NZSL more important than ever in an emergency 

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreters have been working hard this week to ensure Deaf people across Aotearoa New Zealand have access to critical emergency information.  This week’s heavy rain and thunderstorms, and the tragedy they have caused, have reminded us all of the importance of being ready for emergency … Read more

Waitangi Tribunal told of abuse against Māori deaf community

Abused as children for using sign language and blocked from accessing te ao Māori. That was the experience of many growing up in the Māori Deaf community, who are now taking part in a landmark Waitangi Tribunal hearing this week in Auckland. Their claims are part of a wider inquiry … 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

Government to address child abuse system failings

1st December 2022 The Government is adopting the majority of recommendations from an independent review into the actions of government agencies leading up to the death of 5-year-old Malachi Subecz, Minister for Children Kelvin Davis announced today. Following Malachi’s murder at the hands of his caregiver in 2021, Dame Karen … Read more

Media release: NZSL is essential to “Get Ready” for emergencies

Deaf people across Aotearoa New Zealand will now have access to comprehensive advice about emergency preparedness, with New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week marking the launch of Get Ready in NZSL by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in partnership with Deaf Aotearoa. supports individuals, whānau, communities, schools and … Read more