Take 30 for Hearing Loss

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! 


Order your Take 30 pack today, or download and print your pack.

Hearing loss can significantly impact someone's life 24/7.
Take 30 to gain insights into some of the everyday challenges they face.
Massey University Students Taking the Challenge
Request Your Take 30 Pack Today

Your Take 30 Pack Includes:

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Useful Resources

Learn some basic New Zealand Sign Language

NZSL is one of three official languages in New Zealand and is the language of New Zealand’s Deaf community.


Fingerspelling is an essential part of NZSL, and learning the alphabet is easy - it can be mastered in around ten to twenty minutes. 

The NZSL Alphabet

Learn by following this video, courtesy of the New Zealand Sign Language Dictionary, http://nzsl.nz.

Introduce yourself in NZSL

To introduce yourself, follow along with the first three signs: "Hello" "My" "Name" and then fingerspell your own name.

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Learn NZSL Online Portal

Learn NZSL is a free learning portal on New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Whether you’re studying NZSL, trying to connect with a Deaf friend, or just having fun with a new language, Learn NZSL has a lot to offer!

Check out videos and exercises that will help to springboard your learning.

Go to Learn NZSL

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About Lip Reading

Lipreading is a difficult skill to learn. Even people who are good at it have to guess a lot of what is being said. This is because only about 30% of lip patterns are recognisable.

Context is very important. Make sure the person lipreading you has understood the topic you’re talking about - as lipreading can lead to many possible 'readings,’ as you’ll see in the humorous video from BadLipReading.com.


Watch Bad Lipreading video: Stranger Things.

Need to download more copies of your Take 30 pack?

Download your pack here. If you require any assistance, please get in touch: enquiries@nfd.org.nz

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