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New Zealand

Unions and Associations

Actors Equity
A union that represents performers (for both live and recorded performance) in contracts, disputes, training, occupational health and safety, immigration and all other professional issues.

Journalist’s Union – EPMU
A union for journalists, editors and production staff working on newspapers and magazines, and in radio and television. It is part of the EPMU – New Zealand Amalgamated Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union – New Zealand’s largest trade union.

Musician’s Union – SFWU
A union for musicians – jazz, rock, metal and classical – bands and orchestras. Part of the Service and Food Workers Union – the national union for workers working in five main industry groups in the service industries and food manufacturing.

New Zealand Comedy Guild
Promotes and protects the interests of the professional stand-up comedians and live comedy performers in New Zealand’s entertainment industry. The Guild offers a unified voice for comedians in their communications with other branches of the industry.

New Zealand Society of Authors
The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) is open to prose writers of every genre, published or unpublished. Support writers through advocacy and representation, providing programmes and services and affiliation to International PEN.

NZ Film and Video Technician’s (Techos) Guild
The Techos (New Zealand Film and Video Technicians’) Guild Incorporated (NZFVTG) is a non-profit professional organisation representing the interests of film and video crew and allied crafts in the New Zealand screen production industry.

Nga Aho Whakaari
Nga Aho Whakaari is a professional organisation that represents Maori practitioners in the moving image industries.

The PSA Te Pukenga Here Tikanga Mahi (or Public Service Association) is New Zealand’s largest state sector union. It covers members in the public service, health services, local government and crown agencies (including TVNZ).

Screen Directors Guild of NZ
The Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand (SDGNZ) creates a forum where directors can define, defend and further their professional industry. It is the Guild’s role to help Screen Directors work more effectively in the New Zealand Film and Television industry.

The Screen Production and Development Association of New Zealand (SPADA) is a membership based organisation that represents the collective interests of independent producers and production companies on all issues that affect the business and creative aspects of independent screen production in New Zealand.

Women In Film and Television (WIFT) is an organisation which supports women in the film and television industries, and provides an informal network for helping each other in their careers.

Support Organisations

Arts Access Aotearoa
Arts Access Aotearoa is a Charitable Trust whose objectives are to ensure that people and communities of New Zealand have unhindered access to the arts, and opportunities to create, perform and develop their own arts.

Arts Advocates Auckland
arts advocates auckland is a voluntary organisation that advances the aspirations and achievements of the arts community of the Auckland Region through advocacy, leadership and the promotion of the highest professional standards in the management and presentation of the arts, aiming to become a resource and support network encompassing the wider regional arts community.

Arts Foundation of New Zealand
The Arts Foundation of New Zealand is an independent charitable trust established to identify, develop and reward excellence in all New Zealand art forms.

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions brings together over 300,000 New Zealand union members in 37 affiliated unions. The NZCTU is the united voice for working people and their families in New Zealand.

New Zealand Screen Council
The New Zealand Screen Council is an independent industry organisation charged with the responsibility of facilitating growth within the New Zealand screen production sector

The aim of PANZ is to foster the writing of plays through playwriting Seminars, workshops, competitions, play assessments and newsletters and to foster links between playwright members.

Playmarket is New Zealand’s only playwrights’ agency & script advisory service. Focus is the development and representation of New Zealand playwrights and their plays.

Film Otago Southland
Film Otago Southland is a collaboration representing six regions in the southern half of New Zealand’s South Island. It covers the established film offices of Film Queenstown and Film Dunedin, as well as the districts of Central Otago, Clutha, Waitaki and Southland.

Script To Screen
Script to Screen is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to the development of a screenwriting culture in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Its programme of talks, workshops, and other events provides opportunities for both established and emerging screenwriters to meet up, share knowledge, and develop their craft.

The Big Idea
An online community of New Zealand’s creative industries. Committed to supporting the expansion of work and income for New Zealand’s creative practitioners, the site provides access to networks, industry news, current job opportunities, professional development, forums, international news and much more.

The British Council (NZ)
The British Council is the UK’s agency for international cultural relations. It connects aspirational young New Zealanders with the best of contemporary UK culture, through a range of events, ideas and opportunities.

Toi Maori Aotearoa – Maori Arts New Zealand
Toi Maori serves as the vehicle for the development and promulgation of all forms of contemporary Maori art. It provides advocacy for Maori art and artists. It promotes the growing audience for Maori arts and argues the uniqueness, quality and integrity of Maori arts.

Copyright Organisations

APRA – the Australasian Performing Rights Association
APRA is a non-profit organisation that collects and distributes copyright royalties for composers, lyricists and music publishers.

