18 Poutū te Rangi / March 2020

Kia hiwa rā kia hiwa rā ki tenei tuku kia hiwa rā ki tenā tuku.  Kia tū, kia toa, kia matāra. Tihei mauri ora.

International productions around New Zealand are on hold with the threat of the world wide virus Covid-19. It is also impacting the domestic industry with cancellation of events and therefore coverage as well as the TVC industry resulting in wide spread job losses.

Māori like so many in the screen industry will be hit hard with loss of employment, contracts on hold and possible isolation due to travel or contact with internationals.

The Government have announced packages to try and alleviate the devastating affects of the loss of work.

Ngā Aho Whakaari will bring updates as they happen.  Please check out our website www.ngaahowhakaari.co.nz and our Facebook page regularly for updates and assistance.

“E kore te Tōtara e tū noa i te pārae, engari me tū i te wao.”

“The Tōtara does not stand lonely on the plain, but stands strong in the forest.”

Contact Ngā Aho Whakaari for any assistance or with updates

Yesterday the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a $12.1 billion support package and over half of that will go toward wage subsidy and businesses.   Yesterday NAW met (online) with the other screen sector guilds to share information.  We have also been in contact with the NZ Film Commission, Te Māngai Pāho, Te Puni Kōkiri and are following NZ On Air.   This will ensure our members and colleagues have up-to-date information.

Here is the official government link to check any and all updates.

Government Covid-19 website

You may be eligible for a 12 week wage subsidy as of today. Lump payment for 12 weeks $585 per week full time $350 per week part time. You can apply only for the next 12 weeks. They endeavour to pay within 5 days of applying.

This can be accessed by self employed and sole traders, or by businesses to support wages for staff. Read the info below to see if you qualify. This is for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Link for Self employed/ Sole Traders: https://services.workandincome.govt.nz/…/trader_applica…/new

Link for businesses to get staff subsidy ($150,000 max): https://services.workandincome.govt.nz/…/employer_appli…/new

Full info can be read here: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/…/a…/covid-19-support.html

NZFC Update on Covid-19

NZFC Operations

Last week, the NZFC decided to suspend all international travel grants, such as the Producer International Travel Fund (PITF).

All other funding opportunities remain open and available.

Please prepare your funding application as usual and any issues arising from the COVID-19 situation will be reviewed at the different milestone dates (e.g. funding decision, start date, etc).

If you are concerned about the potential impact of COVID-19 on your funded project or funding application, please:

  • review your funding contract; or
  • contact relevant NZFC staff directly.

With regards to the NZFC and staff, we have put the following measures in place:

  • Encouraging meetings via phone or video conference, in order to reduce meetings in person.
  • We will remain available to meet filmmakers and other stakeholders, but these usually will  be virtual meetings.
  • Only essential domestic travel will be undertaken.
  • International travel for staff is suspended.

NZFC staff are following the precautions suggested by the Ministry of Health and we encourage you to do the same. If staff believe they may have been exposed to someone who has recently travelled in or through COVID-19-affected countries, or who has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, they will self-isolate as per the Ministry of Health guidelines.

We will update the NZFC website regularly and for comprehensive information about COVID-19, these resources are available for up to date information and advice:​

In the meantime, please continue to take care of yourselves, and each other.

Annabelle Sheehan, CEO


Te Māngai Pāho
Larry Parr – Chief Executive of Te Māngai Pāho

Kia ora koutou

On Thursday the 12th of March the World Health Organisation (WHO) made the assessment that COVID-19 coronavirus can be characterised as a pandemic. In our pānui over the weekend, Te Māngai Pāho noted the importance of us ensuring that we keep communication channels open.

We will do our best to provide our funded entities with regular updates. It is also vitally important that our iwi radio stations, producers and their productions advise Te Māngai Pāho of any issues that may arise at the earliest possible opportunity.

Health & Safety Recommendations for Producers

Te Māngai Pāho urges all iwi radio stations, productions and production companies to stay up to date with the Government health alert and latest medical advice that can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.

It’s also important for all of our funded entities to remember that under the Health and Safety in the Workplace legislation, businesses have the primary duty of care for the health and safety of their workers. In the case of iwi radio, this will extend to the many kaumātua volunteers that provide some of our most valuable content.

