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Hobbit Law Review : The Screen Industry Guild Meets with the Minister

11 Nov 2017 11:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

When the media announced that the Hobbit Law was to be repealed, the Screen Industry Guild was immediately made aware of the uncertainty this announcement created amongst its members and the wider screen industry community.

The Screen Industry Guild decided the best way to proceed was with caution and weed out the media hype from the facts before addressing its membership or making any public statements.

In an effort to clarify the facts the Guild contacted the Senior Press Officer for the Labour Party who in turn put the Guild directly in contact with the Minister of Workplace Relations, Iain Lees-Galloway.

On October 27th, the Screen Industry Guild emailed the Minister and within 24 hours the Minister responded and a phone conference was set up for 29th October.

Within four days of this phone conversation a delegation of Screen Industry Guild representatives, Producer Barrie Osborne and a political advisor met face to face with Minister Ian Lees-Galloway and the head of MBIE.

Below is the subsequent letter received in response to this meeting and the Screen Industry Guild’s response.  

Letter to film and television industry from Hon Iain Lees-Galloway.pdf

Letter to Minister Nov 2017.pdf

The Screen Industry Guild is the short name for The Screen Industry Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand Incorporated. It was previously known as the New Zealand Film and Video Technicians' Guild Incorporated or as the Techos' Guild.

The Screen Industry Guild is supported by its members and the New Zealand Film Commission.

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