AWGACS – Australian Writers Guild Authorship Collecting Society
AWGACS collects and distributes monies for certain uses of copyright material on behalf of members of both the Australian and New Zealand Writers Guilds. The royalties are accrued under special European schemes like the blank tape/CD/DVD levy, the retransmission schemes of free-to-air TV on cable and satellite TV, as well as for video rental and educational copying levies.

Copyright Council of New Zealand
The Copyright Council is a non-profit society which provides copyright and cultural based industries with a range of services including an interface with Government. The aim of the Copyright Council is to protect, preserve, develop and promote the rights of copyright creators and owners to New Zealand’s best, long-term advantage.

Copyright Licensing Ltd
CLL is a collective licensing organisation which provides centralised copyright clearance services for the copying of extracts from books, periodicals and journals for internal use within New Zealand institutions.

Screenrights administers provisions in the Copyright Act that let educational institutions copy from TV and radio for teaching purposes, provided they pay a fee. They monitor copying, collect royalties and distribute this money to the rightsholders.

Other Organisations

Film New Zealand
Film New Zealand is New Zealand’s film locations office providing information, introductions and support to filmmakers, both internationally and nationally.

MIC – Moving Image Centre
The Moving Image Centre (MIC) promotes a dynamic and growing culture of media-arts practice in Auckland and New Zealand, supporting an environment of innovation, in which fusion of art and technology is developed and nurtured.

New Zealand Film Archive
The New Zealand Film Archive has three principal functions—to collect, protect and project New Zealand’s moving image heritage.

New Zealand International Film Festivals
The home site of the New Zealand International Film Festivals

New Zealand Television Archives
The Television Archive protects and preserves images and sounds of New Zealand and the Pacific and the views and cultures of its people. The New Zealand Television Archive, a division of Television New Zealand (TVNZ) Ltd, is New Zealand’s largest audiovisual production library. It licenses images, sounds and music to customers throughout the world. The collection is legally recognised as having heritage value and is accessible to the public.


Writers Guilds

International Affiliation of Writers Guilds – IAWG

Australian Writers Guild

Sartec (Writers Guild of French Canada)

Writers Guild of South Africa

Union Guildé des Scenaristes (Writers Guild of France)

WGAE (Writers Guild of America, East)

WGAw (Writers Guild of America, west)

Writers Guild of Canada

Writers Guild of Great Britain

Union Networks


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Broadcasting Standards Authority
The BSA looks after the determination of broadcasting complaints, the review and approval of codes of broadcasting practice, and communications and research about broadcasting standards and the wider broadcasting environment.

Ministry of Broadcasting
The Ministry oversees aspects of broadcasting in New Zealand.

Ministry of Culture & Heritage
The Ministry provides advice to the New Zealand government on culture and heritage matters. It assists government in its provision and management of cultural resources for the benefit of all New Zealanders, and undertakes a number of activities that support and promote the history and heritage of our country

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Funding Bodies

Creative New Zealand
Creative New Zealand is a government organisation which seeks to encourage, promote and support the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Funding includes the Screen Innovation Fund for short film.

New Zealand On Air
NZ On Air’s job is to promote and foster the development of New Zealand’s culture on the airwaves by funding locally-made television programmes, public radio networks and access radio, and to promote New Zealand music by funding music videos and radio shows.

NZ Film Commission
The NZFC provides loans and equity financing to New Zealand film-makers to assist in the development and production of feature films and short films being made in New Zealand. The Film Commission does not itself produce films. The Film Commission is also active in the sales and marketing of New Zealand films, and it assists with training and professional development within the industry.

Te Mangai Paho
Te Mangai Paho is a Crown Entity established to make funding available to the national network of Maori radio stations and for the production of Mäori language television programmes, music CDs and videos.

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Broadcasters – TV

Maori Television



Triangle TV



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Broadcasters – Radio

Radio NZ

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Auckland Theatre Company
Silo Theatre
The Classic Comedy and Bar

Palmerston North

Centrepoint Theatre


Bats Theatre
Circa Theatre
Downstage Theatre


Court Theatre


Fortune Theatre

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New Zealand

New Zealand’s Screen Production Industry Magazine.


Creative Screenwriting
Scriptwriter Magazine

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Internet Posting Sites

New Zealand

QuillMedia is an Internet-based media facilitation company that provides fresh media content to publishers and producers of media.


InkTip specializes in matching industry members (producers, representatives, directors, actors, etc.) with the freshest screenwriters and scripts

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Sites Where You Can Find Scripts

The Daily Script
Script Crawler
Awesome Film
New Zealand Theatre Federation Inc.

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