Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand

Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand


Thursday, 24 July 2014


As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Everyone around you is cheering on a New Zealand participant as they approach the line to win Gold and you are watching the faces of the people around you, trying to read what is happening as the television screen is not captioned and you cannot hear the commentators. This, sadly, is going to be the reality for thousands of New Zealanders who are deaf or hard of hearing during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Technology is a significant part of the answer to the access challenges faced by many thousands of New Zealanders who have some type of hearing loss. This is clearly highlighted by access through broadcast captioning to the highs and lows of significant sporting events.

In Scotland, people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are being asked to comment on the quality of the Commonwealth Games captioning. But here, in New Zealand, captioning is non-existent. This begs the question: are Deaf or Hard of Hearing People in New Zealand even considered to be citizens of the Commonwealth?

Louise Carroll, Chair of the Captioning Working Group and CEO of the National Foundation for the Deaf, has written to Hon. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand asking how he intends to ensure access to the broadcast Commonwealth Games by the deaf and hard of hearing when they are not captioned?

Research shows that until legislation is enacted, Broadcasters will not introduce a reasonable rate of captioning. It is imperative that the New Zealand Government step in and introduce the mandatory requirement to apply captioning in the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act.

Please show your support for this cause, upholding the right of hearing impaired New Zealanders, as members of the Commonwealth, to access the 2014 Commonwealth Games by ensuring this issue is given the profile it deserves.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news