Our Board

DEGNZ is an incorporated society that 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 and production accountant with extensive experience in the screen industry. Since 2008, Phil has been working with the chartered accountancy firm, 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.

Kezia Barnett

Kezia is an award-winning filmmaker and director of commercials, short films and music videos. 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.

Louise Leitch

Louise has earned a reputation as a talented story-teller of fact and fiction. Her award-winning short dramas have screened at festivals around the globe including Tribeca, Tampere and Imaginative. Her short documentary film Same but Different was selected for Loading Docs 2016. Louise has directed close to 200 episodes of Australian television drama and a number of prime-time documentary series in both Australia and NZ. Louise is currently developing narrative and documentary feature films.

Roseanne Liang

Roseanne is a New Zealand Chinese screenwriter and director who has worked in feature film, feature documentary, short films and popular web series. Roseanne has been named a ‘Sir Peter Blake Trust Emerging Leader’ . Most recently, Roseanne’s latest short Do No Harm had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was officially selected for the SXSW Film Festival. Roseanne was named by Hollywood’s Alice Initiative as one of 10 feature filmmakers to watch in 2018.

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.