Conference Programme

The programme are currently in draft at this stage, will update closer to the conference.


Friday 28th July – Welcome Wine and Cheese Social Night

Manawatu Deaf Society Clubroom - 55B Totara Road, Awapuni, Palmerston North.

Time: 7pm - 9pm. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Saturday 29th July

Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre, Palmerston North

Time Activity Topic & Presenter
8.30am Open for Registrations
9.00am - 9.30am Welcome and House Keeping
9.30am - 10.00am Presentation Teaching NZSL Online during the Covid19 Pandemic
Sara Pivac Alexander & Rachel McKee
10.00am - 10.30am Presentation The unique challenges of family based
NZSL education (First Signs)

Cheryl Spykerman, Natasha Cloete & Liz Kay
10.30am - 11.00am MORNING TEA
11.00am - 11.30am Presentation The Māori Perspective: Creating a Culturally
Responsive NZSL Class

Rachel Walker
11.30am - 12.00pm Presentation NZSL in High Schools
- Strategies & Tips
Mike Alley
Deafblindness and how
it affects you and the
Deaf Community

Jacqueline Iseli
12.00pm - 12.30pm Presentation NZSL Business Network
Kim Robinson & Victoria Lessing
12.30pm - 1.30pm LUNCH
1.30pm - 2.00pm Presentation NZSL Online Teaching strategies
Victoria Lessing
2.00pm - 3.00pm Workshops Learning through
engaging games

Kerrie Taylor
Deafblind Communication

Jacqueline Iseli
3.00pm - 3.30pm AFTERNOON TEA
3.30pm - 4.00pm Panel Gender diversity in NZSL teaching 
Panelists - TBC
4.00pm - 5.00pm Your own time
5.00pm - 7.00pm Social dinner & celebrate our 30th Anniversary
7.00pm - 9.00pm STORYFEST

Storyfest poster 2023


Sunday 30th July

Time Activity Topic & Presenter
8.30am Open for Registrations
9.00am - 9.30am Topic Discussions Open Discussions on facing challenges
James Anderson-Pole
9.30am - 10.30am NZSLTA SGM SGM & Changes to Charities Act
10.30am - 11.00am MORNING TEA
11.00am - 12.00pm Workshops Level 1 Curriculum
Hands-on activities
Level 2 Curriculum
Hands-on activities
12.00pm - 12.30pm Presentation Adapting level 2 materials for online teaching
12.30pm - 1.30pm LUNCH
1.30pm - 2.00pm Presentation How does New Zealand Sign Language grow?
Rachel McKee & David McKee
2.00pm - 2.30pm Presentations NZSL Board
RAP & Registration
Rap Panel
2.30pm - 3.00pm AFTERNOON TEA & WRAP UP


Updated dated 28th April 2023.