19 December 2014
DEGNZ has had another fantastic year. Thanks to all of you for continuing to support us and the NZ film industry. Across 2014 we have rolled out our new brand and website, and seen the implementation of a fantastic new professional development programme.
This from director and member Miles Murphy about 2014 with DEGNZ:
“I just wanted to say how impressed I have been with the DEGNZ and your support for directors. In the last 12 months I have really stepped up my attempts to gain knowledge and experience to help my directing career and found the courses and opportunities the guild are offering to be very exciting. I will continue to do my own external work in this area but it’s such a great thing to know this resource is available. I really wish I joined earlier as I had no idea how helpful it would actually be. So thanks for that.”
We have also had a number of staff changes over 2014. Tui Ruwhiu has taken over from Fiona Copland as our Executive Director. Fiona did an amazing job at the guild and we thank her for all her hard work. We are sad to farewell our Marketing and Events Coordinator Lucy Stonex, who is leaving the guild to travel and work on her own projects in 2015. Leah Goffe Robertson, a young documentary filmmaker, will take over in 2015 and we welcome her to the guild. This year we were also fortunate to have the help of two fantastic interns–Esmee Myers and Elina Osborne. Their efforts over the course of our busy year have been invaluable.
At board level we said goodbye in 2014 to dedicated members Grant Campbell, Kirstin Macon, Briar March, Leanne Pooley and John Reid. And we welcomed onto the board Louise Leitch and Annie Collins.
Merry Christmas, best wishes and see you all again in 2015!
– The team at DEGNZ.