Deaf Aotearoa Welcomes Government’s Announcement on Disability Support System Transformation, Expected to Boost Opportunities for Deaf Community

Deaf Aotearoa is pleased to see the Government’s recent announcement, by the Ministers for Disability Issues and Health, regarding reforms to New Zealand’s disability support system and the establishment of legislation to ensure access for Deaf and disabled New Zealanders. Deaf Aotearoa Chief Executive, Lachlan Keating, says the Government’s planned …

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Creating a Deaf-inclusive Aotearoa

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is one of Aotearoa’s official languages yet only about 0.5% of the population are able to use it to hold a conversation. While there have been significant improvements over the past 30 years in creating Deaf-inclusive environments, there is still more work to be done. …

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Westpac becomes first bank to offer sign language interpreters to Deaf customers

Westpac has become New Zealand’s first bank to offer free in-branch sign language interpreters for Deaf customers. Approximately 4,500 Deaf Kiwis use New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) as their first or preferred form of communication and more than 20,000 people in total use NZSL – including parents and family members who use it with their deaf family member. Because NZSL is a critical form of communication …

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Using Hauora to turn Andrew’s life around

Michael Pulman – 5th June 2020 Physically worn down, depressed, close to giving up all hope and in desperate need for support. That was the life for Andrew Willoughby when Deaf Aotearoa came into his life. It had all come to head in Nelson Hospital. Facing a lengthy stay in …

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Alan Wendt: The Interpreter

KŌRERO Alan Wendt: The Interpreter by Dale Husband | May 3, 2020 | 0  | 14 min read Alan Wendt, at the NZ Sign Language Awards, 2018. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/ http://marktantrum.com) For many years, the Wendt name has been widely known in Aotearoa and well beyond because of Albert Wendt, a novelist and poet who brought a …

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Covid-19: Deaf Aotearoa condemns mockery of NZ Sign Language interpreters

The Prime Minister has personally thanked the New Zealand Sign Language interpreters that will be a familiar face to many Kiwis who follow the government’s daily covid-19 briefings. Six highly-skilled and experienced NZSL interpreters are working on the government Covid-19 response. They work seven-hour shifts and were rostered across a …

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Memorandum of Understanding

Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) and Deaf Aotearoa wish to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide fully accessible information to the Deaf community. When an emergency or disaster …

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