The Techos' Guild represents the reasoned voice of crew on the job and in immigration.
When these hours were reported by members of the Techos' Guild to Executive Officer Karla Rodgers, spoke with the production explaining that not only were the hours way outside the Blue Book, (the standard conditions agreed between producers and the Techos' Guild), it is an unsafe work practice breaching the Health and Safety Act and work standards. The problem basically arose with the production company not employing an experienced production manager or 1st AD.
The production company said that they would be looking at how they operate in the future and asked whether they could forward the Techos' Guild contact details amongst their producers.
The Techos' Guild sees this as a positive result and wish to encourage producers to contact the guild when in doubt or if they require clarification on Blue Book issues. The Techos' Guild is also available to discuss "outside the square" scenarios that may fall outside the Blue Book, particularly when crew may need to be consulted to alternative approaches.
The Techos' Guild sees this collaborative style of working can only lead to a healthier safer screen industry.
From 1 April 2017, the way contractors pay their taxes changed, giving greater choice and making it easier to get tax right.
This is an expansion of existing on schedular payments which is the name the tax department uses for payment to contractors like crew that will be subject to withholding tax.
Contractors already under schedular payment rules must complete the new tax rate notification form (IR330C) when you start any new job on or after 1 April 2017.
Tax rate notification for contractors form (IR330C) (external link) — Inland Revenue
On this form, you pick the rate you would like tax to be deducted at. New Zealand tax residents can pick any rate from 10% up to 100%. If you want to change your current tax rate, complete this form and give it to your payer so they can make the changes.
Tax rate estimation tool for contractors — Inland Revenue
This information has been sourced from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Christmas is nearly here, but where did the year go?
It seems it's been a fairly busy year for most people working in our industry. The new financial incentives for large budget offshore productions coming here to shoot have definitely had a positive effect on the amount of production activity, thereby increasing the amount of work for many (if not most) of us who work in screen production.
This is good; or is it?
It does concern me that we give financial incentives to offshore productions without also giving them a clear set of guidelines as to how we do things here in Aotearoa.
It seems that hours of work in the United States of North America are out of control (that's certainly how it appears to me from a distance when I hear they're trying to get the shooting days down to 12 hours).
American companies are coming here to shoot blah blah
The Techos' Guild is the short name for The New Zealand Film & Video Technicians Guild Incorporated.
The Techos' Guild is supported by its members and the New Zealand Film Commission.
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