New Zealand Sign Language Awards 2018

The New Zealand Sign Language Awards recognise the hard-working heroes of NZSL.

These individuals, businesses and organisations are committed to the promotion and progress of New Zealand Sign Language and Deaf culture in New Zealand.

The NZSL Awards are a wonderful platform for acknowledging these efforts. The NZSL Awards Gala Dinner marks the end of NZSL Week with a celebration of everyone’s tireless work towards keeping New Zealand Sign Language thriving.

You can read about this year's winners and past winners here.


NZSL Champion 

Recognising passion for NZSL as well as outstanding commitment to its successful protection, promotion and preservation.

Youth Champion 

A Deaf leader aged between 14 and 24 who motivates others and is a strong advocate for NZSL.

Maori Champion

An individual or organisation promoting NZSL learning among te reo Māori users.

NZSL Accessible Service

Awarded to a service provider that provides exceptional service to those accessing the service using NZSL.

NZSL Employer

A business or organisation that is committed to NZSL and working with Deaf employees and individuals.

NZSL in Health 

A healthcare provider or professional who shows commitment to NZSL users and providing access to full communication for Deaf clients.

Interpreter of the Year 

Recognises the outstanding efforts of a registered NZSL Interpreter who goes the extra mile to show leadership, passion and professionalism.

NZSL in the Media 

An individual or media organisation that demonstrates a commitment to promoting NZSL and Deaf awareness.

NZSL in Schools 

Recognises a school that shows commitment to NZSL by promoting it in the curriculum.

NZSL Teaching 

Recognises the efforts of an educator who has made an outstanding commitment to teaching NZSL.

NZSL in Early Childhood Education

Recognises an Early Childhood Education provider that shows commitment to NZSL by promoting it in the curriculum.

NZSL in Arts

An artist or arts initiative that demonstrates a commitment to NZSL accessibility and promotion.

NZSL in Sports

Recognising an outstanding contribution to including and promoting NZSL in the sporting arena.

NZSL in Government Agencies

Recognising a government agency that shows commitment to NZSL-accessibility in its information and/or workplace, and commitment to including the NZSL community in its work.