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

Local advocate calls for greater engagement with language

Local advocate calls for greater engagement with language

Not enough people in Tairāwhiti understand or are familiar with New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), a community support worker says. NZSL is one of the official languages of this country. It is used by deaf people and those linked with them, such as people who have deaf relatives or interpreters … Read more

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 … Read more

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. … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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