Sign language interpreter becomes symbol of New Zealand’s inclusive response to attack
March 23, 2019
New Zealand Sign Language is one of New Zealand’s three official languages, which also include English and Māori, the language spoken by New Zealand’s indigenous population. According to New Zealand’s human rights commission, individuals in New Zealand have the right to use either New Zealand Sign Language or Māori in official court proceedings with interpreters, and Māori is taught in most schools. Māori was made an official language in 1987 and sign language was designated an official language in 2006.