The first class attending the Diploma in NZSL Interpreting course in Auckland have graduated and will now be working in the community.
Jan Howard role-plays a doctors appointment with and without an interpreter present.
Interpreter Andrea Krissansen explains the role of an interpreter and its purpose in empowering Deaf people to advocate for themselves. Sam Manuatu is one of the 2 male graduates, and he hopes that by being Samoan-born, he will be in a position to work closely with the Pasifika and Maori Deaf.
Rachel McKee concedes that while having 8 more interpreters will be a huge asset to the Deaf community, they will still experience gaps in access.