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’ – This will be a series of videos where Jon will interview Deaf and hearing individuals who are connected in some way to the Deaf community. We hope you enjoy watching and learning about their experiences.

Upcoming events

NZSL at Nano Fest

NZSL at Nano Fest July 10-14 Dunedin NZSL interpreted talks Disaster Resilience and Preparedness WED July 10, 5.30-7.30 – adults $15.00 NZ has seen many disasters; how do we prepare and recover in the future? Drones for Conservation THURS July 11, 5.30-7.30pm – adults $15.00 How does drone technology help ... Read more

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Child First Aid

This half-day course is ideal for people who are looking after children in their own home or for those needing to renew their Child First Aid certificate. Recommended for parents, grandparents and other family caregivers. Recognised qualification for home-based educators and nannies. Tea & coffee refreshment will be provided. Please ... Read more

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Hato Hone St John Porirua, Mungavin Avenue
Porirua, 5024 New Zealand
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Basic Computer skills

Saturday 13th July, 9.30 am to 2.30 pm Email and Computer Skills How to use email How to manage your email storage How to avoid scams and spam Please bring your own mobile phone or laptop, etc. We will help set you up and teach you how to use the ... Read more

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Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
Napier, New Zealand
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Deafhood Identity & Culture – Waikato

Session 1: Sat, 29th June at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Introduction to Deafhood Deaf Culture and Community Session 2: Sat, 13th July at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Deaf Identity Deaf Education and Advocacy Session 3: Sat, 17th August at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Deafhood in Society Intersectionality ... Read more

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Chartwell Cooperating Church, 126 Comries Road,
Hamilton, 3210
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Matariki / Maori Crafts – Maori weaving Rotorua

Learn how to make traditional Maori flax weaving flowers and a small food basket. Morning tea and coffee provided. Please bring your own lunch.

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Rotorua Library, 1127 Haupapa Street,
Rotorua, 3010
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2024 Access Centre – Kaikohe

We can provide: Opportunity to have a chat and to meet other Deaf people. Free information and support services Advice Translation support (e.g. support with reading letters and forms etc. New ideas for ACE workshops Information about Deaf Aotearoa services Information about assistive equipment for Deaf/hard of hearing. presenters from ... Read more

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Kaikohe Baptist Church, 32 Broadway,
Kaikohe, 0405
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What we do

Deaf Aotearoa is a national organisation representing the voice of Deaf people, and the national service provider for Deaf people in New Zealand.  

Deaf Aotearoa also works closely with Deaf communities, government agencies and other organisations to increase awareness, promote New Zealand Sign Language and strengthen the rights of Deaf people.

Deaf Aotearoa is one of 133 ordinary members of the World Federation of the Deaf and is also the New Zealand representative.   

Information in Sign Language

The government has stated that a new and innovative approach is needed to meaningfully improve accessibility in New Zealand.

Here you will find some of the work from Government Agencies and Government Ministries in NZSL, as part of their commitment to ensuring that Disabled people have access to vital information.

Latest NZSL Translations

Our Services

Deaf Aotearoa delivers flexible and responsive services which accommodates the Deaf community’s needs. We provide knowledge, information, resources and skills. With these, Deaf people are able to independently manage events in their own lives.

Deaf Aotearoa works with government agencies, businesses and other organisations to provide information and resources on life for Deaf New Zealanders, the Deaf community and NZSL.

Deaf Aotearoa delivers key services to the Deaf community, in line with the objectives defined in the Strategic Direction.

These services are designed to ensure Deaf people can achieve their goals at any stage in life, from birth onwards.


Adults and Seniors


Deaf Aotearoa’s Hauora* service is a nationwide service that understands and responds to Deaf and hard-of-hearing people’s needs.

The Hauora service offers:

  1. needs assessment and coordination
  2. applications for assistive equipment
  3. information and advice.

*Hauora is an holistic approach to health and wellbeing. It is a Māori concept that views wellbeing as a combination of physical health, emotional/mental health, being socially healthy, and being spiritually healthy.

Adults and Seniors


Deaf Aotearoa’s Employment service is a nationwide service focused on getting Deaf and hard-of-hearing people into successful employment.

It includes pre-employment support and in-work support for both the Deaf person and employers.

The Employment service offers support for:

  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing people to get a job
  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing people to remain in their job
  • employers to understand more about employing Deaf people, including information on Deaf culture and funding for New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreters in the workplace.

Children and Youth

First Signs

A nationwide Deaf Aotearoa service for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children aged 0-5, supporting families and whānau with:

  • Learning New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)
  • Language development
  • Learning about being Deaf/hard-of-hearing in Aotearoa
  • Connecting with other families and Deaf role models.

First Signs brings NZSL into the home and family/whānau environments, making learning NZSL fun.

iSign Interpreting Service

iSign enables access and participation for Deaf people by providing professional and confidential New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreting services.

iSign is a nationwide service enabling effective communication between Deaf and hearing people.

iSign matches job requests with available and appropriate interpreters throughout New Zealand.

iSign contracts more than 80 qualified interpreters who are all members of their professional body, ensuring a confidential and professional service.

Funding is available to cover a wide range of interpreting service jobs.

iSign staff can advise on available sources of funding. Funding information is also available on the ‘How it Works/Who Pays?’ page of the iSign website.

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