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

NZ Royal Commission COVID-19 Lessons Learned

Tell us your story The COVID-19 pandemic affected all of us, and New Zealanders – both here and living overseas – were asked to undertake extraordinary actions throughout its duration. The Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons Learned I Te Tira Ārai Urutā is looking at what can be … Read more

Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Arts Festival

Enjoy 18 days of unforgettable theatre, music, dance, cabaret, kōrero and more from Aotearoa and beyond. Come and share in our annual celebration as we bring Auckland to life with culture and creativity, from 7–24 March 2024.  We believe everyone should have access to extraordinary arts. Our award-winning Access & … Read more

Aotearoa Festival of the Arts

This post has been reshared from: Events for people who are D/deaf and hard of hearing at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts 2020 | Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts Events for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Most Access tickets are $20. If an event has a … Read more

An update on the NZSL Amendment Bill

This post has been reshared from the original web page at In January 2024, Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and Whaikaha officials met with the new Minister for Disability Issues, Hon Penny Simmonds to discuss her priorities regarding the NZSL Act. Minister Simmonds has decided not to progress the … Read more

New Zealand Sign Language Camps with NZSL4U

NZSL4U are excited to announce that three NZSL camps will be held in Hamilton, Kapiti, and Christchurch. These camps provide a unique opportunity for individuals to immerse themselves in the vibrant world of NZSL, learn new skills, and connect with the Deaf community. Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate … Read more

Whaikaha at Waitangi 2024 – Meeting Turi Māori at Waitangi

This post was shared from Whaikaha’s e-newsletter sent on Friday 26th January 2024. You can subscribe to Whaikaha’s e-newsletter here: Te Rā o Waitangi 2024 – Meeting Turi Māori at Waitangi E ngā rau rangatira mā, tēnā koutou katoa,  Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People is excited and honoured to be … Read more

Natasha Cloete – Staff Spotlight January 2024

😀 Staff Spotlight 👋 Kia ora to Natasha Cloete! TRANSCRIPT: Hey! Happy New Year 2024! I hope you all had a good holiday. Maybe some of you worked through the holidays, but still, it’s great to enjoy summer in December and January! Getting together with your friends etc. I’m sure … Read more

2024 Australian Deaf Games

The 2024 Australia and Pacific Deaf Games are being held in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, New South Wales. The Games welcome over 1000 athletes and supporters from across Australia and the Pacific for the 10-day event, including 56 athletes from New Zealand competing in 12 different sports. The Australian Deaf … Read more