Minister Commends Decision to support Mojo Mathers 10 Mar 2012
Hon Tariana Turia
Minister for Disability Issues
9 March 2012 Media Statement
Minister for Disability Issues Commends Decision to support Mojo Mathers
The Hon Tariana Turia, Minister for Disability Issues, congratulates the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Lockwood Smith, for making funds permanently available for electronic note-takers to support Deaf MP Mojo Mathers to fulfil her role and responsibilities as a Member of Parliament.
"While the process to secure the funding took some time, the outcome was successful for Ms Mathers as well as for the House of Representatives by making sure all of its members can participate" said Minister Turia.
“ The process has also given New Zealanders an increased awareness of some of the barriers disabled people face in the work place as well as the effort it takes to “get it right”.
"The decision to fund an electronic note-taker for Ms Mathers shows leadership from the Speaker by demonstrating a clear example of how employers need to make reasonable accommodations in the work place so that everyone has the same opportunities to participate and contribute”.
Minister Turia describes a reasonable accommodation as an adjustment made to "accommodate" or make fair the same system for an individual based on a proven need”.
Minister Turia also supports the development of a captioning service in the House. “This is a service that displays the spoken word into text on a television , video screen or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information to individuals who wish to access it”.
“Once developed, this service will benefit all hearing impaired and Deaf people by providing a service that they too can use when watching proceedings in the House of Representatives” said the Minister.
“It would be great to see Parliament TV in the same league as Sky TV, TVNZ and TV3; offering closed captioning services across its network. It will be another step towards achieving a truly inclusive society.”
1 Mar 2017 News
28 Feb 2017 Customs Minister Nicky Wagner is today congratulating Customs on a record number of drug seizures in 2016. “Customs... more
1 Mar 2017 Business News
28 Feb 2017 State Services Minister Paula Bennett has welcomed an agreement with unions which will see the Government’s new pay... more
21 Nov 2016 Lifestyle
Emirates Team New Zealand EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND CLOSES IN 3rd POSITION THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES
14 Nov 2016 Property
Article - BusinessDesk Monday 14 November 2016 10:28 AM NZ house prices gain 11% in October, driven by sales of higher value homes By... more
11 Nov 2016 Property
Article - BusinessDesk Thursday 10 November 2016 04:04 PM RBNZ sees pressures building in Auckland construction sector By Paul ... more
8 Feb 2017 Migration
7 Feb 2017 Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes a report showing the vast majority of employers who take on seasonal... more
6 Feb 2017 NZ Tourism
8 Feb 2017 Does New Zealand celebrate halloween? Is Auckland a dangerous town- these are some of the subjects visitors Google... more
1 Mar 2017 Netball
VALE: Tania Dalton 1971-2017 March 1, 2017 The Netball community is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Silver Fern... more
11 Nov 2016 Opinion
Column - Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell on the Gareth Morgan crusade First published on Werewolf more
10 Nov 2016 Opinion
Column - Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell on the US election outcome more
8 Feb 2017 Appointments
7 Feb 2017 Finance Minister Steven Joyce will appoint current Deputy Reserve Bank Governor Grant Spencer as the Acting Governor of... more
1 Feb 2017 Appointments
30 January 2017 Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today appointed temporary Chairs to the boards of Canterbury and South... more
1 Mar 2017 Recruitment
28 Feb 2017 Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith and Associate Education Minister Louise Upston have... more