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New Zealand Sign Language: Soon to be a third official language for New Zealand. Deaf community meetings: Update December 2003. Today’s meeting agenda:. What Government have agreed to do (details) 2. Update on work since May 2003, and some issues that came up in this work

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New Zealand Sign Language:

Soon to be a third official language for New Zealand.

Deaf community meetings: Update

December 2003

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Today’s meeting agenda:
  • What Government have agreed to do (details)
  • 2. Update on work since May 2003,
  • and some issues that came up in this work
  • How YOU can influence the NZSL Bill
  • Questions & discussion
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What Government have agreed to do
  • Cabinet have agreed to
    • Draft a NZSL Bill
    • Do more work on:
        • NZSL interpreters issues
        • Education, health, work and television issues
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Draft NZSL Bill, will say
  • NZSL will be an official language, also promotion & maintenance of NZSL
  • Right to use NZSL in legal proceedings
  • NZSL interpreters in legal proceedings must be competent
  • Statement of principles to guide government agencies on how to recognise, promote and maintain NZSL
  • A reporting system to report on progress in following the principles.
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Government will do more work to look at:
  • NZSL interpreter issues
      • Work on developing interpreter standards for courts
      • Review of government funding systems for NZSL interpreters
  • Education, health, work and television issues
      • Deaf people have many barriers in these areas. Plans to remove barriers will be developed in consultation with the Deaf community.
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2. Update on work since May 2003: Consultations

Deaf community

Government Departments

Deaf Advisory Group

Targeted 27 key government

agencies

Deaf community meetings

1st round: May 2003

Options for details of a

NZSL Bill

Why recognition of NZSL?

Current problems without

recognition?

2nd round: Aug 2003

Detailed proposals

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2. Update on work since May 2003:

Some issues that came up in this work

  • Deaf awareness needed for government departments in May/June 2003.
  • Deaf community meetings showed clearly that recognition of NZSL as a real language is very low which means Deaf people do not have fair treatment
  • “Official recognition” – what does this mean?
  • Rights or principles?
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New Zealand laws have some gaps. These gaps mean that Deaf people do not have the same right to their language as other New Zealanders, for example:
          • New Zealand’s human rights laws do not include ‘language’ as a prohibited ground of discrimination
          • NZ Bill of Rights Act
  • International models
      • eg: European Parliament
  • Two separate issues (i) access to services and information for Deaf people, and (ii) status for NZSL.
  • Intra-ground discrimination risk
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1 - 2 years

Government agencies

Parliament

Everyone

Practice

NZSL

Problem

Standards

Funding

Research work

Ministers

Cabinet

1st Reading (debate)

Select Committee

2nd Reading (debate)

3rd Reading (debate)

Ideas

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How YOU can influence the NZSL Bill

Draft NZSL Bill introduced to Parliament

Early 2004 (?February)

First reading

Parliament refers the Bill to select committee

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How YOU can influence the NZSL Bill
  • The Select Committee:
  • Makes NZSL Bill public
  • Calls for submissions
    • Written
    • ? NZSL video
    • You can ask to meet the select committee to explain your submission points
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Making a submission to a select committee

can look something like this…

You can find the booklet

“Making a Submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee”

at the Office of the Clerk’s website:

http://www.clerk.parliament.govt.nz/Publications/Other/

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4. Questions and discussion
  • Questions and discussion
  • The Office for Disability Issues would like to ask for feedback on how we have involved the Deaf community in this work…
  • … and how can we make sure the Deaf community continue to be involved in this work?
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For further information contact:

Victoria Manning

Office for Disability Issues

PO Box 12 136

Wellington

Email: [email protected]

Fax: +64 4 918 0075

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