October, 2011
ISSN 1178-0967
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News & Issues

Results of the New Zealand Sign Language Act Review 2011

The Office for Disability Issues has published its report on the review of the New Zealand Sign Language Act.

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Join the conversation about learning te reo in Oz

With so many Māori living in Australia, surely a strategy to promote te reo Māori should not be limited to national borders?

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Building capability in the Community Languages Sector

The Community Languages Association of New Zealand (CLANZ) has received a wealth of feedback on its discussion paper.

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First Cook Islands Maori Language Week a success

The inaugural Cook Islands Maori Language Week began on 17 September and concluded on Cook Islands Day, 24 September.

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Pacific Languages Framework Update

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs would like to thank all those who attended consultation fono and gave written submissions about the draft Pacific Languages Framework.

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Privacy and Language Line go hand in hand

If your personal privacy is important to you, then here is good news.

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Call to include Hindi in school curriculum

A group of parents and community leaders has called for Hindi to be included in the New Zealand curriculum and promoted as a second language in schools.

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Pacific language petition before Select Committee

The Bilingual Leo Pacific Coalition have presented a submission to the education and science select committee of parliament.

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Deaf Youth Coordinator

Deaf Aotearoa is pleased to announce the appointment of Ursula Thynne as its Deaf Youth Coordinator.

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Sign singers performing national anthem

New Zealand’s Deaf community has an additional reason to be excited about the Rugby World Cup 2011.

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Future Events

Refugee Education Conference AUT 2011

Places are still available for the Refugee Education Conference AUT 2011, 28 and 29 November in Auckland. See the draft programme and register on-line at AUT’s webpage.

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Language Teacher Education Public Lecture Series 31 October

The Department of Language Studies at Unitec Institute of Technology invites you to attend a public lecture series.

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Pacific Languages Course

Lea Faka – Tonga PASF 114 offers basic knowledge in one of the Pacific Languages.

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Supporting Auckland’s Newcomers – Access to Multilingual Services

Supporting newcomers through multilingual services is the theme of the Regional Settlement Network Meeting on Thursday 27 October, 9 am – 1.30 pm.

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Mandarin Corner and Chinese Film

Mandarin Corner 汉语角 is held from 3.15pm – 4.30pm Saturdays during school terms at Victoria University of Wellington, Seminar Room, 20 Kelburn Parade. Gold coin donation.

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For more information about the 'Te Waka Reo: National Language Policy Network', please contact Debbie Broughton at debbieb@hrc.co.nz, or 04 471-6746.

Information about the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme is available at www.hrc.co.nz/diversity.

The views contained in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the position of the Human Rights Commission.