History of NZSLTA

2010-2019

2019

  • February: 1st Central NZSL Camp, Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre, Wainuiomata
  • March: TeachSign website restructure project is completed – content updated, new NZSL Tutors Directory, class advertisings, electronic membership system. Three databases are merged (NZSLTA, TeachSign, RAP)

2018

  • March: TeachSign NZSL Tutors Online Survey
  • April: Meeting regarding new learning outcomes and new topics for the NZSL Level Two Learning Outcomes Framework
  • April - June: NZSLTA contracted Merge to run tutor trainings in Christchurch and Hamilton, and also to create TeachSign Level One training kits for all NZSL tutors branches
  • June: Uploaded 2,400 drawings illustrated by Shaun Fahey to the TeachSign website
  • September 14 - 16: Southern NZSL Camp, Woodend Christian Camp
  • October 26 - 28: NZSLTA Hui, Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Auckland
  • NZSLTA Executive: Karla Smith (resigned 2018), Victoria Green (President), James Anderson-Pole (Vice-President), Susie Ovens, Candice David, Ruth Sullivan-Whyte
  • Communications Co-ordinator: Theresa Cooper

2017

  • NZSLTA celebrated its 25th year anniversary
  • March: TeachSign resource: video translation of English phrases to NZSL for the benefit of NZSL tutors
  • August: TeachSign Units 1 and 2 updated
  • November 24 - 26: Signs of Professionalism conference in Auckland (combined conference between NZSLTA,SLIANZ and AUT for their 25th year celebration and VUW for their 20th year celebration). NZSLTA Keynote Presenter: Ben Lewis
    November 25: Overall Storytelling winner: Shaun Fahey
  • NZSLTA Executive: Karla Smith (President), Shelia Gibbons, Sue Lessing (resigned 2017), Monica Leach (resigned 2016), Natasha Cloete (resigned 2016)

2016

  • April 6: 10th years of celebration of NZSL Act, since the passing of the Bill in 2006
  • April 19: Level One Units 4 - 9 teaching materials via TeachSign website now available to NZSL provisional and qualified tutors
  • November 4 - 5: 14th NZSLTA Conference, BGM, Auckland
    Keynote Presenter: Daniel Gough (USA)
  • TeachSign Units 1 - 9: 11 tutor training weekends delivered to 124 participants nationwide
  • NZSLTA Executive: Eddie Hokianga (removed 2015); Pixie Neame (resigned 2015), Julie Nielson, Angela Lindsay, Rachel Turner (resigned 2016), Pam Croskery (co-opted); Shona McGhie (co-opted)

2015

  • January: Completion of TeachSign Level 1 Units 6 - 9
  • May: TeachSign won the NZSL Champion Award during the annual NZSL Week
  • June: Establishment of NZSL Board for funding of New Zealand Sign Language-related projects
  • NZSLTA National Administrator: Sue Nicholson (July 2015 - April 2017)
  • NZSLTA Financial Administrator: Lynette Southey-Ray (July 2015 - Oct 2018)
  • NZSLTA Executive: Tim Lewin (President, resigned April 2015), Eddie Hokianga, Pixie Neame, Julie Nielson, Angela Lindsay), Pam Croskery (co-opted), Shona McGhie (co-opted)

2014

  • March 29 - 30: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Christchurch
  • April 5: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Auckland
  • July 11 - 13: 13th NZSLTA Conference, BGM, StoryFest, Auckland
    Keynote Presenter: Nicholas Padden (UK)
    Storytelling Competition winner: Sonia Pivac
  • July 12: Launch of the TeachSign website: TeachSign Level One Units 1 - 3 for NZSLTA members (including online PowerPoints, activity sheets, sample lesson plans for class teaching materials)
  • August 23 - 24: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Palmerston North
  • October: Development of Deaf Deaf World materials
  • October 31 - November 1: NZSLTA Tutors Training
  • NZSLTA Executive: Tim Lewin (President), James Pole (co-opted), Eddie Hokianga, Pixie Neame, Julie Nielson, Angela Lindsay

