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(09) 414 5360

The National Foundation for the Deaf

Ph: 0800 867 446 or 09 307 2922

Email: enquiries@nfd.org.nz

Website: https://www.nfd.org.nz

Address: Level 2, 11 York Street, Parnell. Auckland

The National Foundation for the Deaf Inc promotes the rights, interests and welfare of the one in six New Zealanders with hearing loss. We offer people support to communicate effectively, live positively and achieve to their potential.

We do this by collaborating with people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and with professionals in our sector to address issues affecting human rights and quality of life.

We also work to address noise-induced hearing loss, and to promote prevention.

Our vision is a world where...

  • hearing and listening is valued

  • the consequences of hearing loss are understood

  • people with hearing disorders and disability can lead fulfilling lives

  • the impact of hearing loss is reduced through access to treatments, technology and social support.

Working for your rights

Our goal is a society that respects the rights of all people living with hearing loss. We uphold and apply the principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD).

We are a General Member of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People. Read about our human rights work


Half of all cases of hearing loss (including noise-induced hearing loss) are easily prevented or treated. We encourage all New Zealanders to protect their hearing, from birth through to old age. Learn more...

Newborn hearing screening

This free national screening programme for all newborns was set up with support from the Foundation. Read more

Safe Sound Indicators

Excessive noise is harmful to hearing. In schools and preschools we are educating our youngest children about the importance of protecting their hearing through the Safe Sound Indicator (SSI) project.

Bullying prevention

A series of workshops focused on identifying and preventing the bullying of people who have a hearing loss. Read more.


We raise public and government awareness of hearing disability and its impact, through events such as Hearing Week and the Silent Leadership Challenge. View our events.

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