Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Better, easier access to frontline govt for Deaf NZers

Hon Tariana Turia
Minister for Disability Issues


17 May 2013 Press Release

Better, easier access to frontline government services for Deaf New Zealanders

Deaf people will soon have easier access to frontline government services thanks to a new video remote interpreter service. Video remote interpreting uses video internet technology to connect a remotely-based New Zealand Sign Language interpreter with a face-to-face meeting between a hearing government worker and a Deaf person.

“Video remote interpreting will have a very real impact on the ability of Deaf people to access government services in a more timely and responsive manner, using their own language - New Zealand Sign Language. I’m pleased to be able to announce this positive contribution from the Government to cap off the many activities that occurred over this week, New Zealand Sign Language week 13 to 17 May 2013”, says Disability Issues Minister Tariana Turia.

“ACC and the Ministries of Education, Health and Social Development have provided $300,000 per annum for this service. The roll out of the new service will start with their services in provincial areas, which are more affected by a shortage of sign language interpreters, from 1 September 2013. Information on video remote interpreting, and how to use it, will be shared with the Deaf community from August 2013.”

The introduction of video remote interpreting delivers on a key recommendation from the 2010 Review of the New Zealand Sign Language Act, which found that Deaf people experience communication difficulties in accessing services from government agencies. This has been an on-going problem for Deaf people, particularly outside of the main cities, due to the low number of qualified New Zealand Sign Language interpreters and the fact that most interpreters are concentrated in the big cities, especially Auckland. A Deaf Advisory Group working with government agencies identified developing a video remote interpreting service as the highest priority for addressing this issue.

“The Government is committed to removing barriers to people being able to participate and contribute to their community. We are fortunate that evolving technology and broadband capacity around the country means video remote interpreting is possible and affordable. This is an excellent example of government agencies working together to provide a cross-government solution to a long-standing problem affecting some New Zealanders”, says Mrs Turia.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news