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The New Zealand TV Awards (NZTVA) took place on 5 December, celebrating the industry’s achievements from the past year. DEGANZ was thrilled to see so many members’ mahi on productions being recognised in the finalist list, many of which went on to receive awards.

NZ On Air Best Drama

The Gone

Director: Peter Burger (Ep 3 and 6)

Best Comedy

Educators: Season 3, Episode 1

Director: Jesse Griffin

Co-Creator: Jackie van Beek

NZ On Air Best Documentary

No Māori Allowed 

Editor: Cushla Dillion

Co-Producer: Megan Jones

Best Original Reality Series

The Walkers: Season 2 Episode 3

Editor: Huhana Ruri-Panapa

Best Format Reality Series

The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes

Editors: Tibor Riddering and Steven Chow

NZ On Air Best Children’s Programme

Mystic (Season 3)

Director: Peter Burger (Ep 5-8)


The Gone, co-directed by Peter Burger (DEGANZ), took home the most awards of the evening, securing a total of five wins. Along with NZ On Air Best Drama, it won the Images & Sound Best Cinematography: Drama / Comedy Drama, the Images & Sound Best Original Score, the Best Costume Design, and the Best Makeup Design awards.

Additionally, both Inky Pinky Ponky and and Educators, directed by DEGANZ members Ramon Te Wake and Jesse Griffin respectively, received acting accolades. Sesilia Pusiaki of Inky Pinky Ponky won Best Supporting Actress, while Rick Donald of Educators earned himself the Best Supporting Actor Award.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the evening!

NZ Web Fest announced the winners of this year’s festival, featuring podcasts, short films, and web series from local and international creatives.

DEGANZ members heavily populated the selection lineup this year, with many of their projects going on to win awards. Well done to all members involved, and congratulations to the winners!

Best Music Video, NZ

Don’t Expect the World

Director & Editor: Joe Murdie

Best Performance, NZ Short Fiction

Romain Mereau – Solitaire

Writer/Director: Brian Gill

NZ Web Series

Best Trailer


Series Editor, Writer, Storyliner, & Script Editor: Onehou Strickland

Best Pilot

Te Pāmu Kūmara

Editor: Te Rurehe Paki

Best Cinematography, Factual Series

What’s the Disabili-Tea

Director: Justin Scott

Best Editing, Factual Series

2000s Baby

Editor: Damian Golfinopoulos

Best Series, Factual

K’ Road Chronicles

Assistant Editor: Benjamin Murray

Best Editing, Narrative Series

Well, Well, Wellness

Co-Creator: Jack Nicol

Welcome to the 2023-2024 DEGANZ Board, elected at the recent AGM on 21 October!

Thank you to returning members Robyn Paterson (President), Steven Chow (Vice-President), Phil Gore (Treasurer), Margot Francis, Rāhera Herewini-Mulligan (Ngāi Tūhoe/Ngāi Tai/Te Whānau a Apanui), Celia Jaspers, Te Rurehe Paki, Ben Powdrell, and Gaysorn Thavat together with our three new members for taking on another year of advocating for Aotearoa’s directors, editors, and assistant editors.

We warmly welcome new members, Chris Dudman, Justin Scott (Ngāpuhi), and Rebecca Tansley.

Chris Dudman

Chris Dudman

Chris Dudman’s film-making career started in 1990 when ‘Blackwater Summer’, his graduation film at the Royal College of Art in London, was nominated for a Student Oscar and went on to win numerous international awards. He spent several years directing and editing arts documentaries for television in the UK before moving back to New Zealand. He has written and directed one off documentaries and documentary series for New Zealand television including New Zealand at WarZooProtecting the Border and the critically acclaimed, The Day That Changed My Life. He directed two NZFC short films – The Graffiti of Mr. Tupaia and Choice Night – and he was also the lead director and co-writer of Harry, the gritty TV3 crime series starring Sam Neill and Oscar Kightley. More recently directed two episodes of James Patterson’s true crime anthology drama series Murder Is Forever for Discovery ID USA and the dramatic sequences in the award-winning TVNZ docu-drama By the Balls. Chris has also directed Television commercials throughout his career, firstly with Silverscreen and then through his own production company Robber’s Dog Films. His latest offering is New Zealand’s favourite ad of the moment, the three-legged dog for Trustpower.

