All of New Zealand is now at ORANGE. Deaf Aotearoa is open to the community and public. Contact duty@deaf.org.nz

How to get a Rapid Antigen Test 

Anyone in Aotearoa New Zealand can get free RATs.  You can pick these up from a collection site or have someone collect it on your behalf.  Requesting a Rapid Antigen Test  You can order a Rapid Antigen Test in two ways:  On the ‘Request a COVID-19 testing kit’ website: requestrats.covid19.health.nz  By … Read more

Getting your second COVID-19 booster dose

About the second booster  The second COVID-19 booster is available six months after the first booster for older New Zealanders and other groups at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.   If you are healthy and have no underlying health conditions, or if you are pregnant, a second booster dose … Read more

After you have had COVID

After you have recovered from COVID-19 and left isolation, there are a few things you should do and be mindful of in your recovery.  Returning to normal activities  As you recover from COVID-19, you might find that you get tired easily or become breathless. This is common after being sick.  … Read more

Urgent COVID-19 support for disabled people 

Find out what disabled people can do if there is a COVID-19 related emergency, or their essential support does not arrive.  If you need urgent medical care  Call 111 immediately if you or someone in your household:  has trouble breathing, or is experiencing shortness of breath  has severe chest pain  feels faint … Read more

Attention Deaf Ākonga/learners in tertiary and vocational education:

The Ministry of Education has convened a collaborative group of disability and vocational education sector experts. The group is trying to help the Government understand more about the costs and barriers for disabled and Deaf learners to access the supports and equipment you need for tertiary study, especially for disabled … Read more

Disability, Deaf, and Mental Health institutional care hearing 11-20 July

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission will be holding our Disability, Deaf, and Mental Health institutional care public hearing from July 11-20, 2022. The public hearing will be live-streamed, including New Zealand Sign Language interpreters and audio described, captioned evidence. You can attend the hearing in Newmarket, Auckland.Address: Level 2, 414 Khyber … Read more

May 2022 Executive Board key messages

Kia koutou katoa, NZSL Week – Congratulations and well done to all the staff who worked hard to make this year’s NZSL Week a success. Also congratulations to all the NZSL Award winners. Have a look at our website and social media posts for photos and videos of the NZSL … Read more

About COVID-19 testing

Find out about getting tested, the different tests used in New Zealand, and where you can be tested. Testing is free Generally, everyone can get a COVID-19 test for free — you do not need to be a New Zealand citizen or resident, and you will not have to pay … Read more

Abuse in Care Royal Commission: Disability, Deaf, and Mental Health institutional care public hearing

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission will be holding our Disability, Deaf, and Mental Health institutional care public hearing from July 11-20, 2022. The public hearing will be live-streamed, include New Zealand Sign Language interpreters and audio described, captioned evidence.  Information about the hearing is available in Braille, NZSL, Niuean, Samoan, … Read more

May Executive Board updates on Strategic Directions

Honour the Treaty of Waitangi by partnering with Māori Turi. Developed the Kōhanga Reo NZSL videos and launched in NZSL week (in 3 days the video has been shared 241 times and seen by over 14,000 people) Ongoing work to support Māori Advisory Group – regular meetings of Tāngata Turi … Read more

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