Business Continuity Plans

Te Māngai Pāho is working with Te Whakaruruhau o Ngā Reo Irirangi to develop a model for business continuity that will not only keep our stations on air, but also consider the health and safety of our remote and potentially vulnerable communities. We expect to provide a further update to iwi radio stations within 48 hours.

All producers are encouraged to consider the potential risks of COVID-19 on their productions and put in place a plan to mitigate those risks. The aim should be to minimise the potential disruption to your production by COVID-19.

The plan should address how to keep your production(s) running even if a significant number of employees, contractors or suppliers cannot come to the workplace, either because of travel restrictions or because they are ill. Your crew, contractors and employees should all know and understand your plan.

We also suggest you review your insurances. Obviously, given the current state of COVID -19 it is very unlikely you will be able to secure cover for the disruption risk. However, if you have current insurance policies, understanding exactly what your risks and responsibilities are could be very important.

Te Māngai Pāho Approach

We want to assure our funded entities that Te Māngai Pāho has an effective business continuity plan. Because of the agility of our funding system and the fact that it’s fully integrated with our financial system, our team is able to operate out of the office. We are confident that we will be able to maintain our payment regime and that all invoices will be paid within our usual timeframes. Te Māngai Pāho has scheduled ‘work from home days’ for the organisation to test our capability to work remotely.

As mentioned above Te Māngai Pāho is working with Te Whakaruruhau to develop guidelines for iwi radio.  Te Māngai Pāho is also undertaking a stocktake of active productions to understand the current status of all productions with Te Māngai Pāho Funding and hopefully gain a clearer appreciation of potential risks. We may need to contact producers to help us fill in that picture. The better informed we are the better prepared we will be to respond to issues.

To all funded entities, please help us keep abreast of any developments. To those of you  who have already provided us with updates thank you for being proactive.

Attached are some tips for meeting your obligations under the Health and Safety legislation.

Hei konā mai i aku mihi maioha.

Larry Parr

Inform us of any developments

Keep your crew informed. The Ministry of Health provides the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 together with advice on symptoms, prevention, and what to do if you suspect you have Covid-19.​

Ensure that there are adequate hygiene amenities easily available, including soap,  running water, hand sanitiser, antiseptic and/or alcohol wipes.

Ensure that all communal spaces and surfaces are kept clean.

Publish and promote hygiene guidelines (Add information to your call sheets eg. “Advice to Staying Healthy: Wash your hands frequently, and cover your cough or sneeze. If you’re sick, stay home and away from others.”). 

COVID-19 Resources for the set or office such as Posters, social media messages/images etc., are available here.

Require your Health & Safety Officers to factor COVID-19 into the production risk assessment and prepare a hazard mitigation plan

Require all employees/contractors to advise the production of recent or planned overseas travel and to provide a medical certificate before turning up to work if necessary. 

Require employees/contractors to report to the production if they develop symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath and to seek medical advice accordingly.

Visit the Ministry of Health Facebook page

Finally while we are undergoing difficult times, this time last year New Zealand was in shock mourning the murder of innocent men, women and children in the terrorist attack in Christchurch.  This from the Facebook page of He Ao Kotahi – The One World Project.

We wanted to do something special for the memorial today so we had the idea to try produce the song, that Katz and Shadi wrote while we were in Ramallah in Palestine in 2016. We put the call out, anyone want to come and the call was answered as 10 of us journeyed over to meet and collaborate with Palestinain artists. The song Katz and Shadi wrote was incomplete. But we wanted to finish it and we thought, the song could be a tribute to those affected by the tragic shooting that claimed 51 lives on the 15th March 2019. The song is called the Same Sky…and talks to the fact that we are all living under the same sky, we are the same, our hopes and dreams are the same..the earth, the sky ..all the same…

Our He Ao Kotahi whanau wish everyone, everywhere.. peace…

A Maori/Arabic language tribute to those affected by the Mosque Shooting…one year on…
Same Sky…song written and performed by Katz Maihi and
Shadi Zaqtan

Made with aroha…  He Ao Kotahi – The One World Project
With the kind permission of Paula Whetu Jones.


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