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At the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ, we have decided to extend our COVID-19 Membership Holiday scheme until 31 January 2021 to support NZ directors, editors and assistant editors who have lost work and are facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The original scheme was supposed to end on 1 October. Information about the extended offer for new, current and lapsed members can be found on our Join page.

For members currently on a Membership Holiday and continuing to suffer financial duress due to COVID, you will automatically continue to receive free Associate membership until the 31 January 2021. From 1 February 2021 onwards we will revert to our financial membership structure and you will be required to pay membership fees from that point on to receive the benefits of DEGNZ membership.

If your financial situation has improved, we ask that you support DEGNZ by restarting payment of your membership fees, as the Guild’s financial situation has worsened due to the drop in membership revenue. If you would like to become a financial member, sign-in to your account to choose your membership level and billing.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to continuing our work to help ensure your creative, cultural and financial wellbeing.

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

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Counselling support for members of the New Zealand film industry is set to continue until the end of November 2020, thanks to The Vista Foundation and Home & Family Counselling. DEGNZ members can access up to 5 one-hour subsidised counselling sessions for themselves or a family member to assist with the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are a DEGNZ member going through a tough time, the Guild encourages you to seek support and take advantage of this service.

To learn more about the counselling offer and how to access it as a DEGNZ member, see here.

To read Vista Foundation’s update, read it here: VF H&F Counselling Project Update 26Aug2020 (PDF 160KB)

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Important information: Here are the links to the updated ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Protocols including the updated information on the Alert Levels 2 and 3. All updates are highlighted in yellow on these documents.

All productions need to ensure they are operating to the ScreenSafe Health and Safety Standard and Protocols as they relate to your region and alert level.

To help with the individual production departments the Departmental Roles have been updated to include the alert levels 2 and 3.

It is now mandatory for any business or service to display the QR code for the tracing app at all entry points. Download your posters here.

Download updated important information for Level 3 here.

Thank you to ScreenSafe / SIGANZ for this information.

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All productions need to ensure they are operating to the ScreenSafe COVID-19 Health & Safety Standard Protocols as they relate to your region and Alert Level. Visit the ScreenSafe COVID-19 page for the full toolkit and information on how to apply the Alert Levels to your production.

** IMPORTANT ADDENDUM: WorkSafe have confirmed that our ScreenSafe alert level procedure should remain the same with the addition of using masks. MORE INFORMATION HERE.

It is now mandatory for any business or service to display the QR code for the tracing app at all entry points. Businesses have till Wednesday 19th August to comply. Download your posters here

Download updated important information for Level 3 here.

Overview:


Mask Wearing

Mask wearing is now recommended for all crew at Levels 2 and 3.

It is also required when performing close proximity tasks within level 2 and above, i.e for make-up or hair. 

Talent should wear masks when possible/when interacting with crew, although this will not be practical whilst on screen. 

Travel to/from Auckland

Travel to/from Auckland is only allowed if you are returning to your place of residence OR if you’re an essential worker.

Physical distancing and mask wearing is required for public transport and flights. 

Contact Tracing

All NZ businesses are required to use the NZ Government Trace App (or another appropriate digital tracing app). This includes all work sites, offices, locations and suppliers.

ScreenSafe Registration

ALL productions, including 1-person shoots, MUST register with ScreenSafe. 

It only takes 1 minute to do this: https://screensafe.co.nz/covid19/registration/

Numbers on Set

There are no restrictions on the amount of people on a work site. However, each production needs to assess their own requirements vs. the overall need for physical distancing, hygiene and risk to cast, crew and the public.

Talent

1m physical distancing is required for all scripted action.

Talent must be able to dress themselves and do their own make up (under the guidance of crew if required).

No extras at Level 3.

Covid-19 Safety Notes

Every work site MUST have a site specific Level 3 Covid-19 plan in place.

Note: councils will not issue filming permits without a thorough Covid-19 plan + a ScreenSafe registration.


Thank you to ScreenSafe, The Screen Industry Guild and SPADA for putting this information together.

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This is an update from ScreenSafe’s website on the wearing of masks:

UPDATE as of 12th August 2020 – IMPORTANT ADDENDUM FROM WORKSAFE: WorkSafe have confirmed that our ScreenSafe alert level procedure should remain the same with the addition of using masks. Please ensure that you add the wearing of Masks for everyone, at every alert level above Level 1. New government policy now recommends the wearing of masks wherever possible, so all crew, agency/client, visitors and talent whilst off screen should be wearing masks

As it is not possible to wear masks whilst on screen we should still be allowed to film talent as per guidelines around each level, but please note this is also subject to all other control measures around hygiene and non-contact as per each Level of the guidelines.

For up to date screen sector information and guidance on COVID-19 Health and Safety, visit ScreenSafe.