Writer Wellbeing

The place where NZWG shares pearls of wisdom for staying healthy while working all day at a desk!

Healthy Desk Life - The Basics NZWG style
  1. Set up right – get your work area, whatever kind it is, set up correctly (here’s one guide & another)

  2. Move – as often as you can (ideally 1 min/20 mins) from your seat

  3. Look Around – drag your eyes from the screen and gaze, further afield, at something real for the sake of your eyes

  4. Keep up-to-date with eye checks & prescription for glasses if you wear them. Make use of the many low cost glasses suppliers now online.

  5. Stretch –

    • During the work day minimum do some at your chair and while you’re up moving

    • One fave is to stand dunce-style, close-facing, in a corner with outstretched arms at shoulder height (pretend you’re an albatross!)

    • Lean in to the wall to create a gentle arm & pectoral stretch of both sides at once. Boom.

    • After work stretch opposite to desk-sitting posture Yoga 12 / Yoga 8 / Yoga 5Bodywork Desk Ergonomics

Health and Wellbeing Resources
  • Body Health

Standing Desks – a user’s view  advantages & disadvantages of standing desks

Standing vs Sitting – healthiest way to work “Five or more hours of sedentary sitting …is the health equivalent of smoking a pack and a quarter of cigarettes. Yikes.”

Standing Desk Evidence update – Everything Science knows now about standing desks

  • Eye Health

Check your eye health

10 Steps for Relief from Computer Eye strain

Wear Glasses? Get special lenses to reduce effects of screen exposure overview of tech / supplier of coated lenses

  • Mental Health

NZWG is committed to supporting all members at all phases and stages of life. If you are feeling unable to cope, need some time out or just need a cup of tea, NZWG’s door is always open. For professional help please see below a list of resources:


Ministry of Health Need to talk? (1737 – free call or text)

Mental Health Foundation

The Depression Helpline (0800 111 757)

Healthline (0800 611 116)

Lifeline (0800 543 354)

Samaritans (0800 726 666)

Youthline (0800 376 633)

Alcohol Drug Helpline (0800 787 797)

Alcoholics Anonymous Helpline (0800 229 6757)

Gambling Helpline (0800 654 655)

Quitline (0800 778 778)

Rural Support Trust (0800 787 254)

Rainbow Youth (09) 376 4155

National Collective of Rape Crisis & Related Groups Aotearoa (0800 88 33 00)


NZWG is committed to ensuring all member are safe wherever they choose to work. Below are some resources to help writers stay safe while working.

  • Onset

ScreenSafe is the screen sector’s go to guide for all your onset safety requirements. ScreenSafe was established in July 2015 to support and promote Health and Safety in the New Zealand Screen Sector. The initial focus is updating the existing Code of Practice to create a set of NZ Screen Sector Health & Safety Guidelines and to interpret the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 which came into effect from 4th April 2016.

  • Bullying, harassment and discrimination

Behaviour which amounts to harassment of any kind may be misconduct, so it should be investigated Employees are protected from sexual and racial harassment in the workplace under the Employment Relations Act 2000 and the Human Rights Act 1993.

If a person wants to complain under the Human Rights Act 1993, they have 12 months after the incident to make their complaint to the Human Rights Commission.


How to make a complaint - click here


More info from Human Rights Commission - click here.

  • Sexual Harassment

Screen Women's Action Group - SWAG was established because we believe the New Zealand screen industry can and must be a safe and supportive workplace for everybody - female, male, and gender fluid, of every ethnicity and sexuality, no matter what your role on a production. We are working alongside ScreenSafe and all industry Guilds towards this vision. Click here to see what SWAG have planned & how to get help.