Project Details

A one-year project undertaken by Merge NZ with support from the New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association (NZSLTA), to develop a training programme for tertiary staff to enhance the provision of support services for deaf/hard of hearing students.


The main aims of the project were to:

  • understand plural identities in relation to Deaf communities of affiliation such as Māori-Deaf, Pasifika Deaf, Deaf migrants/refugees, Deaf Youth, Deaf-blind and DeafPlus (Deaf with other disabilities)
  • celebrate the commonalities of Deaf experience that engender a sense of affiliation across boundaries of race, ethnicity, nationality, and class
  • further an understanding of Deaf-world diversity
  • understand the interrelation between Deaf culture and language
  • understand differences between English and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) such as grammatical features, the teaching NZSL resources available, and what is required to become trained/qualified NZSL tutors/teachers.



Merge NZ

Victoria Lessing

Project Leader

Merge NZ
Merge NZ

Jaime Brown

Merge NZ

Susie Ovens





$14,500.00 (excl GST)

$14,500.00 Merge NZ

Key Findings

Key Recommendations

Summary report

A training programme for New Zealand Sign Language tutors that teaches about Deaf identity, culture and language – Summary

A summary report of a project that aimed to develop a training programme to teach about Deaf identity, culture and language. 

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  • 17 September 2020
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