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Accessibility

Accessibility statement for New Zealand Now

New Zealand Now is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards including the NZ Government Web Standards.

If you have trouble using any aspect of this website, please contact marketinginz@mbie.govt.nz.

Measures to support accessibility

We've taken the following measures to ensure the accessibility of our website:

  • Including accessibility as part of our mission statement.
  • Including accessibility throughout our internal policies.

Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for disabled people. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. New Zealand Now is partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard

Additional accessibility considerations

Our goal is WCAG 2.1 Level AA conformance. Videos have captions and/or transcripts.

Feedback

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of this website. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on our website, please contact marketinginz@mbie.govt.nz.

Compatibility with browsers and assistive technology

This website is designed to be compatible with the following assistive technologies:

  • OSX - Voiceover
  • JAWS (in general)

This website is not compatible with:

  • Browsers older than 2 major versions, (including Internet Explorer 10 and below)
  • Mobile operating systems older than 3 years

Technical specifications

Accessibility of this website relies on the following technologies to work with the particular combination of your web browser and any assistive technologies or plugins installed on your computer:

  • HTML
  • WAI-ARIA
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

We rely on these technologies to conform with the accessibility standards used.

Limitations and alternatives

Despite our best efforts to ensure the accessibility of this website, there may be some limitations. Below is a description of known limitations, and potential solutions. Please contact us if you observe an issue not listed below.

Known limitations for the New Zealand Now website:

  1. Interactive map for finding English class course providers: Users that use assistive technology or older browsers or mobile devices, can use our text alternative: Find an English language class (text alternative)
  2. Buying or building a house in New Zealand interactive tool: Users that use assistive technology or older browsers or mobile devices, can use our text alternative: Housing scenarios (text alternative)
  3. Cost of Living interactive tool: due to the complicated form and interactions we don't currently have a text alternative. Please contact us if you would like assistance with this tool. 
  4. Succeeding in job interviews interactive quizzes:  A transcript is available below the tool, please contact us if you would like assistance with this tool. 

Assessment approach

The New Zealand Now assessed the accessibility of this website by the following approaches:

  • Evaluation by the vendor who developed the website.
  • Evaluation by the functional user acceptance tester.

Talk to us about the website

Please contact us to share your ideas, suggestions, or comments. 

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