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Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights Workshops
26 Mar 2021 to 31 Jul 2021
26 March - 31 July 2021
NZWG, DEGNZ & Equity join forces to bring you this nationwide rights workshop tour.
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Know Your Rights - Workshop Tour

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ, Equity New Zealand and the New Zealand Writers Guild are pleased to announce the launch of a series of ‘Know Your Rights’ workshops at nine locations around New Zealand.

The ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshop is a ‘must-do’ for any actor, director, editor or writer who seeks a successful career in the New Zealand screen industry, arming you with the knowledge, information and resources you need to negotiate and collaborate successfully and work sustainably.

The workshops are for members and non-members of the guilds (DEGNZ, NZWG & Equity) and intended to:

  • Demystify contracts
  • Improve business management skills for contractors
  • Provide insight into the Screen Industry Worker Bill
  • Allow each of the guilds to speak directly to specifics related to the careers of actors, writers, directors and editors

Joining the three Executive Directors of the screen unions to present on topics will be legal firm Hudson Gavin Martin (experts in media and IP law) and production accountant Natalie Doherty.

Each workshop will be run from 9.30AM to 4.30PM in a series of joint and breakout sessions, and will also cover off on topics including:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright
  • The difference between employer and contractor
  • Tips and advice on company structures, how to handle taxes, GST, per diems and expenses and more

Know Your Rights Workshop

Price: Free - includes catered lunch


Tour Dates 2021:

Dunedin - Friday 26 March

Christchurch - Friday 30 April

Queenstown - Saturday 1 May

Wellington – Friday 21 May

Nelson - Friday 22 May

Auckland - Friday 25 June

Wellington – Friday 30 July

Rotorua – Saturday 31 July

NB: Venues confirmed closer to the dates

These workshops are brought to you with the financial support of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Written by

Alice Shearman

17 Mar 2021

As the Executive Director of the New Zealand Writers Guild, I am passionate about the rights of our creative people, especially New Zealand screenwriters working in the local and international markets.