2013

  • New three NZSLTA logos for each branch: Southern, Central, Northern
  • June 21 - 23: 11th North Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Turangi (the last one)
  • NZSLTA Executive: Pam Croskery (President), James Pole, Tim Lewin, Eddie Hokianga, Shona McGhie (co-opted)

2012

  • July 6 - 8: 12th NZSLTA Conference, BGM, StoryFest, Christchurch
    Keynote Presenter: Ben Lewis (USA)
    Storytelling Competition winner: Toby Agnew
  • October 12 - 14: 10th South Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Woodend
  • NZSLTA National Administrator: Rose Kerr (April 2012 - July 2015)
  • NZSLTA Executive: Pam Croskery (President), James Pole (co-opted), Tim Lewin, Eddie Hokianga, Shona McGhie (co-opted); Karla Smith (resigned December 2012)

2011

  • May 5: Celebrate the release of NZ National Anthem in NZSL, Wellington
  • June 17 - 19: 10th North Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Turangi
  • June 24: Launch of NZSL Online Dictionary, Victoria University, Wellington
  • National Administrator: Victoria Walters (April 2011 - March 2012)
  • NZSLTA Executive: Shona McGhie (President), Pam Croskery, Jackie Davidson, Karla Smith, Rachel Summers (resigned), Tim Lewin (resigned)

2010

  • March 26 - 28: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Auckland
  • April 16 - 18: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Christchurch
  • October: NZSLTA Review of NZSLTA Silent Camps for North and South Islands
  • November 26 - 28: 11th NZSLTA National Conference, BGM, StoryFest, Wellington
    Storytelling Competition winner: Chris Blum
  • New NZSLTA-owned website launched
  • National Administrator: James Pole (May - December)
  • NZSLTA Executive: Shona McGhie (President), Jackie Davidson, Pam Croskery, Karla Smith, Tim Lewin, Rachel Summers, Shona Beamsley, Judy Everit, Jacqui Iseli (resigned), Carol Smith (resigned)

2000-2009

2009

  • April 3 - 5: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Auckland
  • June 19 - 21: 9th North Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Turangi
  • June 19 - 21: 9th South Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Kaiapoi
  • NZSLTA National Administrator: Sarah Mason (Sept 2009 - Jan 2010)
  • NZSLTA Executive: Shona McGhie (President), Carol Smith, Jacqui Iseli, Judy Everitt, Pam Croskery

2008

  • February 22 - 24: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Auckland
  • April 4 - 6: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Auckland
  • May 9: Launch of NZSL Teacher/Tutors Registration Qualification Model
  • July 11 - 13: 10th NZSLTA Conference BGM, StoryFest, Auckland
    Storytelling Competition winner: Sonia Pivac
  • August 29 - 31: 8th South Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Kaiapoi
  • NZSLTA Executive: Shona McGhie (President), Carol Smith, Jacqui Iseli, Judy Everitt, Pam Croskery, Jackie Davidson, Shona Beamsley

2007

  • March 2 - 4 to April 27 - 29: NZSLTA Tutors Training: Auckland, Napier, Palmerston North, Christchurch, Whangarei
  • April 1: Implementation of Registration Advisory Panel for tutor registrations
  • June 17 - 19: 8th North Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Turangi
  • NZSLTA National Administrator: Lucy Dunbar (H), Carmen Otahuha (H) (Nov 2007 - April 2009)
  • NZSLTA Executive: Shona McGhie (President), Lynette Pivac, James Pole, Carol Smith

2006

  • Launch of NZSL Units 7-12 Workbook
  • March 16: Launch of the NZSLTA website, Auckland Deaf Society, Auckland.
  • April 6: NZSLTA celebrated the passing of NZSL Act in the Parliament and witnessed the signing of the Act at the Government House
  • July 6 - 8: 9th NZSLTA National Conference, BGM, StoryFest, Auckland
    Storytelling Competition winner: Shaun Fahey
  • July 7: Approval of the new title: New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association
  • August 4 - 6 to December 1 - 3: NZSLTA Tutors Training: Whangarei, Christchurch, Napier, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Dunedin, Nelson
  • September 9 - 10: 7th South Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Mosgiel
  • National Administrator: Melissa Malzkuhn, Natasha Jumlet, Lucy Dunbar (H)
  • NZSLTA Executive: Shona McGhie (President), Lynette Pivac, James Pole, Carol Smith, Karen Pointon (resigned)

