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NZSL ko ngā kura


NZSL@School is a service for deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) learners whose primary language is New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Its purpose is to strengthen the use and frequency of NZSL by these learners by providing access to daily, quality and quantity NZSL at school.

NZSL@School additional top-up funds to complement Ministry of Education ORS Teacher Aide hours is available to learners:

  • who are DHH
  • who are enrolled in a mainstream school, Māori medium school, or a special education school (i.e. not Ko Taku Reo)
  • whose primary language is NZSL i.e. they use NZSL on a daily, ongoing basis at home, and in their school community

Who applies?

Additional funding and NZSL tutor support is applied for by the school. One or more people can be involved in filling out the form; the school, AODC, RTD, Ko Taku Reo Team Lead plus input from the family/whanau can be included.

How to apply

See the link to the digital application form at the bottom of this page. If you would a like a copy of your submission for your files, please email after you have submitted your form.

Resource Allocation

Additional funding is reviewed on an annual basis and is not guaranteed for future years. Reapply in term 4 for the following year. NZSL tutor only can continue where an NZSL tutor is available. This is not reapplied for annually.

Educational Interpreter

In a limited number of situations, the funding for NZSL@School may provide for the use of trained NZSL Educational Interpreters. If you believe there is a need for an NZSL Educational Interpreter, please contact us.

For events such as assemblies, evening performances, and guest speakers to the school you may wish to request a trained NZSL interpreter.

Contact NZSL@School for more information.