Promotion and Maintenance of New Zealand Sign Language

In 2006, the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Act was passed, making NZSL an official language of New Zealand. The Office for Disability Issues, as a secretariat, supports the NZSL Board to effectively promote and maintain NZSL.

New Zealand Sign Language Board

The purpose of the NZSL Board is to promote and maintain NZSL by ensuring the development, preservation and acquisition of the language, and to provide expert advice to government and the community on NZSL.

NZSL Board group

Using NZSL Interpreters

Find out how to book and pay for NZSL interpreters, and more information about working with Deaf people, in the online guide:

New Zealand Sign Language videos

In this section are some video clips in NZSL with information of interest to Deaf people.

NZSL Board Action Plan 2016-2018

The NZSL Board Action Plan, released March 2016, represents a critical step towards the promotion and maintenance of NZSL, and in the advancement of Deaf people by progressing five priorities.

New Zealand Sign Language Fund

NZSL Fund Round 2 Poster

The NZSL Fund invests in projects that develop and enhance the abilities, access, and rights of the core NZSL community.

New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006

In 2006, the NZSL Act was passed, making NZSL an official language of New Zealand. Find out more about NZSL Act 2006, its development and the review.

Contact

If you have questions about our work on the promotion and maintenance of New Zealand Sign Language, please email nz_sign_language@msd.govt.nz.