Justin Scott

Justin Scott (Ngāpuhi) is a Director and Producer who prides himself in sharing stories from underrepresented communities. As a Queer, Māori, Neurodiverse man living with ADHD, his practice often touches upon stories from these communities and explores intersectionality. Currently, Justin is working as a director and associate producer for upcoming TVNZ series Four Go Flatting – following four young men with intellectual disabilities tackling flatting and independence for the first time. He has been working as a director for Sunday morning series Attitude for the past four years, also directing on the company’s children’s show George and Me for HEIHEI, and intersectional series What’s the Disabili-tea for RNZ. Alongside his directing work, Justin has produced numerous short films with a Te Ao Māori focus including He Hekenga Tūhura and HAKA HAHA. Both of these films have had successful international festival runs, with both premiering internationally at the world’s largest indigenous film festival ImagineNATIVE in Toronto. Prior to his work in the documentary space, Justin cut his teeth working in Children’s television including Let’s Get Inventin’ and Sticky TV.

Rebecca Tansley

Drawing on a long career in storytelling across the media Rebecca has been focused on telling stories for the screen for more than ten years as a director, writer and producer working across documentary, drama and the performing arts. Her award-winning documentaries Crossing Rachmaninoff and The Heart Dances have screened at festivals around the world, in cinemas throughout New Zealand and on Netflix and HBO respectively. Her film of a live opera, Semele, won a 2022 NZTV award for best Entertainment Programme while her short film of the same year, The Finding enjoyed more than a dozen festival outings including Academy Award-accredited In the Palace and Show Me Shorts. Her latest film with NZ Opera, The Strangest of Angels, premiered in the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2023 and was awarded Special Mention for Extraordinary Artistic Achievement at the 60th Golden Prague International Television Festival. Rebecca is currently developing her third feature documentary and has a feature screenplay in development.

A special thank you to Caroline Bell-Booth, Sam Kelly, and Annie Collins, who are stepping away after dutifully serving on the board.

You can see this year’s board’s bios here!

The 2023 NZ Web Fest selection is stacked with DEGANZ members, with some nominated for awards!

NZ Web Fest was created in 2015 to celebrate web series and online video content. Over the years, the festival has evolved and was accepted as a participating festival in the Web Series World Cup in 2017 and expanded to include podcasts in 2022. The festival will occur online this November.

Short Film – Narrative


A dark comedy about a desperately lonely security guard who seeks companionship as their playing cards come to life during a game of solitaire.

Writer/Director: Brian Gill

* Nominated for Best Student Film, NZ Short Fiction & Best Performance, NZ Short Fiction


Amelia Merton takes a seemingly casual walk in the wilderness. The innocent and carefree nature of the walk is juxtaposed with the dark secret of the protagonist’s actions, creating a dramatic and unexpected ending.

Writer/Director: Joe Murdie

* Nominated for Best Directing, NZ Short Fiction

The Reunion

Joel is about to walk into a small graduation party he’s having with some friends when he gets the phone call telling him that his best friend, Terry, has died.

Editor: Max Helbick

* Nominated for Best Student Film, NZ Short Fiction


We’ve all been there. The nervousness, the pressure. Making. That. First. Impression. Set in a lush beautiful cafe on the perimeter of Auckland City, an awkward journalist’s first date is upended by a man spotted in the cafe window.

Writer/Director, Producer, & Editor: James Fink-Jensen

* Nominated for Best Writing, NZ Short Fiction & Best Performance, NZ Short Fiction (x2)

Short Film – Documentary

Ultimately Lacks Polish

Freya Daly Sadgrove is an emerging New Zealand poet, riding the success of her collection Head Girl — but acutely aware that something has to come next. With her multi-poet show Show Ponies, she’s determined to jam together poetry, punk, sex, sizzle, and theatre, shaking poetry performance loose from its conventions. But not everyone is supportive of her unconventional ideas.

Director: Kathleen Winter (Incubator 2020)

Editor: Amanda Mulderry

* Nominated for Best Directing, Short Documentary

What’s the Disabili-Tea: Misty Frequency

Drag Icon Misty Frequency’s kaupapa is to celebrate Autistic and Takatāpui excellence. They are looking to storm the stage at the Drag Wars competition with a cash prize up for grabs.

