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

 


Green Party launches policy to require 100% captioning of TV

14 August 2014

Green Party launches policy to require 100% captioning of TV

The Green Party today announced that building a more accessible and inclusive society for disabled people will be a social priority for this election.

The Green Party will:
1. Amend the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act to require targets for phasing in 100 percent captioning for Television New Zealand by 2017 (TV1 and TV2) and TV3 by 2020. Other broadcasters will have targets and timeframes set on a case by case basis. On demand TV will also be required to provide captions.
2. Improve employment outcomes for disabled people by increasing Job Support and Mainstream funding by $6.8 million and require the public sector to provide leadership in employing people with disabilities.
3. Support independence for disabled people by increasing access to home ownership and increasing funding for the Total Mobility scheme.

“We know that there are still significant barriers for disabled people to fully participate in our society, including access to work and popular culture,” said Green Party disability spokesperson Mojo Mathers.

“As New Zealand’s first deaf MP, I am proud to have led on disability issues in this Parliament, including my election being the trigger for Parliament TV to be captioned from next term.

“But I know that deaf and hearing impaired New Zealanders want to watch more than Parliament TV, which is why we are pushing for 100% captioning across all television.

“One in four New Zealanders have a disability and at least 380,000 have a hearing impairment or are deaf, so it is critical that we build a society that supports full inclusion of all New Zealanders.

“Internationally, New Zealand lags behind on captioning. On average only 25 percent of New Zealand TV is captioned compared to 85 percent in Australia and 99 percent in the United Kingdom and United States of America. No on demand TV is captioned in New Zealand

“Access to information, news and culture is vital to participation and for a sense of belonging.

“Captioning also benefits the wider community, including for those whom English is a second language, with 80 percent of those who use captioning not being hard of hearing or deaf.

“Other countries have legislation on captioning which is how they have reached such high levels of captioning.

“We need legislation here to ensure New Zealand moves towards 100 percent captioning and catch up with other countries like us.

“Disabled people are under-represented in the workforce with only 59 percent in the work force compared to 76 percent of non-disabled people.

“Increasing funding and extending the criteria for Job Support and Mainstream will help more disabled people get into work and ensure they are able to contribute their skills and abilities to society.

“The Green Party in government will also ensure that the state sector steps up to provide pathways to employment of disabled people.

“In government we will work with the State Services Commission, in conjunction with the Office for Disability Issues and Disabled Person's Organisations, to identify pathways to employment and retention for disabled people

“A secure stable home is essential for many disabled people, yet they have among the lowest rates of home ownership. We will open up access to our Progressive Home Ownership package to disabled people to help them into a home of their own.

“We will also increase funding to the Total Mobility scheme which provides subsides for taxis for disabled people and ensure that the scheme is nationally consistent. “.

“These measures are just the first steps towards building an environment where everyone is included,” said Ms Mathers.

Click here for further information.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Post Cab Presser: Inquiries And Consciences

    This afternoon the Prime Minister John Key announced that his cabinet had drafted terms of reference for the Havelock North water contamination inquiry... In response to questions on the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, the Prime Minister said he didn't think allowing National MPs a conscience vote was warranted. More>>

    ALSO:

    Statistics, Homelessness, Privacy: Auckland City Mission Data Joins Govt Research Database

    For the first time, data from an agency outside government, Auckland City Mission, will be included in Statistics New Zealand’s vault of information for researchers. Data from the Auckland City Mission is going into the “Integrated Data Infrastructure” or IDI. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news