The ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshop is a ‘must-do’ for any actor, director, editor or writer who seeks a successful career in the New Zealand screen industry, arming you with the knowledge, information and resources you need to negotiate and collaborate successfully and work sustainably.

The three screen unions, Directors & Editors Guild of NZ, Equity New Zealand and the New Zealand Writers Guild are pleased to announce the launch of a series of ‘Know Your Rights’ workshops at nine locations around New Zealand.

The workshops are for members and non-members of the guilds (DEGNZ, NZWG & Equity) and intended to:

  • Demystify contracts,

  • Improve business management skills for contractors,

  • Provide insight into the Screen Industry Worker Bill,

  • and allow each of the guilds to speak directly to specifics related to the careers of actors, writers, directors and editors.


Joining the three Executive Directors of the guilds to present on topics will be legal firm Hudson Gavin Martin (experts in media and IP law) and production accountant Natalie Doherty.

Each workshop will be run from 9.30AM to 4.30PM (with lunch provided) in a series of joint and breakout sessions, and will also cover off on topics including:

  • Intellectual Property

  • Copyright

  • The difference between employer and contractor

  • Tips and advice on company structures, how to handle taxes, GST, per diems and expenses and more


Nine workshops are planned with two each in Auckland and Wellington, and one each in Dunedin, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington, Nelson, and Rotorua. 


  • Auckland - Friday 12 March | SOLD OUT

  • Dunedin - Friday 26 March

  • Christchurch - Friday 30 April

  • Queenstown - Saturday 1 May

  • Wellington - Friday 21 May

  • Nelson - Friday 22 May

  • Auckland - Friday 25 June

  • Wellington - Friday 30 July

  • Rotorua - Saturday 31 July

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