July 03, 2019
Workers carrying costs of creative career
The president of Māori screen guild Ngā Aho Whakaari says a New Zealand On Air-Creative New Zealand research on career sustainability makes depressing reading -especially because it fails to break out Māori results.
The survey of 1500 creative professionals found median total personal income was just over $35,000, including other non-creative sources of income.
The median income from creative work alone was just $15,000.
Hineani Melbourne says there were few Māori in the survey, but rates and budgets are even lower on Māori productions.
"I'm saying to my kids "don't go into television, go into video game development.' Media production, I presume that's television and video production, the median income was about 47,000 which isn't high. I think my labourer son earns more than that," she says.
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