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We believe that experience of hearing loss should be visible and understood in New Zealand.

That's why we are working hard to raise awareness for the everyday experiences of Deaf and hard of hearing Kiwis.

All of our events focus on creating a more inclusive and accessible society that recognises the needs of our Deaf and hard of hearing community.

World Hearing Day

World Hearing Day is celebrated annually on the 3rd March to raise awareness of preventable hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care around the world.


This year, the WHO's theme is "To hear for life, listen with care!".


In 2022 World Hearing Day also marks the launch of the global standard for safe listening in entertainment venues​, and the Safe Listening handbook. 

Find out more here.

Hearing Awareness Month

Hearing Awareness Month is all about putting a spotlight on hearing health and raising awareness for the experiences of the 880,000+ New Zealanders who are Deaf or Hard
of Hearing.

Every year organisations around New Zealand come together in March to celebrate Hearing Awareness Month. Kicking off with World Hearing Day on the 3rd of March, there are plenty of ways you can get involved including conferences, free hearing screenings in schools, NZSL workshops and more!


Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram to receive the latest updates on Hearing Awareness Month 2023.

Listen Up Conference

Listen Up is an annual conference run by the National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Each year we invite you to join us as we explore Deaf and hard of hearing experiences, provide practical tools and advice from expert speakers, and challenge businesses to become Deaf aware. 


Celebrating New Zealand Sign Language!

Each year we come together in May to celebrate New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)! As one of New Zealand's two official languages through the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006, we want to recognise and raise awareness for this beautiful language. 


As more New Zealanders learn to sign, the more accessible and inclusive our society will become.

In 2022, the theme of New Zealand Sign Language Week was "Essential". NZSL is essential for Deaf people in education, health, workplaces, and to be able to participate equally in society.

To find out more about NZSL Week 2023, head to

Take 30

Join the Challenge!

We are inviting you to step into the shoes of someone with hearing loss for 30 minutes.


It’s a chance for everyone to learn new skills, and to become more aware of the barriers people who are Deaf or hard of hearing may face in everyday conversations, and how to overcome them.

Gather your workmates or a group of friends for a morning tea or lunch, and begin the Take 30 challenge. We provide everything you need to run the event, just bring the people and the cupcakes! 

To hear for life, listen with care!


World Hearing Day 2022 focuses on the importance of hearing loss prevention through safe listening, with the following key messages:

  • It is possible to have good hearing across the life course through ear and hearing care​

  • Many common causes of hearing loss can be prevented, including hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sounds​

  • ‘Safe listening’ can mitigate the risk of hearing loss associated with recreational sound exposure​

  • The World Health Organisation calls upon governments, industry partners and civil society to raise awareness for and implement evidence-based standards that promote safe listening

What we learned


We learned about the richness of Deaf culture and the basics of New Zealand Sign Language with an interactive 40-minute workshop.

We discovered practical changes we can implement now to build on our inclusivity and accessibility strategy to better accommodate Deaf and hard of hearing people in our workplace and community.


We benefitted from the experiences of industry leaders. Hearing from Yellow’s, Jovita Stellmacher, who spoke on the importance of supporting Deaf and hard of hearing staff and customers through increased organisational awareness.

Listen Up 2022 included

  • A panel of exceptional speakers who have walked the walk and have embraced their hearing loss to reach their full potential.

  • Real life industry examples of how to transform workplaces to support employees and customers who are Deaf and hard of hearing.

  • An interactive 40-minute workshop on Deaf Awareness, Deaf culture and New Zealand Sign Language provided by a qualified NZSL trainer.

  • Free online hearing screenings.

Check out Team NFDHH and friends giving the challenge a go! 


For some of us, it's our first time signing! Awesome work!

1) Film yourself signing about your pet.

2) Post it to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag: #NZSLChallenge


Don't forget to tag us or email your video to:

Start learning NZSL today!

Go to to find more signs

Hearing loss can significantly impact someone's life 24/7


Take 30 to gain insights into some of the everyday challenges they face.

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