Draft Strategic Direction 2021 – 2030


  • Deaf people have full access


  • Deaf Aotearoa is an advocate for positive change –
  • Supporting the Deafhood journey of identity and culture.

Values and Beliefs

  • NZSL and Deaf culture are our mana
  • People are at the centre of everything we do
  • We communicate and collaborate with the Deaf community
  • We remove barriers to Deaf potential and leadership
  • We embrace diversity

Community Collaboration and Co-operation

Te mahi tahi a ngā hāpori

  • Develop relationships between Deaf Aotearoa and other Deaf organisations and businesses
  • Encourage relationships between Deaf organisations and businesses through networking opportunities
  • Nourish the Deaf ecosystem and encourage the growth of Deaf businesses and innovation
  • Honour the Treaty of Waitangi by partnering with Maori Deaf

NZSL for Learning and Living

Ākona te reo rotatota hei oranga ai te tāngata

  • Promote early intervention and access to NZSL as best practice
  • Celebrate NZSL week annually
  • Promote the use of NZSL at all levels of society
  • Provide opportunities for Deaf people of all ages to learn, work and play through NZSL

Organisational Sustainability and Relevance

Kia whai kiko te te rōpū whakahaere ki ngā kaupapa whaitake

  • Honour and promote NZSL and Deaf culture, Te Reo, Turi Te Reo tohu and Te Ao Maori as well as the diversity of cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Promote Deaf leadership and celebrate success
  • Engage in succession planning, skill development and mentoring.
  • Implement technology and media to extend the reach of services

You can provide feedback on this Draft Strategic Plan 2021-2030 by email to president@deaf.org.nz

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