New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014: Acknowledging New Zealand’s Commitment to Better Captioning

The Captioning Working Group, with membership from Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand, The Hearing Association New Zealand and The National Foundation for the Deaf are proud to announce the winners of the 2014 New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014.

The Captioning Awards have been established to celebrate and recognise the work that individuals and organisations in New Zealand have done to increase accessibility to captioning across multiple environments.

The winners of the New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014 are:

The New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014 Broadcasting Award
Able, the national captioning trust, in recognition of their efforts to caption real-time political debates during the 2014 general elections.

The New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014 Individual Award
Annabel and Helen Mackay, have admirably campaigned to gain better access to captioning in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014 Telecommunications and Internet Award
New Zealand Police, who have successfully introduced the Text 111 Service for People who are Deaf; Hard of Hearing or have speech difficulties.

The New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014 Advertising Award
Heartland Bank

The New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014 Supreme Award
Mr Tony Eaton, Managing Director of the NZ Screen Association, for the most significant contribution to achieving captioning for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in New Zealand.

The awards were announced this morning in Auckland by Tony Eaton, Managing Director of the NZ Screen Association; Robert Hewison, President, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand; Paul Buckrell of Consultel; Jane Wrightson, CEO of NZ On Air; and Louise Carroll, Chair of the Captioning Working Group and CEO of The National Foundation for the Deaf. The Master of Ceremonies was Professor Peter Thorne, Chair of The National Foundation for the Deaf Council.

The Captioning Working Group advocates for better access to information through captioning for New Zealanders who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The awards recognise the wonderful work and commitments of individuals and organisations in New Zealand who increase the availability and access to captioning across multiple environments.

The work of the Captioning Working Group began back in 2011 when a group of people came together to ensure the need to be informed and connected through captioning of television and other broadcast mediums was given the recognition and prioritisation it so rightfully deserved. Since the Group started we have seen in 2012 Sky TV add captioning to 17 channels and in 2013 Access Services moved out of TVNZ and became Able. 2014 saw a general election with improving rates of captioning of political debates and the embedding of the Text 111 service.

The Captioning Working Group congratulate all winners and look forward to a continued improvement of captioning in 2015.

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