New Zealand Sign Language Week 2019 will take place from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 May. Deaf Aotearoa organises this celebration of one of the country’s official languages, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
NZSL Week helps promote the language and aims to raise awareness about New Zealand’s Deaf community. It also provides the Deaf community a chance to
put their hands up and
be heard, and to stand proud as Deaf as well as promoting their language and culture.
NZSL at Tūranga - Thursday 9 May 12pm to 1pm
Come and celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week by joining a public New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) taster class at Tūranga. Rachel and Debra are coming to teach some NZSL basic including simple words and phrases. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the language of New Zealand’s Deaf community and an official language of New Zealand. Limited to 40 spaces.
Location: Wāhi Whānau, Hapori | Community, Level 1, Tūranga
There are a range of useful New Zealand Sign Language resources on the Deaf Aotearoa website, including Let's talk booklets with 25 signs to learn at work, with your family, Māori concepts, for medical situations, and for the weekend.
- Visit the Deaf Aotearoa webpage
- Like Deaf Aotearoa on Facebook
- Follow Deaf Aotearoa on Twitter
- Follow Deaf Aotearoa on Instagram
- Find resources to help you learn New Zealand Sign Language.
- Explore our resources about deafness
- Find information in our collection on education for Deaf people.
- Access Video provides streaming captioned world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos on every known subject.
- BWB Books The New Zealand Sign Language Collection is a sign language reference collection including accounts of the deaf experience.
- Check out organisations and clubs for Deaf and hearing impaired people listed in our community directory CINCH.
Ministry of Education New Zealand in collaboration with Deaf Aotearoa, have produced a number of children's Ready to Read eBooks that use NZSL. They can be purchased from iTunes (for Apple devices) or GooglePlay (for Android devices). Titles include:
- Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Diary by Lynley Dodd
- The King's Birthday, by Dot Meharry
- Talking to Nanny by Jo Carson-Barry
The Ministry of Education also has Thumbs Up! An Introduction to New Zealand Sign Language, a resource supports the teaching and learning of NZSL as an additional language in English-medium schools.
The New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children is a useful website for parents.