We are a local regional film office that supports the development of screen productions in Hawke's Bay.

Eastern Screen Alliance is a Regional Film Office (RFO) and working to become part of the national RFO association, RFONZ. We have a direct link to the New Zealand Film Commission, the Screen Industry Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand, Script to Screen, and other agencies and work as a point of contact for any international or national productions wanting to make their productions in our region. 

Our aim is to promote the region as a screen production destination and provide the infrastructure for productions to be filmed and produced here.

If you are planning a production in our region, we can help you:

  • identify locations,
  • liaise with local iwi and councils to gain permission and permits,
  • and connect you with our local film-industry (alliance) people.

Our local knowledge, along with our understanding of the screen industry, means we are the first point-of-contact for screen production knowledge in Hawke's Bay.

We are yet to be funded by our regional councils and rely on the time and expertise of a board of trustees, advisors and associated volunteers. Our board consists of: Rosie Smith, Daniel Betty, Sally-ann Louisson, Derek Slade, Michelle Lee, Gilly Lawrence and Patrick Sherratt. Patrick is the interim manager and your first point of contact.

Our alliance is made up of screen production students, (through the Eastern Institute of Technology IDEASchool); local industry professionals and industry partners (such as accommodation providers) who live in the district.

For more information, please make contact.




Where is the Eastern Screen Alliance?

Our Regional Film Office represents the province of Hawke's Bay Te Matau-a-Māui. Our eastern border is the Pacific Ocean and to the west we are bordered by farmlands and mountain ranges.

The two largest cities in Hawke's Bay are Napier and Hastings. There are smaller provincial towns: to the south, Waipukurau and Waipawa, and to the north, Wairoa and Mahia.

Continue further north east and you will enter the beautiful Tairawhiti Gisborne province and the East Cape of New Zealand.

How to get to Hawke's Bay Te Matau-a-Māui

The Hawke's Bay domestic airport is 10 minutes from Napier or 20 minutes from Hastings. Hastings has a small airport at Bridge Pa, 15 minutes from the city centre. Both airports have passport control to accommodate international private jets.

There are direct flights to and from Auckland (55 minutes), Wellington (50 minutes), and Christchurch (90 minutes).

Hawke’s Bay is 5.5 hours driving to and from Auckland and 4.5 hours to and from Wellington.

Blacks Beach, Coastal Cliffs, Mahia, Wairoa District, New Zealand


There is a wide choice of places to stay in Hawke's Bay.

These range from five star boutique lodges and hotels to motels, back packers and holiday parks with camping. 

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We enjoy a temperate climate with mildly cold winters and warm summers. The clear clean skies of the Eastern North Island are renowned - so much so that they launch rockets into space from here! Average summer temperatures are (Dec-Feb) 20º to 30º C (68º – 86º F), and in winter (Jun-Aug) 10º – 15 º C (50º – 59º F).

The annual sunshine hours are 2200 per annum – some of the highest in the country. Sunshine hours in the summer are 6:00 a.m. to 20.30 pm, and 7.30 to 17:00 p.m in the winter.

Go to www.metservice.co.nz for the current forecast around our region.