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Missing in Action

There’s a coalition government in power now whose focus is on the economy and righting what they see as the wrongs of the government before. I decided to go trawling to see if there was any hope for the arts, culture and heritage or the…
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Still Crazy After All These Years

You’d have thought things might have settled after the COVID years. But, no, it’s still crazy. And what a year it’s been. The long mooted merger of TVNZ and RNZ finally fell over. The $60 million taken away from NZ On Air returned…
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The Levy Ain’t Dry

I’m personally thrilled to see SPADA coming out strongly for a levy on streamers recently. It’s something I’ve been advocating for in this column going back four years, 'Show Me the Money', 'Time for a Reset', 'An Answer to NZ’s Broadcasting…
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What’s the buzz, tell me what’s a-happening?

NZ On Air’s Where Are the Audiences Survey 2023 confirmed what previous reports have been warning of—the death of linear television in New Zealand. (WATA research here.) Three telling points were highlighted in the document that attest…

Editor Luke Haigh: How I Got Started in the Industry

Hey there! I'm Luke Haigh, a freelance film editor who's worked in both the commercial and feature film worlds for the last 20 years. I first fell in love with editing around the age of 15 or 16. It was a Media Studies class in high school…
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What Can We Take From The Strikes?

By the time you read this the Writer’s Guild of America’s (WGA) strike will be over. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists' (AFTRA)—not yet. So what can we take from the strikes? I saw…
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Set Education

I’ve just come off a Zoom with a bunch of articulate and intelligent students pursuing careers in the screen industry. It prompted me to write about the ongoing work happening around the reform of vocational education that DEGANZ is engaged…

Director Mia Maramara: How I Got Started in the Industry

Looking back, I would say that my life’s theme is, “There are no wasted moments." It’s a lesson I have clung to working in the film industry, where there are all sorts of twisty roads lined with the bloated corpses of dead passion projects…
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Missing in Action

There’s a coalition government in power now whose focus is on the economy and righting what they see as the wrongs of the government before. I decided to go trawling to see if there was any hope for the arts, culture and heritage or the…
View from the Top banner

Still Crazy After All These Years

You’d have thought things might have settled after the COVID years. But, no, it’s still crazy. And what a year it’s been. The long mooted merger of TVNZ and RNZ finally fell over. The $60 million taken away from NZ On Air returned…
View from the Top banner

The Levy Ain’t Dry

I’m personally thrilled to see SPADA coming out strongly for a levy on streamers recently. It’s something I’ve been advocating for in this column going back four years, 'Show Me the Money', 'Time for a Reset', 'An Answer to NZ’s Broadcasting…
View from the Top banner

What’s the buzz, tell me what’s a-happening?

NZ On Air’s Where Are the Audiences Survey 2023 confirmed what previous reports have been warning of—the death of linear television in New Zealand. (WATA research here.) Three telling points were highlighted in the document that attest…

Editor Luke Haigh: How I Got Started in the Industry

Hey there! I'm Luke Haigh, a freelance film editor who's worked in both the commercial and feature film worlds for the last 20 years. I first fell in love with editing around the age of 15 or 16. It was a Media Studies class in high school…
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What Can We Take From The Strikes?

By the time you read this the Writer’s Guild of America’s (WGA) strike will be over. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists' (AFTRA)—not yet. So what can we take from the strikes? I saw…

How I Got Started in the Industry

In this guest blog series, our members reflect on how they made their way into assistant editing, editing, and directing—with no two stories the same. They offer advice for those starting out.

Director Josh Frizzell: How I Got Started in the Industry

I was expelled from Penrose High in the fifth form after getting caught wagging for a month (I faked the absentee notes from Mum and Dad). I ended up going on the dole (unemployment benefit) for a year. At the dole department you had to show…

Editor Luke Haigh: How I Got Started in the Industry

Hey there! I'm Luke Haigh, a freelance film editor who's worked in both the commercial and feature film worlds for the last 20 years. I first fell in love with editing around the age of 15 or 16. It was a Media Studies class in high school…

Director Mia Maramara: How I Got Started in the Industry

Looking back, I would say that my life’s theme is, “There are no wasted moments." It’s a lesson I have clung to working in the film industry, where there are all sorts of twisty roads lined with the bloated corpses of dead passion projects…

Editor Te Rurehe Paki: How I Got Started in the Industry

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I've always been a tinkerer. Growing up, I spent most of my time drawing, carving, and making things. I would pick up the tools and teach myself by doing, feeling my way through it. As an editor, it's something I still do to this day. My career…

Director Leanne Pooley: How I Got Started in the Industry

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I am a Film School dropout and my slow but steady trajectory from PA to Director/Producer is the classic example of working my way up from the bottom. In the mid-eighties I was studying at one of the best TV/Film Schools in Toronto, Canada;…

Editor Rāhera Herewini-Mulligan: How I Got Started in the Industry

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When I was in primary school, I never knew I was Māori, or should I say I never understood what being Māori was. I always thought I was a little bit darker than a lot of the other kids, but that was ok. I was introduced to te reo Māori and…

Director Josh Frizzell: How I Got Started in the Industry

I was expelled from Penrose High in the fifth form after getting caught wagging for a month (I faked the absentee notes from Mum and Dad). I ended up going on the dole (unemployment benefit) for a year. At the dole department you had to show…

Editor Luke Haigh: How I Got Started in the Industry

Hey there! I'm Luke Haigh, a freelance film editor who's worked in both the commercial and feature film worlds for the last 20 years. I first fell in love with editing around the age of 15 or 16. It was a Media Studies class in high school…

Director Mia Maramara: How I Got Started in the Industry

Looking back, I would say that my life’s theme is, “There are no wasted moments." It’s a lesson I have clung to working in the film industry, where there are all sorts of twisty roads lined with the bloated corpses of dead passion projects…

Editor Te Rurehe Paki: How I Got Started in the Industry

,
I've always been a tinkerer. Growing up, I spent most of my time drawing, carving, and making things. I would pick up the tools and teach myself by doing, feeling my way through it. As an editor, it's something I still do to this day. My career…

Director Leanne Pooley: How I Got Started in the Industry

,
I am a Film School dropout and my slow but steady trajectory from PA to Director/Producer is the classic example of working my way up from the bottom. In the mid-eighties I was studying at one of the best TV/Film Schools in Toronto, Canada;…

Editor Rāhera Herewini-Mulligan: How I Got Started in the Industry

,
When I was in primary school, I never knew I was Māori, or should I say I never understood what being Māori was. I always thought I was a little bit darker than a lot of the other kids, but that was ok. I was introduced to te reo Māori and…