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Let's sign together! New Zealand Sign Language Week 2024

By Isabel

Did you know that May is a special time in New Zealand? It's when we celebrate New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week, an opportunity to honour the importance of NZSL as one of our official languages.

On the left side a man crosses his hands over his chest, on the right side is the NZSL week logo of a hand.

New Zealand has two official languages; te reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.

During NZSL Week, we have the chance to learn about the rich and diverse culture of the Deaf community across Aotearoa. It is a time for everyone to come together, break down any barriers that may exist, and make sure everyone feels included and valued.

A fantastic way to engage with NZSL Week is by exploring resources like the official website, where you can learn how to fingerspell your name or basic phrases to use with your family and friends.

Another way to join the celebration is by discovering books and movies that portray Deaf culture. Check out these titles from our catalogue! There are so many amazing stories out there that can teach you about NZSL and what it means to be part of the Deaf community.

So, let's join hands and hearts in celebrating together! Happy NZSL week everyone!