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Green MPs’ maiden speeches to be translated live into NZSL

Advisory: Green MPs’ maiden speeches to be translated live into New Zealand Sign Language

What: Green Party MPs’ Maiden Speeches
Where: The Debating Chamber, Parliament
When: Wednesday, 15 Feb, 4.15pm-6pm
Who: Mojo Mathers, Steffan Browning, Julie Anne Genter, Jan Logie, Denise Roche, Eugenie Sage and Holly Walker

In honour of Green Party MP Mojo Mathers’ introduction to Parliament, New Zealand Sign Language interpreters will be signing from the front of the House during the Green Party’s maiden speeches on Wednesday.

Ms Mathers, who is profoundly deaf, will perform the first of seven maiden speeches from new Green Party MPs that day. Each speech will be translated into New Zealand Sign Language which will be broadcast via split screen on Parliament TV.

The new Green MPs include Eugenie Sage, a former Environment Canterbury Councillor; Jan Logie, former YWCA Executive Director; Steffan Browning, an organic farming expert; Denise Roche, former Auckland City Councillor; Holly Walker, a Rhodes Scholar and expert on inequality; Julie Anne Genter, a transport expert and urban planner; and Mojo Mathers a former Green Party Strategic Policy Advisor.

The speeches will be at the following times:

1615: Mojo Mathers
1630: Steffan Browning
1645: Julie Anne Genter
1700: Jan Logie
1715: Denise Roche
1730: Eugenie Sage
1745: Holly Walker

The speeches will be posted on the greens.org.nz and the texts can afterward be made available to media on request.

New Zealand Sign Language is unique to New Zealand and is one of our official languages.

ENDS

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