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Auckland Film Protocol

Closed for feedback

About the Auckland Film Protocol

​Auckland is recognised as a world-class screen production destination.

The city's growing screen industry brings jobs and opportunities, and has a positive impact on the wider economy.

However, we need to ensure that we manage the potential impact of filming in public places on our communities and businesses.

The Auckland Film Protocol outlines conditions and guidelines for filming in Auckland. It was first adopted in 2013 and was last refreshed in 2015.

Since 2015:

  • there have been a number of changes to legislation
  • new technologies such as drones are more commonly used for filming
  • the Auckland Unitary Plan has been adopted.

We want to make sure the protocol is up to date and reflects our current policies, regulations and processes.

What we need your feedback on

We want to hear your thoughts on our protocols about filming in public places.

The key areas which filming can have an impact on are:

  • parks, reserves, beaches and other public open spaces
  • roads, traffic management and parking
  • natural environment
  • our cultural heritage.

When you can have your say

You can have your say from Friday 21 June to 4pm on Friday 12 July 2019.

This consultation closed on 12 July 2019. Thank you for having your say.

We received 74 submissions on the consultation.

The 2019 Auckland Film Protocol was adopted by the Environment and Community Committee at their September meeting.

The revised Auckland Film protocol will be made available on the Screen Auckland page of the ATEED website.

Key themes

Overall most respondents support Auckland Council's film‑friendly approach. The key reasons for support were that filming:

  • has economic benefits and attracts investment to Auckland
  • showcases Auckland to the world and promotes tourism
  • has benefits for the creative sector.

Other key themes included:

  • The impacts of filming on the natural environment and native species need to be considered and carefully managed.
  • The use of drones for filming needs to be managed to ensure safety, privacy and to avoid the disturbance of native birds.
  • Notification of filming is important to avoid inconveniencing residents and businesses.
  • There is a need to manage filming and balance its potential impacts without too much red‑tape.