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National

Message from Ministry of Social Development to their clients

Following the tragic events in Ashburton on Monday 1st September, the Ministry of Social Development (which provides the Work and Income and other social welfare services) are putting further security measures in place to reinforce that our staff and clients can feel safe at our offices. 

If you’re visiting one of their offices, you may be asked to show identification and need to have a specific reason for going in. The ministry encourages you to ring the contact centre on 0800 559 009. The contact centre will be able to help you with many situations over the phone and will make an appointment for you if you do need to come in.

More information...


Video Remote Interpreting

Do you visit government departments? Do you visit health services? Do you go to meetings at school?

Video Remote interpreting (VRI) is a free service for Deaf NZSL users who are meeting with staff at a government department, school or health centre. VRI uses computer video technology to access a qualified NZSL Interpreter on screen.

It is now available at many locations around the country.

You can find a full list of locations where VRI is available on the VRI website.

We are planning to run community workshops around the country to explain more about this service. Keep an eye out for presentation dates in a location near you!

Banking Ombudsman Scheme information in NZSL

The Banking Ombudsman Scheme have translated their information leaflet into New Zealand Sign Language to assist the Deaf community to find out about how the Banking Ombudsman Scheme can help with bank complaints.

Topics covered include:-

  1. The Banking Ombudsman Scheme
  2. What kinds of complaints can they look into?
  3. How do you make a complaint to them?
  4. What happens when you make a complaint to them?
  5. What happens if they find in your favour?
  6. What complaints can they not get involved in?

Want to play basketball for your region or New Zealand?

  • Want to play in the Asia-Pacific Club Championships in Taiwan next year,
    or play for your Regional Zone in New Zealand?
  • Are you proficient in basketball?
  • Passionate about basketball?
  • Do you play for a high school basketball team, or a basketball club?
  • Are you hearing impaired or profoundly deaf, whether or not you have a Cochlear Implant?
Well, come along to the New Zealand Deaf Basketball Trials (Men & Women) in Wellington, during Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November 2014!

Players: Open to all New Zealanders who are deaf, Deaf, or hearing impaired. All ages are welcome, all skill levels are also welcome, as there is an emphasis on the development of the sport. 

Both Men and Women Basketball players are included.

This is the final trial for the NZ Deaf Men's Team for the Asia-Pacific Deaf Games. For more information about the trials, please click on this link.

To keep up-to-date with Deaf Basketball, you can follow us on Facebook: To get in touch with us contact Trent Bell (Secretary/Administrator) at trent@ecogecko.co.nz.
 

Northland

Whangarei office closed 5th to 23rd September

Glennis is on annual leave from 5th to 23rd September.
Auckland

Community Cuppa: International Week of the Deaf

To celebrate International Week of the Deaf, during Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th September, you are invited to attend our Community Cuppa in Auckland.

When: Wednesday 24th September
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, 1836 Great North Road, Avondale
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Tell us what you want from the Government and we will take these issues to the new ministers.
  • What are the good things the Government has done for Deaf people in the past?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people in your local community?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people around New Zealand?
We want to hear from you!

Coffee and tea will be provided. First five people will get free coffee from the local cafe!  Don’t miss out!

KDEC Speech Competition

Where: Kelston Boys High School
When: Wednesday 24th September
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Storytelling – Research – True Life Story

Community members welcome/

Catergories/Prizes

Research (NZSL or spoken English): 1st $100.00 – 2nd $80.00
NZSL Storytelling: 1st $100.00
True Life Stories (NZSL or spoken English): 1st $100.00 – 2nd $80.00

“No Ordinary Hero” Movie Fundraising Event

When: Thursday 25th September
Time: Children’s session at 3.30pm and adults' session at 6:00pm and 8:00pm
Where: Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House Precinct, 418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi
Costs: Children $10.00 (includes drink and snack) Adults $15.00

Fundraising for Louis to have a Cochlear Implant.

International Night of the Deaf

Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland
When: Friday 26th September
Costs: Members free, non-members $5
Time: 7:30pm to 12:00pm

Sell International food, wear own country costumes, and learn a different country’s sign!

Louis’ Fundraising

Fundraiser for Louis to cover the costs of his Cochlear Implant
 
When: Monday 29th September (first week of school holidays)
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Entry: $5.00 per person
Address: Hillsborough Playcentre, 21 Currie Avenue, Hillsborough
RVSP: to Monica Leach (021 073 9497) before Friday 26th September

Seeking Support Worker

Looking for a reliable support worker in Henderson area, who is happy to assist a Deaf female with light personal cares and household management. Will also require support with shopping, and outings.
  • Part time / flexible hours with good hourly rate.
  • A requirement to have full licence and own car.
  • Required to also know NZSL.
Please send your CV to Janette Third at Janette.third@psn.org.nz.

South Auckland

Introducation

Hello, I am Natasha Cloete, your new Community Relations Officer (CRO) for South Auckland.

