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There are many ways you can volunteer to help keep this archive alive and breathing, and telling a story about the content in the SignDNA archive in NZSL is one of them! The videos you see in SignDNA’s archive are just one view of the overall picture. Every and each story that is submitted to SignDNA will help the archive become alive. Your story will provide more content and context to the current material we have available on our website.

SignDNA would love it if you can share your stories about events and people you see in this archive. Your stories will make the archive richer with Deaf history. For example:

  • Were you at the 1989 World Games for the Deaf in Christchurch? What was it like?
  • Did you play in the Trans-Tasman Games? What was your favourite moment?
  • Do you have a favourite memory about Bruce McHattie? Daniel Beech? John McRae?
  • Did you attend St Dominics School for the Deaf in Fielding? What was your favourite lunch-time activity?

Any stories you have, about any of the videos we have in the SignDNA archive is welcome! It is best if the story is your own experience rather than a story someone else has told you.

How to film your story

We plan to post details on how to record your story. In the meantime, Watch Us contains a great resource on how to record your story in NZSL, and we’d highly recommend visiting their website for useful tips!

Submitting a story

SignDNA does not necessarily endorse the stories submitted on this site. Not all stories submitted will be published on the website.

If SignDNA chooses to share a story we will be in touch with the person directly to confirm permission and any changes that are made or required.

The SignDNA team reserves the right to edit the stories for clarity and add supplementary text through the use of ‘notes’ to add context to a story.

All content submitted to this site will be preserved by SignDNA.

You agree that all text, images and other content you submit for potential posting on our website (Your Content) is your original work and/or to the extent that if your content includes any text, images or other content owned by a third party, you agree that you are licensed to use and reproduce such content on our website.

It is your sole responsibility to ensure that Your Content is based on reliable factual information and that all claims made can be fully substantiated. You agree to provide further clarification to SignDNA to support Your Content if the SignDNA team raises concerns about its accuracy.

You understand and agree that SignDNA may, at its discretion and without notice, remove your story from our website after it has been uploaded or any of Your Content which we believe violates these Terms of Use or which is or may be false, misleading, offensive, illegal, defamatory, or infringe the rights, or threaten the safety, of others.

By submitting and posting your content on our Website, you give SignDNA, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive licence to use, copy, adapt, transmit, publish and/or broadcast, communicate, display any material you submit or upload to the Website in any format, using any medium, for the purpose of promotion.

The online archive is available for your personal and non-commercial use only.

You must use our website in accordance with its Terms of Use only for lawful purposes and in a way, which does not infringe the rights of anyone or restrict or inhibit anyone’s use of our website.

By participating as a Contributor, you grant to SignDNA a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, unrestricted world-wide licence to use, copy, sub-licence, re-distribute, adapt, transmit, publish and/or broadcast, publicly perform and display any information or material you submit or upload to the Website. Your licence will be by reference to the material placed by you on the Website. You expressly waive in favour of SignDNA and any other party authorised by SignDNA all moral rights and any similar rights in any jurisdiction which you may have or hereafter acquire. SignDNA retains the right and discretion (but not the obligation) to edit, delete, reject or remove any content or article which you post or seek to post on the Website or any social media site.