Story: New Zealand Sign Language

NZSL interpreter during Covid-19 pandemic

Woman signing in the foreground with PM and Minister Robertson at podium in background.

Sign language interpreter Jenn Gilbert in action during Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson's COVID-19 media update at the Beehive Theatrette, 1 April 2020.

In recent years NZSL interpreters have been visible in the media during public emergencies and major events such as the Canterbury earthquakes, the March 2019 mosque shootings and the COVID-19 pandemic. However, most of their everyday work is in more private situations such as healthcare, workplaces, social services, etc.

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Rachel McKee, 'New Zealand Sign Language - Ghost page', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Rachel McKee, published 28 Aug 2020, updated 1 Sep 2020