The Captioning Working Group – Who we are… “After years of lamenting the lack of captions on New Zealand Televisions, we decided to take action and do something about it”

The Captioning Working Group – Who we are…

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Louise Carroll – Co-Founder and Chair of the Captioning Working Group; CEO of The National Foundation for the Deaf. Louise who is moderately hearing impaired and wears two hearing aids, has a Queens Service Order for Public Services for New Zealand; a Masters Degree in Public Administration (Management); is Human Rights Officer for the International Federation for Hard of Hearing People and is absolutely committed to seeing 100% broadcast captioning introduced in New Zealand. Louise relies on captioning to make sense of many broadcast items.

Robyn Carter – Co-Founder and Vice Chair of the Captioning Working Group and Deaf Aotearoa Board Member. Robyn is profoundly deaf and hears through a Cochlear Implant. After years of lamenting the lack of captions on New Zealand Televisions, she decided to take action and do something about it, rather than just complain. Robyn relies on captioning to make sense of all broadcast items.

David Kent – Member, Captioning Working Group; Chairperson of the Southern Hearing Charitable Trust, The National Foundation for the Deaf Council Member and Foundation Technology and Access Working Group member. David is profoundly deaf and wears two Cochlear Implants. He relies on captioning to make sense of many broadcast items and is very keen to see live sport captioned.

Chris Peters – Member of the Captioning Working Group from 2015, representing the Hearing Association of New Zealand. Chris began campaigning for more captioned television and captioned movies in 2003 when he was national public affairs manager of the Hearing Association. He lost his hearing over several years until he became profoundly deaf and had a cochlear implant in 2007. He still relies on captions to supplement his hearing. Chris is a freelance writer and editor after more than 40 years in the news industry as a journalist and in management.

Robert Hewison – Member, Captioning Working Group and President Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand. Robert is profoundly Deaf, uses a Cochlear Implant and runs a successful Chartered Accounting Practice. Robert and his family rely on captioning to make sense of many broadcast items.

ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER – And not in any way less important!:

Helen Mackay – Captioning Working Group Ambassador 2014-2015 and parent of Annabel Mackay who is the face of the “CaptionItNZ” Campaign. Helen is a Business IT Professional who returned to NZ from the UK in 2013. She was dumbfounded by the lack of captioning available in New Zealand. Daughter Annabel, aged 7, deafened through a neuromuscular condition at age 4 thinks it’s “not fair there are no words” and has written to the Prime Minister about it. You can see the letter here.

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