2014 NZ Captioning Awards. “As well as exposing the wide gap in captioning, we also celebrate the efforts of those who are determined to close it”

As well as exposing the wide gap in captioning, we also celebrate the efforts of those who are determined to close it
NZ Captioning Working Group

Last year the second National Captioning Awards were held in November. The awards were presented by Craig Foss, Minister for Broadcasting and Jane Wrightson, CEO of NZ On Air. MPs Ruth Dyson and Mojo Mathers also attended.

And just like the Grammys, The New Zealand Captioning Working Group are looking for your nominations.

Use this quick survey to make your nominations.

You can also use the survey to make any additional comments about captioning in New Zealand. The CWG welcome these.

Thank you
New Zealand Captioning Working Group

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Broadcasting Award

A company that significantly contributed to the improvement of Television and or Film captions in 2013/14.

In 2013 this was awarded to Tony Eaton the Managing Director of the Motion Picture Distributors’ Association of New Zealand (among other roles). In this capacity he is the driver of Captioned movies in New Zealand which provides captioning for movies screening at mainstream cinemas.

Individual Award

An individual who has been a champion in improving captioning services in 2013/14

In 2013 this was awarded to Kris Johnson, Technology Support & Services Manager of Mediaworks (owners of TV3). Kris went above and beyond the call of duty when TV3 moved to digital helping out countless people with advice on equipment when they found they couldn’t get captions on TV3.

Telecommunications and Internet Award

An individual or company that significantly contributed to the captioning of telecommunications and or the internet in 2013/14.

In 2013 this was awarded to Sprint, the global communications company that introduced Captel (screened captions for telephone users) to New Zealand. The service brought communication and connectivity, lessening the social isolation experienced by many HOH & Deaf New Zealanders.

Advertising Industry Award

New for the 2014 awards, a company or organization that significantly contributed to the improvement of captioning in advertising in 2013/14.

Supreme Award

Choosing from the previous categories nominate a person or individual that you believe has been the leading national contributor to improving captioning services in New Zealand in 2013/14.

In 2013, this was awarded to Robyn Carter who as a board member for Deaf Aotearoa and co-founder of the Captioning Working Group has been and continues to be a leading light in improving captioning in New Zealand.

Credits

The 2013 material shown above, originally appeared in the Hearing Matters magazine, Autumn 2014, and is used with permission. You can download the full magazine here:

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