MIL OSI – Source: National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand

Rugby is the game of our nation and we love to follow it and support our boys in black!

Imagine if you will, what it would be like if you cannot hear the voice on the television telling you how the game is progressing and have to wait for someone sitting beside you to tell you what is happening in the game?

This is what will be happening to hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders because captioning access to any of the upcoming Rugby World Cup games is being denied to all who cannot hear broadcast television.

The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand are appalled and both Agencies call on Hon Amy Adams, Minister for Broadcasting and SKY TV to address this matter with extreme urgency as marginalizing many thousands of New Zealanders who struggle to or cannot hear television broadcasts of the Rugby World Cup games including the semi-finals and finals is unacceptable.

The matter has also been referred by The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand to the New Zealand Human Rights Commission with a request that they investigate.

Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.