Research highlights how creative professionals struggle to make a living

Posted Tuesday 28 May 2019

It's tough making a living when you're a creative professional in Aotearoa, and most of us can't spend as much time on our creative practice as we'd like! Research released by Creative New Zealand and NZ On Air has found most creative professionals canvassed in a survey relied on other sources of financial support such as another job or a partner's income to survive, and most couldn't dedicate as much time to their art or creative practice as they would like. The median personal annual income for creative professionals in this survey was around $35,800, compared to $51,800 for all New Zealanders earning a wage or salary or $37,900 for self-employed New Zealanders. However, when you take away other sources of income, the median income from creative work is only $15,000. The highest paid creative professions in this survey were video game developers and the lowest paid were dancers. Despite their low earnings, creative professionals are highly committed to their sector - only three percent thought they'd leave the creative industries in the next five years. WIFTNZ has been asked to take a lead on the gender income disparity in the media production sector so expect to hear from us about this in the near future!


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Maori screen industry must wait for concrete decisions on sector review

Posted Tuesday 28 May 2019

M?ori screen practitioners are having to wait until the end of the year for decisions on the promised overhaul of the M?ori Media sector in the review being conducted by Te Puni K?kiri. Minister for M?ori Development, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta has said the recently published M?ori Sector Review report published was a backgrounder to the existing state of the M?ori Media industry. However, M?ori media were hoping for more concrete indication of change, said Hineani Melbourne, chair of M?ori screen organisation Ng? Aho Whakaari.
"While the report acknowledges the disparity in budgets between M?ori productions, often 40% - 60% less than mainstream, there are no solutions offered, said Ng? Aho Whakaari chair, Hineani Melbourne.
"The report talks of the need for collaboration between sectors such as with Radio NZ and NZ On Air, yet these organisations don't have a strong track record of supporting M?ori content or aspirations," Melbourne said.
The report stated there was a need to identify the most effective and efficient way of funding and producing te reo M?ori and tikanga content, which required structuring the sector. However, equitable funding was "the starting point", said Ng? Aho Whakaari executive director Erina Tamepo.
"M?ori content producers are passionate about te reo M?ori and tikanga M?ori content, usually working for less money and accepting financial insecurity in order to produce the best content possible."
Ng? Aho Whakaari (NAW) said positives in the Review included the need for on-the-job education and training and that the report included a positive response to NAW's campaigning on the importance of archiving M?ori content with access for M?ori media.