The Labour Party have released their Broadcasting and Arts, Culture and Heritage Manifestos (links below). Here are their plans for the Screen Production Industry:
Our screen industry strongly contributes to our economy and our national identity.
– Create a 10 year strategy to grow the New Zealand screen industry
– Work with Auckland Council to ensure the delivery of critical studio infrastructure
– review the New Zealand Screen Production Grants Scheme to ensure the settings are maximising the public good.
– Ensure that the local guilds, unions and screen industry bodies have a greater say in policy concerning their industry, including immigration settings for foreign workers.
– Reverse the changes made by the National Government to the issuing of temporary work visas for screen productions, and reinstate the non-objection process.
– Support the new public media service ‘RNZ+’, as detailed in our Broadcasting policy, and continue supporting Maori Television and iwi radio.
– Shift NZ on Air to focus more on project driven funding rather than broadcaster driven programmes. This would give audiences a greater variety of local programming and to help build an international industry.
– Repeal immigration changes which have meant producers no longer need to demonstrate they’ve gone through the process of seeking domestic talent for projects, before looking offshore.
– Continue to review the screen incentive regime to ensure it remains internationally competitive and delivers maximum benefits to New Zealand, including domestic employment opportunities.
Tino Rangatiratanga identity appears folded under nation branding:
Labour is a strong supporter of Māori traditional and contemporary art and artists. Māori culture is a key part of being a New Zealander and , New Zealand’s culture and arts can be showcased globally by supporting our performers and artists both domestically and internationally.
– Continue to support Māori artists, including through the high quality Toi Iho branding.
– Develop further opportunities for young artists to promote their talent and product, such as through New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
– Provide continued support for Māori performing arts through Te Matatini and consider further opportunities to support national competitions in schools to actively uphold the cultural expression of Māori.
– Continue to support national kapa haka competitions at all levels.
– Investigate how best to support national Māori Theatre initiatives.
Labour Broadcasting Webpage Link to Labour Broadcasting Manifesto Link to Labour Arts, Culture and Heritage Manifesto Labour Māori Development statement