A student and lecturer at AUT is
currently researching for a thesis (Master of Philosophy) examining
the use of volunteers in the screen production industry in New
Zealand. He requires three individuals who currently work in, or
have worked in, the local film and television industry. You will be
required to speak to him one-on-one for no longer than one hour,
and answer a series of predetermined questions regarding your
experience and reflections on the use of volunteer workers in your
industry, and your input will ideally benefit workers in the
industry in the longer term.
Your participation in this research is voluntary, though the coffee
and cake is on him! Your identity will be kept 100% confidential in
all published material, and transcripts/recordings of interviews
will only be accessed by himself and his study supervisor. You will
also have the right to withdraw at any time prior to the completion
of data collection.
What is the purpose of this research?
During the completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Creative
Industries at AUT in 2010 he began to explore the high incidence of
volunteer labour in the creative industries, a theme he has decided
to explore further. The New Zealand screen production industry is a
relevant industry in which to investigate the use of volunteers in
the creative industries, as well as broader issues surrounding its
labour force. His aim is to examine whether voluntarism is
ultimately exploitative, and ideally to open a dialogue within the
industry as to the use and treatment of volunteer workers.
Contact lewis.tennant AT aut DOT ac DOT nz