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  • 12 Sep 2023 13:53 | Amber Wakefield (Administrator)

    Please be advised that this event has been cancelled. 

    As the campaign trail heats up, it's been interesting to observe which parties recognise the importance of the screen sector.

    With only two confirmed parties, we believe that the conversation will be one-sided and would not provide a broad enough representation to conduct a robust debate, and we have made the tough decision to cancel the event.

    We're now focusing our intentions towards continuing to collaborate with representatives from the pan-sector body steering committee, to create a brief to an incoming government about the value and needs of the screen sector.

    The brief will cover the who, what, where, and how of the sector, as well as a timeline of what's happened over the last three years, the pressure points, and the challenges that we face in terms of both domestic and international production.

    We thank you for you understanding and continued support.

    Ngā mihi

    Amber Wakefield | Executive Officer
    Film Auckland

  • 29 Aug 2023 06:16 | Amber Wakefield (Administrator)

    The rule for small crew shoots had always been "Please check with Screen Auckland (SA), but if it’s 9 or less you are unlikely to require a permit". Around the same time that Covid hit our shores, this changed to all shoots regardless of impact and size being required to go through the full permitting process. Covid was not the primary motivation of this change, it was also due to several stakeholders, such as AT and Regional Parks, having their management plans and bylaws assessed concurrently and identifying multiple locations now as sensitive, due to either ecological or cultural reasons. SA have now adopted a general policy of "come to us for all shoots, and we'll advise on if its sensitive, and permit it like we would anything else".

  • 29 Aug 2023 06:14 | Amber Wakefield (Administrator)

    Sketch comedy extraordinaries ‘Viva La Dirt League' had their studio opening earlier this month. It was fantastic to hear how the YouTubers in the Comedy / Gamer Parody / Fantasy genre space, established a GoFundMe campaign with a $1 million fundraising target and they raised $3 million more than that! Their enthusiasm is contagious, and once the dust has settled on their new studio space, we are looking forward to seeing what space they grow in to.

  • 29 Aug 2023 06:13 | Amber Wakefield (Administrator)

    The survey results make for some sobering but unsurprising reading. If you haven't read André Chumko's article in Stuff's The Post, which does a good job of encapsulating the results, you can find it here. According to Patricia Watson from WIFT, their research shows that there are certain areas of concern regarding pay parity in our sector; and it is now their priority to highlight the particularly troublesome examples and to work towards better parity across the board. Click here to read the survey in full.

  • 29 Aug 2023 06:13 | Amber Wakefield (Administrator)

    Final policy details of changes to the NZSPR have been released, concluding the review. Details announced included the policy settings for the redeveloped international Uplift, and a few additional technical changes to the domestic criteria alongside the change to allow all types of productions to access other government funding alongside the rebate. The changes will take effect over coming months. You can read a summary of the changes here.

  • 29 Aug 2023 06:12 | Amber Wakefield (Administrator)

    The Auckland Screen Taskforce is set to launch with it's first meeting to be held in mid September. An initiative of Screen Auckland in association with Film Auckland, the Taskforce is intended to engage at a strategic level within the sector and the region with a panel made up of a wide range of screen industry and Council Owned Organisation representatives that interact with the screen sector with the aim to create better outcomes for the sector.

  • 29 Aug 2023 06:11 | Amber Wakefield (Administrator)

    Thanks to The Screen Guild, MSD now have staff dedicated to assisting anyone who have been affected as a result of the SAG-AFTRA Union (US) Strike. The team can asses your eligibility for temporary financial support, and can also help you access free and anonymous, phone based counselling. Here is a link to the contact form. MSD will get in touch with you directly, or you can email your question here.

  • 31 Mar 2022 11:01 | Amber Wakefield (Administrator)

    Photo: Murray Milne NZCS, cinematographer and underwater camera specialist, operates a camera on a TVC shoot.

    This year, COVID-19 has continued to affect the sector, notably production activities, although film permitting numbers in Auckland are steadily increasing and we are approaching a time where more production activity may resume. Read on for an update on numerous topics that the FAI Board has been across the past month. Got something to say? Email us here.

    Sites and Places of Significance to Mana Whenua - industry working group

    An industry working group led by Kristian Eek and Sioux Macdonald, have been engaging with Screen Auckland to address the challenges that section D21 of the Auckland Unitary Plan brings to the industry. A second 'Locations Roundtable' meeting took place in February, where a paper was presented outlining 10 options for consideration with a view to short, medium, and long-term actions. The industry working group will present the paper to a wider industry group, before providing Auckland Unlimited with feedback. In the meantime, while solutions are being developed, Screen Auckland will continue to work with Productions on a case-by-case basis, to see what obstacles may be overcome and will consult with the industry working group on the best time to have the next roundtable.

