Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Film NZ Welcomes New Screen Industry Trustees

For release on 26 October 2006

Film New Zealand Welcomes New Screen Industry Trustees

Film New Zealand, the national film locations office, welcomed three new screen industry professionals to its Board following its annual general meeting on Friday 20 October. The new trustees are:

* Keith Mackenzie, a highly experienced production accountant based in Wanaka who has worked on numerous feature films and television series;

* Julian Grimmond, an Emmy Award winning producer who operates Mountain Film Unit Ltd and Global Film Solutions Ltd in Queenstown; and

* Julie Elstone, a Wellington-based producer/production manager with across the board experience on feature films, TV drama and television commercials.

"Film New Zealand is committed to ensuring that its Board represents the screen production industry throughout the country, with a balance of trustees with experience in feature films, television and television commercials," said Chairman David Madigan. "We are very pleased that such active and highly experienced industry practioners are willing to commit to Film New Zealand. They join a dynamic board of trustees and a strong management team in implementing the plans and strategic directions of Film New Zealand as the national film locations office."

Two trustees retired from the Board at the AGM. Trishia Downie, line producer from Gore, and Don Reynolds, producer based now in Sydney.

"Both Trishia and Don have brought enormous experience and energy to their roles as trustees despite their at times heavy production schedules', Mr Madigan acknowledged.

Peter Avery from Film Venture Taranaki has also been re-elected by the regional film offices that have partnership agreements with Film New Zealand as their representative trustee.

Film New Zealand's board also includes continuing industry trustees David Madigan (Auckland) sound recordist, Murray Francis (Auckland) line producer and Sue Thompson (Pukerua Bay) production financing consultant as well as Ruth Harley trustee representing the New Zealand Film Commission and Paul Voigt trustee representing Investment NZ.

Film New Zealand has now released its 2005/06 Annual Report that highlights the benefits being generated by international production activity in New Zealand. In releasing that report Mr. Madigan observed that a key factor in Film New Zealand's services is its focused purpose as an industry-based and industry-supported organisation - "a point of difference which is welcomed by our international clients."

Established in 1994, Film New Zealand is governed by a board of trustees representing the screen production industry, government funders, and regional film offices. It receives funding through the Ministry of Economic Development, the New Zealand Film Commission, Investment NZ and sponsors. Information on Film New Zealand, its Board of Trustees and management is available at


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Commerce Commission: Appeals Record $2.25m Fine In Vodafone FibreX Case

The Commerce Commission has filed an appeal in the High Court against a record $2.25 million fine imposed on Vodafone NZ Limited (Vodafone) for its offending under the Fair Trading Act during its FibreX advertising campaign. While the sentence imposed in the Auckland District Court on April 14 was the largest-ever fine under the Fair Trading Act, the Commission will argue that it is manifestly inadequate... More>>

All District Health Boards: Historic Pay Equity Settlement

An historic agreement has been ratified that addresses a long-standing undervaluation of a workforce that is critical to the smooth running of our hospitals and the delivery of healthcare... More>>

MPI: Dry Autumn In Waikato And South Auckland Leads To Drought Classification Drought conditions affecting the primary sector in the Waikato and South Auckland were today classified as a medium-scale adverse event, enabling a package of support for farmers and growers... More>>

Barfoot & Thompson: Rents Up By Around 3% In Most Areas

The average weekly rent paid for homes in most areas of Auckland has risen by around 3 percent year-on-year. The figures for end March from more than 16,000 properties... More>>

DoC: Smeagol The ‘Gravel Maggot’ Leaves Its Rare Mark On The Remote West Coast
An extremely rare species of sea slug or ‘gravel maggot’ has been detected for the first time on a remote beach in South Westland... More>>

Immigration: Annual Net Migration Loss Of 7,300

The provisional net loss of 7,300 people in the year ended March 2022 was the lowest net migration for a March year since 2012, Stats NZ said today... More>>