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Man in shirt and tie sticking his tongue out and making the letter L with his hand known as the hand gesture for loser

The boss of Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand is disappointed videos showing the national anthem being performed in NZ Sign Language aren’t being broadcast before All Blacks games.

Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand chief executive Lachlan Keating told the Herald that together with NZ Rugby they had produced videos showing the anthem being performed in sign language, with the understanding these would be used during broadcasts of this year’s Lions series.

“We’ve worked hard with NZ Rugby, they’ve been great to work with, really productive and really positive. We filmed the national anthem in sign language, we made new films for this year using a young Maori deaf man and a young Maori deaf woman – two separate videos to be alternated each week.”

Keating said the videos were used on screens at the stadium before the Maori All Blacks game in Rotorua and the first test at Eden Park in Auckland. He said he was at Westpac Stadium for Saturday night’s game but did not see the anthem performed in sign language at the ground.

“It’s about ensuring access for all New Zealanders,” he said.

NZ Sign Language is one of the country’s three official languages, alongside Te Reo Maori and English.

Keating said people had told him they were disappointed they weren’t able to see the anthem performed in sign language.

“We went to quite considerable effort alongside NZ Rugby to make sure it was filmed appropriately and respectfully for this year and then to have it not eventuate and be on TV is quite disappointing for everybody.

“Our belief is that it was going to be broadcast on TV and at the stadium and unfortunately that hasn’t eventuated.”

After getting their hopes up, I have to agree.   Have it or don’t have it, but don’t go through the whole show of pretending to care about it and then just drop it when it counts.


– NZ Herald

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