about us

SPADA 2018 Richard Fletcher Desray Armstrong Barrie Osborne


Established in 1982, the Screen Production and Development Association of New Zealand (SPADA) plays a pivotal role in informing Government on policy that impacts the screen industry.  SPADA ensures that government (Ministers and officials) is properly informed on industry issues, and responds to requests for advice as needed, for example on proposed or existing incentives, co-production treaties, trans-pacific negotiations, government agency arrangements relating to the industry, policy and regulatory settings (including media regulation), public service broadcasting, and the impact of digital convergence on screen production and delivery.

SPADA regularly makes formal submissions to select committees, government ministries and agencies, and provides on-going input and advice on working parties.

 As part of SPADA’s work we:

  • Advocate for a robust and sustainable New Zealand screen production industry

  • Promote, represent, and advance the professional standards of Producers

  • Develop and help grow the New Zealand screen production sector

  • Represent and work for the acknowledgment and understanding of SPADA’s members

  • Share information that will further the knowledge and understanding of the New Zealand screen production industry 

  • Promote contact with organisations and individuals in New Zealand and abroad, whose aims are similar to SPADA’s

  • Recognise and acknowledge as appropriate the outstanding achievements of Producers and those in the field of screen production 

  • Recognise the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi


SPADA's Executive

The SPADA Executive comprises experienced New Zealand screen industry practitioners who volunteer their time to work on behalf of the wider New Zealand screen production industry. For a list of current and past Executive members please follow this link.