Glossary of terms

Co-production - Official co-productions are film and television projects made in accordance with treaties or other formal agreements between New Zealand and other countries.

Creative talent – Those employed in a production who provide creative input or material, sometimes referred to as ‘above the Line personnel’ e.g., writers, lead cast, directors, producers.

Ireland Section 481 Film Tax Credit - An incentive scheme designed by Irish Revenue to promote investment in film by granting individual investors tax relief on their investment.

Māori culture - The arts, beliefs, customs and cultural practices of Māori, the indigenous peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Māori Media Sector Shift – Work undertaken by Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry for Māori Development to explore how Māori media can continue its long-term success.

Multi-Year Appropriation - Multi-year appropriations give authority to Ministers to incur expenses and capital expenditure for a maximum of 5 financial years.

NZFC – The New Zealand Film Commission

NZoA- New Zealand on Air

NZSPG – The New Zealand Screen Production Grant

PDV - Post, Digital and Visual Effects

Post-production - All stages of production occurring after shooting of a production, including editing content, adding visual effects, sound design and subtitling

QNZPE - Qualifying New Zealand Production Expenditure. This refers to the eligible spend incurred by the NZSPG applicant on production in New Zealand.

Significant Economic Benefits Test – The criteria for assessing international productions’ eligibility for an additional 5% funding uplift.

Significant New Zealand Content Test – An aspect of the criteria for assessing domestic productions’ eligibility for the New Zealand Screen Production Grant.

Te Puna Kairangi Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund – A fund that supports the Aotearoa New Zealand production sector recovery from COVID-19 by supporting high-quality productions that tell New Zealand stories for global audiences. This fund is now closed. 

TMP - Te Māngai Pāho

TPK - Te Puni Kōkiri

Underrepresented communities – Based on a review of existing research, the NZFC has identified underrepresented communities in the screen sector as Māori, Pacific peoples, Asian communities, Middle Eastern, Latin American and African, women, gender diverse, LGBTQIA+ communities, people with a disability, regional communities (defined for the purposes of the New Zealand screen sector as those outside of Auckland and Wellington), people below the age of 30 and people above the age of 60[2].


2. Source: The NZFC’s Definition of Underrepresented Communities in the NZ Film Industry(external link) — New Zealand Film Commission