Each day close to one million New Zealanders must navigate the challenge of walking between two worlds, the Deaf and the hearing.  
A powerful and educational event.

Listen Up 2022 was a great chance to step outside the hearing world and connect with the experiences of Deaf and hard of hearing New Zealanders. It was also an opportunity to take a fresh look at the impact a lack of awareness could be having on your organisation.


Hearing loss is on the rise around the world. According to the World Health Organization, 2.5 billion people will have a disabling hearing loss in 2050. What impact will this have on New Zealand?


What next? How can we proactively create accessible environments for the 2 million New Zealanders who are predicted to have a hearing loss within the next 30 years?

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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.

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What was included on the day?
  • 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.

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Meet our speakers
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Event MC

Reality TV star, social media influencer and hearing loss advocate, Lily McManus is NFDHH’s ambassador and our MC for this event.

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Nick Linton

Panel Speaker

A Fire Risk Management Officer & Specialist Fire Investigator, Nick also has a cochlear implant. He works with at-risk community groups to become fire safe.

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Panel Speaker

Janet wasn’t always so comfortable with her hearing aids and wants to help others who are navigating similar challenges.



NZSL Workshop

Merge NZ are qualified tutors who passionate about the preservation of Sign Language. Their passion is contagious!

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Panel Speaker

A Deaf advocate, Adrian is a skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete, who has his eyes set on the Deaf Jiu-Jitsu world championships.

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Guest Speaker

Jovita is Yellow’s Human First Partner. Her focus is on strengthening Yellow’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

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Expert Speaker

Craig Lett, is the Head of Innovation at Triton Hearing. He is dedicated to making hearing health accessible to all New Zealanders.

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Your Host

Natasha, Chief Executive of NFDHH, is dedicated to transforming workplaces to better support the Deaf and hard of hearing.

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