2005

  • May 13 - 15: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Christchurch
  • June 15 - 17: 7th North Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Turangi
  • July 1 - 3: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Palmerston North
  • July 22 - 24: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Auckland
  • August: NZSLTA Registration Advisory Panel set up
  • August 12 - 14: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Wellington
  • September 2 - 4: 6th South Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Oxford
  • November 21 - 23: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Christchurch
  • National Administrator: Melissa Malzkuhn
  • NZSLTA Executive Committee: Shona McGhie (President), Lynette Pivac, Dennis Tod, Jackie Davidson, Marjorie Rako (resigned)

2004

  • Launch of NZSL Level One Units 7 - 12 DVD
  • February 20 - 22: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Palmerston North
  • March 5 - 7: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Christchurch
  • July 14 - 16: 8th NZSLTA National Conference, BGM, Storytelling competition, Auckland
    Keynote Presenters: Adam Schembri, Darlene Thornton (Australia)
    Storytelling Competition winner: Hilda Tamepo "Making Scones"
  • October 1 - 3: 5th South Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Fairlie
  • NZSLTA Executive: Shona McGhie (President), Lynette Pivac, Dennis Tod, Jackie Davidson, Marjorie Rako, Nirvana Harkin

2003

  • Development of Level 1 Units 7 - 12 DVD
  • March 21 - 23: 3rd South Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Oamaru
  • May 9 - 11: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Christchurch
  • June 20 - 22: 6th North Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Turangi
  • Sept 5 - 7: 4th South Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Staveley Park
  • Nov 21 - 23: NZSLTA Tutors Training, Christchurch
  • NZSLTA Executive: Lynette Pivac (President), Dennis Tod, Shona McGhie, Nirvana Harkin, Lynne Smith
  • NZSLTA National Administrator: Sue Nicholson (2003 - 2004)

2002

  • Celebration of 10 years of NZSLTA
  • April 19 - 21: 2nd South Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Kaiapoi
  • July 18 - 20: 7th NZSLTA National Conference (AUT, SLIANZ, NZSLTA combined), BGM, Storytelling competition: The Progress Conference, AUT, Auckland
    Keynote Presenter: Dan Levitt
    Storytelling Competition winner: Victoria Lessing (nee Skorikova) "Goldfish"
  • September: Launch of NZSLTA Survey Report by Sara Pivac
  • NZSLTA Executive: Lynette Pivac (President), Dennis Tod, Susan Thomas, Ruth Jessep, Joanna Klaver, Nirvana Graham, Shona McGhie, Lynne Smith
  • First NZSLTA National Administrator: Sara Pivac employed part-time (May 2002 - 2003)

2001

  • January 26 - 28: 6th NZSLTA National Conference, AGM, Storytelling competition, Auckland
    Keynote Presenter: Mel Carter (USA)
  • September 28 - 30: 5th North Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Turangi
  • October 12 - 14: 1st South Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Governor Bay
  • NZSLTA Executive: Penny Went, David McKee, Dennis Tod, Susan Thomas, Lynette Pivac, Ngaire Doherty, Ruth Jessep, Joanne Klaver

2000

  • New NZSL teaching resource developed: Level One Units 1 - 6 Videotext and Workbook
  • February 5 - 7: NZSLTA Professional Development Workshop, AGM, Wellington
    Storytelling Competition winner: Lynette Pivac "Internet Romance"
  • May 5 - 7: 4th North Island NZSLTA Camp, Snell Beach
  • NZSLTA Executive: Penny Went, David McKee, Lynette Pivac, Susan Thomas, Ruth Jessep, Dennis Tod, Janet Watt (resigned)

