Emergency Mobile Alert – Nationalwide Test

The next nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system will be on Sunday 26th May 2024, between 6:00 – 7:00 PM. About Emergency Mobile Alert Emergency Mobile Alerts are messages about emergencies. They are sent by authorised emergency agencies to mobile phones. Emergency Mobile Alerts keep people safe. They … Read more

Bridging worlds and embracing New Zealand Sign Language

Recent school leaver Annabel MacKay reflects on her experience accessing education bilingually as a deaf student in a mainstream school in Te Whanganui-A-Tara Wellington. Supporting deaf students across all education settings and embracing New Zealand Sign Language is at the forefront of NZSL Week. Interview with Annabel MacKay Can you describe … Read more

New Zealand Sign Language Board appointments

New Zealand Sign Language Board appointments

The Ministry congratulates three new appointees to the New Zealand Sign Language Board. The trio – Erica Dawson, Kim Robinson and Monica Leach – were approved by Cabinet on Monday, 6 May. They were put forward by Minister for Disability Issues Louise Upston after a nominations process organised by Whaikaha … Read more

New Zealand Sign Language, a unique taonga

VIDEO CREDIT: MONIQUE FORD / THE POST Kiwis are being encouraged to learn New Zealand Sign Language as it continues to evolve with new signs being developed to represent Māori concepts. Ryan Cassidy, executive board member of Deaf Aotearoa and tangata turi – a member of the Māori deaf community, … Read more

Kōrero with Jon

🌟 We are thrilled to introduce our brand new accessible vidcast series, starring the remarkable Jon Tai-Rakena! 🌟 Prepare for engaging discussions, empowering stories, and a wealth of insight as we delve into meaningful topics. 🚀 To celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week 2024, we are launching: ‘Kōrero With Jon’ … Read more

Deaf student’s journey with academic excellence and NZSL advocacy

Deaf student’s journey with academic excellence and NZSL advocacy

This May, Cha’nel Kaa-Luke (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāruahine, Ngāti Porou), will celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week, and graduate with a Certificate in Deaf Studies. Cha’nel moved to Te Whanganui-a-Tara to study a Bachelor of Arts and Certificate of Deaf Studies in 2019 but moved back home to be with her … Read more

Meeting with Paula Tesoriero about Deaf Seniors

Today our Patron, Shona McGhie and General Manager for Adults & Seniors, Lara Draper met with Paula Tesoriero, Chief Executive for Whaikaha –  Ministry of Disabled People. They discussed the barriers that Deaf Seniors faced and have started the conversation to see some positive change.