Have your say on an updated Auckland Film Protocol

Publish Date : 21 Jun 2019

Auckland Council is asking Aucklanders what they think of a refresh to the Auckland Film Protocol.

This protocol outlines the council’s commitment to be film-friendly and enable filming in our public places – while managing and balancing the impact that filming has on our region, communities and businesses.

It contains the rules filmmakers must follow when filming in Auckland, and guidance on the process to get approval to film in the region.

Environment and Community Committee Chair, Penny Hulse says the current protocol was adopted by council in 2015, and it has been reviewed to reflect changes in technology, regulations and Auckland’s priorities.

“It’s important our guidelines and expectations for the film industry are consistent with the other work that we do,” she says.

“Screen production is a billion-dollar industry in Auckland, bringing in hundreds of millions in international investment, and supporting about 1600 businesses and more than 3500 jobs. However, it’s crucial that we balance being film friendly with the protection of our environment, heritage and our people.”

“Some of the updates include ensuring film crews follow hygiene requirements in kauri areas to protect against kauri dieback disease, encouraging the reduction of waste during filming to help us meet our goal of zero-waste by 2040 and including new regulations on the use of drones.”

“Public consultation has opened today, and I encourage Aucklanders and members of the film industry to let us know what you think.”

Consultation has opened today until 12 July.

How to have your say

  • Fill out the online survey here
  • Complete the form and send to screen@aucklandnz.com to:
    • ATTN: Screen Auckland, ATEED, Freepost 236813, PO Box 5561 Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141

 Summary of proposed changes Proposed Change


Simplified and streamlined Section One: Core Commitments

The Protocol sets out commitments to be film friendly, while considering and managing the impact of filming in public places; it is important that these are clear and easy to understand.

New content on filming on Tūpuna Maunga (volcanic cones)

The Tūpuna Maunga are governed by the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority. Applications to film on the Tūpuna Maunga are assessed by the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority on a case-by-case basis, taking into account objectives and policies set out in the Tūpuna Maunga Integrated Management Plan.

New content on the importance of protecting our historic and cultural heritage

When filming in or around historic and cultural heritage sites it is important that these places are represented appropriately and protected from damage.

Update and add new content on sustainability and minimising waste to landfill

Auckland Council has a goal of being zero waste by 2040 and we are proposing that new content is added to encourage the film sector to contribute by reducing the amount of waste produced when filming.

New content on the importance of protecting our native species

We have many unique and treasured native species which can be threatened by pests and pathogens. Auckland Council may place additional conditions on film permits in response to threats to native flora and fauna.

New content on kauri dieback, park closures and requirements around cleaning gear and equipment

Kauri are a national treasure and it is important that we provide information about protecting kauri, and the ease with which kauri dieback can be spread. Film crews are now required to follow council specifications when working in areas where there are kauri.

New content on filming on the water in Auckland

The Auckland Harbourmaster is responsible for ensuring maritime safety on all navigable waters in Auckland, and filming on the water is subject to maritime rules and council bylaws.

New content on rules around using helicopters for filming

There are strict Civil Aviation and health and safety rules, and Auckland-specific regulations regarding the use of helicopters, and these must be taken into account when using a helicopter for filming.

New content on the use of drones for filming

Drones are increasingly used in filming and there are regulations around use when filming in public open spaces including Civil Aviation rules and Council guidelines.

New content on the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and site-specific health and safety plan requirements

The protocol is required to reflect new legislation and industry guidance on best practice processes regarding health and safety. The legislation has prompted new requirements in permit applications, including a site-specific health and safety plan.

Update content to reflect the Auckland Unitary Plan

The Auckland Unitary Plan is now in place and sets out region-wide rules around filming as a temporary activity.


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