Image of text that says Your Delivering for Good vote could help us receive 2 years' worth of free courier services.

Media access services are hugely important in providing people with the opportunity to access media –  so that everyone, whatever their access need or preference, can access information, share the laughter, and enjoy the show. 

Unfortunately, we know that there can be barriers to accessing these services – like knowing where to find them or how to turn them on. That’s why we’re launching our ‘How to Access’ campaign, sending out resources containing information about how to turn on captions or audio description, and where to go for support or further information.

As a part of this, we’ve got some amazing news to share – we’ve been accepted into NZ Post’s Delivering For Good initiative, which means that NZ Post will fund the courier services for our ‘how to access CC/AD’ brochures across Aotearoa for the next year! We’re beyond excited to share these resources with everyone – from Deaf Societies to blindness and low vision clinics, community centres and retirement homes – to really get the word out there.

We’ve also been nominated for the People’s Choice Delivering For Good Award, which would give us another year of fully funded postage for this campaign. This is an incredible opportunity to make our mahi (work) even more accessible to people across the country. To win, we need your help – please vote for us here!

We’re excited to make media access more inclusive than ever before, and would be so grateful for your support.

Ngā mihi, Sophie (Communications Manager)

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