CSD New Zealand Ltd. announced today that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has extended its contracts for the NZ Video Interpreting Service (VIS) and Asset Management (textphone pool) for the period of 1 July 2019 through 30 June 2020. As part of the extension, MBIE also has extended the current hours of availability for VIS to include weekend service and public holidays. Effective 1 July 2019, in addition to the week day hours of 8:00 — 20:00, VIS will be available from 10:00 — 17:00 on Saturdays and 12:00 — 17:00 on Sundays.
CSD NZ Ltd. has provided video interpreting services and managed the textphone device pool since 2011 and is a subsidiary of Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD), the world’s largest Deaf-led social impact organization. With more than 45 employees in New Zealand, CSD NZ Ltd. is very proud of its work in New Zealand and the services provided to support equal communication access for Deaf, hard of hearing, Deaf-blind, speech and mobility disabled New Zealanders.
CSD CEO, Chris Soukup, shared, “CSD is very proud to continue our service to the New Zealand Deaf and hard of hearing community in ensuring their full participation in the world around them. We are honored to be extending our relationship with MBIE in fulfilling our shared commitment to improving the quality of life for Deaf and hard of hearing New Zealanders by providing premier quality communication access services.”
CSD is the world’s largest deaf-led social impact organization with the mission of identifying and cultivating greater opportunities for Deaf people to achieve success through multiple approaches: service delivery, communication solutions, innovation engineering, impact investing and community building.