Giving Voice

Why get involved

Passionate about the rights of people with communication and swallowing needs?

Wanting to get involved in a campaign that makes a difference today, and tomorrow?

Get behind this campaign and help spread the word – everyone has the right to life essentials.

Show how your service works in partnership to enhance lives.

Giving Voice is a vehicle for you to use to share your knowledge and experience, enabling you to be proactive in engaging with local decision makers to inform service design and innovation.

Get on board and strengthen partnerships with our clients and communities, and education, health, social, and justice colleagues.

Communication Accessible Environments

Nominate someone in your community for a Communication Access Award!

Access the Nomination Form here.


  • Communication difficulties affect 1 in 10 people
  • Communication is not just talking, it is processing spoken and written language, reading and following signs.
  • How do people with speech, language and communication needs access services in the community?
  • Places such as shops, restaurants, education, health, criminal justice and all other public services?
  • What can be done to facilitate their access and maintain their human rights to do so?

Communication Access is about creating “Communication Ramps” to ensure people can participate fully in their communities, workplaces, schools and be fully involved in decisions affecting all aspects of their lives.

The Giving Voice Aotearoa campaign aims to make New Zealand communication accessible. We hope you can find ways to enhance everyone’s experience of your organisation, workplace, school and ensure that all New Zealanders are included in all forms of communication.

Take the 40 Hour Challenge – Find out more

One of this year’s Giving Voice initiatives is a “40 Hour Challenge” – what’s yours?


We need all members to be Giving Voice campaigners

You can get involved by:

  • Engaging with your regional NZSTA awareness champion
  • Engaging clients and other Speech-language Therapists’ in the campaign
  • Engaging and influencing local decision-makers like local MPs
  • Feedback to NZSTA on the success of your local campaigning, as well as the usefulness of the online resources

Ideas to get you started

Show off your service: Invite local politicians to see the work you do and how important it is to your service users. Engage the directors of your organisation in the work you do to support your clients and their whanau.

Combine the campaign with existing activities planned for your service: Use the Giving Voice Aotearoa logo and brand to help promote the importance of communication in everyday life and life essentials.

Raise awareness: Raise awareness amongst your department colleagues and organisation to ensure that doctors, social workers, teachers, physios and other members of your team understand how speech-language therapists make a difference.

Collaborate with other local therapists and your local NZSTA champions to run awareness raising events. The community will be interested to know what services are available.

NZSLT Champions

Dean Sutherland
Champion Lead
Annette Rotherham
Communications Executive
Patty Govender Auckland
Warren Cossou Dunedin
Alison Zani Dunedin
Katie Ward Hutt Valley