    Dame Jane Campion wins Best Director

    This week the film industry celebrated the Academy Awards. We salute Dame Jane Campion for singing the praises of filmmaking in New Zealand and congratulate her for winning Best Director for The Power of the Dog. This kind of acknowledgment and recognition conveys the message that New Zealand is open and ready for filmmakers to take advantage of what we have on offer. 

    Pan Sector Body

    With financial support from 21 screen industry leaders (Film Auckland included), SINZ contracted Matthew Horrocks to research and evaluate a number of membership organisational structures, in order to help identify the best structure/model for the proposed pan-sector body. That research has been delivered and accepted by SINZ. The next step will entail refining the information gathered to date and designing a practical, financially viable, achievable, and inclusive model for the New Zealand screen sectors Pan Sector Body. This will then be taken to the industry for consultation.

    Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

    Toi Mai Workforce represents the creative sector, including filmmaking and television, for vocational education in New Zealand and our sector. The Toi Mai board has been formed and is in the process of establishing its first year of operations, which includes recruiting the necessary personnel and putting systems in place. Engagement with the screen industry is set to commence in the coming months, this will be around the vocational training needs of the industry. While it will take several years for the implementation to take place, it will happen. Meanwhile, anyone in need of assistance with skills and training can apply for capability funding to meet immediate requirements.


    Greenlit is officially incorporated as a non-profit society. In terms of decision-making, the steering committee will operate as the society committee until Greenlit has completed the development stage and is ready to launch. The group has been working on developing a carbon calculator bespoke for the Aotearoa New Zealand screen sector, which will include a portal for productions to log in to use the calculator and other Greenlit tools, allowing them to project, monitor, and report on their environmental footprint. Work has also begun on the development of a training program for Sustainability Managers to support productions implementation of environmentally sustainable practices. You can keep up with Greenlit's progress here.

    Review of Government investment in screen sector

    The government is undertaking a review of funding to the screen sector. The review will ensure that Crown investment in the screen sector is effective and generates economic and cultural value for sector and for New Zealand. For more details, click here.

    Covid-19 Protection Framework

    The Government has announced major changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework, including changes to My Vaccine Pass requirements and other vaccine mandates. Please check Unite against COVID-19 for the latest information. Specific business guidance will be live on shortly.

    How are you holding up?

    The Film Auckland team understands that uncertainty is challenging for everyone and that it continues to cause significant levels of stress and anxiety. These are challenging times, but we are a resilient sector, and if we continue to work together, we will get through this. Please look after yourselves and those around you, and don’t hesitate to reach out for any assistance or advice you may need - you can reach us here.

    Auckland Screen Industry Community

    Joining Film Auckland is a great way to assist your screen industry with the wider picture – legislation and policy, tax incentives, infrastructure, and Auckland's promotion as the best possible filming destination.

    By joining Film Auckland you will receive:

    • Voting rights to the Film Auckland board.
    • Invitation to any industry development sessions and discussion forums.
    • Periodic updates on important issues affecting the industry.
    • The knowledge that your altruism is helping Film Auckland to advocate on behalf of you for your industry.
    Join Here 

    "Our mission is to facilitate success for the Auckland screen community"

  • 21 Dec 2021 10:41 | Amber Wakefield (Administrator)

    The Traffic Light system is designed for living with COVID-19 in the community. This is of course a huge mind-shift for everyone, but it is built on the foundation of one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.

    Overall, the intent of the new system appears to be:

    • Encourage everyone to get vaccinated so that we can safely reopen the country
    • Reduce stress on the health system and protect the vulnerable
    • Ensure certainty and business continuity by incentivising businesses that use the vaccination passport system

    The Traffic Light System will offer businesses much more flexibility and more certainty in regards to business continuity. COVID-19 restrictions within each level of the Traffic Light system are designed to encourage businesses to use vaccination passports, where only vaccinated staff, contractors and customers are allowed into a business or work site.

    For productions using vaccination passports there are no restrictions on numbers on a work site. And Close Proximity work (make up, stunts, actor interaction, etc.) can happen at all levels, although with increasing risk minimisation tools (PPE, hygiene measures, testing, etc.) in place when moving to the higher levels. 

    Productions choosing NOT to enforce a vaccination passport system may have restricted access to some council and private locations, and some locations may not be available to those productions. Close Proximity work is only allowed in the green level.

    We STRONGLY urge you to familiarise yourself with the new protocols. And in the next week we hope to also publish department specific guidelines for the new system.

    Thank you to the NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission for funding the review of these protocols. 

    Full release here of the key updates.

    ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Protocols Review - Traffic Light System Documents:

    ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Protocols for the Traffic Light System Guidance - updated 14th December 2021

    ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Standard

    These documents need to be read and utilised together.  These documents are intended to give Production Companies and HOD’s guidance and forms to manage Covid 19 on a working production.  

