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Learn New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)

Auckland Central | West Auckland | North Shore | Online

We have courses all over Auckland as well as online. We run scheduled courses for the public, and tailored courses for businesses and organizations (see below)

Semester 2 Registrations for 2023 are now closed and classes have begun. Our next intake of students will be in Semester 1, 2024, beginning in mid-February. Plus we are holding an intensive Beginner 1, Summer School Crash Course - see below

Please email with any queries.

Current Courses Available

NZSL Summer Crash Course

Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 16 Hillsborough Rd, Auckland 1042

Course Dates: 6th December 2023 - 14th February 2024

NZSL Intensive Beginner 1 Crash Course run over 10 Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. 

From 6th December to 14th February ( December 6, 13 & 20; January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7 & 14)

Course Fee $220.

Please click on the "Book now" link below to register, or contact the NZSL Administrator at for more information.

 Time Register

16 Hillsborough Rd,

Three Kings, Auckland Central

6:30pm to 8:30pm
 Book now

Scheduled Classes

NZSL for Businesses & Organizations

There are two semesters every year. Each semester is usually 15 weeks long. There are five courses:

  • Beginners 1 and Beginners 2
  • Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2
  • Intermediate 3

You can complete two courses per year. For example, in one year do Beginners 1 and Beginners 2, then the following year do Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 and so on.

Cost in person 15-week course: $260.00

Cost for online 15-week course: $200.00

If you are interested in attending one of our NZSL related activities e.g. Communication Games, Deaf Deaf World, Fingerspelling Triathlon, etc. please contact the NZSL Administrator and you will be notified about these events by emails.

Terms & Conditions

By completing your registration you are indicating you have read and accepted our NZSL Terms and Conditions

If you have any questions about our NZSL programme, contact the NZSL Administrator or Phone (09) 630 6980.

 ("Community Connection Courses")

ADS provides tailored Deaf awareness training for organizations, including effective communication strategies to bridge the gap between Deaf clients, service users, colleagues and hearing staff.

These can range from a single workshop to better appreciate deaf culture and learn NZSL signing fundamentals to  full15 week courses. These courses are run by a highly qualified deaf tutor and usually at the organization's premises.

Deaf Awareness workshops

The Auckland Deaf Society (ADS) began in 1937, and since then has been a welcoming space for the Deaf/NZSL community. The Society celebrates diversity, welcoming people at all stages of life, and all ethnicities. Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and hearing people come together to create connections and inclusion for the Deaf Community of Auckland. ADS promote NZ Sign Language (NZSL), an official language of NZ, and Deaf Culture.

Our Deaf awareness workshops include the history of NZ’s Deaf community, Deaf education, Deaf Culture, and effective communication with Deaf people. A good understanding of Deaf Culture and our community is paramount to developing meaningful communication with Deaf people, and to avoid cross-cultural conflicts. A lack of knowledge about Deaf Culture and language often leads to a misunderstanding between Deaf and hearing people. Our courses are delivered by our friendly staff who are Deaf themselves, using a qualified interpreter if required.

Our objective is to make Auckland the most Deaf-friendly city in the world, and it seems our reputation has spread far and wide around Auckland.

Deaf Culture

Deaf culture is the heart of Deaf communities around New Zealand. Auckland’s Deaf community is a cultural group which shares a language and a common heritage. The Auckland Deaf community, therefore, identify themselves as members of a cultural and linguistic group. Identification with the Deaf community is a personal choice. It is usually made independent of the individual’s hearing status, and the community is not automatically composed of all people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Above all, members of the Auckland Deaf community are immensely proud to have a strong sense of pride and identity as a Deaf person using NZSL.

Contact the Auckland Deaf Society for guidance on course options, costings and the booking process. We will discuss any requirements that you/your organization, company or group wish to include in your program. Please email for more information.

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Office: 09-636-9680

 NZSL video link

16 Hillsborough Road


Auckland 1042

PO Box 24376

Royal Oak

Auckland 1345

Charity numbers:

INC 4456583


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