Bridging worlds and embracing New Zealand Sign Language

Recent school leaver Annabel MacKay reflects on her experience accessing education bilingually as a deaf student in a mainstream school in Te Whanganui-A-Tara Wellington. Supporting deaf students across all education settings and embracing New Zealand Sign Language is at the forefront of NZSL Week. Interview with Annabel MacKay Can you describe … Read more

New Zealand Sign Language, a unique taonga

VIDEO CREDIT: MONIQUE FORD / THE POST Kiwis are being encouraged to learn New Zealand Sign Language as it continues to evolve with new signs being developed to represent Māori concepts. Ryan Cassidy, executive board member of Deaf Aotearoa and tangata turi – a member of the Māori deaf community, … Read more

Deaf student’s journey with academic excellence and NZSL advocacy

Deaf student’s journey with academic excellence and NZSL advocacy

This May, Cha’nel Kaa-Luke (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāruahine, Ngāti Porou), will celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week, and graduate with a Certificate in Deaf Studies. Cha’nel moved to Te Whanganui-a-Tara to study a Bachelor of Arts and Certificate of Deaf Studies in 2019 but moved back home to be with her … Read more

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Landmark Ombudsman opinion sheds light on lack of education in NZSL

Christchurch, New Zealand – February 28, 2024: In response to a comprehensive 14-page opinion from the Office of the Ombudsman, highlighting historical shortcomings from the Ministry of Education, Deaf Aotearoa and Deaf Children NZ are demanding immediate action. The opinion, released today, reveals systemic failures in the Ministry of Education’s … Read more

Ministry of Education’s unreasonable omissions in NZSL in education strategy

Representatives from a Deaf Disabled People’s Organisation (Deaf Aotearoa), who advocate for the rights of Deaf people in New Zealand, have raised concerns about the Ministry of Education’s (the Ministry) strategy to progress New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) in education. Deaf Aotearoa believes that the ‘Development Map for NZSL in … Read more