New Zealand Sign Radios app. New Zealand Sign Language is the main language of the deaf community in New Zealand. It became an official language of New Zealand in April 2006, alongside Te Reo Māori.
New Zealand Sign Language has its roots in British Sign Language (BSL), and may be technically considered a dialect of British, Australian and New Zealand Sign Language (BANZSL). There are 62.5% similarities found in British Sign Language and NZSL, compared with 33% of NZSL signs found in American Sign Language.
Like other natural sign languages, it was devised by and for deaf people, with no linguistic connection to a spoken or written language, and it is fully capable of expressing anything a fluent signer wants to say.
NZSL (Māori: Te Reo Rotarota
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