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Deaf Aotearoa: Kiwis Need To Embrace New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), Like They Embrace Te Reo Māori

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 1:33 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

As NZSL Week gets underway this week, Deaf Aotearoa are encouraging everyday Kiwis to give their attention to this language in the same way Kiwis have been embracing Te Reo, to help provide a more inclusive tomorrow for Aotearoa’s Deaf community. ... More >>

Deaf Aotearoa Welcomes Government’s Announcement On Disability Support System Transformation

Tuesday, 2 November 2021, 4:21 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

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 ... More >>

Increased Independence And Fitness Sees David Soar

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 12:44 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf man David Clark is a regular at the Pettigrew Green Arena Gym in Taradale and is glad to be back at it now that New Zealand has moved to Level 1. With the gym closed during lockdown, Clark has been making good use of weights at his home at ... More >>

Using Hauora To Turn Andrew’s Life Around

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 11:24 am | Deaf Aotearoa

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 hospital ... More >>

Thinking Outside The Box To Get More Deaf New Zealanders Into Work

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 2:43 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

A willingness to think differently, finding new ways to upskill Deaf people, and supporting businesses is a key priority for the employment team at Deaf Aotearoa. For many businesses, hiring a Deaf employee often presents their very first interaction ... More >>

COVID-19 Sign Language Interpreters Under Pressure Due To Online Criticism

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 12:26 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa and the Sign Language Interpreters Association of New Zealand (SLIANZ) say sharing online parody videos and memes of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreters causes added stress on their interpreters who are providing access to important COVID-19 ... More >>

Promoting the legal recognition of sign languages

Monday, 27 January 2020, 6:43 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

A group of international delegates will convene in Wellington this week for a two-day workshop progressing a collaborative project aimed at promoting the legal recognition of sign languages in Asia Pacific countries. More >>

Three accolades for NZ’s work supporting Deaf people

Wednesday, 24 July 2019, 8:32 am | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa received three accolades at the World Federation of the Deaf General Assembly held in Paris on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd July, recognising its work promoting Deaf rights and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). More >>

Statement on Christchurch Emergency briefing

Monday, 20 February 2017, 9:45 am | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa is disappointed by the lack of visibility of a New Zealand Sign Language interpreter at a Civil Defence Emergency briefing in Christchurch yesterday afternoon. More >>

Deaf Aotearoa Hosts World Federation of the Deaf

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 3:51 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa is proud to be hosting the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Board members during New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week, May 9th - 15th, 2016. More >>

Deaf Aotearoa welcomes captioning increase

Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 1:53 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa are welcoming the announcement of increased captioning by Able, New Zealand’s independent provider of accessible television, as a move toward a more accessible and inclusive media industry. More >>

With Sign Language Rights, Our Children Can!

Monday, 21 September 2015, 2:39 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

New Zealand’s Deaf community is marking this week’s International Week of the Deaf (IWD) with a renewed focus on children. IWD is an annual initiative by the World Federation of the Deaf, for which Deaf Aotearoa is the New Zealand representative. More >>

Deaf Aotearoa applaud NZ On Air funding announcement

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 2:16 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with the announcement that NZ On Air will be providing additional funding for captioning on TV One, TV2, TV3 and FOUR. Independent captioning and audio description service Able will receive $400,000 more in the coming year, ... More >>

Deaf people: Don’t you forget about me

Monday, 11 May 2015, 1:26 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

The blaring sound of a fire alarm is one that we all associate with getting to safety as quickly as possible. For those who are Deaf, however, these sounds are obviously void. While everyone else is making their way away to safety, people who are Deaf ... More >>

New Zealand Sign Language Week 4-10 May 2015

Monday, 13 April 2015, 1:54 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

From 4 - 10 May 2015, Deaf Aotearoa is hosting the ninth New Zealand Sign Language Week – a celebration of one of the country’s official languages: New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). More >>

NZ Sign Language programmes receives $11 million boost

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:03 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs – a programme that involves sign language ... More >>

Deaf Aotearoa pleased with commitment to disability rights

Monday, 11 August 2014, 12:32 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa is in support of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism’s (IMM) full report Making Disability Rights Real July 2012 – December 2013, released in Christchurch yesterday. More >>

Deaf Aotearoa wins I Am Auckland Youth Voice Award

Monday, 28 July 2014, 10:34 am | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa were thrilled to be honoured in the inaugural I Am Auckland Awards, winning the Youth Voice category, which recognises the best youth worker and organisation in giving young people a voice and creating opportunities for them to have their ... More >>

Hope That NZSL Inquiry's Recommendations Will Be Implemented

Wednesday, 4 September 2013, 9:59 am | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa applauds the findings from the Human Rights Commission’s Inquiry into the use and promotion of New Zealand Sign Language “A New Era in the Right to Sign: Report of the New Zealand Sign Language Inquiry”. More >>

Deaf Aotearoa Supports the Use of Video Remote Interpreting

Friday, 17 May 2013, 2:25 pm | Deaf Aotearoa

Deaf Aotearoa believes increased access to frontline services via a new video remote interpreter service will greatly benefit the Deaf community. More >>