The South Seas Film and Television School was initially set up in 1992 by Arcadian Films Ltd, owned by Gerben and Nerida Cath. Established in 1984 this NZ Film and Television production company has produced a wide range of programmes ranging through corporate and educational videos to television commercials and children’s programmes.
The rewarding experience of providing work-related training for young people on various productions led to the decision to provide a full-time film and television training course. It also answered a clearly defined need for such a course in the Auckland area.
At the end of 1993, the management of all the school’s operations and activities were taken over by South Seas Film & Television School Ltd. This company was specifically set up to further the development and effectiveness of the school and its courses.
In 2001 the shareholding of South Seas Film & Television School Ltd was expanded to include David Coddington and Rob Verhoeven who had been with the company since its inception.
To ensure the ongoing financial security and independence of the school and to comply with the stringent New Zealand Ministry of Education financial reporting requirements, South Seas Film & Television School Ltd has instigated audited accounting procedures including an audited independent trust account to process all financial transactions for its courses. These and other effective measures protect both NZ and International Student fee payments.
Finally, South Seas Film & Television School Ltd guarantees to adhere to all the guidelines established for Private Training Establishments by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the requirements of the NZ Ministry of Education. South Seas Film & Television School Ltd has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.govt.nz
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