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How to book a NZSL Interpreter with iSign

Booking a NZSL Interpreter with iSign is easy! You have 4 options. When making a booking we will need to know: It is also helpful for the NZSL Interpreter to have some preparation material beforehand so that they are better prepared and know the context of the appointment. The more … Read more

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At Deaf Aotearoa we want to understand what our audience uses to access information relevant to the Deaf Community. We have a short survey with a few questions. We would appreciate your responses. There is also an opportunity for you to provide us further feedback if you can.

Clarification on Deaf Aotearoa’s position on the selection of UAE as the host country for the 2027 World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf

Kia ora Aotearoa Deaf community.  We wanted to update you all and share of of the background of the voting process held yesterday. We had many people reaching out to us, thank you. Firstly, Deaf Aotearoa voted for Norway.  NZ delegates Joanne and Craig has opportunity in the break to discuss … Read more

Who will be going to Jeju, South Korea?

Check out this video to see who will be going to the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Congress and the WFD Youth Section camp in Jeju, South Korea. More information about the WFD Congress can be found on their official website:

Nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert

The nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert system is taking place Sunday, 28 May. Find out more about the nationwide tests. Annual test of Emergency Mobile Alert system is taking place 28 May The nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system will take place between 6 and 7 pm … Read more

What it’s like doing the Oxfam Trailwalker when you’re Deaf

The first time Monica Leach took part in the Oxfam Trailerwalker was with a group of hearing friends. Leach, who is Deaf and uses New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), found it difficult to communicate with the team. But last weekend, her team Deaf Power Walk completed it in Taranaki as … Read more


The State of Emergency has been lifted for the Waitomo District by Waitomo District Mayor John Robertson at 9.37am this morning. The State of Emergency declaration came into effect on Saturday evening and was initially to last seven days. However, after a review of the weather forecast, a risk analysis … Read more