A Wellingtonian by choice, Rachel Locker McKee grew up in Hamilton. After graduating from Victoria University of Wellington in 1985, she joined New Zealand’s first training course for sign language interpreters. This began a journey into the Deaf world, in which she has worked as an interpreter, researcher, writer and teacher.
Rachel is Programme Director of Deaf Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She has published a variety of scholarly articles relating to the Deaf community, linguistics and politics of NZ Sign Language, and sign language interpreting. With BWB, Rachel published People of the Eye: Stories from the Deaf World (BWB, 2001), an anthology of Deaf people's life histories, and contributed to publication of A Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language (BWB, 2002). She co-authored Sign Language Interpreting: Theory and Practice in Australia and New Zealand (Federation Press 2006, with J. Napier and D. Goswell).