Tariana Turia Speech – NZ Sign Language Inquiry

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This is such a wonderful occasion to come together, to celebrate a new era; an era in which the language of the hands is being recognised as the key to communication and opportunity.I want to firstly acknowledge our Human Rights Commissioner for Disability Issues; Paul Gibson; who is such a bold advocate; a passionate champion for people with disabilities.This is a great day for our wider Deaf community; Deaf people and their families and I am so pleased that Robert Hewison, the President of Deaf Aotearoa; and Rachel Noble – Chief Executive of the Disabled Persons Assembly, are with us to mark this significant event.And it is extremely important that we have Andrew Hampton, Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Education speaking at this event.  The Ministry of Education has an important leadership opportunity along with other Chief Executives to act on the recommendations in this report.   I also pay…

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