Topic: Health

Auckland Deaf Society help prepare students for big wide world

By Taroi Black
  • Auckland

The Auckland Deaf Society is taking on more students from another centre and giving them the chance to immerse themselves in the deaf community before they head out into the real world.

With renovations underway at Kelston Deaf Education Centre, they have transferred their students and 45% of them are Māori.

According to Carl Ross of Kelston Deaf Education Centre, “One thing I find amazing is that I've seen some of our youth standing on the marae and speaking Māori, practising some of the traditions, sitting NCEA and implementing sign language into their oratory.”

The group’s new name, ‘Tū Kōkiri’ means "to stand with pride and humility, moving forward to grasp your aspirations and meet the challenges that the world presents.