotlight on local games that have gone the extra mile to immerse, entertain and tantalise. The Pavs finalists go in the running for a coveted trophy and are featured in NZGF’s week-long games exhibition.

Of course, any event named after a dessert wouldn’t be complete without a selection of tongue-in-cheek award titles and a cheeky few at our official ceremony.

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submissions are open for the pavs 2021 individual awards

We're excited to continue our celebration of individual contributions to the New Zealand community. These awards – Te Maunga Kai Kapua (Teina) Unsung Hero and Te Maunga Kai Kapua (Tuakana) Industry Pillar – honor and focus on the achievements of two people within our community who have worked hard for the benefit of us all.

If there is somebody who you feel deserves to be recognized for their contributions, don't be a tall poppy - nominate them! Don't be shy, you can even nominate yourself!

Submissions for these individual awards close on the 24 March 2021.

award categories

The ‘Slice of Heaven’ Grand Prize

The Guest Plate

The Student’s Slice

The Composed Segment: Excellence in Audio

The Decorative Piece: Excellence in Visual Art

The Perfect Recipe: Excellence in Design

The Poetic Serving: Excellence in Narrative

The Diverse Delight: Excellence in Representation

The Accessible Ambrosia: Excellence in Accessibility

The Tactile Taste: Excellence in Physical Games

Te Maunga Kai Kapua (Teina): Unsung Hero

► Te Maunga Kai Kapua (Tuakana): Industry Pillar

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past winners

The Pavs have been running since 2016 – when they were known as the Play by Play awards.

Throughout the years there’s been amazingly tight competition and fantastic entrants.

We’d like to continue to showcase those games – click through below to see winners from previous years.

The Pavs: NZ Game Awards judging is carried out independently from the festival committee. Please read our full transparency statement for an explanation of our judging processes.

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