At present, providing Deaf Education Services in New Zealand is the responsibility of two Centres serving the whole of the country. These are van Asch Deaf Education Centre in Sumner, Christchurch and Kelston Deaf Education Centre in Auckland. Between them, they support more than 2,000 Deaf and hard of hearing children nationwide. In 2012, the Ministry of Education combined the Trustee Boards of each Centre into one national Board. This has allowed opportunities for uniting the strengths of both Centres and sharing skills, knowledge and resources. The Board is now moving to create one new organisational structure to deliver a more efficient service nationally. Having one new national structure will allow us to make the best use of our buildings and properties nationally and ensure we deliver services that are both accessible and equitable for every learner, no matter where in the Country they live. At the end of 2017 the Combined Board agreed on 7 new strategic goals to direct our work.
1. Create a holistic progressive service that is accessible, equitable and efficient.
2. Develop one national organization that enable exceptional outcomes.
3. Inform decision making, priorities and resource by utilising data.
4. Build and maintain strong collaborative relationship.
5. Use and manage financial resources to provide the maximum educational benefit.
6. Lift student achievement through effective pedagogy.
7. Align property and infrastructure to support nationwide delivery.