Air NZ approval for increased battery allowance

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

Great news for screen industry crew affected by the recently imposed new airline battery carrying limits: there is now a special exemption to carry additional batteries, while travelling for work purposes on Air New Zealand flights.

Thanks to NZCS and SIGANZ member Murray Milne, who kindly arranged this, the approval increases the limit of 20 spare batteries of any type (including normal penlight size AA Nicads, etc) to 60. This could be especially helpful for sound recordists.

To qualify for the exemption you will need to produce a Dangerous Goods Approval Letter from either NZCS or SIGANZ, along with proof of your membership identification at the airport.

To obtain your letter please email eo@nzcine.com with 'Dangerous Good Approval - Letter Request' in the subject line. Your membership must be current to qualify.

Further details:

Each member will be approved to carry:

Spare Batteries - up to 58 (includes lithium ion not exceeding 100Wh, non-spillable up to 12V and 100Wh and dry cell batteries) and Spare Lithium Ion Batteries - up to 2 exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh.

The document, effective until 31st December 2021, permits carriage of the passenger's spare batteries up to 60 (including two lithium ion batteries exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh) on Air New Zealand, provided the following carriage requirements have been met:

Carriage requirements:

All terminals must be protected eg retail packaging, taped, speciality container, etc.

Not more than 60 are permitted

Carried in carry-on baggage only

Note: Batteries in equipment are permitted in checked baggage, provided they do not exceed the above battery limits and the equipment is protected from damage and can't be accidentally turned on.

Important - The approval includes the carriage of a maximum of two lithium ion batteries exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh.

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Whitireia Film School moves to Avalon Studios

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

Students enrolled in the screen production programme at Whitireia will be learning in the heart of the production industry with classes to be fully run out of Avalon Film and Television Studios in Lower Hutt.

The move will see students immersed in a professional, commercial screen production facility while they learn.

"This is a great opportunity for our budding filmmakers," says Whitireia screen programme tutor David Brechin-Smith. "Rubbing shoulders with screen industry professionals based at Avalon will also help them network ahead of looking for work once they qualify."

Whitireia students had been doing screen production project work at Avalon Studios for a number of years before the decision was taken last year to base the programme at the studio full time and bring the students closer to industry.

Whitireia offers a year-long New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production, a level 5 qualification.