Feedback wanted on amendments to NZSL Act

Hi, I’m Craigo, Vice President of Deaf Aotearoa The Government is consulting with the Deaf community about some initial proposals to amend the NZSL Act. Deaf Aotearoa will provide our feedback on this. We are interested in your views as members, this will help us finalise our advice to the … Read more

Important Government proposals and bills for discussion

Kia ora Deaf community. At the moment Government is working on two important topics related to Deaf people: Policy proposals to amend and modernise the NZSL Act  The Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill. Deaf Aotearoa encourages you all to let us know what you think about both.  Deaf Aotearoa will … Read more

Acting CEO Announcement

Kia ora Deaf community, want to let you know that Lara Draper will be Acting CEO from Wednesday 17th to Monday 29th August. This is because Lachlan Keating, Deaf Aotearoa CEO, will be going to Geneva, Switzerland. Lachlan has been asked by the DPO Coalition to support the delegation (group) … Read more

March 2022 Update: DPO Key Messages

Disability Rights Commissioner The DPO Coalition met with Paula Tesoriero, the Disability Rights Commissioner. They discussed the forum on New Zealand’s implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the inquiry into the experiences of disabled people during omicron. Paula gave an update on … Read more

February 2022: 7 Key Messages from DPO Coalition

Accelerating Accessibility Legislation. The DPO Coalition met with the team from the Ministry for Social Development who are working on the Accelerating Accessibility Legislation. The Accelerating Accessibility work is about establishing a new system to identify and remove wide-spread accessibility barriers. The DPO Coalition discussed how it should be governed … 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

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

May 2022: DPO Key Messages

Congratulating Dr Jonathan Godfrey ONZM. The DPO Coalition congratulated Blind Citizens NZ’s representative Dr Jonathan Godfrey for being made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to disabled people, particularly blind and low vision people. Dr Godfrey received his award on the first day of the … 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

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