The Board

DEGNZ is an incorporated society, which employs staff and is overseen by a board elected from the membership.

Howard Taylor


Howard Taylor is a highly experienced director with over a hundred hours of programming to his credit. As well as directing and producing television programmes, documentaries and commercials, Howard also works as a theatre producer.

Gabriel Reid


Gabriel has held a range of roles in film, television and theatre production, including director, assistant director, producer and actor. His M.A. thesis examined Shakespeare on film and he secured his Ph.D. with a thesis examining the impact of digital technologies on feature film production. His work has been recognised with ProMax, Tropfest and SWANZ awards.

Phil Gore


Phil is a chartered accountant with extensive experience in the screen industry. For the last five years Phil has been working with the chartered accountancy firm Pieter Holl & Associates Ltd. The firm has a strong focus on the film and television industry and is a sponsor of DEGNZ.

Kezia Barnett

Kezia is an award-winning film-maker and director of commercials, short films and music videos, and her projects have been showcased around the world. Her short Rouge Amour was selected as part of straight8 to screen at the Cannes Film Festival & Cannes Lions. Recently, her short film Nurse Me was selected for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

Michael Duignan

Michael has directed numerous episodes of top rating and critically acclaimed shows The Cult, Go Girls, The Blue Rose and Power Rangers. His short films have screened globally and his advertising work has been recognised with Axis Awards and best of year lists. He was recently awarded a writing residency at Studio One Toi Tū where he continued to develop a number of feature film projects.

Michael Duignan

Louise Leitch

Louise grew up in Australia and began her career directing award-winning drama and documentary productions for blue chip clients. She went on to direct close to 200 episodes of Australian television drama. Louise has directed prime-time documentaries, a host of factual programming and short films, including the acclaimed Whakatiki.

Roseanne Liang

Roseanne is a New Zealand Chinese screenwriter and director who has worked in feature film, feature documentary, short films and a popular web series. Roseanne was recently named a ‘Sir Peter Blake Trust Emerging Leader’ and is DEGNZ’s representative on the Script to Screen board.

Annie Collins

Annie has been editing film since 1975 and was the first independently trained editor in the country. She has specialized in documentary and that has remained her particular love although there’ve been a number of forays into drama, most notably with Robert Sarkies directing and also an extended period in a rather strange country called Middle Earth. She has remained independent throughout her career.

Francis Glenday

Francis is an editor and animator with 20 years experience, cutting on a wide range of projects from film through television and everything in between. This year, he was nominated for Best Documentary Editor at the Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards for POI E: The Story of our Song.

Alyx Duncan

Alyx Duncan has brought her skills in dance and filmmaking to art galleries and short films. Her Asian-themed video for Minuit’s Fuji turned many heads. Eye-opening short The Tide Keeper won awards in three countries. Duncan’s choreographic work has been showcased in a number of ad campaigns. Mixing documentary and drama, her feature The Red House won acclaim after opening at the 2012 NZ Film Festival.