individual nominations are open and will close on 23rd of June 2024

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 23rd June 2024.

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te maunga kai kapua (tuakana)

industry pillar

This award is about recognizing existing members of our community or industry who grow and support game development in NZ. They are central to our community and have contributed to our industry for a significant amount of time.

This award honours the achievements of an individual who has been a pillar of the Game Development industry. Candidates have greatly contributed to the NZ game development community or industry and held in high esteem. Achievements include but are not limited to building community, equity, opportunity, and creating a brighter future for the New Zealand games industry.

The recipient of this award is determined by the NZGF Board of Directors with consultation from the previous Industry Pillars (if available). The list of candidates is created by an open call to the public for nominations.

Eligibility

  • Has greatly contributed to the NZ game development community or the NZ game development industry.
  • Is currently living in NZ
  • Has been contributing consistently for 5+ years
  • Is not a current NZGF Director or any previous Director who was on the board in the most recent festival year
  • Is not a current NZGF Committee member
  • Is not a direct sponsor of NZGF as an individual. Studio or Company sponsorship does not interfere with eligibility for the Industry Pillar award.
  • Previous winners of the Industry Pillar award are not eligible

te maunga kai kapua (teina)

unsung hero

This award is about recognizing those who have not been formally recognized but deserve to be recognized for the extra effort they put into the industry or community that goes beyond a normal job. This award is not limited to young, nor old as everyone can have an impact on others in the community.

This award honors the work of an individual who has positively influenced the game development community or industry in New Zealand from behind the scenes. Candidates have worked to bring the community closer together, or promoted the values of the community such as diversity, inclusion, growth, or sharing of knowledge in the last 12 months.

The recipient of this award is determined by the NZGF Board of Directors with consultation from the previous Industry Pillars (if available). The list of possible winners is created by an open call to the public for nominations.

Eligibility

  • Candidate’s work positively contributes to the game development community or industry in New Zealand
  • Candidate’s have not been formally recognized with an award or similar for their efforts before. Previous winners of this award are not eligible.
    • Previous honorable mentions for this award are still eligible for this award if they have not won
  • Is currently living in NZ
  • They have been contributing to the community within the last 12 months
  • Is not a current NZGF Director or any previous ex-Director who was  on the board in the most recent festival year
  • Is not a current NZGF Committee member
    Is not a direct sponsor of NZGF as an individual. Studios and Company sponsorship does not interfere with eligibility for this award

go ahead and submit your nominations!

As a final note, kia ora and thank you to Te Waata, Eric-Rangi Hillman and the Te Whanau a Apanui iwi for their consultation and insight into the naming of our two individual awards.