Overseas productions are generally welcomed and most applications proceed routinely and quickly. If there are issues Immigration New Zealand tries to resolve the disagreement and if that is unsuccessful they refer the application to the Minister for a decision. If you are a member of the Screen Industry Guild this means sometimes you may see some overseas crew come in without having all the information behind the decision.
Getting the balance right for the overall benefit of crew in New Zealand is a vital role of the Screen Industry Guild and one that we cannot do without members' support.
If you are a production coming to New Zealand your experience will be much smoother if you employ an experienced New Zealand line producer who knows the process, has a local network of contacts and will be able to efficiently make things happen.