The New Zealand Writers Guild is a professional association of script writers.
We represent the professional interests of writers in the fields of film, television, theatre, radio, comics and new media. The Guild’s members include most of the professional script writers working in New Zealand.
We are committed to working in a way that adheres to the spirit and the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
- Organise writers
- Publish and provide information and advice to writers
- Lobby government to improve conditions for writers
- Represent writers with funding bodies and other industry organisations
- Comment about matters pertinent to writers
- Provide template contracts and agreements
- Provide opportunities for skill development
- Register intellectual property
- Arbitrate on script credits
The Guild provides a full range of membership services.
Office Hours – contact the office
Regrettably our secure lockbox at the front door no longer functions. Please phone the office +64 9 360 1408 or email ahead if you wish to be sure someone can receive your returns, registrations and other materials for the attention of staff at a particular time during office hours. Alternatively you may post items to us at:
PO Box 47886
Alice Shearman – Executive Director of NWZG contact Alice
Alice is brand spanking new in the Executive Director role! Check her out here and standby for more info about her!
Advice for writers: Write lots and don’t sign anything until you’ve checked with me first.
Fritha has a chequered past including such shady business as a former Executive Officer role at the Techos Guild (NZ Film & Video Technicians Guild), working in Rarotonga after completing an MSc in Biological Sciences (Taxonomy) and spending random bits of her childhood on sets (e.g. Blerta TV series, Close to Home, Children of the Dog Star, Heart of the Stag) where NZ’s independent film & TV pioneers were making it up as they went along. This strange grab-bag of experience all adds up to knowing a bit about a lot, which – coupled with a natural systematic approach to work – make her an ideal facilitator and administrator for the NZWG members.
Allan Baddock – Acting President & Southern Region representative
Allan is a journalist, screen writer and documentary maker with 30 years experience in national and international arenas. He has made a number of high profile, social issues television documentaries for national television and over the past twenty years has been closely involved in developing programmes for the international market, and writing some two dozen natural history and science films for international broadcast. He has published hundreds of newspaper, magazine, radio, and television articles centred particularly on scientific, health, social, and environmental issues. Email email@example.com
Steve Barr – Vice President & Central Region Representative
Steve Barr is a writer, producer, story consultant, and lecturer. He worked for 16 years in the Hollywood system before moving to New Zealand in 2010. A serial collaborator, Steve co-wrote the feature films Born to Dance with Casey Whelan and Timeslow with Sally Tran. As an EP of the Premiere Shorts programme, he helped the short films Feeder, Cradle, and Judgment Tavern come into being. He produces for Gibson Group, teaches at the Film School, coaches individual writers, writes for various producers in NZ and the US, and dances for spare change on the sidewalk outside the Film Commission.
Alan Brash – Treasurer
Alan has worked in New Zealand film and TV industry for over twenty years, starting with production accounting. His roles have been as a screenwriter, story producer, script editor, story-liner, development executive and screenwriting lecturer. From 1995-98 he was freelance script writer on ‘Shortland Street’. In 1999 he was appointed Development Exec at The Gibson Group. Becoming Head of Development at Screentime Communicado in 2003, Alan exec produced a half-hour satire for TVNZ, produced a short film and tutored screenwriting at The South Seas School of Film & Television. In 2011 Alan left teaching to pursue his own film, TV and theatrical projects – he periodically returns to production accounting — working on more than a dozen productions including Mr. Pip, Evil Dead (remake) and ‘Born To Dance.’ Over the years Alan has also worked as an actor, drummer, and stand-up comedian.
Andrew Gunn – Board Member
Andrew Gunn spent 13 years working for TVNZ’s Children’s Unit. His most recent feature film writing credit is his second, for 3 Mile Limit (2014), based on the early days of pirate station Radio Hauraki. In 2009 Gunn co-wrote trolley derby tale Kiwi Flyer with director Tony Simpson. Other writing credits range from extended contributions to What Now! to 1998 award-winner The Beginner’s Guide to Space Travel.
Fiona Samuel – Board Member
Fiona Samuel is a writer, director and actor who have been creating original drama since she graduated from the New Zealand Drama School in 1980. She has worked in television, film, radio and theatre and has created award-winning dramas in all these fields. Her most recent success is picking up best one-off drama script at NZWG SWANZ in 2014 for Consent – The Louise Nicholas Story. Fiona has also won SWANZ awards for Bliss – The Beginning Of Katherine Mansfield (best telefeature script, 2011) and Ghost Train (best new play, 2010). Fiona Samuel was made an Arts Foundation Laureate in 2012.
Kathryn Burnett – Board Member
Kathryn Burnett is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, script development consultant who has worked in film and television for over 20 years. She has significant television and film credits – most recently the upcoming TVNZ children’s series The Cul de Sac. She currently has several feature film and TV series projects in development and wrote the multi-award winning short film Shelved. In addition to writing and running workshops she works as a Screenplay Assessor and Script Consultant. She produced her first play Mike & Virginia (co-written with Nick Ward) for the NZ Comedy Festival 2011 and it subsequently enjoyed a season at Circa Theatre in 2013. Her short play Bowled Over was produced in 2013 by Auckland Theatre Company as part of the Auckland Arts Festival.
What the Board does
- Accounts to members and funding bodies for the management of funds;
- Formulates and writes the policy of the Guild and abide by this policy;
- Monitors and controls the quality of services provided by the Guild;
- Acts as a fair and equitable employer of the staff employed by the Guild in accordance with any relevant statutory requirements and best practice;
- Negotiates and supervises national agreements and disputes;
- Appoints representatives to other organisations.
The Guild is a member of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU). The NZCTU is an umbrella organisation for unions and provides information, assistance and education. The NZCTU is the united voice of working people in New Zealand.
The Guild is a member of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG). The purpose of the IAWG is to promote and protect the interests of writers internationally, disseminate information among the Guilds and enforce standard minimum agreements.
Each Guild is a stand-alone organisation (i.e. membership and related benefits do not cross over between Guilds) and has different joining criteria and services.
Australian Writers Guild
Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild
New Zealand Writers Guild
Société des Auteurs de Radio, Télévision et Cinéma ( French Canada )
Writers Guild of America, West
Writers Guild of America, East (WGA East)
Writers Guild of Canada (WGC)
Writers Guild of Great Britain
Sección de Autores y Adaptadores de Cine ( Mexico )
Union-Guildé des Scenaristes ( France )
South African Scriptwriters Association