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About Screen Auckland

Screen Auckland is the regional film office (RFO) for Auckland, based within Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, the economic and cultural agency for Auckland.


The screen sector makes a significant contribution to our region, and Screen Auckland supports this through screen production attraction, sector advocacy and facilitation.


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Ben Rothstein/Prime Video

Ben Rothstein/Prime Video 

Screen Auckland aims to ensure filming across Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland is managed with consideration for our communities and local environments for a positive experience. 

This means filming remains feasible for future productions and encourages a culture of collective responsibility for the Auckland screen industry’s success, for the production sector and stakeholders alike. 

The screen sector in Auckland

Auckland is Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest city and the hub of the New Zealand film industry. We’ve earned an international reputation as a filming destination that offers a top quality, cost-effective and conducive environment for screen and post-production.

A third of the country’s population lives in Auckland, giving us an impressive talent pool to draw from, an extensive range of studio facilities, while offering easy access to other locations in the North Island and the rest of New Zealand.

Find out about the Screen Auckland Taskforce

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Meet the team
Screen Auckland Manager
Matt Horrocks

Matt joined Screen Auckland in 2022. He has worked across a range of film sector roles, including strategic development, screen investment funding and production development. Matt's favourite local film is Sleeping Dogs.

Matt Horrocks, Screen Auckland Manager

Matt Horrocks, Screen Auckland Manager


Screen Auckland’s Attraction Specialist works alongside the Screen Auckland Manager and sector partners from New Zealand Film Commission and the Regional Film Offices of New Zealand to showcase Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland as a pre-eminent filming destination for international productions. 


Kirsty provides the vision and energy that attracts international and domestic productions to Auckland to film, along with a wealth of local knowledge and connections. Kirsty’s favourite local film is The Dark Horse.

Screen Attraction Executive Kirsty Donoghue

Screen Auckland works locally and nationally with industry and governing body partners to support the sustainable growth of the screen sector, including input on policy and processes. The Auckland Screen Taskforce will provide communication with industry and stakeholders and highlight the importance of the screen sector to Auckland’s cultural and economic landscapes.


Marie provides strategic guidance on policy development and advice to Screen Auckland partners, including the Sites and Places of Significance to Mana Whenua kaupapa.

Screen Auckland - Meet the team - Marie Jenkins

Lisa supports the Screen Auckland team behind the scenes. She has worked in the arts and business sectors, and in news and current affairs production here in Auckland and overseas. Her favourite New Zealand film is Smash Palace.

Lisa Dreyer

As the engine room of Screen Auckland, our Facilitation Team generate permits for filming on public open spaces. Advocating for the industry, the team works closely with operational and decision-making teams within Auckland Council groups on location feasibility and processing of permits. 

Screen Facilitation Team Lead
Hayley Abbott

Hayley has significant experience as a script supervisor in the film and television industry domestically and abroad. She provides leadership and guidance to the facilitation team. Her favourite New Zealand film is Rain.  

Team leader Hayley Abbott
Film Facilitator, Engagement
Jess Hansen

Jess specialises in engagement across our stakeholders, workstreams and reaching out to the industry. She travels a lot and her favourite New Zealand film is The Narnia Chronicles: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Engagement Film Facilitator, Jess Hansen

Engagement Film Facilitator, Jess Hansen

Film Facilitator
Fiona McGeough

Fiona has a long history in festivals, live music and special events and her primary focus is the permit process. Her favourite New Zealand film is Eagle vs Shark.  

Facilitator Fiona McGeogh
Aronga Māori Film Facilitator
Stacey Ngawhika

Stacey specialises as a guide, to engage with mana whenua and to deepen the knowledge of te ao Māori at Screen Auckland. Her background is in production and location management here in Tāmaki and Australia. Her favourite New Zealand film is The Quiet Earth

Aronga Māori Film facilitator, Stacey Ngawhika

Aronga Māori Film facilitator, Stacey Ngawhika

Film Facilitator, Process and Technology
Kelly Boyed

Kelly specialises in our technology and process development and improvement. She’s studying a bachelor's degree in Organisational Technology Management. Her favourite local TV series is Xena: Warrior Princess. 

Process and Tech Film Facilitator, Kelly Boyed

Process and Tech Film Facilitator, Kelly Boyed

Film Facilitator
Karen Ngawhika

Karen has two decades of experience in retailing music and movies, managing many stores across Tāmaki Makaurau. Her primary focus is the permit process. Her favourite New Zealand film is Stickmen

Karen Ngawhika, Film Facilitator

Karen Ngawhika, Film Facilitator

Film Facilitator
Julie Saito

Julie has a diploma in Screen Production from South Seas Film and Television School, with specialist skills in documentary and research, and experience in hospitality and retail management. Her focus now is primarily the permit process. Her favourite New Zealand film is We Are Still Here

Julie Saito

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