The NZ Captioning Awards has handed out its gongs in Auckland, including presetning its Supreme Award to departing NZ Screen Association head Tony Eaton.
Winners (l – r): Tony Eaton, NZ Screen Association; Peter Newton, Heartland Bank; Louise Carroll, Captioning Working Group & National Foundation for the Deaf; Steve Kehoe, NZ Police; Wendy Youens, Able
The awards are presented by the Captioning Working Group (CWG), with membership from Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand, The Hearing Association New Zealand and The National Foundation for the Deaf.
The CWG advocates for better access to information through captioning for New Zealanders who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The awards celebrate and recognise the work that individuals and organisations in New Zealand have done to increase accessibility to captioning across multiple environments.
Since the CWG started in 2011 Sky TV has added captioning to 17 channels and in 2013 Access Services move out of TVNZ and become Able. 2014 saw a general election with improving rates of captioning of political debates and the embedding of the Text 111 service.
The winners of the New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014 are as follows.
The New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014 Broadcasting Award
Able, the national captioning trust, in recognition of their efforts to caption real-time political debates during the 2014 general elections.
The New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014 Individual Award
Annabel and Helen Mackay
The New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014 Telecommunications and Internet Award
New Zealand Police, who have successfully introduced the Text 111 Service for People who are Deaf; Hard of Hearing or have speech difficulties.
The New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014 Advertising Award
The New Zealand Captioning Awards 2014 Supreme Award
Mr Tony Eaton, Managing Director of the NZ Screen Association, for the most significant contribution to achieving captioning for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in New Zealand.