NZWG. By writers, for writers.
NZWG is the only dedicated voice for screenwriters in the policy-making space in Aotearoa New Zealand – this is where the legislation, policies, and funding decisions that impact how we make our living are designed and implemented.
As individuals there is no way for us to help shape this policy but as a united group we can contribute to this process, it's vital that we do. There is power in numbers and knowledge. United, we're stronger. Informed, we're smarter. Legally protected, we're richer.
Over the decades, NZWG has contributed significantly to the formulation of policy. Without this work, the needs and priorities of screenwriters would not be represented and the resulting policies would not reflect and further our interests. With the right financial investment, policy setting and supportive legislative framework, we can take our stories to the world.
Please read the following recent submissions if you'd like to know what NZWG is doing for YOU today and what we plan to do in the future.
Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media Bill NZWG Submission
NZWG supports the intent behind the Bill, and the creation of a public media entity that is committed to its stated objectives. However, the Bill has several critical areas, that to NZWG, seem to be missing.
NZFC Proposed Setting Changes - Early Development Fund
This NZWG feedback was delivered to NZFC in response to the proposed Setting Changes to EDF. Notably the proposed change to reintroduce the ability for Writers and Directors to apply to EDF without a Producer attached.
Long Term Insights Briefing - Ministry of Culture and Heritage
This briefing addresses how screenwriters can better contribute to the future economic and cultural wellbeing of Aotearoa.
Simplifying New Zealand qualifications & other credentials - NZQA
This submission is an important part of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE).
RoVE aims to deliver a unified vocational education system that will bring together industry, iwi and educators to deliver a workforce which is fit for New Zealand’s needs today and in the future.
Premium Development Fund - NZFC, NZ on Air, Te Mangai Paho
This screenwriter directed feedback on the development portion of the Covid relief funding, as provided by the government to the screen industry.
IAWG Shared Principals - Local Negotiations with Global Streamers
IAWG and FSE have agreed to a set of basic principles which will inform our campaigns to protect our members’ interests in their contractual relationships with global streaming companies.
Living Standards Framework 2021 - Treasury
A joint Screen Industry Guilds submission to The Treasury on culture being recognised as its own wealth within the Living Standards Framework 2021.
Te Pūkenga Operating Model
This submission is about the proposed Te Pūkenga operating model, part of RoVE.
NZWG is seeking higher visibility for screenwriters within current NZQA / ANZIC codes, and welcome a flexible, learner-centric approach, with more pathways to vocational training.
Review of the NZ Film Commission
Commonly termed the "Jackson / Court Review". This much heralded and referenced review was delivered to Hon Chris Finlayson, MP Minister for Art, Culture & Heritage in June 2021.
Film Industry Working Group Recommendations
The Government convened the Film Industry Working Group in January 2018. Tasked with creating recommendations on how to enable film industry workers to bargain collectively.