New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is a language that is unique to New Zealand.
It is highly visual, and features hand gestures and facial expressions. It has its own grammar and, like any language, it allows the expression of all thoughts, ideas, feelings and emotions.
NZSL users can communicate freely with others who use NZSL, and with non-NZSL users, through the services of an ‘interpreter’.
A defining moment for members of the Deaf community around New Zealand came on 6 April 2006. After 22 years of lobbying, the Government finally recognised their language. This means that New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is now the 3rd official language in New Zealand.
Visit the New Zealand Sign Language website to find out more about NZSL.
A comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language has been produced and is regularly updated.
Most reputable booksellers stock the NZSL dictionary.
To find out about classes in New Zealand Sign Language and for information on training to be a New Zealand Sign Language teacher/tutor or interpreter, contact the New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association.