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 Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news