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Our history

Ko tō mātou kōrero o mua

Our history

New Zealand has seen enormous changes in Deaf Education since its inception in 1880 with the Sumner School for the Deaf in Christchurch (later named van Asch College then Van Asch Deaf Education Centre); from a strictly oral approach that endured for almost a century, to now, when programmes and services are provided in a wide range of ways and all languages are viable (English, NZSL and Te Reo Māori).

In July 2020, the Kelston Deaf Education Centre in Auckland and the Van Asch Deaf Education Centre in Christchurch merged to form one national organisation, Ko Taku Reo - Deaf Education New Zealand.

Find out more about Ko Taku Reo's name and its meaning.