About Merge company
In the Beginning.....
On a hot day in early February 2017, an informal conversation happened at the NZSL Family Camp in Taupo. Two proactive mothers of young children discussed the importance of NZSL in education and the benefits that would come from NZSL being exposed in our schools, organisations, businesses and media.
It only took one cocktail and a couple of child free hours later and the name and concept of our business was decided. It was the first step in a journey that will see NZSL use a normality in New Zealand- taught and respected as much as our other two official languages (English and Te Reo, Māori).
A merge between
English and NZSL.
A merge between Deaf and hearing. A merge between Deaf culture and hearing communities.
Merge's Values, Vision & Mission Statement
Vision: "Normalise New Zealand Sign Language"
Mission: New Zealand Sign Language: Promotion, Development and Services
Merge Core Values:
-We are passionate about the growth and preservation of Sign Language
- We are creative, energetic & proactive
- Our journeys are navigated by Deaf culture
Our philosophy ensures any projects would be led, created and developed by our Deaf professionals to strengthen leadership and independence.
Our Deaf-led company will market and promote NZSL and Deaf culture in most parts of New Zealand thus ensuring the promotion and preservation of our unique language.
Merge NZ contributes to the development of NZSL teaching curriculum / resources to support children and adults learning NZSL and Deaf culture as well support NZSL training programme for NZSL tutors. We research and develop appropriate materials and deliver courses and presentations.
Merge NZ team transparently works with other Deaf/NZSL-related organisations and individuals to make our vision a reality.
Our company's our vision is not limited to our company- it belongs to the Deaf community. Our responsibility to our Deaf community and NZSL as a language leads us in all we do, its our passion and our privilege.