The Government’s position is to encourage captioning by Broadcasters with the expectation that improvements in captioning will come through improving technology. In line with this belief, no additional funds were allocated for broadcast captioning in Budget 2016. However, sadly, encouragement alone is not enough. Encouraging Broadcasters to caption leaves New Zealanders without captions on many News & current affairs programmes on free to air television from 11pm until 12noon the.
We’ve said from the outset that support for captioning should not be a political issue because it’s about access. As a country we are a signatory to the United Nations Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Article 9 – Accessibility applies to all people all of the time. This week New Zealand’s track record against the CRPD is under the microscope in Geneva, and access to captioning.
We’ve been asked this a lot recently so here are some stats. As this campaign is run purely on a voluntary basis so no flashy infographics from us sorry…. • NZ Stats say 380,000 New Zealanders are Deaf/HOH – 8.5 % of the population. • 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 are affected by disabling hearing loss. In 2009, 13% of the NZ population was over the.
Captions give access. We love New Zealand and would like it to be an inclusive and accessible place for all Deaf & Hard of Hearing New Zealanders. Here’s some ‘highlights’ over the last week. Thursday 28 August – Lightbox, the new subscription video on demand service from Spark New Zealand launches – unfortunately without captioning. According to Lightbox, the cost to caption is prohibitive. (In its former guise, the company.
Legislation for captioning is really important for the Deaf and Hard of hearing people in New Zealand. Without it, we aren’t going to see any great increases in the amount of captioning broadcast on Television, either on our actual Television or over the internet. We need to be following what other countries have done overseas, USA, UK, and Australia, to name a few. Even the Phillipines have Legislation underway. The.
On 20 March 2014 MP Mojo Mathers asked the Minister of Broadcasting in Parliament “Did he think that television programmes made with public funds should be screened with captions so that New Zealanders with hearing loss can watch them?” On behalf of the Hon Craig Foss, Hon Dr Johnathan Coleman responded as in bold below. Point by point we will now respond to the Hon Craig Foss. Government supports captioning.
See an Index of all our Captioning Blogs here.
When Louise asked me to speak tonight I toyed with the idea of whispering my speech just to frustrate you all as you struggle to hear, just to give you a little sense of my daughters frustration as she struggles to understand. Fortunately for you, I thought better of it. Annabel herself was cross that she wasn’t coming tonight to “tell the bosses that no words on the TV is.
Twice this month, when raising the awareness for the need for more captioning, both NZ on Air and the government have replied that 250 hours of captioning is already provided each week. In fact, the Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, MP for National questioned the need for more captioning stating that there are 35 hours of captioned television available on free to air television every day, which is more than.