Welcome to New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association
11th National Conference 2010

The conference is an opportunity for NZSL teachers and researchers to share their experiences, resources and ideas, to discuss developments in the field, and to network with others involved in NZSL teaching and learning. Our theme is 'Challenges in Sign Language Teaching'. We look forward seeing you this November!

Download our NZSL Storyfest poster for your office, club etc.
Download our conference poster for your office, club etc.

Conference Venue

Victoria University of Wellington
School of Architecture
Te Aro Campus
139 Vivian Street (opposite Deaf Club)
Wellington City


Call for Presentations

Call for Presentations.pdf
Call for Presentations.doc


Friday 26 November Untitled Document
7.00pm - late Wine and Cheese Welcome Evening


Saturday 27 November
8.15am Doors open for registration (please be seated before 9:00am)
9.00am Welcome and Housekeeping
9.15am Participation within Deaf community Lynette Pivac
10.00am Online NZSL Dictionary David McKee
10.45am Morning tea
11.00am Classifiers in NZSL Jan Howard & Rachel Walker
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Sign Language Teaching Using Technology Kim & Robyn Beasley
1.45pm Using Blogs in NZSL Class Karla Smith
2.30pm Independent Practice Online Rachel McKee
3.15pm Afternoon tea
3.30pm NZSLTA Biennial Meeting (BGM)
6.00pm The Learning Connexion Deaf Art Exhibition
7.30pm Doors open for NZSL Storyfest
8.00pm NZSL Storyfest
10.00pm Deaf Club open after NZSL Storyfest
Sunday 28 November
9.00am Housekeeping
9.15am Who Can Teach Sign Language? James Blyth
10.00am Community Education Issues Jo Lake
10.45am Morning tea
11.00am Conditionals in NZSL Pam Croskery
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm NZSL in Schools David Copeland & Sonia Pivac
1.45pm NZSL School Kit Victoria Skorikova
2.30pm Afternoon tea
3.00pm NZSL Related Courses: A Deaf Aotearoa Enterprise Victoria Skorikova
3.20pm Project-Based Learning: Above Beginners Level Sara Pivac Alexander
4.00pm Closing Remarks Sara Pivac Alexander
Shona McGhie



Registration Fees

Full Registration
Early Bird
1 June - 31 Aug
Full Registration Standard
1 Sept - 31 Oct
Day Registration
(Sat OR Sun)
1 June - 31 Oct
NZSLTA Members & Cert Deaf Studies $90 $110 $60
Non Members $150 $170 $100
* It only costs $30 to join NZSLTA as a member. Contact info@nzslta.org.nz for membership form

Full Registration includes:
  • Conference pack (programme, handouts etc)
  • Entry to Saturday and Sunday programme
  • Morning/afternoon tea and lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Voucher for two drinks at Wine and Cheese Welcome Night on Friday night
  • Free entry to NZSL Storyfest on Saturday night

Day Registration includes:
  • Conference pack (programme, handouts etc)
  • One-day entry to Saturday OR Sunday programme
  • Morning/afternoon tea and lunch on the day registered

To and From Airport

Airport Flyer Bus: Bus runs every 15 minutes between city and airport. It costs $8. More information here
Taxi Shuttles: Great for people travelling in groups. More information here

By Foot
The conference venue is in the heart of town, opposite the Deaf Club.
It is a short walk from Cuba Street, Courtenay Place and most accommodation.
See map under Venue tab

By Bus or Train
Check out www.metlink.org.nz for timetable.
txtBUS: For bus times on your mobile. More information here
txtTRAIN: For train times on your mobile. More information here
Note: It takes approx half-hour to walk from railway station to conference venue.

By Car
No free carparking available. There is a parking building on Marion Square. More information here
Metered street parking is free for 2 hours during Saturday and free on Sunday. However street parking is limited in this area.

By Taxi
You can text a taxi with Wellington Combined Taxis. Click here to register.

