Location Managers Update

25 May 2021 12:19 | Amber Wakefield (Administrator)

Screen activity is booming again across the region and we have some important updates to share with you to ensure you get the best from Auckland’s diverse locations.

Location Updates:

Auckland Domain Wintergardens 

Due to seismic strengthening and joinery replacement works, the Wintergardens is closed to events, photography, and filming until December 2022. Applications for any filming activity in the area immediately surrounding the Wintergardens’ glasshouses and inside the houses and courtyard will regretfully be declined until further notice.  

High Street (Shortland to Victoria Street), Auckland central  

Continuous civil works will take place on High Street between Shortland and Victoria streets from 16 to 30 June 2021. Traffic management, including full road and shoulder closures will be in place. Filming and/or parking permits will not be issued for High Street during these dates. 

Please also note that filming on Freyberg Square will be visually affected, and additional disruption to the Chancery area will need to be carefully coordinated if you wish to shoot in the area, for example, while parking is unavailable on High Street, Chancery and Kitchener streets  must be kept free for public parking. 

Fatigued locations 

The following locations are experiencing high levels of activity and are fatigued. We recommend you consider finding alternative locations for: 

  • Orbit Drive, Rosedale 

  • Oakley Ave, Waterview 

  • Tudwood Glade and Northgrove Avenue, Hillcrest   

Film application process

Screen Auckland would like to thank you for your ongoing patience and co-operation as we continue to receive unprecedented numbers of film permit applications.  

It is fantastic to see our local industry flourishing and we are doing everything we can to assist your activities, but we need your continued support to ensure a smooth application process. Please note the following before submitting your film permit application:   

  • A reminder that all filming activity on public open space requires a film permit application 

  • Before lodging a film permit application, your production must register with ScreenSafe 

  • Applications must be fully complete and lodged by 8.00am five full business days prior to the shoot date, contingency date or first date of bump in / parking reservation – whichever occurs first. 

  • A longer lead time may apply for applications involving complex logistics, locations, central city locations or traffic management. Please contact Screen Auckland for guidance and note: 

    • Parking resolutions require 30 business days lead time 

    • Road closure applications require 15 business days lead time  

    • Stop/Go traffic management in central city locations require 6 business days lead time 

    • Filming on Tūpuna Maunga (ancestral mountains) require 20-25 business days lead time 

Changes requested within application timeframes may not always be achievable. It is important that feasibility discussions are carried out prior to lodging an application to avoid disappointment. 

All enquiries about filming on public open space (including Regional Parks) should be directed to Screen Auckland so that we can coordinate your activity. We kindly ask that you do not directly contact other Auckland Council departments or staff, as this can unnecessarily slow the process. 

Please submit your enquiry to screen@aucklandnz.com or via the ‘Contact Us’ page on the Screen Auckland website. Film applications can be lodged online using the Screen Auckland application portal. A film facilitator will then be assigned to your application or enquiry and will get in touch as soon as possible. 

Please note that direct support and guidance is available during business hours, 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). If you require out of hours assistance, please contact the Auckland Council Call Centre on 09 301 0101. 

Hei kōnā mai,

Marie Jenkins
Screen Facilitation Manager
Auckland Unlimited

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