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
manager@nzsl4u.com

Manager / Director

Kia ora,

I’m Amber, your guide and enthusiastic advocate for the beautiful language of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). It’s a pleasure to connect with you and glimpse my life’s tapestry and the essence of my journey with NZSL.

Rooted in the lush landscapes of Hokianga in the Far North, I took my first steps in a world rich with local lore and the whispers of the wind through the Kauri trees. My academic path weaved through the halls of Okaihau College, eventually leading me to the vibrant corridors of Kelston Girls College in Auckland. It was there, at the tender age of fifteen, that my Deaf identity blossomed like a Pohutukawa in summer, and I eagerly embraced both the language and culture of our Deaf community.

Over the past two decades, my dedication to this vibrant community has been a professional and personal commitment, as I am proud to be the mother of two wonderful Deaf teenagers, Kaiden and Ryley. Their journey with NZSL as their primary language has fueled my enthusiasm for Deaf education and advocacy.

In 2013, my professional odyssey took a decisive turn as I ventured into teaching. This quest for knowledge and empowerment through education culminated in my becoming a certified NZSL tutor, thanks to the esteemed program at Victoria University in 2015. With a heart full of ambition and a vision to empower, I laid the foundation for NZSL4U in the heart of Wellington in late 2016.

When I’m not immersed in the world of sign language and education, I’m often found basking in the serenity of the sun with a delectable cup of coffee in hand or occasionally treating myself to the artful craft of a local beer.

The unforeseen global event of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 brought challenges. Still, with resilience and innovation, NZSL4U soared into the digital space with online classes that captured the hearts and minds of countless new learners. This surge of interest allowed us to broaden our horizons, welcoming more tutors and extending our reach throughout Aotearoa to nurture the growth of NZSL.

Our alliance with esteemed partners like Capital Training and Training For You has been instrumental. This will enable us to offer ACE funding and make NZSL learning accessible to a broader community.

Embarking on the educational voyage of NZSL with us promises to be a transformative experience, and we are thrilled at the prospect of having you aboard. 

We at NZSL4U await to welcome you into our fold and join you on this enriching journey.

With heartfelt thanks,

Amber

Director, NZSL4U

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 - Admin

Monica Leach
admin@nzsl4u.com

NZSL4U Administrator

Sarah Mason - Admin

Sarah Mason
ace@nzsl4u.com

NZSL Adult Community Education (ACE) Co-ordinator

Jenna Holland

NZSL Resources Development

NZSL Teachers Team

Amber Shaw

Amber Shaw

NZSL Teacher

Clare Holtham

Clare Holtham

NZSL Trainer

Jackie Davidson

NZSL Trainer

Jan Howard

Jan Howards

NZSL Teacher

Janice Roberts

NZSL Teacher

Joanne Klaver

NZSL Trainer

Judith Mason

Judith Mason

NZSL Provisional Teacher

Julie Nielson

Julie Nielson

NZSL Provisional Teacher

Kerry Edwards

Kerry Edwards

NZSL Trainer

Lorraine McGuigg

Lorraine McGuigg

NZSL Trainer

Maria Griffiths

Maria Griffiths

NZSL Teacher

Monica Leach - Admin

Monica Leach

NZSL Teacher

Nicolette Van Vuuren

Nicolette Van Vuuren

NZSL Teacher

Rachel Summers

Rachel Summers

NZSL Teacher

Ripeka Bird

Ripeka Bird

NZSL Teacher

Rosie Soluota

Rosie Soluota

NZSL Teacher

Sarah Mason - Admin

Sarah Mason

NZSL Teacher

Shannon Morris

Shannon Morris

NZSL Teacher

NZSL Week Award Winner

Shannon Morris

NZSL Week Award Winner

At NZSL4U, we are bursting with pride and delight as we celebrate the exceptional achievement of our NZSL teacher, Shannon Morris.

At the 2024 NZSL Awards, Shannon was honoured with the NZSL Teacher of the Year award. Shannon’s dedication to the NZSL community is nothing short of inspirational.

Her tireless efforts in conducting community classes have opened the doors of communication for countless individuals, fostering an environment where everyone can learn and grow. As a master of ceremonies at NZSL camps, Shannon’s vibrant energy and profound knowledge have transformed learning into an experience of joy and camaraderie.

Further extending her impact, Shannon has played a pivotal role in training NZSL teachers and passing on her expertise and passion for our beautiful language. Her contributions are vast, and her influence is profound, touching the lives of many within the NZSL community.

We extend our heartiest congratulations to Shannon on this well-deserved recognition. Her unwavering commitment and exceptional teaching have elevated the standards of NZSL education and enriched New Zealand’s cultural tapestry.

Congratulations, Shannon, from all of us at NZSL4U!

Your award is a testament to your hard work, innovative teaching methods, and boundless dedication to the NZSL community. Here’s to many more years of success and the positive impact you will continue to make in New Zealand Sign Language!

Congratulations to all the winners at the NZSL Awards who have worked diligently to provide accessibility for the deaf community!