NZ sign language bill - third reading

, posted: 21-Mar-2006 11:16

third and final reading is on 6th April, at about 3pm. should be a great after party. Bascially, it set NZSL as NZ's second official language. Maori is the first. English has never been recognised as an official language (feel free to write to your MP about it) except we've never defined what official language means in New Zealand. The bill sets out lotsa rights that signers had anyways. The only noticable change will be the right to have a qualified interpreter when testifying in a court of law. Under existing law, anyone can be your interpreter - the judge can say that your mother may intrepret for you... as you can imagine, this can sway the course in some cases. So, now "qualified" is defined, and your interpretter has to be that.

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Trackback by coffee.geek.nz, on 2-Apr-2006 11:54

third and final reading is on 6th April, at about 3pm. should be a great after party. Bascially, it set NZSL as NZ's second official language. Maori is the first. English has never been recognised as an official language (feel free to write to your MP ab


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