ImmigratIon Changes for NZ Visas

Posted Monday 15 Apr 2013

Film NZ sent out the following commentary on a change to Immigration NZ's administration of its visa scheme in Los Angeles.

Immigration New Zealand has made changes to visa processing in Los Angeles, bringing the city in line with changes made by Immigration NZ in its other centres around the world, and in preparation for a shift to electronic processing. The biggest change is that a third party agency will now undertake the administration of visa applications, and that there will be a charge for this service per visa.

Some of these changes are linked to Immigration NZ's global policy and are non-negotiable. Film New Zealand has reinforced to Immigration the importance of LA to the New Zealand screen industry, and in particular, having effective relationship management - an experienced person - at the LA end when issues arise. Immigration NZ advises these current changes do not remove Cherry Hankins in LA, and in fact will free her up from manual form processing. Carl Andrews will remain the "go to" desk in New Zealand.

Immigration has agreed to make sure that if problems arise in the short-term, they will respond - so if you hit any specific complexities as a result of the changes, please contact Bradley Reid and cc

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Statistics New Zealand release 2012 figures

Posted Monday 15 Apr 2013

New Zealand screen industry earnings have broken the $3 billion barrier for the first time. Statistics New Zealand figures released recently show the industry grew by 10 percent to reach revenue of $3.29 billion last year. The survey tracks revenue and other indicators in film and television production and post-production, film distribution and television broadcasting in the twelve months to 1 April 2012.

Income from production and post-production, for the first time, made up just over half of the total, at $1.67 billion. This is significant as it is the sector which is creating growth, particularly from feature films. Revenue from feature films rose almost 50 percent to top $1 billion for the first time.

While these figures are something that could barely have been imagined a generation ago, screen work is by nature volatile and project-driven, and not all sectors of the industry are experiencing the same growth. The challenge is as always to get sustained work for New Zealand.

In such a changeable industry any one year's results cannot be looked at in isolation. The crucial thing is the trend over time. And what the figures consistently show is that the industry is continuing to grow, and has good reason to be proud of its achievements.