In honour of the mahi of Gerard MacManus,

with the blessing of his whānau

A competition to tell stories through game design.

Rubber Duck Awards 2021

Registration Timeline

Submissions for the 2021 awards open from  Monday, 3 May until Friday, 22 Oct. 

2020 awards announced Friday, 29 October 2021. 

Submissions for 2022 will open on

Monday, 8 Nov 2021

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Canterbury regional Ministry of Education

 What are the Rubber Duck Awards? 

The Rubber Duck Awards is a competition for kaiako, training teachers, teachers on leave, relievers, ākonga, tamariki, and rangatahi of Canterbury to tell stories through game design.

The competition is best suited for Years 5-13 ākonga.

NZ Curriculum

Support aligned with the revised Technology Learning Area, Digital Technologies curriculum content. With an opportunity to give mana to Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes, and Computational Thinking for Digital Technologies.

Competition Concept

Round 1 concept: Kaitiakitanga
Designing and developing a game to promote kaitiakitanga (guardianship)


The professional development will be delivered in English Medium, but inclusive to all. Games designed for the competition can be designed in any language the the designers identify with. Te Ao Māori values will be woven through delivery of content, and support materials.