Kia ora

Thank you for taking up the Leaders’ Challenge to film yourselves using New Zealand Sign Language!

This is an opportunity for you to show your support to NZSL – our country’s third official language.

Kia Ora in NZSL

Our Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern helped to kick off the NZSL Leaders’ Challenge in 2018 and 2019, setting a benchmark for leaders to acknowledge their national sign languages. In New Zealand MPs, Mayors, Chief Executives and others in leadership roles made NZSL Leaders’ Challenge videos in 2018 and 2019. And, in 2019 the Australian Prime Minister, Hon Scott Morrison, followed suit and made a brief video in Australian Sign Language:

It’s easy and Deaf Aotearoa is here to support you!

Below is a series of video clips with some common words and phrases you might use.

If you want to write a brief script of your own, you can send this to us, we will make a NZSL video of your script in NZSL and send it back to you for practice. Then you can either send us your final video to check the signs are correct before releasing, or we can visit/video call you to help ensure you are forming the signs correctly. We’re also able to help with editing the video and adding on your organisation logo and the NZSL Week end slide and captions; or we can provide you with the end slide and you can edit your video yourself. We’re flexible and happy to support whatever way works for you.

Videos can be prepared and filmed in advance and we do ask that these are embargoed until the start of NZSL Week from the 21st-27th September.

Please feel free to contact erica.dawson@deaf.org.nz to let us know you’re in for the challenge and how we can support you. We are here to help you, and together raise awareness of our beautiful language!

Hi, my name is…

I work at…

My role is… / My job is…

NZSL is for everyone!

Happy NZSL Week

Hello / Goodbye

Thank you

Chief Executive / CEO

Manager

Director

President

Minister

Prime Minister

MP

Mayor

New Zealand

Aotearoa

Alphabet

Some other valuable resources:

NZSL Dictionary
Let’s Talk booklets

If you are interested in learning more NZSL in-depth:

e-learning portal
Local NZSL classes