New Zealand Sign Language Week 
6 - 12 May 2024. SAVE THE DATE 
Hands up if you're ready to sign with us!
New Zealand Sign Language Week
6 – 12 May 2024

Updates

  • **Pre-Orders END on 14th April 2024.**
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    25% of all sales are donated to Deaf Aotearoa.

    Our theme this year is “An Aotearoa Where Anyone Can Sign Anywhere.” Join Kat and Erica as they teach you some of Aotearoa’s sign names for places throughout the motu!

    Curious about more places in NZSL? Check out the NZSL Dictionary and give it a go!

    We want to encourage everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand to give our beautiful language – New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) a try! You can communicate through signing anywhere, from the top of our mountains ⛰️ to underwater in our seas 🌊, from opposite ends of a noisy nightclub to through windows. Whether at home, school, or work, there’s so much to gain from learning! 🤩

    Why is it important?

    Because NZSL is a beautiful living and evolving language that enables the Deaf community to thrive and break down barriers. NZSL is for everyone. We are excited to promote our treasured NZSL to all Kiwis and celebrate everyday Deaf Kiwis.

    So, put your hands up if you’re ready to sign with us and show your support for NZSL by purchasing our exciting new look NZSL Week t-shirt, hoodie, and more! 25% of all sales will be donated to Deaf Aotearoa. 🤟

    Where is my town?

    We would love to have been able to include a sign for every town/region in Aotearoa but it just isn’t possible as the design becomes too busy and complicated to read. There is also regional variation in NZSL that we just cannot display via a t-shirt or hoodie. We hope our design will hook people in and encourage more people to reach out to the local Deaf community to ask what the sign is for their area. We are also encouraging people to visit the NZSL online dictionary and learn the signs for the place names throughout Aotearoa NZ. 

    #NZSLWeek24 #HandsUp #Aotearoa #NZSLAlly #OfficialLanguage

  • 🎉👐 Hey Kiwis! Yes you! Get ready to dive into the world of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) with us this 6th to 12th May as we celebrate NZSL Week! 🎉 

    Our theme for this year is “an Aotearoa where anyone can sign anywhere”, inspired by the World Federation of the Deaf’s vision. 🌍 

    Our goal? To spread the joy of NZSL across every corner of Aotearoa. 🏔️🌊 From the mountaintops to the ocean depths, and everywhere in between, let’s make NZSL a language for everyone, everywhere. 🌟 

    Keep your eyes peeled for exciting resources and activities as we celebrate NZSL together. 🎉 

    Join us in making Aotearoa a place where anyone can sign, anywhere! 👐 

    For resources, head to: https://nzslweek.org.nz/resources/

    #NZSLWeek #SignLanguage #Aotearoa

  • Our theme for this year is “an Aotearoa where anyone can sign anywhere” and we’re ready to dive into the world of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)!  

    We’re thrilled to unveil this theme for NZSL Week 2024, inspired by the World Federation of the Deaf’s vision. Our goal? To spread the joy of NZSL across every corner of Aotearoa. From the mountaintops to the ocean depths, and everywhere in between, let’s make NZSL a language for everyone, everywhere. 

    Keep your eyes peeled for exciting resources and activities as we celebrate NZSL together. Join us in making Aotearoa a place where anyone can sign, anywhere! 

  • We’re shaking things up for our NZSL Week Heroes! Jon Tai-Rakena will return for a second year as our Deaf hero for NZSL Week 2024. With Jon’s passion and dedication, we’re ready to showcase the beauty of NZSL like never before. From now on, our Deaf hero is going to have two years in the spotlight. 

    Interested in becoming a future NZSL hero? Are you Deaf and fluent in NZSL? Step into the spotlight and raise awareness of NZSL and Deaf culture. Submit your expression of interest for 2025-2026, and join us in championing NZSL across Aotearoa. 

    Let’s make history together! 

    EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM