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News Blues

Television is the bread and butter of the screen industry. More; What we see on our screens reflects who we are as a nation and its peoples. News and current affairs play a vital role in this, telling us what’s going on in our little…
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A Dismal Failure By All Concerned

The proposal by Warner Bros. Discovery to shut Newshub highlights the dismal failure past and present by successive New Zealand governments, bureaucracy and those in the screen sector to grasp the seismic changes that have flowed through…
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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…

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…
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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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Come Together! Right Now!

The current fight to protect employee jobs going on at TVNZ by union E tū highlights the importance of unions in the New Zealand screen industry, and the importance of the Screen Industry Workers Act (SIWA) for screen contractors, who until…

Editor Cushla Dillon: How I Got Started in the Industry

When I started back in 1986 (my first official job was as Director’s assistant on ‘Starlight Hotel’) the only ‘filmmaking’ courses in NZ were a Masters in Broadcasting at the University of Auckland and a newly established Broadcasting…
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News Blues

Television is the bread and butter of the screen industry. More; What we see on our screens reflects who we are as a nation and its peoples. News and current affairs play a vital role in this, telling us what’s going on in our little…
View from the Top banner

A Dismal Failure By All Concerned

The proposal by Warner Bros. Discovery to shut Newshub highlights the dismal failure past and present by successive New Zealand governments, bureaucracy and those in the screen sector to grasp the seismic changes that have flowed through…
View from the Top banner

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…

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.

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 Wade Shotter: How I Got Started in the Industry

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I was born curious and enjoy figuring out how things work, which is essentially what I still do today as a director. I drew a lot as a kid and wrote and illustrated comics at school. Art was always my focus, so it seemed like a natural progression…

Editor Jai Waite: How I Got Started in the Industry

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Editing - Cutting a Path I’ve been an editor for 17 years – and the majority of that is in the documentary space. For those that don’t know me, I am also a wheelchair user – the result of an accident 22 years ago. That hasn’t burdened…

Director Chantelle Burgoyne: How I Got Started in the Industry

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Growing up in Auckland in the late 80s and 90s, the idea that filmmaking was in my future seemed like an impossible dream. On my mother’s side I come from an Afakasi German-Samoan family that migrated to NZ in 1965 and my father’s side…

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

,
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 Wade Shotter: How I Got Started in the Industry

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I was born curious and enjoy figuring out how things work, which is essentially what I still do today as a director. I drew a lot as a kid and wrote and illustrated comics at school. Art was always my focus, so it seemed like a natural progression…

Editor Jai Waite: How I Got Started in the Industry

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Editing - Cutting a Path I’ve been an editor for 17 years – and the majority of that is in the documentary space. For those that don’t know me, I am also a wheelchair user – the result of an accident 22 years ago. That hasn’t burdened…

Director Chantelle Burgoyne: How I Got Started in the Industry

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Growing up in Auckland in the late 80s and 90s, the idea that filmmaking was in my future seemed like an impossible dream. On my mother’s side I come from an Afakasi German-Samoan family that migrated to NZ in 1965 and my father’s side…