New Zealand Sign Language

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.

You can register your interest for Greymouth, Hokitika and South Westland for the next course coming to your area.

WestREAP have the only fully trained NZSL tutor on the West Coast in Ruth Sullivan.

The cost is $150 (Subsidies may apply so check with WestREAP). You can register using the course registration button below.

Please register your interest with WestREAP by calling 0800 927 327 or Email or private message us on Facebook