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New Zealand Sign Language Week

posted: May 20, 2019

New Zealand Sign Language Week

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Every May, Deaf Aotearoa organises NZ Sign Langauge Week – a celebration of one the country’s official languages. Children at Kimihia are learning new karakia and lots of new sign language (NZSL).

A Few Tips For Sign Language

  • Face the person and get their attention before speaking. Eye contact is very important.
  • Facial expressions are important, having a plain face facial expression is like speaking with a monotonous voice. It’s boring!
  • Hand position – is very important. You can look up videos for NZSL in the online dictionary at
  • Which hand to use? Use your dominant hand - the hand you write with.