All of New Zealand is now at ORANGE. Most Deaf Aotearoa offices will be open to the community and public.
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Emergency Mobile Alert

The 2022 nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system is happening between 6-7pm on Sunday 22 May. Emergency Mobile Alerts are messages about emergencies sent by authorised emergency agencies to capable mobile phones. They are designed to keep people safe and are broadcast to all capable phones from targeted … Read more

NZSL Week Calendar Events

Did you know the NZSL Week website has an Events calendar, with a collection of NZSL Week events happening throughout New Zealand. This is a community calendar where you will be able to add your own events. There is a form for you to fill in all the information about … Read more

Why is NZSL Essential to you

This year’s NZSL Week theme is NZSL is Essential. There are many reasons why NZSL would be essential to you, so this is your opportunity to film yourself telling us why NZSL is essential to you. Your video clip can be a short explanation, or you could include a little … Read more

NZSL Week Pepeha Challenge

We are REALLY excited to launch a brand-new challenge for NZSL Week!!! ANYONE can be involved! Deaf or hearing, and of all ages – we invite ALL of you to give it a go!  So, what is it!? A NZSL Sign Singing challenge! Emmie Bensley, our NZSL Hero for 2022, has … Read more

April 2022 update from President Joanne Klaver

Kia ora koutou, I am Joanne Klaver, I am the Deaf Aotearoa President. The Executive Board met via zoom on the 5th March, we were not able to meet face to face because of the COVID protection framework level. In the December Board meeting, the Executive Board appointed Emmie Bensley … Read more

Deaf Aotearoa offices are closed to visitors

New Zealand is now in RED traffic light due to Omicron in the community. Our priority is to keep our staff and community safe, as well as others we work with including interpreters and other services. We are reviewing our current caseloads, interpreting bookings, ACE workshops and other services to … Read more

Invitation to participate in upcoming conversations

As the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care move towards the Disability and Mental Health Hearing we are beginning to put together the framework for the disability report. It is important to us that disabled people have the opportunity to provide some oversight and guidance as this report develops.  as … Read more

NZSL Week Community Events Grants

 Deaf Aotearoa is pleased to provide the opportunity for Deaf community organisations and businesses to apply for funding to hold NZSL Week Community Events, following the criteria set by the NZSL Board, which aligns with the NZSL Community Grants criteria. Deaf Aotearoa encourages Deaf community organisations and businesses to apply … Read more

Disability Consumer Leadership Development Grant

Consumer leadership development grants are intended for disabled people and their whānau to develop leadership skills to benefit themselves, their families/ whānau and/ or the wider disability community development activities. This grant is also available to organisations funded by the Ministry of Health to deliver Disability Support Services (DSS) or … Read more

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