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.
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.
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.
Louise Carroll QSO, JP, GDPPA, MPA Chairperson Captioning Working Group NEW ZEALAND 11 April 2014 The Hon Craig Foss Minister for Broadcasting Parliament Buildings WELLINGTON CC: Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister Dear Minister Foss As you know, the Captioning Working Group consists of executive representatives from The National Foundation for the Deaf, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand and the Hearing Association New Zealand as our organisations recognize the need for,.
The internet chatter tonight that TV One has no captions. No news captioned. Facebook and twitter have been running hot with complaints. Obviously Able/TVNZ is having technical difficulties. Obviously, because Seven Sharp is now on and that’s not captioned tonight either. No one can find an after hours number to phone. Some people have tried but got an answerphone message to say ring during office hours. The point is…. ONLY.
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.