For a smooth filming experience, make sure your screen production has the right permits and comprehensive insurance, and follows Auckland’s film protocol.

Auckland Film Protocol

The Auckland Film Protocol outlines conditions and guidelines for filming in Auckland. It covers topics such as conduct while filming in public spaces or filming that may affect the public, local businesses, iwi (local Māori) or the environment.
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Permits

Find out about permits for local and international productions.

Health and Safety

Find out about health and safety regulations specific to the industry at ScreenSafe.

Insurance

Personal accident insurance

New Zealand has unique personal accident insurance based on a no-fault compensation scheme. While you’re in New Zealand, this scheme provides automatic accident insurance cover that replaces your ability to sue for damages due to accident.
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Worker compensation insurance

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides comprehensive, no-fault personal injury cover for all New Zealand residents and visitors to New Zealand. Find out more about what ACC covers for your production here or talk to us about policy options.  

Public liability insurance

If you’re filming in public spaces, you’ll need public liability insurance. Public liability insurance limits are typically much lower in New Zealand because under our ACC scheme, citizens can’t sue for damages caused by accident. 
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Public liability coverage for contractors

For tax and ACC reasons, most of our cast and crew teams prefer to work as contractors, rather than production company employees. It’s important to ensure contractors working on a production have their own public liability cover, as public liability policies (unless endorsed) only cover the company and its employees.

Statutory liability insurance

Statutory liability insurance in New Zealand generally covers the cost of defence for fines and penalties, and in some limited circumstances may cover the fines and penalties themselves. Your local line producer can advise whether you’ll need to adapt your health and safety practices for New Zealand regulations.

 

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