This year's annual NZ Sign Language (NZSL) Week is 8-14 May. This May also marks 11 years since NZSL became an official language of New Zealand.
As one of the country’s official languages, NZSL is used daily by more than 24,000 New Zealanders. Rather than simply being a signed representation of spoken English, it is a separate language with its own structure and grammar.
To celebrate, Auckland Council is encouraging all Aucklanders to learn some basic sign language. It could be something as simple as learning to sign your name. Here are some great, fun resources to get you started:
NZSL Alphabet: A free, downloadable PDF to help you learn to sign the NZSL alphabet. Master your own name and teach your whānau, family and friends to sign theirs.
My Life in Sign: Follow the adventures of Sign Boy and Just Learning To Sign Man as they navigate social situations and scenarios where sign language saves the day. You'll learn on the way!
Get more information on NZSL Week.