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.

The Government is Failing to Meet its Human Rights Obligations! “Lack of captioning compounds the issues of being uninformed, isolated and vulnerable, so often experienced by the Deaf and hearing impaired.”

By captioning only a small proportion of public TV and other broadcast media, enabling access by the hearing impaired, the New Zealand government is failing in its obligation to meet the terms of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCPRD). Under the UNCPRD, which New Zealand has ratified, the government is required to ‘take measures to ensure that all persons with disabilities [which includes the.

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.