WIFT New Zealand

Profile Updated: November 2, 2014
WIFT New Zealand
Address: Auckland New Zealand
Website/Homepage: www.wiftnz.org.nz
Number of Members: 500 plus
President/Chair: Sharon Menzies.
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Mission Statement

WIFT NZ provides professional development, networking, communication and support services to over 500 members and associates nationwide.

About Your Chapter/History

1993 WIFT Wellington is established, on the model of other international WIFT chapters.
1994 WIFT Auckland is launched at the Carlton Hotel. Over 400 women attend the launch. Labour leader Helen Clark is made an Honorary Friend.
WIFT Auckland’s membership is described in TV Guide as reading like ‘a who’s who of movers and
shakers ‘(18.11.94).
1995 A screening of Auckland women’s short films is held at the Civic to celebrate International
Women’s Day.
WIFT AUCKLAND joins chapters from France and Wellington in hosting a cocktail function at the Cannes Film Festival.
1996 Under the supervision of the WIFT lobby committee and funded by the New Zealand Film
Commission, Alison Colvine begins work on a WIFT survey, Behind the Scenes, aimed at researching
the participation and roles of women in the NZ film and television industry.
The WIFT Executive votes to support a SPADA initiative to lobby for the retention of Television One in public ownership and initiates a letter-writing campaign targeting key Ministers and all female MP’s in support of the Film Commission lobby for more funds from government.
Donne nell’ Audiovisio - Women in Film, Italy is founded 1st Policy Summit is held to discuss: production and training funding for women; Codes of Practice; Workplace Legislation; Local Content; Portrayal of Women on Screen
WIFT sponsors Best Supporting Actress at the TV Guide Film and Television Awards.
1997 The year sees WIFT AUCKLAND working more closely with WIFT Wellington.
The WIFT survey Behind the Scenes is launched. It is celebrated as a profile of women working in the film and television industries that will replace hearsay with quantitative evidence and that will give substance to concerns and issues raised by WIFT and others about the position of women.

A conference entitled ENDANGERED SPECIES? Local Programming and the Media is held at Auckland
University. The focus is on local content and culture and includes guest speakers from Ireland and
Australia. WIFT’s speaker is Wellington member, Ginette McDonald.
A meeting of over 50 people representing a range of organisations is held to further discuss the
Campaign for Local Content (CLC) and it is celebrated that for the first time film, television, music, radio
and theatre groups are acting together.
Russian director Lidia Bobrova attends the International Film Festival in Auckland as a guest of WIFT
accompanying her film In That Country.
The Local Content Lobby group launches its campaign nation-wide, asking for a 30% local content quota
on television (currently in the 20’s) and 10% level of New Zealand music on radio (currently 8%). The
group is to be administered by the Green Ribbon Trust.

Fiona Milburn represents WIFT AUCKLAND at a WIFT International (WIFTI) summit in Los Angeles. In a
newsletter report on the summit Fiona comments “Our comprehensive programme of workshops,
seminars and special events compares favourably with the larger chapters and our involvement with
wider issues such as the Green Ribbon Campaign for local content is almost unique.”
1999 The world celebrates the centenary of cinema.
WIFT hosts Deepa Mehta while her film Earth screens at the Auckland International Film Festival
Mini-Summit for WIFTI (International) members in Montreal to plan EURO 2000, the WIFTI Summit.
WIFTI now has 40 chapters worldwide and over 10,000 members
WIFT Lunch held at the SPADA Conference, Wellington – Rhys Kelly talks on Marketing Women’s
Stories on the International Stage.
A Labour/Greens coalition is confirmed as the new government, with Prime Minister Helen Clark
committed to holding the arts and culture portfolio. Labour is committed to continued public ownership of
Radio New Zealand and TVNZ.
2000 WIFT Local Content Quota Forum. Attended by the Hon. Marian Hobbs, Minister of Broadcasting
and the Hon. Judith Tizard, Associate Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage.
Government injection of $80 million into Arts, Culture and Heritage
Establishment of Film Production fund
WIFT NZ is working in conjunction with the New Zealand Film Archive, Nga Kaitiaki O Nga Taonga
Whitiahua, to submit to New York WIFT’s Preservation Fund an early work by a NZ female filmmaker for
preservation assistance. Restoration is sought for the 15 films of the Bathie Stewart Collection.
Women’s Film Symposium organised by Deborah Shepard to launch her film history Reframing Women.
TVNZ Draft Charter released. WIFT makes a submission.
WIFT International Summit held in London.The WIFTI New Zealand session is panelled by Robin Laing
and John O’Shea and moderated by Liz Stevens.
3rd International Indigenous Women’s Film Conference, Te Whakawhitiahua o te Ira Wahine held in
Auckland.
1st Welcome to the Firm: a workshop for students completing their Media Studies degrees
2001 Mairi Gunn is a WIFT representative at the 2nd Annual Women in Film Independent Vision
Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.
The lobbying committee meet

Brief Description of your Key Programs

WIFT NZ's aims are to provide information and career support; to offer an educational forum; to promote and safeguard the interests of women in film and television; to recognise women's achievements in the industry; and to build capacity and benefit the screen industry as a whole.

To achieve these aims, WIFT NZ runs a full and varied programme of workshops, events, and mentoring; offers a varied range of purchasing discounts; issues a regular newsletter; and provides networking, information and support services.

The organisation is overseen by a national board. Day-to-day operations and activities are managed and delivered by the WIFT NZ office, staffed by a national manager and two interns.

Current Officers

President - Sharon Menzies
Board Member - Jasmin McSweeney
Board Member - Robin Laing
Board Member - Fiona Milburn
Board Member - Catherine Fitzgerald
Board Member - Teremoana Rapley
Board Member - Nikki Edwards
Board Member - Jill Macnab

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