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Per diems $80 p/day + GST?

Attached is the latest from the IRD, and per diems should now be $80/day WHT tax-free - since 1 July 2018.  

However, what is confusing is the IRD note:

"To complete your GST returns, you'll need to keep all your receipts and invoices regardless of how much you receive in per diems. Also, per diems are paid exclusive of GST, so when you prepare your GST invoice, you will need to calculate GST on the per diems received."

This implies we should be adding GST, which is not standard practise. 

Read official information from the IRD here

Prevent Damage to SDI Outputs

Attached is the 2020 document that all passengers must comply with when taking any batteries of any sort onto a flight.  This 1 page condensed portion of the several page IATA document deals specifically with the usual camera & drone batteries that cinematographers will travel. Even though Air NZ writes it, it is a valuable page to carry with you if you have batteries to carry through any airport where they may interpret the IATA rules differently. ARRI have released a technical document outlining the correct procedure for connecting and removing BNC cables from the SDI ports on our, and other manufacturers' equipment. This may seem like a topic that should belong on the first day of film school, but as new, higher frequencies of the SDI standard are introduced such as 6G and 12G we are seeing higher-than-expected instances of failing SDI boards due to power spikes. This is not a problem that is confined to a model number or to ARRI cameras, all new generation SDI devices are susceptible to the same faults. This is all covered in the technical document linked below, but here is a short explanation:

In short, connect power cables before BNC cables, and then disconnect BNC cables before power cables. 

Technical Information - Preventing Damage to SDI Outputs copy.pdf

Lithium batteries carried on flights

Annually, NZCS is issued with an Air NZ 'Dangerous Goods' exemption letter allowing members to carry lithium batteries on flights, as follows:

  • Spare Batteries – up to 58 (includes lithium ion not exceeding 100Wh, nonspillable up to 12V and 100Wh and dry cell batteries)
  • Spare Lithium Ion Batteries – up to 2 exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh
  • Lithium Ion Battery – exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh contained in a device

The document permits carriage of the above limits of batteries and lithium battery powered device on Air New Zealand, provided the following carriage requirements have been met:

Spare Batteries ‐ Carriage Requirements

  • all battery terminals must be protected e.g. retail packaging, taped, speciality container etc. 
  • no more than 60 batteries (in total) per person
  • carried in carry‐on baggage only

Lithium Ion Battery in a Device ‐ Carriage Requirements

  • battery does not exceed 160Wh
  • carried in carry‐on baggage or if in checked bags, must be:
    ‐ turned off e.g. not in sleep mode and can’t be accidentally turned on
    ‐ protected from damage

Your NZCS membership card must be presented with the exemption letter - email to request.

Lithium batteries for film crews 2024.pdf

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