Calling for Nominations to the NZSL Board

NZSL Board Ministerial appointments

Nominations close 4.00pm April 23, 2021

The Minister for Disability Issues is seeking nominations from those who would like to be considered for appointment to the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Board. These appointments will be for a three-year term.

The work of the NZSL Board is aligned with the NZSL Strategy (2018-2023) and has responsibilities that extend across leadership, advice, strategy, co-ordination, and monitoring of NZSL.   In addition, the work of the Board helps Government meet its commitments under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) and its obligations under the New Zealand Sign Language Act (2006).

Members appointed to the NZSL Board are required to have certain skills, including fluency in NZSL, and the majority of members must be Deaf NZSL users. The NZSL Board members appointed also need to represent the diversity of the Deaf community and NZSL users. For this nomination round, nominees will have experience and/or expertise in linguistics and youth.

Nominations will be open from April 5 to April 23 2021.

Instructions for nomination

For information on how to be nominated for the NZSL Board member positions, please download the following documents:

Making a nomination

  1. Read the attached Terms of Reference for the NZSL Board. This specifies the desired skills and attributes and explains what is expected of members.   It also sets out its
    • Vision
    • Principles
    • Purpose           
    • Role and functions 
    • Composition 
    • Governance
    • Processes                   
    • Support (by way of Secretariat)

  2. Nominees:
    • should be able to demonstrate the desired skills and attributes of Board members
    • should be able to understand the views of, and communicate with, the NZSL-user community
    • cannot be an employee in the public service working on issues relevant to NZSL
    • must be available to attend the Board’s first meeting in August 2021

  3. Each member will be paid per day and pro-rata for a half day, for each day that they undertake work arising from their membership of the NZSL Board, including attending meetings. Remuneration will be in accordance with the Cabinet fees framework.

  4. The NZSL Board has a robust system in place for managing interests, and this is guided by the Management of Interests policy. 

Nomination checklist

Please provide the following to complete the nomination process:

  1. A cover letter explaining your relevant skills and experience
  2. A video submission (3 minutes)
    • Introduce yourself
    • Describe the current issues relating to the promotion and maintenance of NZSL
  3. A completed Nomination Form 2021
  4. A completed Cabinet Committee Curriculum Vitae (CAB 50/01)

Send the completed nomination documents and video:

by email (Word document and video link) to   


by post to:

Kellye Bensley
Office for Disability Issues
Ministry of Social Development
P O Box 1556, Wellington
56 The Terrace, Wellington 6040

For further information email or text/video Kellye Bensley, the Office for Disability Issues, 029 900 1073

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