NZ screen industry implements Covid-19 health and safety protocols

Posted Wednesday 13 May 2020

The way is clear for local production to re-start in New Zealand after the local screen industry's COVID-19 Health and Safety Standard and Protocols were endorsed on 7 May by New Zealand Government agency WorkSafe.

Funded by the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), the Standard and Protocols were developed by ScreenSafe, with a team of industry experts. Together the documents outline the principles of safe production and provide information about systems and resources to ensure working safely in New Zealand. The Standard and Protocols will include templates and production guidance and can be found at The full ScreenSafe COVID-19 Health and Safety Production Toolkit which will include more detailed scenarios, useful templates and contacts, will be finalised soon.

Making the announcement, NZFC CEO Annabelle Sheehan said, "The NZFC's focus and commitment since the industry hiatus, has been the health and safety of all those who work in the New Zealand film industry and the ongoing sustainability of the wider screen sector. We are heartened and grateful for the commitment and partnership of the Guilds who have worked to get this document completed so quickly."

Screen Industry Guild (ScreenSafe) Executive Officer, Kelly Lucas said the contributions from Health and Safety Consultants Robert (Gibbo) Gibson, Paul Andreassend and producer Rebekah Kelly were invaluable in the creation of this documentation.

"Working with WorkSafe and wider sector consultation and feedback enabled us to work swiftly together to get this document out and our local industry back working again."

Every production is required to complete a simple registration (see link below) with ScreenSafe in order to assist the Ministry of Health with contact tracing if needed and WorkSafe with monitoring. Some local productions are already safely underway. The protocols pave the way for co-productions and international productions once the New Zealand government has reviewed border restrictions.

Click here to register with Screen Safe


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Lowe's Water series goes live with a little help from her (WIFT) friends

Posted Wednesday 13 May 2020

We're thrilled to see that Magnolia Lowe's documentary series Water-Rapuhia, kimihia: Quest for knowledge has just been launched on Newsroom. We recommend you watch this series, it really is unmissable.

Click here to see the series trailer

Click here to see the first episode, Fresh Water

Magnolia and the team finished filming at the beginning of the pandemic, and managed to complete post-production remotely during the lockdown.

Meanwhile it was cheering to hear that the WIFT network is going strong: Magnolia discovered producer Sam Blackley via an item in eNews and met Trinity Ludlow (the Water series editor) through a Wellington workshop we hosted last year. Another WIFT member Gwen Isaac stood in to film on some of the shoots. Way to go ladies!

The next episode, Sea Level Rise comes out on Friday 15 May.