Our People

President - James Anderson-Pole

Responsibilities: Strategy/Policy/Constitution, Registration and Finance

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary), partial completion of Certificate in Deaf Studies (DEAF801-804).

Teaching experience: Community classes at Onehunga High School, Auckland Deaf Society and other providers in Auckland; taster classes and NZSL courses for Deaf Aotearoa; mainstream and Deaf provision classes at various schools in Auckland; one-on-one tutoring for freelance clients and Merge.

Vice President - Candice David

Responsibilities: Professional Development/Mentoring, Finance, and Conference 

Qualification: Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL.

Teaching experience: Over 5 years of experience teaching NZSL in various settings: community education, hospitals, businesses/workplaces, and school & kindergartens. And provide NZSL courses for Deaf Aotearoa.


Executive Committee - Amber Tiopira-Waaka

Responsibilities: Professional Development/Mentoring, Communications

Qualifications: Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL

Teaching Experience: Community education classes in Christchurch and Wellington; Wellington High School, and also NZSL courses through NZSL4U. NZSL Tutor - Ko Taku Re in Wellington region.

Executive Committee - Becky West

Responsibilities: Curriculum, Finance

Qualifications: Advanced Certification in Illustration & Design, Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL.

Teaching experience: NZSL Tutor at Van Asch Deaf Education Centre for 5 years, Teaching NZSL Night Classes from Level 1 to 3 for two years, training tutors TeachSign Level 1 Workshop and Parent Level 1 Workshops.

Executive Committee - Jaime Brown

Responsibilities: Registration, Communications, Policy/Constitution

Qualifications: BA in Eng-NZSL Interpreting from AUT, Certificate in Deaf Studies - Victoria University.

Teaching experience: Started teaching in 2010, 10 years of NZSL Teaching. Have been involved in Level 1 and Level 2 Curriculum development for community education. Have helped co-ordinate and deliver training for NZSL for Families Curriculum mentoring training and level 1 TeachSign Tutor Training throughout NZ. Experience in online teaching.

Executive Committee - Mike Alley

Responsibilities: Curriculum, Conference

Qualifications: Science Degree. BFOR.SC. Teaching Diploma (Primary). Post Grad Teacher of the Deaf.

Teaching experience: 14 years with Van Asch Deaf Education Centre, Including Parent Workshops in NZSL, High School NCEA NZSL; Currently teaching NZSL Full Time with Freyberg High School.

Staff - Lorraine McQuigg

Role: Fundraising Administrator

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Education, University of Auckland, 1997; Certificate in Deaf Studies and New Zealand Sign Language, AUT, 2017; FINZ Certificate in Fundraising, Fundraising Institute of NZ, 2017.  

Teaching Experience: Occasional volunteer teaching at local primary and intermediate schools between 2010 - 2018.  Taught NZSL Taster classes for Deaf Aotearoa for the first time in 2021!

Staff - Shannon Morris

Role: Professional Development Co-ordinator

Qualifications: Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL 

Teaching experience: Started teaching in 2008 and graduated in Certificate in Deaf Studies in 2009.  Currently I am a freelancer and have been teaching NZSL in various settings, community education, private and specialised tutoring.  I also deliver Deaf awareness & courses with businesses, organisations, education, medical and government sectors.  I have been involved as a NZSL talent in NZSL Level 1 and Level 2 educational videos, including LearnNZSL online learning platform.

Staff - Theresa Cooper

Role: NZSLTA Executive Administrator 

Qualifications: Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL; Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies; Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours).

Teaching experience: Over ten years of teaching NZSL classes in various settings, including government departments, private businesses, and community education.  

Life members: Lynette Pivac, Shona McGhie, David McKee, Josje Lelijveld

Deceased life members: Penny Went, Dennis Tod

Last updated: 29/3/2021