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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 run from 9.30AM to 4.30PM (with lunch provided) in a series of joint and breakout sessions, covering topics including:

  • Intellectual Property & Copyright

  • Demystifying contracts and terminology

  • The difference between employer and contractor

  • Breakout sessions with specific rights, contracting and career information for Writers, Directors and Editors, and Performers.

  • At the Auckland Workshop on 7 Aug, an additional breakout option is available for Māori screen practitioners with Ngā Aho Whakaari Executive Director Hineani Melbourne.

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


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.


  • Auckland - Friday 12 March | COMPLETED

  • Dunedin - Friday 26 March | COMPLETED

  • Christchurch - Friday 30 April | COMPLETED

  • Wellington - Friday 21 May | COMPLETED

  • Nelson - Friday 22 May | COMPLETED

  • Auckland - Friday 25 June | COMPLETED

  • Hamilton - Saturday 3 July | COMPLETED

  • Wellington - Friday 30 July | COMPLETED

  • Rotorua - Saturday 31 July | COMPLETED

  • Auckland (in conjunction with Nga Aho Whakaari) - Saturday 7 August | COMPLETED

Funded by Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE)

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