1992-1999

1999

  • Janruary 22 - 24: NZSLTA 5th NZSLTA National Conference, BGM, Storytelling Competition, Wellington
    Keynote Presenters: Anne Bremner and Melissa Anderson (Australia)
    Storytelling Competition winner: Shona McGhie "British Museum"
  • August 14 - 15: Professional Development Workshop, Auckland
    Keynote Presenters: Frances Elton & June Smith (UK)
  • October 15 - 17: 2nd Central Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Otaki
  • October 29 - 31: 3rd North Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Cambridge
  • NZSLTA Executive: Penny Went (President), Susan Thomas, Lynette Pivac, Ruth Jessep, Dennis Tod
  • NZSLTA Voluntary secretary: Maureen Seth (May 1997 - 1999)

1998

  • First historic group of NZSL tutors graduated with Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL from Victoria University of Wellington
  • November 6 - 8: 2nd North Island NZSLTA Camp, Henderson
  • December 4 - 6: 1st Central NZSLTA Silent Camp, Waikanae
  • NZSLTA Executive: Penny Went (President), Lynette Pivac, Janet Watt, Maureen Tompson, Ruth Jessep, Barbara Herrick, David McKee, Patty Still
  • NZSLTA Voluntary secretary: Maureen Seth (May 1997 - 1999)

1997

  • March 21 - 23: 1st North Island NZSLTA Silent Camp, Hunua
  • June 27 - 29: 4th NZSLTA National Conference (NZSLTA& SLIANZcombined), BGM, NZSL Storytelling Competition, Christchurch
    Keynote Presenter: Robert Adams
    Storytelling Competition winner: Dennis Tod
  • NZSLTA Executive: Penny Went (President), Janet Watt, Maureen Thompson, Ruth Jessep, Barbara Herrick, David McKee, Patty Still
  • NZSLTA Voluntary secretary: Maureen Seth (May 1997 - 1999)

1996

  • The establishment of the Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL at Victoria University of Wellington
  • June 27 - 29: NZSLTA Professional Development Workshop, Auckland
    Keynote Presenters: Frances Elton & June Smith (UK)
  • August 9 - 11: Fourth NZSL Tutors Training, Auckland with David McKee under DANZ contract
  • August 16 - 18: Fourth NZSL Tutors Training, Christchurch with David McKee under DANZ contract
  • NZSLTA Executive: Mary Speirs (President), Penny Went, Susan Wilson, Maureen Tompson, Anne Holt, Portia Hanson, David McKee

1995

  • Janruary 27 - 29: 3rd NZSLTA National Conference, BGM, NZSL Storytelling Competition, Wellington
    NZSL Storytelling Competition winner: Steven Townshend "Where is my identity?"
  • NZSLTA Executive: Penny Went, Terry Walbran, Maureen Thompson, Mary Speirs, Anne Holt, Portia Hanson

1994

  • Janruary 28 - 30: 2nd NZSLTA National Conference, AGM, Storytelling Competition, Wellington
    NZSL Storytelling Competition winner: Shaun Fahey "Motorboat"
  • October - December: Two local NZSL Tutors Training sessions with David McKee, NZSL Tutor Trainer, under two-year contract with DANZ
  • NZSLTA Executive: Paul Buzzard (Chairperson), Penny Went, Susan Thomas, Steven Townshend, Terry Walbran, Lynne Smith, Rebecca Williams

1993

  • February 12 - 14: First NZSLTA National Conference, AGM, Auckland with trainers David & Rachel McKee
  • July 1: NZSLTA (New Zealand Sign Language Tutor Association) incorporated
  • October - December: Local NZSL Tutors Trainings two times with David McKee, NZSL Tutor Trainer, under two - year DANZ contract
  • NZSLTA Executive: Paul Buzzard (Chairperson), Penny Went, Chris Blum, Susan Thomas, Angela Sew Hoy, Sue Nicholson, Peter Berry, Rachel Bishop

1992

  • February 15 - 16: NZSL Tutors Workshop, Auckland
  • February 15: NZSLTA Steering Committee formed
  • NZSLTA Interim Executive Committee: Penny Went, Ngaire Doherty, Paul Buzzard, Shirley Withers, Sue Wilson
Last updated: 10/3/2019