In May 2020 the New Zealand Screen industry’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Standard and Protocols were endorsed by WorkSafe, which helped support local productions to re-start in New Zealand.
The Standard and Protocols were developed by ScreenSafe, with a team of industry experts. Together the documents outline the principles of safe production and provide information about systems and resources to ensure working safely in New Zealand. Thank you to all the SPADA members who provided invaluable feedback on these documents.
All productions (regardless of size or budget) must follow the Health and Safety COVID-19 Standard & Protocols when developing individual Health & Safety Guidelines, you are also required to complete a simple registration with ScreenSafe in order to assist the Ministry of Health with contact tracing if needed and WorkSafe with monitoring.
For more information on the Standard and Protocols, and how to practically apply this to work in the screen sector you can watch the following discussions:
1 On Screen Sessions #2: Returning to work – health and safety on set through COVID-19
2 Create Wellington Screen Sector Series: Episode 4 - Return to Production Health and Safety (H&S) Toolkit discussion
Find the latest information on COVID-19 Updates HERE.
The Vista Foundation and Home & Family Counselling have collaborated to provide support to the people of the New Zealand film industry who have been affected by the social and commercial constraints of the Coronavirus pandemic. Film members of SPADA are entitled to up to five free one-hour counselling sessions from Home & Family Counselling. To take up the Vista Foundation / Home and Family Counselling Offer you can make contact directly with Home and Family using this process:
* Visit Home & Family
* Click Make An Appointment and telephone or 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 (to access this offer via an online consultation)
* Once Home & Family makes contact, the client will need to advise their membership organisation and number. * This requirement is mandatory, no exceptions.
* Home & Family will initiate the process of counselling including assigning a counsellor
Your personal information will be kept confidential. However, the Vista Foundation reserves the right to randomly check information provided to ensure the Offering is being is used as intended.
(*This does not include disclosure to the Vista Foundation, of names.)