Introduction to New Zealand Sign Language Week
New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) week is a yearly event organised by Deaf Aotearoa to raise awareness of the language and culture of New Zealand’s Deaf community. Every year, the theme is different to promote one of New Zealand’s official and unique languages. It is the language of New Zealand's Deaf community. Like other signed languages, NZSL uses the hands, the body, and facial expressions (including lip patterns) to express meaning. NZSL has its own grammatical structure and ways of expressing ideas.
This year’s theme is: Together we can make NZSL thrive
Why it is important to help NZSL thrive? Because NZSL is a living and evolving language. NZSL enables the Deaf community to thrive and break down barriers. NZSL is for everyone.
The week ahead
This week at the Office of the Ombudsman, we will be celebrating the Deaf community’s language and culture whilst bringing awareness and showcasing the resources we have available.
We'll discuss different topics throughout the week:
- Tuesday – Launch of the NZSL Ombudsman Act quick guide.
- Wednesday – Spreading awareness of how the Official information Act works through our NZSL quick guide.
- Thursday –'Removing barriers: A guide for reasonable accommodation of Disabled people in Aotearoa' NZSL quick guide.
- Friday – What the office does- 2 minute NZSL video