New Zealand Screen Production Grant

The New Zealand Screen Production Grant is a government initiative to grow the sustainability and economic benefits of our screen sector in a dynamic global environment.

About the grant

Established in 2014, the New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) supports the screen sector by encouraging international and domestic production activity.

It provides the following rebates on specified goods and services purchased in New Zealand:

  • 20% for international productions (25% in certain circumstances)
  • 40% for domestic productions.

The criteria for domestic and international productions to qualify for the grant were revised in 2017.

More information on the grant, including the criteria and application process, is available on the New Zealand Film Commission website(external link)

Evaluation of the grant

The Sapere Research Group carried out an independent evaluation of the New Zealand Screen Production Grant in 2017. The evaluation assessed the grant's economic and cultural impacts and its role in the development of the industry.

Independent evaluation of the NZ Screen Production Grant [PDF, 1.3 MB]

The evaluation report provides a useful insight into the value and positive impacts of the screen sector to New Zealand. However, it also confirms the difficulties in calculating the net economic benefit arising from the grant.

The evaluation report was published in June 2018 together with two peer review reports:

Sense Partners review of Evaluating the New Zealand Screen Production Grant [PDF, 1.6 MB]
Sense Partners, February 2018

Infometrics review of Evaluating the New Zealand Screen Production Grant [PDF, 401 KB]
Infometrics, December 2018

New Zealand Amazon Memorandum of Understanding

The New Zealand Government signed a memorandum of understanding with Amazon and its The Lord of the Rings TV series, delivering jobs, tourism benefits, scope for collaborations with innovative New Zealand businesses, and continuation of a long lasting legacy for Aotearoa’s screen industry.

Read the MOU summary [PDF, 605 KB]

Read the full MOU [PDF, 278 KB]

Read the full Season One MOU [PDF, 225 KB]

Read the Minister's full media release(external link)