- New Zealand Sign Language Board
- Disability Action Plan 2014 - 2018
- New Zealand Disability Strategy
- UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006
- Enabling Good Lives August 2011 report
- More government information in New Zealand Sign Language
The Disability Action Plan sets priorities for action by government agencies. The actions require government agencies to work together with each other and with Disabled People's Organisations.
You can access New Zealand Sign Language interpretation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy by downloading video from this website, or by contacting Deaf Aotearoa to order the video on DVD.
You can access New Zealand Sign Language interpretation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by downloading video from this website, or by contacting Deaf Aotearoa to order the video on DVD.
Go to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New Zealand Sign Language
Contact Deaf Aotearoa to request DVD
In October 2014, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities released its Concluding Observations (or recommendations) from its review of New Zealand's implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Watch the video of the Concluding Observations in NZSL
Over 2010 and 2011, the Office for Disability Issues held public meetings on New Zealand's first report on implementing the UN Convention
on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. You can watch a video of the discussion document produced for the meetings.
You can watch an explanation of the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006 in NZSL. These videos have captions. You can also read the transcript of the captions.
Review of the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006
Over 2010 and 2011, the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006 was reviewed.
Watch videos with information about the review of the NZSL Act and find out about how to have your say in the review.
Development of the New Zealand Sign Language Bill
In 2004, some information about the New Zealand Sign Language Bill, how to make a submission to Parliament, and the process of legislation was presented in New Zealand Sign Language. These seven clips can be downloaded as separate files. There is also video with information about the Office for Disability Issues and the Minister for Disability Issues.
You can watch a NZSL translation of the Enabling Good Lives August 2011 report. The Enabling Good Lives report presents a new approach to how disability supports are provided. It was produced in August 2011 by an independent experts group, which was commissioned by the Minister for Disability Issues, Hon Tariana Turia. The Ministries of Health and Social Development are working with the experts group to test the Enabling Good Lives approach.
Ministry of Social Development
Accessing our Services is about how we do our job to assist people when they need help. It talks about the different parts of the Ministry such as StudyLink, Child, Youth and Family and Work and Income services.
Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
A DVD in NZSL has been produced by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management with Deaf Aotearoa that has useful information on the types of disasters that can happen in New Zealand. It also provides advice on how to be better prepared.
Read more and watch the video at Deaf Aotearoa
Deaf Aotearoa has produced a NZSL translation of the national anthem, both the English and Māori versions. There is also a resource on how to learn the national anthem in NZSL.
Ministry of Education
Thumbs Up! An Introduction to New Zealand Sign Language, has been produced to support the teaching and learning of NZSL as an additional language in English-medium schools for students in years 7–8 working at curriculum levels 1 and 2.
ACC services for the Deaf
ACC has produced a DVD on the services and support ACC can offer to people who are deaf. The DVD illustrates how ACC helped two deaf people to recover from their injuries and the support they received.
For a copy of the DVD, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a fax to 0800 332 354.
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