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As the Screen Industry Workers Act (SIWA) is now in force, DEGANZ wants to ensure that all directors, editors, and assistant editors are as informed as possible.

Don’t miss out on our SIWA huis for the opportunity to learn more about how the Act specifically relates to you in your occupational role.

The huis will take place in Auckland but will be accessible across the country via live stream.

Check the dates below to see which hui best suits you:

SIWA Hui: Advertising and Marketing

This hui will discuss how SIWA will affect contractors working in advertising and marketing.

Directors, Editors, and Assistant Editors

Wed 5 April, 6:30 pm

Register here.

SIWA Hui: Factual and Entertainment

This hui will discuss how SIWA will affect contractors working in factual and entertainment. This includes short films, docu-series, and other forms of short-form documentary.

Directors, Editors, and Assistant Editors

Thurs 20 April, 6:30 pm

Register here.

SIWA Hui: Scripted

This hui will discuss how SIWA will affect contractors working in scripted TV drama. This includes comedy series, web series, short films, and other short-form scripted content.

Directors, Editors, and Assistant Editors

Wed 3 May, 6:30 pm

Register here.

SIWA Hui: Film

This hui will discuss how SIWA will affect contractors working on short or long-form narrative and/or documentary film.

Directors, Editors, and Assistant Editors

Wed 7 June, 6:30 pm

Register here.


We hope to see you there!

The Directors and Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand seeks an Events & Marketing person in Auckland for 30 hours per week, which can include weekends from time to time. The ideal candidate will be a pro-active, self-starter who:

• has strong written/communication skills
• is a highly organised planner
• has competency in marketing, including with social media channels
• knows Word, Excel and online software, such as Dropbox and OneDrive
• possesses financial management skills
• has basic design skills

Screen sector knowledge is a positive.

Responsibilities include the planning, marketing and implementation of our professional development events programme, newsletter publishing, and general and membership administration duties.

This position suits someone seeking income and flexibility in a stimulating and exciting industry. To apply, please forward a letter and CV by 14 October to tui@deganz.co.nz.

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I’ve been at three screen events in the last week where people close by are sniffing, coughing and doing it without masks.

Why are they even there?!

At our events and many others, organisers ask for people who have COVID-like symptoms, which include those of colds and flu, to stay home. They absolutely should.

Nearly all of us are contractors. If we get sick and have to take days off, we go unpaid. Those people who turn up to events showing symptoms are selfishly impacting on all of us, even though they may think they are no longer infectious.

We now have a new COVID variant to contend with and cases are on the rise. The Government is about to announce measures to try and alleviate the increase in infection numbers and hospitalisation cases. Things are getting worse again, people.

I had one friend recently who caught the flu. He said it’s the sickest he’s ever been in his life. I said he should have gone to hospital.

It’s obvious though that the general public, and that includes many of us, have become increasingly lackadaisical when it comes to COVID prevention. People aren’t wearing proper masks in public places, and those who wear masks under their chins or just covering their mouths are only doing one thing—contributing to the pile of PPE waste. Thankfully, our COVID protocols on set are being strictly managed on professional productions. If they weren’t, producers would likely run out of crew to replace those they are losing now in significant numbers.

Every individual has the right to make a choice about their own health, but you need to be considerate and follow basic health guidelines that help prevent others from getting sick. Please:

    • Wear a mask in public when indoors
    • Don’t attend events if you have symptoms
    • Isolate if you have COVID, a cold or the flu
    • Wash your hands frequently

I at least thank you in advance for doing this.


Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

Ready, set, go… Now what? Navigating the TV and film industry can be a confusing and challenging process; who can you trust? What are your options? But you’re not alone.

Join us for a Q&A panel with established filmmakers as they share their career experiences and how they navigated their entry into the screen industry. Director/editor Charlotte Evans (OK Chlöe, Give Kate A Voice), director Jeremiah Tauamiti (For My Father’s Kingdom, Liliu) and editor Jack Woon (Three Wise Cousins, Hibiscus & Ruthless) will join DEGANZ to discuss the ups and downs of trying to get a foot in the door.

If you’re at the start of your filmmaking journey, or looking to embark on one, you don’t want to miss this honest Young Creators session.

WHEN: Wed 4 May, 7pm – 8:30pm. Talk starts at 7:15pm.
WHERE: Horse & Trap – Loft, 3 Enfield St, Mount Eden, Auckland

Cash bar

Because of liquor license conditions, under 18s must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian.

Face masks are required to be worn indoors by all attendees. We may shift the event to Zoom at the same date and time if COVID-19 cases are a concern and will notify all registrants.

Parking: Horse & Trap customer carpark and free on-street parking nearby.

DEGANZ members – Free
Non-members – $5
Please register below

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Charlotte Evans is a film director based in Auckland, New Zealand. She started her film career in London in 2008, where she trained as an editor under Rick Waller. Since returning to NZ, Charlotte has worked as a freelance director and editor on various projects ranging from TVCs, music videos, TV series, documentaries and short films. She is currently in the final stages of post-production for her soon to be released documentary Nowhere To Be.

Jack Woon is a Kiwi-Malaysian multi-hyphenate filmmaker with over a decade of cross-cultural experience in New Zealand, China, Samoa, India, Czechia and Canada. He has edited three commercially successful micro-budget Pacific Island comedy features, including Three Wise Cousins and Hibiscus & Ruthless.

Jeremiah Tauamiti is a Kiwi Samoan who started his career as a camera operator on television show Fresh. He then went on to direct films of his own, including shorts Maria and Liliu. In 2019 he co-directed his first feature, For My Father’s Kingdom, with partner Vea Mafile’o. The documentary, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, is about Mafile’o’s Tongan father, Saia.


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DEGANZ Young Creators is a programme of events with a mission to inform and inspire younger or emerging directors and editors to build successful, sustainable careers in the screen industry.