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.
Recognising passion for NZSL as well as outstanding commitment to its successful protection, promotion and preservation.
A Deaf leader aged between 14 and 24 who motivates others and is a strong advocate for NZSL.
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.
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.
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.
NZSL in the Media: Sara Pivac Alexander, Learn NZSL
NZSL in Health: Natasha Jumelet, Deaf Wellbeing Society
NZSL in Early Childhood Education: Joint winners, Bridget Warmouth and Casa Nova Kindergarten
NZSL in Schools: Redwood Primary School
NZSL Employer: Andy Firth, Paul Kelly Motors
NZSL Teaching: Susie Ovens
NZSL Accessible Service: Coffee Educators Ltd
Interpreter of the Year: Angela Murray
NZSL in Sports: Clive Morgan
NZSL in the Arts: Laura Haughey, Equal Voices
NZSL in Government Agencies: Nick Linton, Fire and Emergency NZ
Supreme Long-standing Service Award: Lynette Pivac
Supreme Long-standing Service Award: Lesley Carmichael
Youth Champion: Katherine Hickson
Māori Champion: Jared Flitcroft
NZSL Champion: Josje Lelijveld
NZSL in Schools: St Theresa’s School, Plimmerton
NZSL Employer: CQ Hotels Wellington
NZSL in the Media: Lisa Thompson
NZSL in Health: Rachel Coppage, CDMHP
NZSL Teaching: Nirvana May
NZSL Accessible Service: CQ Hotels Wellington
NZSL Interpreter of the Year: Scott Williams
NZSL in Early Childhood Education: Yoshie Akasaka
Youth Champion: Matthew Flynn
Maori Champion: Joanne Klaver
NZSL Champion: Stephen Hooker
NZSL Teaching Award: Karla Smith
NZSL in ECE Award: Hillpark Kindergarten
NZSL in Schools Award: Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Ruanui
NZSL in the Media Award: Pickled Possum Productions
Magnet Youth Award: Eric Matthew
Maori Sign Champion Award: Patrick Thompson
NZSL in Health Award: Health Promotion Agency
NZSL Employer Award: Co-Ed Educators and Coffee Shop
NZSL Accessible Service Award: Auckland Council
NZSL Interpreter of the Year Award: Lynx
NZSL Champion Award: TeachSign Project Team
NZSL Champions Award: Victoria Manning
NZSL Māori Sign Champion Award: Michael Wi
NZSL Accessible Service Award: Russell Smith, Lifestyle Choices
NZSL in Early Childhood Education Award: Doris Nicholson Kindergarten
NZSL Employer Award: Victoria University Wellington, Grant Guildford
NZSL in Health Award: Wally Potts Audiology, Kenepuru Hospital
NZSL Interpreter of the Year Award: Kelly Hodgins
NZSL in the Media Award: Attitude Pictures
NZSL in Schools Award: Sacred Heart Catholic School
NZSL Teaching Award: Carol Smith
Magnet Deaf Youth Award: Emma Paton
NZSL Champion Award: Sonia Pivac, Sign DNA
NZSL Accessible Service Award: Veolia Transport Auckland
NZSL Employer Award: An Extra Pair of Hands, Palmerston North
NZSL Interpreter of the Year Award: Angela Murray, Wellington
NZSL in the Media Award: TIKI TOUR by Flux Animation and Pickled Possum Productions
NZSL in Schools Award: Shirley First Learners, Christchurch
NZSL Teaching Award: Darryl Alexander, Wellington
Magnet Deaf Youth Award: Rachel Berry, Christchurch
NZSL Champion Award and NZSL in Teaching Award: David McKee, Wellington
NZSL Accessible Award: Masterpet, Wellington
NZSL Interpreter of the Year Award: Julie Coxhead, Auckland
NZSL Public Service Award: Hutt City Council
NZSL In Schools Award: St Johns School, Ranfurly and Tauranga Intermediate
Magnet Youth Award: Mark Berry, Wellington
NZSL Champion Award: Lee Ann Rose
Interpreter of the Year Award: Evelyn Pateman and Jeremy Borland (joint winners)
Māori Signs Champion Award: Bonnie Ormsby
NZSL In Schools Award: Titahi Bay School
NZSL Teaching Award: Kay Hunia
Public Service Award: New Zealand Fire Service
NZSL Accessible Award: Tiaho Trust
NZSL Champion Award: Bridget Ferguson
Interpreter of the Year Award: Alan Wendt
Māori Signs Champion Award: No entries received
NZSL In Schools Award: Paparoa Ranges School
NZSL Teaching Award: Lisa Shand (New Plymouth)
Public Service Award: Constable Deborah Leahy, New Zealand Police
NZSL Accessible Award: The Learning Connexion, Wellington
NZSL Champion Award: Brent Macpherson
Interpreter of the Year Award: Delys Magill
Māori Signs Champion Award: Richard Peri
NZSL In Schools Award: St Pius X School
NZSL Teaching Award: Sara Pivac Alexander
Public Service Award: Christchurch City Council
NZSL Accessible Award: Department of Conservation (Blenheim)
South Island award winners
Interpreter of the Year Award: Elisabeth Kay
NZSL In Schools Award: Garin College
NZSL Teaching Award: Carol Smith
Special recognition of three key people who have given considerable commitment and passion to the advancement of NZSL within NZ were awarded these awards:
Long Standing Service Award – North Island: Shona McGhie
Long Standing Service Award – South Island: Patty Still
Supreme Long Standing Service Award: Rachel McKee