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Our Deaf Children NZ Executive committee is the national organisation made up of members from the eight Regional Parent Groups throughout New Zealand. Our Membership model also includes 1,000 plus families that have registered with us and received a Family or Member Information Kit.

2019-2021 Executive Committee, from left; Kate Whale, President, Wellington; Brent Burcher, Secetary, Wellington; Kirstin Johnson-Coombs, Vice President, Bay of Plenty; Justin Farquhar, Treasurer, Otago; Katie McMenamin, Canterbury; Karen Dobson, Canterbury and Dana Cook, Hawke’s Bay. Missing from photo is Gill Bennett, Auckland.

We are a registered incorporated society and our Executive committee and Parent Groups are run by volunteers who are themselves all parents of Deaf or Hard of Hearing children. Deaf Children NZ was set up in 1976 by parents of Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Until 2018 our organisation was named the New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children Incorporated or NZFDC, and some organisations and associations may still use this former name, which is not a surprise as we had used that name for the last 40 years!

The objective of Deaf Children NZ (DCNZ) is to promote, carry out and coordinate measures conducive to the welfare of deaf and hard of hearing children and their families. Much of DCNZ’s recent work has focused on ensuring that Deaf or Hard of Hearing children have appropriate access to the education curriculum and social experiences within the schooling environment.

We offer our Members information kits for parents of newly diagnosed Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, financial assistance to subsidise Tutor Fees, NZSL classes for your family, Speech-language therapy and assistive devices. Also there are annual Scholarships for Tertiary students and Excellence and Sports Awards for Secondary School Students.

We advocate for our parents and are deeply involved with specific services for deaf and hard of hearing children at a ministerial and Government level.

We maintain very close links with the National Foundation for the Deaf, Deaf Aotearoa NZ which includes the youth group Magnet, the Deaf Resource Centres and Deaf Sports and also with such groups as Sign Language Teachers and Sign Language Interpreters.

Contact Us

Deaf Children New Zealand | Tamariki Turi O Aotearoa
PO Box 13266
Johnsonville
Wellington, 6440

0800 DEAFCHILD | 0800 332 324
Text 027 214 6901
Email: info@deafchildren.org.nz

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