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Cliff Curtis

DEGNZ would like to express our deep gratitude to the Vista Foundation and Home & Family Counselling for providing DEGNZ members with this professional counselling offer.

The recent global pandemic has been particularly tough on the film industry. This collaboration has been created to provide support for the people of New Zealand’s film industry adversely affected by the ongoing social and commercial challenges.

Cliff Curtis, a Patron of the Vista Foundation, had recorded this video in support of the initiative:

 

What’s on offer?

Up to 5 one-hour sessions of counselling. This can be for yourself or a family member.

Who’s eligible?

Anyone who’s a member of the below organisations:

  • Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand
  • New Zealand Writers Guild
  • Screen Industry Guild Aotearoa (Technicians)
  • Screen Composers Guild of New Zealand
  • Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA)
  • Women in Film & Television NZ (WIFT)
  • Ngā Aho Whakaari (Māori in Screen)
  • New Zealand Cinematographer’s Society
  • Stunt Guild of New Zealand
  • Equity New Zealand (Actors)
  • NZ Advertising Producer’s Group (NZAPG)
  • Pan Asian Screen Collective.

* Organisation and membership details will need to be provided to Home & Family Counselling.

Accessing this offer

To take up the Vista Foundation / Home and Family Counselling Offer, a client will make contact directly with Home and Family using this process:

  • Visit www.homeandfamily.org.nz/filmindustry/
  • Click Make An Appointment and telephone or (form) email Home & Family’s central (Mount Eden) or North Shore (Northcote) centres. (Do not use the Hibiscus Coast/Orewa option). If outside of Auckland, choose Central.
  • Once Home & Family makes contact, the client will need to advise their membership organisation and number.**
  • Home & Family will initiate the process of counselling including assigning a counsellor.

For DEGNZ members **

DEGNZ does not issue membership numbers, so members taking up this offer will need to provide your name and membership expiry date to Home & Family PLUS explain that DEGNZ members do not have a membership number. If it’s a family member utilising the counselling, the DEGNZ member name and expiry date will be needed to confirm the session(s). Your membership must be valid at the time of your appointment(s).

You will find your expiry date under the ‘Card’ tab when you sign in to Manage Your Account.

About The Vista Foundation

The Vista Foundation is a social responsibility initiative founded by Vista Group, a publicly listed New Zealand company comprising several businesses and a world leader in providing technology solutions to the global film industry.

A New Zealand-registered charity run by a board of six trustees and with Roger Donaldson and Cliff Curtis as patrons, the Vista Foundation aims to help nurture the continued growth and success of the New Zealand film industry.

The Foundation has put aside a sum to subsidise counselling sessions for film industry workers and their families. The Foundation will make a donation of NZ$50 to Home & Family for each one hour session sought and provided. The $50 subsidy will mean that a donation to Home & Family by the client is non-obligatory; to be clear, a client donation can be at any level dependent on affordability.

Visit https://vistafoundation.co.nz/ and www.linkedin.com/company/vista-foundation

About ‘Home & Family Counselling

Founded 126 years ago in 1893, today ‘Home & Family’ provides counselling to children, youths, individuals, couples and families. With high social services empathy and an obviously impressive track record of achieving positive outcomes for clients, Home & Family counselling is accessible to all in need. For clients, the cost of counselling at Home & Family is by donation and it is voluntary.

Home & Family is an Incorporated Society with charitable status. The organisation is led by an Executive Director supported by a Board of seven. New Zealand’s Governor General, currently Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy is the Patron of Home & Family.

Counselling is offered from centres in Mount Eden and Northcote in Auckland. (Under the lock-down terms of Covid-19, online or telephone counselling is working well).

Visit www.homeandfamily.org.nz

Full details about this initiative:

A Vista Foundation and Home & Family Counselling Initiative

View from the Top banner

We’ve got the elections this year and that means everything is up in the air.

Simon Bridges says he’ll likely reverse the TVNZ-RNZ merger if National gets back into power.

The Film Industry Working Group’s recommendations around collective bargaining for the screen industry could go out the window.

NZ On Air could get an increase in funding… Or not.

There is some certainty in the media space, though. My predictions:

TVNZ will continue to lose money as long as it stays the way it is, no matter how good a job Kevin Kendrick does (and by all accounts he’s doing a good one).

TV3 will face the same uncertain future it has since it started in 1989, even with a new owner.

The NZ Screen Sector Strategy 2030 will… do something good, bad or indifferent (industry bets seem to be on either of the latter two at the moment).

NZ On Air will have a new CEO shortly—whether it’s a great opportunity for someone new to make a mark or a hospital pass will come clear by the end of 2020.

And the rest of the world, including Australia, will keep capitalising on the demand for internationally-focused TV drama produced locally.

At DEGNZ, it’s very much steady as she goes.

We have a strong board in place who are highly proactive around key issues for us and the industry.

Our focuses strategically will be copyright, collective bargaining legislation, post-production workflow and training, and keeping an eye on the vocational education work being done by various entities, which will get a lot of attention in 2020. There are, of course, always unexpected developments that need a response and we’ll stay alert to these as the need arises.

As a union now affiliated to the Council of Trade Unions, we will have an opportunity to sharpen our skills and knowledge with them in preparation for negotiations should the collective bargaining legislation go through.

We’ll continue to provide membership services including our professional development programme, thanks to the financial support of NZFC, the Vista Foundation, the Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collecting Society, accounting firm VCFO, and with the support of Resene, Event Cinemas, Rialto Cinemas, Dominion Law and Handy Training Online.

We’ll maintain our partnerships on various activities with the NZ Writers Guild, Equity NZ, SCGNZ, NZAPG, SPADA, WIFT, Ngā Aho Whakaari, NZCS and look to forge a relationship with the newly-formed PASC.

DEGNZ is committed as we always say to ‘the creative, cultural and financial well-being of New Zealand directors and editors’.

With the shake-ups in our domestic screen industry scene including more SVODs coming online, and on the international stage with Brexit, the U.S. elections, and the novel coronavirus, we hope that you will join with us as we head into what is undoubtedly going to be a tumultuous 2020.

 

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director