Director: Justin Scott

Editor: Brendon Chan

Assistant Editor: Laura McBeath

* Nominated for Best Directing, Short Documentary & Best Film, Short Documentary

Music Videos

Boofhead – Ingrid and the Ministers

Co-Director & Editor: Kathleen Winter (Incubator 2020)

* Nominated for Best Music Video, NZ

Don’t Expect the World – Gina Malcolm

Director & Editor: Joe Murdie

* Nominated for Best Music Video, NZ

Web Series – Pilot

Te Pāmu Kūmara

A live-action children’s drama about Tai and her superman whānau who run their local vege shop from their kūmara farm.

Editor: Te Rurehe Paki

Well, Well, Wellness

A comedy taking the mickey out of a bunch of wellness nerds running a dire silent retreat.

Co-Creator: Jack Nicol

Web Series – Narrative


Follow a crazy group of city-based rangatahi, they’re young, kura kaupapa raised and dangerously onto it. Their world orbits around getting cash, cutting corners, and charging their phones.

Editor, Writer, Storyliner, & Script Editor: Onehou Strickland

1st & 2nd Assistant Director: Maza White

Web Series – Factual

2000s Baby

You’re invited to Misha, Rāwhiti, Poe Tiare, Alison, and Tristan’s 21sts, getting a snapshot of what it looks like to become an adult across different walks of life in Aotearoa.

Editor: Damian Golfinopoulos


A silly, joyful, tongue-in-cheek investigation series into the why, how, & what the ?! of some of NZ’s most outrageous conspiracies.

Creator, Director, Co-Producer: Jaimee Poipoi (Incubator 2023)

Conversations with My Immigrant Parents

Immigrant whānau across Aotearoa have frank conversations covering love, ancestry, home, food, expectation, and acceptance.

Co-Director: Julie Zhu

Editor: Josh Yong

Dating While Asian

Pan-Asian New Zealanders tell stories from their love lives on their own terms, from situationships and mediocre hookups to devastating breakups and complicated emotional needs.

Editor: Josh Yong

Assistant Editor: Frangipani Foulkes

Additional Editing: Damian Golfinopoulos

Fight or Flight

A partly animated doco series about resilience and anxiety, Fight or Flight interviewed 12 young people about their challenges with anxiety or depression.

Director: Michelle Mae Cameron

K’ Road Chronicles

A look at homelessness from the inside. A colourful, diverse, harsh, and often tragic world of the people living on and around Auckland’s Karangahape Road.

Assistant Editor: Benjamin Murray

No Place Like Home

Following the 2020 Covid travel restrictions, No Place Like Home follows six couples as they return to New Zealand after those years spent abroad to rebuild their lives, often from scratch. Their stories are in turn uplifting, challenging, heart-breaking, and joyful.

Director & Producer: Naashon Zalk

POV (Point of View)

A docu-series that tries to figure out what’s going on with young people post-2020 f**kery. How do Aotearoa’s rangitahi feel about “these unprecedented times”? Do we fixate on the demise of civilization every night before bed? More importantly, what do we care about? Seventeen participants spread across seven small towns and one big town make up this intimate, funny, and thoughtful series.

Director: Jaya Beach Robertson (Incubator 2023)

Editor: Sam Small


An eight-part web series, that tells the stories of transgender Kiwis from their late 70s to early 20s, documenting the history of trans experience in New Zealand and dispelling stereotypes about who trans people are.

Editor: Jai Waite

Assistant Editor: Charlotte Evans

Executive Producer: Ramon Te Wake

What’s the Disabili-Tea: Misty Frequency

Drag Icon Misty Frequency’s kaupapa is to celebrate Autistic and Takatāpui excellence. They are looking to storm the stage at the Drag Wars competition with a cash prize up for grabs.

Editor: Brendon Chan

Assistant Editor: Laura McBeath

* Nominated for Best Directing, Short Documentary & Best Film, Short Documentary

This year’s Show Me Shorts, Aotearoa’s leading international short film festival, is chock full of DEGANZ members’ mahi!

Check this complete list to see which programmes their films are screening in and make sure to book your seats for your local screenings from 6-29 October.

The Sampler Programme

Described as some of the top short films from this year’s festival selection. This collection is designed to entertain, delight, and show off rising filmmaking talent in Aotearoa and abroad.

