Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2015
As you read this edition of E News, the AGM is taking place in Auckland, so as you can't all be there, here is a list of the year's highlights from President Sharon Menzies' report which is being tabled tonight.
We're pleased to inform you that the incoming 2015-16 WIFT NZ Board is:
President: Kelly Martin
Auckland Region Representatives: Jill Macnab, Fiona Milburn
Wellington Region Representatives: Robin Laing, Desray Armstrong
South Island Region Representative: Vanessa Wells
General Representatives: Sharon Menzies, Brenda Leeuwenberg
During the twelve months WIFT NZ:
WIFT NZ continues to be a reinvigorated organisation and a leading industry Guild. The achievements this year can be attributable to the incredible efforts of the Board and our National Manager Patricia Watson.
WIFT NZ has three main sources of funding. We are very grateful to ASB Community Trust (now Foundation North) for continued and increased financial support of WIFT.
We would also like to thank the NZ Film Commission for their generous and continued support with both an operating grant and specific programme funding. In 2014 we also received assistance from Screen Auckland and Unitec for the Finance and Co-production Summit. Their support was essential as we delivered a world-class event. We also acknowledge Auckland Council's contribution to our rent
And most important, we would like to thank the members - your support for women in film and television is essential and the driving force of WIFT NZ.
I would like to thank the Board who have given many hours of their time and expertise and also support of specific events and occasions, your commitment is appreciated. I would also like to extend a special thanks to Catherine Fitzgerald, Jasmine McSweeney, Nikki Edwards, and Teremoana Rapley who are retiring from the Board. Catherine, Jasmine, Nikki and Teremoana have all been instrumental in building WIFT NZ into the organisation it is today.
Sharon Menzies - WIFT President 2015/16.