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New strategy to promote New Zealand Sign Language

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Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni has launched a new New Zealand Sign Language strategy on the inaugural International Day of Sign Languages.

“Today is the United Nation’s day for celebrating sign languages worldwide and it’s a fitting time to announce a new strategy to promote the uptake and use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL),” Carmel Sepuloni said.

“The New Zealand Sign Language Strategy 2018-2023 sets the strategic direction for NZSL over the next five years. I would like to thank the New Zealand Sign Language Board for their work on this Strategy.

“New Zealand is one of very few countries where its sign language is an official language. We are recognised as a world leader for our commitment to maintaining and promoting the use of NZSL in Aotearoa and the new strategy aims to further promote the language and empower our Deaf communities.

“Language opens up a wealth of opportunities for Deaf people – including social, cultural, educational and employment opportunities. It is a matter of human rights that we embrace NZSL to promote equal opportunities for Deaf people.

The new New Zealand Sign Language Strategy will focus on

  • Acquisition – The learning of a language by children and adults.
  • Use/Access – The ability to use a language in any or all domains of society, including within whānau.
  • Attitude – The beliefs and opinions of language users and others.
  • Documentation – The systematic recording of language use for research and reference.
  • Status – How a language is regarded by its users and others.

A message from Minister Carmel Sepuloni on the strategy is here

Find out more about the NZSL Board Strategy at

  • Source: Out of The Beehive