Independent Chair – Call for applications

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The Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund 

Independent Chair – Call for applications

Whakapūpūtia mai ō mānuka kia kore ai e whati.
Cluster your mānuka so that they will not break.

The Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund (‘Premium Fund’) was established by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage (‘MCH’) in order to support the New Zealand production sector recovery and regeneration from COVID-19.

The purpose of the Premium Fund is to support the production of high- quality productions that tell New Zealand stories for global audiences.

New Zealand Film Commission along with New Zealand on Air and Te Māngai Pāho is seeking Expressions of Interest from candidates who wish to be considered for appointment as the Independent Chair of the Premium Production Fund Funding Panel.

Ngā Hinonga me te Korahi Puna Pūtea | Authorised Bodies and The Scope of Fund

Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga, the New Zealand Film Commission (‘the NZFC’), Irirangi Te Motu New Zealand On Air (‘NZ On Air’) and Te Māngai Pāho (‘TMP’) – collectively referred to in this document as ‘The Agencies’ – have worked together to set-up the Premium Fund.

The Premium Fund has a total of up to NZD50 million to be allocated over two fiscal years, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022.

The New Zealand Film Commission is responsible for administering the Fund and has, in consultation with the production sector and in partnership with New Zealand on Air and Te Māngai Pāho, developed protocols for management of the Fund.

Funding decisions will be made by a panel of seven made up of two appointees from the Boards of each New Zealand Film Commission, New Zealand on Air and Te Māngai Pāho and an Independent Chair.

The first meeting of the Panel is likely to be held in March 2021 and the final meeting will take place prior to 30 June 2022, so the term of this position will be from February 2021 to July 2022. Remuneration will range from $390-$600 per day (as required).

Ngā Pukenga me te Wheako | Skills and Experience

In addition to an understanding of the screen industry we are also seeking those who will bring one or more of the following:

  • Strong governance experience - and experience as a Chair would be an advantage
  • Experience in Crown connected funding panels
  • Financial analysis
  • Skills and experience in overseeing the deliberations of a funding panel

A commitment to Te Tiriti and diversity along with an appreciation of Māori cultural aspirations

The selection panel for the Independent Chair will include a representative from each of the three authorised bodies and a senior representative from Manatū Taonga.

The Agencies value diversity and do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

Me pēhea te tono |How to apply

To apply for this position, please complete the attached application form and email it to along with a covering letter and CV.

Please email with any queries from Monday 11 January 2021 when our office re-opens.

Background checks will be undertaken for shortlisted applicants. Your personal information will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020.

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 27 January 2021.

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