The Eyes Have It! Our Third Official Language: New Zealand Sign Language


  • Rachel Locker McKee



The article discusses the background, scope and likely impact of the third official language in New Zealand - the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), which was established in April 2006. The Deaf community has struggled to exercise their citizenship and fought for and managed to succeed in making NZSL as an official language.


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Author Biography

Rachel Locker McKee

Rachel Locker McKee is a senior lecturer in Deaf Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She has professional qualifications as a sign language interpreter and has established programmes for training interpreters and Deaf NZSL teachers. Research publications have focused on structure and use of NZSL, interpreting, Deaf education, and the New Zealand Deaf community and culture.