The formal name of The Techos' Guild is The New Zealand Film and Video Technicians' Guild Incorporated (NZF&VTG). Members have voted for a name change to 'The Screen Industry Guild of Aoteroa New Zealand Incorporated' and the process for implementing this is underway.
We are a non-profit professional incorporated society representing the interests of film and video crew and allied crafts in the New Zealand screen production industry.
The Techos' Guild has a wide membership base across the main production centres of Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown. Members include camera, sound, lighting, grips, art department, makeup, wardrobe, assistant directors, editors, broadcast, set construction, location managers, production managers and co-ordinators, script supervisors, special effects and visual effects technicians, technical directors, animal wranglers, on-set nurses and safety officers.
We represent crew and campaign for fair and safe working conditions. We offer professional advice, expert opinion and influence throughout the sector.
The Techos' Guild was originally set up to create representation in an industry where freelance conditions predominate and crew had to fend for themselves. It also created opportunities for like-minded individuals to get together and share experiences.
When it started in the early 1980's The Techos' Guild was part of “The Academy” in partnership with independent producers and directors. The Academy broke up in 1988 and the technicians registered the New Zealand Film and Video Technicians' Guild as separate incorporated societies in Auckland and Wellington. The two merged in 1996 with a national structure and two local branches. The Queenstown branch was formed in 1999.
The Guild also raises money for projects, publishes health and safety documents, lobbies government on relevant issues, works closely with other industry organisations to maintain industry standards, works with NZ immigration on work permit applications by overseas technicians.
The Techos' Guild is registered with the New Zealand registrar of incorporated societies and is governed by a constitution and the rules that apply to incorporated societies. Download the constitution (PDF 127kb).
There are three regional branches in Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown, whose barnch committees nominate the national executive.
The national president and vice president and the branch chairs and committee are elected directly by members, generally around the middle of the year.
The president, executive and branch officials receive no remuneration or honorarium. However, members who perform services for the Guild that makes them unavailable for freelance work, may be paid a limited fee.
An executive officer is employed to manage the national office.