DEGNZ staff are able to provide a range of general and specific legal, contract and financial information for members, as well as career advice and dispute resolution.
The Guild strongly recommends that you seek independent, professional legal advice before signing a contract.
We have negotiated a discounted legal service for Guild members with Tim Riley of Dominion Law, who also offers the first 30-minutes of consultation free. Contact the Guild to access this service.
We are gradually building a set of standard contracts for use by directors and editors who are members of the Guild. These can be found under Resources and are intended as a recommended guide.
Available DEGNZ standard agreements:
- Feature film director’s agreement
- Online series director’s agreement
The DEGNZ recognises and acknowledges that sexual harassment and abuse are serious issues impacting the screen industry, including in New Zealand.
We acknowledge and respect the brave individuals who are speaking up about these issues.
DEGNZ condemns any form of harassment, abuse and sexual assault within the film and television industry; such behaviour is unacceptable and must not be tolerated, on any level.
As key creatives, directors and editors can help create a safe and supportive working environment. Our attitudes and behaviour must be respectful of others and the law, to ensure that there is no place for abusive behaviour on our productions or within the industry.
As the guild of screen directors and editors we will work in partnership with industry groups and organisations to combat sexual harassment within the screen industry.
Sexual harassment is unlawful under the Human Rights Act (1993) and the Employment Relations Act (2000). It’s important to remember that sexual harassment is gender and orientation neutral.
If you would like to discuss any inappropriate work behaviour, please don’t hesitate to contact DEGNZ.
In addition, the Human Rights Commission offers a free, confidential service for anyone enquiring or complaining about sexual harassment – contact 0800 496 877. You may also lodge a complaint of sexual harassment to The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – contact 0800 20 90 20. Safe To Talk offers a free, confidential sexual harm hotline where you can speak with a trained specialist 24/7 – contact 0800 044 334. If the sexual harassment involves assault or violence, we encourage you to seek help from the Police.