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New Zealand Sign Language

New Zealand Sign Language

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  • Wed 1 May, 10:30am – 12:30pm


Mercy Spirituality Centre, 104 The Drive, Epsom


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Morning Tea: $15.00

Muffin Meeting
New Zealand Sign Language
With Sign Language – we are equal and accessible.

To register phone 09 638 6238 or email - info@mercyspiritualitycentre.org.nz

This year Rachel Marr (Pastoral Worker to the Catholic Deaf) returns and together with Eric Matthews they share and teach us how to be inclusive with the Deaf Community. Sign Language is one of the three official languages in Aotearoa New Zealand.

It is used daily by more than 20,000 Kiwis. Each May we are celebrating Sign Language Week in New Zealand. We will be learning basic facts and skills on how to connect in a positive and joyful way with people who are unable to communicate by spoken languages.

Presenter: Rachel Marr & Eric Matthews

Rachel Marr
Rachel Marr was born profoundly deaf. She grew up in New Zealand and is married. Her husband is also deaf and they have two hearing sons. She has been involved with the Deaf Community all of her life, and her first language is New Zealand Sign Language.

She uses this form of communication every day in her home as well as at work. She is currently employed as Pastoral Worker for the Deaf Community in the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Rachel is passionate about helping, supporting and caring for her Deaf Community.

Eric Matthews
Ko Te Reinga te maunga
Ko Waihou te awa
Ko Hokianga te moana
Ko Waihou-Nui-a-Rua te marae
Ko Te Rarawa te iwi

Eric Matthews is the Assistant Pastoral Worker to the Catholic Deaf Community of Auckland (alongside Rachel Marr) and identifies himself as Maori Deaf. He is actively involved with the Maori Deaf Community, Maori Community, general Deaf Community and Deaf Youth.

He has strong ties to his Maori culture and Deaf culture. His Catholic Faith has been a part of his life from his late grandparents who were strong Catholics from up north, Panguru. Eric also has some involvement with Te Unga Waka Marae in Epsom.

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