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.

Lack of Access for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing… “I am told that the government cares about inclusion, that my perception is not reality. I am just not convinced.”

OK I admit it. I am struggling to reconcile something. On one side of the reconciliation I have government departments and agencies purporting to champion inclusion and embrace diversity. On the other side I have the Minister of Broadcasting effectively telling the New Zealand Captioning Working Group to (I paraphrase) ‘shove off’. As far as I can work out, there are at least 4 government ministries and endless government ministers.

And the message for you today is: communication is a human right. “Being able to communicate is the basis for understanding and growth. Health, education, families, relationships, jobs, community – they all depend on communication.”

I want to tell you about a remarkable little girl. Annabel is seven years old, and sadly, at the age of four, she lost her hearing. Living in the UK, she was able to watch movies and TV shows because they provide screen captions for virtually all shows. So the family could go to movies together and Annabel could join her friends to watch TV. One of her favourite shows.

An Interview and Letter to the Boss of New Zealand from Annabel Mackay. – “I Need Words”

An Interview and a Letter to the Boss of New Zealand from Annabel MacKay I had the pleasure today, of meeting Helen MacKay, mother of seven year old Annabel.  Annabel is profoundly deaf and relies on captioning to understand television. She went deaf when she was four, so she remembers being able to hear. Having returned to New Zealand from the UK where 100% of public broadcasting is captioned, the.