DEGNZ is an incorporated society that employs staff and is overseen by a board elected from the membership.
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 has held a range of roles in film, television and theatre production. His M.A. thesis examined Shakespeare on screen. He secured his Ph.D. with a study of the impact of digital technologies on screen production, researched at such notable companies as Pixar, Industrial Light & Magic and Weta Digital. He has held staff positions at TVNZ and New Zealand Opera. His work as a writer-director has garnered Promax, Writers Guild and Tropfest awards. He is a member of Actors Equity and the NZ Writers Guild and sits on the board of Film Auckland. Dr Reid has lectured on film history at Unitec Institute of Technology.
Phil is a chartered accountant and production accountant with extensive experience in the screen industry. Since 2008, Phil has been working with the chartered accountancy firm, VCFO Group Ltd (previously Pieter Holl & Associates Ltd), which has a strong focus on the film and television industry and is a sponsor of DEGNZ. Prior to this, Phil worked as a freelance production accountant for 8 years in NZ and Australia.
Steven is a 1st generation Chinese New Zealander with over 20 years experience working as an editor in New Zealand as well as a stint in London. Recent credits include Lap of Luxury, A Living Hell: Apartment Disasters, Eat Well For Less and Cold Case. He has garnered attention with his collection of festival short films and is hoping to pivot into writing and directing for drama. In 2021, Steven will graduate with an MA (1st Class Honours) in Screen Production from The University of Auckland with his thesis film, Munkie. Besides editing, Steven is busy co-directing a documentary on Race Relations Commissioner, Meng Foon, for Māori Television.
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.
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.
Margot has extensive experience as a drama and documentary feature editor, both in New Zealand and the United States. Highlights in the US include Saturday Night Live shorts and a feature film Nothing Lasts Forever. She won an Emmy Award for editing a documentary of the Broadway musical Sarafina. In New Zealand in 2012 she was nominated twice in the same drama editing category of the NZ Television Awards, for Siege and Bliss, she won for Bliss. Documentary feature highlights include Billy T. Te Movie, Yellow Is Forbidden, For My Father’s Kingdom.
After winning best music video two years running at the NZ Film and Television awards, Josh started directing TV commercials winning awards in New Zealand and abroad. Best director at the Axis NZ Advertising Awards and a bronze Lion at Cannes are among the many highlights. Josh has now directed some of New Zealand’s top rating TV dramas, a BBC3 mini-series and has recently completed two tele features for Incendo Canada. He was finalist as Best Director for Drama at both the 2017 and 2019 New Zealand TV Awards. And finalist for Best Tele Feature in 2020.
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. He was nominated for Best Documentary Editor at the Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards 2017 for POI E: The Story of our Song.
Over the past decade Robyn has worked variously in the New Zealand film and television industry as a director, producer, writer, and occasionally actor. She has completed her second feature documentary, In The Zone, while her debut narrative short film Run Rabbit premiered at NZIFF and MIFF 2018. She worked as a director/story producer on the first three seasons of popular architectural television series, Grand Designs, New Zealand – also stepping in as Series Producer during 2017. Her other television work includes a diverse range of shows, from Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty to long running documentary series, Attitude.
Writer and director of break out feature films Three Wise Cousins (2016), Hibiscus & Ruthless (2018) and Take Home Pay (2019). Passionate about filmmaking and telling ‘not-often seen on the cinema screen’ stories. Not willing to wait for conventional avenues of film-making to become available, Stallone set out to self-fund and self-distribute his debut feature film Three Wise Cousins. Without the large budget that feature film-making entails, Vaiaoga-Ioasa and his crew of friends and family were still able to deliver an amazing crafted film that connected with audiences around the world. Against all expectations the film was a commercial and community success. It demonstrated the presence of a significant Pacific audience keen and willing to seek out such stories. He is also a founding member of the Pacific Islands Screen Artists (PISA) newly formed in 2020 to advocate on behalf of Pacific Islands screen artists.