    Vaccination Passport Productions Traffic Light System Guidance – updated 14th December 2021

    Non-Vaccination Passport Productions Traffic Light System Guidance – updated 14th December 2021

    Surveillance Testing information sheet here updated 14th December 2021

    Each production is required to register with ScreenSafe – please read about these requirements carefully in the Protocols. 

    ScreenSafe Production Registration link

    ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Department Roles (these will be updated in the coming week – 14th December 2021)

    A very big thank you to the ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Group for all of your hard work putting these documents together.


    Ngā mihi,
    Kelly Lucas,


    Screen Industry Guild Aotearoa New Zealand Inc.
    (Previously the NZ Film & Video Technicians’ Guild Inc.)

  • 7 Sep 2021 15:43 | Amber Wakefield (Administrator)


    Kia ora koutou katoa to all in the Screen Industry, hoping you are all staying safe in your bubbles!

    Please note the ScreenSafe COVID-19 Health and Safety team is currently looking at what Protocols need to be reviewed, particularly in light of the new Delta variant.

    For now, please refer to the ScreenSafe website – – particularly the Protocols and Summary Guidelines around L4, L3, and Level 2.

    These are still a really great guide for what is allowed at each level.

    You can download today’s update in PDF here.

    For the avoidance of doubt, please note the following:

    Level 4: NO filming is possible/other than registered news organisations and essential programming.

    Level 3: Very limited production activities may be possible. Please carefully assess whether your activities can be postponed to L2. If not, please carefully assess each action and whether it complies with the guidelines and works to minimise risk at all points.

    The key issue to consider for Level 3 is physical distancing. For instance – location scouting, with appropriate PPE, and in controlled circumstances, can be undertaken – depending on the ability to minimise contact / risk / avoidance of breaking bubbles.

    Any activity needs to be able to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. This limits both prep and filming activities – e.g. close contact between crew such as a camera team who cannot be physically distanced, or performers and makeup/hair. Please see L3 guidance for full details.

    Yesterday the government made some more changes to the COVID-19 rules. The below changes will be reflected in the updated Protocols, but since we know a lot of you are preparing for filming in Level 2, the below will hopefully answer your most pressing questions for Level 2 filming.

    Level 2 / Mask Wearing

    Mask wearing is now mandatory for anyone aged 12+ in indoor public places like shops, malls and public spaces:

    For screen work, ScreenSafe highly recommends mask wearing at Level 2. And some productions may require it.

    Level 2 / Restrictions on Gatherings

    Gatherings (social gatherings, concerts, hospitality businesses, etc.) are now restricted to 50 people for indoor venues and 100 for outdoor venues.

    However, work sites like film productions do NOT adhere to number restrictions, PROVIDED they are a working in a fully controlled environment (with contact tracing and health questionnaire for everyone on site, and with all necessary hygiene and PPE measures in place).

    Note: Due to the aggressive nature of the Delta virus, productions are advised to take careful consideration before filming with extras and/or large crew numbers during Level 2.

    Level 2 / Physical Distancing in Public Spaces

    Physical distancing in public places, e.g. retail stores, libraries, gyms and museums will be 2 metres.

    However, for work sites like film productions the physical distancing requirement is still 1 metre, PROVIDED they are a working in a fully controlled environment (with contact tracing and health questionnaire for everyone on site, and with all necessary hygiene and PPE measures in place).

    Note: Close Proximity work (work within 0-1 metres) like hair and make up are still allowed for, and for screen work is specifically addressed in the Close Proximity Environment sections of the Screen Industry COVID-19 Protocols.

    Travel Out of Auckland – Current

    While Auckland remains in a higher COVID level to the rest of the country, essential workers traveling out of the Auckland region will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test from the last week. Note: Only news and media outlets are classified as essential work, so for most of Auckland screen workers regional travel is not allowed until Auckland is in Level 2.

    Delta / Other Likely Updates to the Protocols:

    As per the updated Government guidance – some recommended guidelines are now mandatory or should be applied in all circumstances, namely:

    Check-In/Contact Tracing – while everyone seemed to be doing well on this before, it is now mandatory in all circumstances for all sites, so ensure this is very closely adhered to.

    Risk Minimisation – e.g. Hygiene Procedures, Airflow, Contact Minimisation. Look to assess your pre-production, shooting (when allowed), and post production, around how you can increase hygiene and minimise contact. From wearing PPE, to limiting numbers and increasing airflow. These are all our tools to help minimise the risk of exposure and spread.

    Testing/Vaccinations/Privacy & Health Concerns – our revision is also likely to contain further guidance in this area. Until clarification is provided, please follow current MBIE guidance and ensure that human rights and privacy rights are respected at all times.

    Registration with ScreenSafe – please also ensure every production continues to register with ScreenSafe –

    Any specific queries or concerns, please reach out to ScreenSafe at or your industry organisation.

    Ngā mihi,

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