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Our vision

Full access and participation for Deaf in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Our purpose

Create opportunities that enable Deaf people to achieve their aspirations.


Strategic focus

Deaf people are valued

  • Deaf people have a strong sense of identity and self-worth.
  • Society values and promotes NZSL, Deaf culture and diversity within the Deaf community.
  • Deaf people are employed and contribute to the economy of New Zealand.

Deaf people are educated and informed

  • NZSL is used throughout the education system so that Deaf people can be life-long learners.
  • Deaf people can access the information they need to make the right decisions and achieve their goals.

Deaf communities grow, develop and thrive

  • Deaf community organisations are healthy, resilient and sustainable.
  • Strengths, assets, skills and talents are recognised, shared and developed.
  • Deaf people access Government, community, health and social services when, where and how they need to.

Deaf Aotearoa is strong and sustainable

  • Strengthen Deaf Aotearoa’s role as a Disabled Person’s Organisation.
  • Provide strong representation, influence and leadership at regional, national and international level.
  • Cultivate valuable partnerships with allied organisations. Develop our people to their full potential.

Deaf Aotearoa is guided by:

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