Wine and Cheese Welcome Night

  • Date: Friday 26th November 2010
  • Time: 7pm
  • Where: Wellington Deaf Club, 32 Marion Square

NZSL Storyfest

  • Date: Saturday 27th November 2010
  • Time: Doors open at 6pm, storytelling begins at 8pm
  • Where: Thistle Hall Community Venue (upstairs) on the corner Cuba and Arthur Streets
  • Cost: $5 door entry. Seats are limited. Tickets available from 1st October for public
  • All welcome at Wellington Deaf Club after NZSL Storyfest
  • Start thinking of a great story to tell. Cash prizes.

travel map
A: NZSLTA Conference (Te Aro Campus, Victoria University)
B: Wine and Cheese Welcome Night (Deaf Club)
C: NZSL Storyfest (Thistle Community Hall)

Quality and Comfort Hotel Wellington

Quality and Comfort Hotel Wellington is pleased to offer a discount to NZSLTA conference participants, subject to room available at the time of booking so book now. This hotel is opposite the conference venue and Deaf Club.
If you want to get a special rate, you need to say "NZ Sign Language Teacher's Ass. Conference 26/28 Nov" when booking. Special rates still available pre/post conference.

Comfort Hotel Wellington

  • 114 rooms – 35 twins and 79 doubles.
  • Rooms have either two single beds (twin) OR one x double bed (doubles).
  • All with private bathrooms (showers only), television, phone, ironing, hairdryer, tea/coffee facilities.
  • Rooms are small (15 sq m) but are clean and tidy.

Quality Hotel Wellington

  • Opened Nov 2008.
  • 62 spacious, contemporary and well appointed rooms (38 sq m) equipped with a small kitchenette with microwave, hotplates, toaster to allow the Quality hotel guest to feel right at home.
  • Work desk, ample storage, high speed internet access, some rooms with baths and generally rooms all with two queen beds.
  • Quality Hotel guests can also enjoy the luxury of the heated indoor swimming pool and spa, roof top sun terrace and fitness room.

Conference Special Rates

  • Internet: With all our rooms rates 20 Mb of internet is included free daily. Thereafter 10c per megabyte.
  • Parking: $15 daily subject to availability on site. If our covered parking is full we can issue coupons to nearby car park building at same price.
  • The two hotels have a shared bar, restaurant, car parking and spacious lobby area with reception/lobby located between the two hotels.
  • Open daily for breakfast buffet and evening dining. Lunches from our all day café!

More Information about Comfort and Quality Hotel

No breakfast Include breakfast
Comfort Hotel $84 (include gst) $99 (include gst) x 1 breakfast
$114 (include gst) x 2 breakfast
Quality Hotel $142 (include gst) $157 (include gst) x 1 breakfast
$172 (include gst) x 2 breakfast)

Example: If you and a friend book a room at Comfort Hotel with no breakfast, you will only pay $42 each per night.

Website: http://www.hotelwellington.co.nz/

Wellington Backpackers


If you want to get a special rate, you need to say "New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association" when booking.

Subject to availability Wellywood Backpackers could accommodate your group in the following rooms:

  • Dorm Room/s (sleep 4, 6, 10 and 12 people) with shared facilities @ $23 per bed per night.
  • Single Room/s with shared facilities @ $45 per room per night.
  • Standard Double/Twin Room/s with shared facilities @ $65 per room per night.
  • Standard Double/Twin Ensuite Room/s @ $75 per room per night.
  • Premium Double/Twin Ensuite Room/s @ $90 per room per night.

The above prices are Wellywood Backpackers group discounted rates.


To secure a booking, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required 30 days from of placing a booking date and the remaining balance is to be paid at least 7 days prior to your check-in date. Late or non-payment of the account will result in the booking being cancelled.

Cancellation and Amendment Policy

Refund(s) less the deposit will apply to cancellations/amendments received no less than 7 days prior to scheduled check-in date. Amendments or cancellations received within 7 days of your check-in date are non-refundable.


Email: info@wellywoodbackpackers.co.nz
Fax: 04 381 3898
Ph: 04 381 3899
Website: www.wellywoodbackers.co.nz


Email: conference@nzslta.org.nz
Post: NZSLTA Conference, PO Box 13-498 Johnsonville, Wellington 6440
Videophone: We can talk on Skype, iChat and d-link. Contact us for details.

Want to receive regular updates?

If you would like to receive updates about the conference, please email us at conference@nzslta.org.nz

Conference Committee

  • Sara Pivac Alexander (Conference Chair)
  • Darryl Alexander
  • David McKee
  • Rachel McKee
  • Ripeka Morgan
  • Shannon Morris
  • Karen Pointon
  • Maureen Tompson
  • Ricky Wood

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