No cash for deaf and hard of hearing to enable accessibility through broadcast captioning in Budget 2016

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.

Captioning Policies in New Zealand Across All Parties. “…support for captioning should not be a political issue – it’s all about access”

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.

How Many People Would Benefit from Captioning in New Zealand? Statistics vary across the world but it is commonly thought that 1 in 6 has a degree of hearing loss.

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.

7 Days of Captioning in New Zealand – Should Stenography be used for Live Captioning?

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.

Help us with our Campaign. “The impact of not having legislation is clearly evidenced by the lack of captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. “

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.

An open response from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities in New Zealand to the Rt Hon Craig Foss, Minister of Broadcasting…

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.

Who Do We Vote For? “….It’s time to raise the game for Captions…. Show us the words – We need Action”

See an Index of all our Captioning Blogs here.

Helen Mackay’s Speech Regarding Captioning. “A persons ability to participate and contribute to society is profoundly affected by how well we can all access information whether its advertising, schooling, entertainment, the latest news or a government announcement.”

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.

Who Needs Perspective? – “This Government needs to gain an understanding of the perspective of a person who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing.”

  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.