to turn their hand towards trilingual interpreter roles
Northland sign language tutor Eddie Hokianga has taken up the task of ensuring the region's deaf Māori community is heard.
Hokianga (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Porou) has spent the last three years teaching te reo sign language to help fill a national void of interpreters fluent in the discourse.
"It is really difficult for the Māori deaf community to access interpreters. We only have a few Māori trilingual interpreters who can speak te reo and sign – it has been like that for a long time," he said.
"We need to build Māori sign language as well as New Zealand Sign Language."