The National Foundation for the Deaf Inc promotes the rights, interests and welfare of the one in six New Zealanders with hearing loss. We offer people support to communicate effectively, live positively and achieve to their potential.
We do this by collaborating with people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and with professionals in our sector to address issues affecting human rights and quality of life.
We also work to address noise-induced hearing loss, and to promote prevention.
hearing and listening is valued
the consequences of hearing loss are understood
people with hearing disorders and disability can lead fulfilling lives
the impact of hearing loss is reduced through access to treatments, technology and social support.
We rely significantly on the generosity of the public to achieve our goals.
Our goal is a society that respects the rights of all people living with hearing loss. We uphold and apply the principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD).
We are a General Member of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People. Read about our human rights work
In 1978, the Lions Club of New Zealand persuaded several groups representing people who were Deaf and Hard of Hearing to come together and achieve common goals.
These groups became the five member groups of The Combined NZ Societies for the Deaf.
In 1995, the Lions withdrew, leaving control to the member groups. We adopted a new name: The National Foundation for the Deaf.
The Foundation is a consortium of ten consumer and hearing-health professional member organisations. Together we tackle a number of challenging issues on behalf of New Zealanders who are deaf and hard of hearing.
The National Foundation for the Deaf was incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 on 22 May 1979. Our number is AK/222520.
Our Charities Register registration number is CC10300.