What Makes This Week so Special!

Every May, Deaf Aotearoa takes centre stage to organise New Zealand Sign Language Week, a vibrant celebration of one of the country’s official languages, alongside te reo Māori. 

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week is not just a celebration; it’s a moment for the Deaf community to stand tall, embracing their identity and heritage. It’s a time to showcase the richness of NZSL and the diverse culture it represents. NZSL Week serves as a platform to dismantle barriers, dispel misconceptions, and foster greater inclusion. 

Our vision for NZSL Week is clear: to elevate awareness and appreciation of NZSL and the Deaf community, while fostering empowerment and unity among its members. 

The journey to NZSL’s official recognition in 2006 was a testament to the tireless advocacy efforts of the Deaf community, championed by dedicated individuals like MP Ruth Dyson. Since its inception in 2007, NZSL Week has become a cherished tradition, bringing together people from all walks of life to celebrate our beautiful language – NZSL. 

Explore our resources and join the nationwide campaign to learn NZSL.  

Let’s come together, learn, and celebrate the vibrant tapestry of NZSL during this special week!