NZ Sign Language (NZSL)


What is it?

NZSL is a distinct New Zealand natural language. It is a visual-gestural language, where the hands, the body, and facial expressions are used to make meaning.

NZSL is recognised as an official language of New Zealand through the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006.

NZSL has no written form of expression. You cannot write someone a note in NZSL, but you can record one on video. When NZSL users communicate in writing, for example, by email, they use languages such as English and te reo Māori.

NZSL uses signs as the means to communicate. Five elements make up each sign.

  • handshapes
  • location
  • movement
  • palm orientation
  • non-manual signals

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WestREAP run regular NZSL Level 1 and Level 2 courses with a trained tutor.  Our next 8 week course begins in Hari Hari on the 19th October.

Registrations are ESSENTIAL.  Grab your spot now.

Please register your interest with WestREAP by phoning 0800 927 327 or Register your interest