Just Kidding, I Actually Love You

A runaway fiancée breaks in to execute an ill-advised romantic gesture and finds evidence her ex is happier without her.

Writer/Director: Anna Rose Duckworth (Incubator 2019)

* Nominated for Best Screenplay

Whānau Friendly 1 Programme

This collection aims to ignite a love of cinema in our tamariki. Best suited for ages 7-12 years old, these shorts are fun for children and their families to enjoy together.

The Polycees

After a run-in with his slimy deputy, the Prime Minister’s young daughter is shocked to find a magical creature living in Parliament under her Dad’s desk!

Writer/Director/Producer/Editor: Celia Jaspers

Crime Spree Programme

The festival brings you to the edge of your seat with this collection of criminal acts caught on screen.

Day Job

The daily grind of the nine-to-five breeds a murderous intent in this music video from Soft Plastics.

Director: Stella Reid (Incubator 2020)

When The Spirit Takes Flight Programme

This collection of shorts hones into out of this world characters, searching for the answers that will inspire them to improve their lives and reconcile their losses.


17-year-old Mako has the mental age of a small child; when he realises his father is ashamed of him he goes all out to make him proud, succeeding in the most unexpected way.

Producer: April Phillips

Aotearoa Te Ōhākī Programme

Themed around Te Ao Māori concept of Te Ōhākī (meaning cultural and identity reclamation), these shorts tell the stories of people from many different cultures who are feeling displaced or disconnected and seeking their place in the world.

Buttons and Dumplings

The heartwarming migration story of a Chinese family, takeaway food, mahjong, and the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Directors: Calvin Sang and Mei Ling Lee

* Nominated for Department of Post Best New Zealand Film


When a recent widow moves to New Zealand from India, she’s forced to confront her grief by completing an ordinary ritual in an extraordinary circumstance: quarantine.

Writer/Director: Pulkit Arora

Editor: Jolin Lee (Incubator 2022)

* Nominated for Toi Whakaari Best Actor, DEGANZ Best Director, and Department of Post Best New Zealand Film

Lǎo Lao Lǎo Le

A young boy is left home alone with his increasingly unwell grandmother and is forced to come to terms with her deterioration.

Writer/Director/Producer: Julie Zhu

* Nominated for Toi Whakaari Best Actor, DEGANZ Best Director, and Department of Post Best New Zealand Film

Daughter of God

When an arranged marriage is sprung upon an Iranian-Kiwi daughter, she must either dishonour family tradition or lose the woman she loves.

Writer/Director: Maza White

* Nominated for Best Screenplay

What’s the Disabili-Tea: Misty Frequency

Drag icon Misty Frequency’s kaupapa is to celebrate autistic and takatāpui excellence. They are looking to storm the stage at the Drag Wars competition with a cash prize up for grabs.

Editor: Brendon Chan

Producer: Robyn Paterson

Women Rock the World Programme

Show Me Shorts invites audiences to step into the world of queens, dreamers, and vengeful angels. Wherever these women are stifled they will find a way to realise their goals.


This music video for Tami Neilson’s Kingmaker features a group of women, alive and powerful, rising from the ashes of the old colonial institutions that once oppressed them.

Director: Alyx Duncan

* Nominated for NZ on Air Best Music Video Award

Love Unconditional Programme

The bonds the characters in these stories share run deep, despite some testing times. This programme leaves audiences with some no-nonsense life advice and a renewed sense of appreciation for their parents.

Nai / Milk

A single Chinese woman struggles to bridge the cultural and societal expectations of motherhood in a Western setting until she finds release in the most unlikely way.

Writer/Director/Producer: Michelle Ang (Incubator 2020)

Co-Editor: Jack Brown

* Nominated for Toi Whakaari Best Actor, DEGANZ Best Director, and DEGANZ Best Editor

Whāna Friendly 2 Programme

Best suited and specially curated for 4-10 year olds, this programme will inspire and delight tamariki.

Star Sailors

Philly is with her neighbour, Agent Star Shine, taking on an early morning adventure when an alien lands in her backyard to eat all the strawberries!

Director: Jaimee Poipoi (Ngati Kahungunu/Ngāpuhi) (Incubator 2023)

Writer: Ben Powdrell


Congratulations to all 15 members involved with selected films; we look forward to watching!