Thanks to everyone who attended our hui!

Thanks to everyone who attended one of our hui.  Have to say the turn out and level of participation was fantastic.  It was brilliant to see such robust discussion happening, and everyone embracing the opportunity to feed in their thoughts on the strategy and where we as a sector should be focusing. 

For those of you in Auckland we are looking at  a second hui on the 21st of October.  More details will be available on our website, facebook page, and the next Newsletter. 
 
There were a range of themes that were common across all of the hui.  Big focus on the following: 
NZ Story – ensuring quality creation and production and that we get that out to the world more effectively. Balanced with attracting the international productions into NZ – with a view that not only is it good for the economy but its great for building capability in NZ, and provides an opportunity to leverage so that we can further build the NZ sector and NZ story opportunity, (includes co-productions). 

Capability building – ensuring we have enough highly skilled crew available, and ensuring we continue to build capability around the creative aspects of the sector.   And ensuring there is a strong pipeline from school right through to industry. 

Regional development – whether that be through infrastructure, capability and capacity building, there is 

So what are the common themes? 

There were a range of themes that were common across all of the hui.  Big focus on the following: 

  • NZ Story – ensuring quality creation and production and that we get that out to the world more effectively. 
  • Balanced with attracting the international productions into NZ – with a view that not only is it good for the economy but its great for building capability in NZ, and provides an opportunity to leverage so that we can further build the NZ sector and NZ story opportunity, (includes co-productions).   
  • Capability building – ensuring we have enough highly skilled crew available, and ensuring we continue to build capability around the creative aspects of the sector.   And ensuring there is a strong pipeline from school right through to industry. 
  • Regional development – whether that be through infrastructure, capability and capacity building, there is a big focus, particularly from the regions, on ensuring we share the love across the country. 
  • Review of funding and the structure of funding to suit the changing nature of our sector. 
  • Sustainability – not only environmentally, but socially  – with diversity and inclusion and important focus for many. 
  • A great deal on interest in developing a sector that is vibrant, sustainable, creative, and held in high regard internationally. 

So the general themes that have emerged are both expected and well considered with some excellent thoughts and ideas coming out of the hui. 

Some of the ideas on how to achieve the objectives developing from these themes included: 

  • Capability building:
    • A centre of excellence – that was internationally recognised and competitive to get into, and that graduates from would be highly regarded. 
    • Closer connection between training and industries – e.g. through apprenticeship styled training. 
  • Leveraging the international productions that come to NZ via: 
    • Training levy’s.
    • Providing opportunity for crew to up-skill on the job by working with top internationals. 
    • Providing opportunity for NZ story through the development of relationships, connections and pitching opportunities. 

These were just a few of the thoughts and comments that came up at various hui around the country.  

Please note:  these are the reflections and comments from the hui and may or may not become part of the final strategy. 

So What Next? 

Our next step in this engagement process is to take the key themes that have emerged and explore them further.  We are holding a series of focus groups and ‘kitchen table talks’, and interviews, and we are inviting written submissions from key networks, guilds and organisations. 

These will help uncover the ‘how’ we might achieve the objectives the hui have helped to inform. 

We are also using focus groups to help capture the voice of those that we feel haven’t full be represented at the hui.  Below are the first focus groups we are holding.  Please note that they are not the ‘only’ focus groups. 

– Young people (24 – 35 years old) 
– Education providers  
– Asian screen sector 
– Maori screen sector

If you are interested in participating in any of these focus groups please email dianne@screensectorstrategy.nz 

Note: Due to limited numbers we may not be able to accommodate everyone in the focus groups.  However we will notify you and provide alternative ways to input your thoughts and feedback. 

The link to the survey and written submission guide will be available soon.  We will have details on our website, our social media and in our next newsletter. 

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