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The biggest change ever to happen to the New Zealand screen industry is fast approaching. No, it’s not the merger of TVNZ and Radio NZ. It’s the Screen Industry Workers Bill (SIWB).

Before the end of the year, the SIWB is almost certain to become legislation.

Representative bodies for all workers in the screen industry, and DEGANZ is one of them, will engage with the Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA) and perhaps others once the Bill becomes an Act, to negotiate collective agreements that will set minimum terms and conditions under which contract screen workers will carry out their work.

Writers, Actors, Directors, DOPs, Production Designers, Editors, Visual Effects Artists, Sound Engineers, Composers, Grips, Gaffers, Makeup Artists, Wardrobe Designers—the list goes on to cover every contractor involved in making Film, TV, Games and Advertising, with a few exceptions.

Everybody in those roles being negotiated for will get a say in deciding the terms and conditions for their roles, if they want, through a democratic voting process that will cover members of guilds and non-members alike.

These agreements will be for both domestic productions, and international productions shooting here.

The agreements will be baseline agreements, meaning terms and conditions cannot be any less than what is negotiated. However, those terms and conditions can be improved upon through Enterprise (individual productions) and Individual Contracts. Where there are no Enterprise or Individual Contracts, the collective agreements will apply.

Most people in the New Zealand screen industry have never experienced collective agreements in their roles. The change the SIWB will bring about is perhaps the biggest to happen now and into the future for screen.

Misinformation and disinformation about the Bill could well play a part from here on in. So it behoves everybody in the screen industry to get the facts about the SIWB, because it is going to affect every one of you directly.

From here on in, guilds, associations and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will be running education programmes to not only inform screen workers but also the general public about what is happening.

A simple explainer is available here.

The detail of the Bill will shortly be finalised and will go back to the House for its Second Reading. Then amendments will be made through Supplementary Order Papers with the changes recommended by Minister Michael Wood before finally being passed into law with Third Reading.

Once the Bill is passed, there will be some work to ensure that everyone working in the screen industry has a contract in writing that sets out some mandatory conditions to deal with sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination and a clause dealing with fair termination. After that it will take some time before DEGANZ sits down with SPADA to negotiate the collective contract setting out the minimums for pay and working conditions for our occupational groups, but we need to start getting ready now.

I encourage all DEGANZ members to make the utmost effort to understand the SIWB because it will be vitally important to your futures.

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday! In the lead up to Mother’s Day, Noel Leeming’s campaign is making the rounds on TV, digital, and social platforms. The offline edit for the 30-second spot was done by our member Ben Chesters.

Created by TBWA\NZ, the campaign aims to continue to build on the ‘Always happy to help’ brand Noel Leeming has been pushing.

The commercial spot joins Ben’s large portfolio of advertising work, including the recent Lotto NZ Imagine On Ice campaign.

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The Guild congratulates Jamie Lawrence (DEGANZ) for being a finalist at the 2022 Axis Awards as the director of Lotto NZ’s Imagine On Ice campaign. Fellow member Ben Chesters is also a featured editor for the campaign.

The Imagine On Ice campaign commercial explores the scope and potential of Lotto to change the lives of New Zealanders. Produced by Eight Productions, the commercial is a finalist in multiple categories at the Axis Awards. Along with being up for Direction, the campaign is nominated for Editing, Cinematography, Visual Effects and Art Direction.

The 2022 Axis Awards ceremony will be streamed on March 17 from 2pm. Click here to see the complete list of finalists.

The CLIPPED Music Video Festival has announced its finalists. Among the finalists for the Best Video NZ category was the music video for Benee’s Happen To Me, directed and edited by DEGANZ Member Charlotte Evans. Congratulations to Charlotte and the crew for their achievement.

The CLIPPED Music Video Festival is Australia’s premier music video festival and returns for its sixth year on the 25th of March. The Festival also celebrates New Zealand talent.


Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly said the music video finalist was Benee’s Blu. Blu was a finalist at CLIPPED 2020.


Congratulations to our members involved with Beyond the Veil as the anthology series has dropped on TVNZ OnDemand. Episode 3, Tappy, was written and directed by DEGANZ member Tim Worrall. Mia Maramara (DEGANZ) is behind the fourth episode, Albularyo, as both writer and director, while editor Brendon Chan (DEGANZ) cut the episode.

Beyond the Veil explores supernatural stories from the Māori, Pasifika, Filipino and Chinese people of Aotearoa. Episode 3 sees a hesitant young man embark on a road trip to fetch a body, while Episode 4 follows a Kiwi-Filipino doctor facing up to her troubled family dynamic.

Episodes of Beyond the Veil are dropping weekly on Mondays at 8:30 pm on TVNZ 2. But if you can’t wait to see it, the entire season is now streaming on TVNZ OnDemand.