About

About

New Zealand Sign Language

Hello!

Nau mai haere mai welcome to New Zealand Sign Language For You (NZSL4U).

We are so lucky to live in the beautiful nation of Aotearoa. Back in 2006, we recognised how important New Zealand Sign Language was to our Deaf community. To fully immerse them into our country’s culture, it was made an official language of New Zealand.

Now that is something to be proud of!
More than 24,000 Kiwi’s use NZSL daily – and our aim through NZSL4U is to grow that number.

Being the native language for the Deaf community, it seems only fitting to teach our fellow New Zealander’s the language and help those that are hard of hearing to be part of every day New Zealand life.

NZSL4U was created by Amber Shaw in 2016 and has stemmed from a small office in Wellington to now be offered in other regions and major cities across the countries.

We offer fully customized classes to individuals, workplaces, community groups and schools to help you learn New Zealand Sign Language.

Our teachers offer a fun, safe and engaging environment to meet your needs. Whether you’re an individual or a team, we cater our courses to suit you!
We offer three different types of courses at NZSL4U:

Team

THE NZSL4U Team

Amber Shaw

Amber Shaw

Director / NZSL Tutor

Kia ora,

My name is Amber, and I am a fully fluent native user of NZSL. Allow me to introduce myself and share a bit of my background with you.

I was born and raised in Hokianga, in Far North New Zealand, and attended both Okaihau College and Kelston Girls College in Auckland (formerly Kelston Girls High School). It was during my time at Kelston, at the age of 15, that I discovered my Deaf identity and began to learn both NZSL and Deaf culture. Since then, I have been actively involved in the Deaf community for over 23 years.

As a mother of two teenage Deaf sons, Kaiden and Ryley, who also use NZSL as their primary language, I developed a passion for working in the Deaf education sector. In 2013, I began my journey in this field, which led me to qualify as an NZSL tutor through Victoria University in 2015. With a deep desire to give back to the community and a love for teaching, I founded NZSL4U in Wellington in November 2016, after passing my papers.

In my free time, I enjoy sipping a good coffee in the sun, and sometimes I indulge in a craft beer. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little better.

When the COVID-19 lockdown first occurred in 2020, we quickly adapted to the situation and began offering online classes via Zoom. To our delight, the numbers of people wanting to learn NZSL increased significantly. As a result, we expanded our operations and hired more tutors to offer courses in various locations across Aotearoa, which we continue to do today.

At NZSL4U, we are grateful for the close partnership we have with Capital Training and Training For You. With their support, we are able to offer ACE (Adult Community Education) funding to help subsidize the fees for learners who wish to learn NZSL with us.

We believe that your journey in learning NZSL with us will be a rewarding experience. Thank you for considering NZSL4U as your partner in this journey.

Ngā mihi,

Amber

NZSL Champion 2022

NZSL Champion Winner

2022

Amber Shaw, founder of NZSL4U, won NZSL Champion at the NZSL Week Awards 2022. She is dedicated to the promotion and awareness of NZSL, providing a way for over 1300 students each year to learn about NZSL. Not only that, her students love the overflowing enthusiasm and charisma she brings to each class. We are so proud of your mahi Amber!

Who makes up the NZSL4U team

We are a team of passionate and professional sign language tutors dedicated to making sure both hearing and Deaf individuals can communicate fully and equally. Our dream is that one day, everyone in New Zealand will be able to communicate in NZSL.

Admin Team

Monica Leach

NZSL4U Admin

Jenna Holland

NZSL Resources Development

Our Tutors

Raychel Pinfold

NZSL Tutor

Tarsha Takarangi-Berry

NZSL Tutor

Rachel Summers

NZSL Tutor

Karla Smith

NZSL Tutor

Shannon Morris

NZSL Tutor

Janice Roberts

NZSL Tutor

Joanne Klaver

NZSL Tutor

Rõsie Solouota

NZSL Tutor

Monica Leach

NZSL Tutor

Nicolette van Vuuren

NZSL Tutor

Judith Mason

NZSL Tutor

Julie Nielson

Julie Nielson

NZSL Tutor

Carol Smith

Carol Smith

NZSL Tutor

Tanesha Sleeman

Tanesha Sleeman

NZSL Tutor – Trainee

Ripeka Bird

Ripeka Bird

NZSL Tutor

Kerry Edwards

NZSL Tutor

Cheyanne McConnell

NZSL Tutor – Training

Sarah Mason

Adult Community Education (ACE) coordinator / NZSL Tutor