Do you know where the South Auckland office is? It is inside the Manukau Westfield shopping mall. We are upstairs by the foodcourt. It's easy to find us!

We have a big group of staff working here at the South Auckland office. Altogether we have eight staff members based here. Four of them will work with Deaf community members. They are:
  • Cheryl Skyperman (Employment Consultant)
  • Natasha Cloete (Community Relations Officer)
  • Rachel Marr (Service Co-ordinator)
  • Richard Peri (Maori Deaf Development)
Please remember to make an appointment to see Cheryl, Rachel or Richard.

The office is open Monday to Thursday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. On Friday you will need an appointment to visit us.

We have a really nice community room for Deaf community members with a nice couch and a computer for you to use.

Please come and visit us! We look forward to welcoming you to our new office.

Community Cuppa: International Week of the Deaf

To celebrate International Week of the Deaf, during Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th September, you are invited to attend our Community Cuppa in Auckland.

When: Thursday 25th September
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Level 1, Westfield Manukau Mall, Great South Road
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Tell us what you want from the Government and we will take these issues to the new ministers.
  • What are the good things the Government has done for Deaf people in the past?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people in your local community?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people around New Zealand?
Morning tea will be provided. We want to hear from you!

Are you Tech Smart?

Recently many Deaf people went to Auckland Deaf Society to learn more about technology. It was a really good presentation most of us found it very interesting.  Other Deaf Aotearoa offices offered this workshop and other Deaf community also liked it. If you would like to have a technology presentation in South Auckland please contact Natasha by email at Natasha.Cloete@deaf.org.nz or come and see her at the office, If there are enough responses then Natasha can set up a presentation.
 

NZSL Interpreted Charity Event: The Hypnotist

When: Tuesday 23rd September from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Papatoetoe Sports Centre, Sutton Crescent, Papatoetoe
(across from Hunters Plaza)
Cost: $30.00 per person (includes drinks and nibbles)

World famous Andrew Newton's mind-blowing comedy live show.

Help to support NZ children exit from sex work.
 
Waikato

Many thanks

Many thanks to all of you who continue to support me. It has been lovely to see you attending the TEC courses and to share your ideas of what else you’re interested in learning about. It is very important that you’re able to share this with me.

So, now it’s all on…  Ideas so far for TEC courses are:
  • Health – First Aid Course
  • Literacy – Learners License
  • Community Development – Self Defence
  • Numeracy – Living on a Shoestring Budget
Do you have any other thoughts about what YOU would like to learn? Then please contact me!

Email, text, letter in the post… I look forward to hearing from you.

Community Cuppa: International Week of the Deaf

To celebrate International Week of the Deaf, during Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th September, you are invited to attend our Waikato Community Cuppa.

When: Wednesday 24th September
Where: Starbucks Café, Westfield Chartwell
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Tell us what you want from the Government and we will take these issues to the new ministers.
  • What are the good things the Government has done for Deaf people in the past?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people in your local community?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people around New Zealand?
To show our appreciation, the first 8 people to post up their ideas, will get a free coffee! Don’t miss out!

Sticky notes and pens will be provided. We need to hear from you!

If you can’t make it, then you can email, or text me your thoughts up until Thursday 25th September at 3:30pm.





World Car Free Day: “Wheels After Work”

When: Monday 22 September, 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Where: Garden Place City Centre, Hamilton
Contact: Andrea Timings (021 807 034)
Cost: Free
Website: http://www.hbn.co.nz/world-car-free-day.html

Come and join Sport Waikato, the Hamilton City Council, the Waikato Environment Centre, Living Streets and Hamilton Bicycling Network in endeavouring to leave the car at home.

This year, those in Hamilton who go car free for the day, are celebrating “Wheels After Work” in Garden Place. There will be fun races, maintenance work shops and some healthy food. Also, you can enter a draw, the first prize is an adults “GT Transeo 4.0” bicycle!


Eastlink Community Open Day

When: Saturday 20th September from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Eastlink Sports Clubs, Lugton Park, 30 Old Farm Road, Hillcrest
Cost: Free
Contact: Zoe (021 240 9244)

What is Eastlink? Eastlink is a collection of Sport Clubs that work together to promote sport and recreation for the local community. Activities include badminton, bowls, cricket, inline skating/hockey, karate, squash and tennis.

There will be ‘Have a Go’ sessions, demonstrations, bike safety checks, raffles, prizes, NZ athletes, and there will be food available.

A free, fun event, open to all. So come down and take a look. Maybe I’ll see you there after lunch!


 
Bay of Plenty

New baby!

Congratulations goes to Bay of Plenty's New Zealand Sign Language interpreter, Elise and her husband Jess Evans on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter, Neve Amelia who arrived on the 13th of August.

Mother and baby are doing well.

Wishing the new parents and their newborn baby everything of the best with many years of good health, love, joy and happiness.

Community Cuppa: International Week of the Deaf

Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Thursday 25th September from 10:00am to 12:00pm
 
To celebrate International Week of the Deaf, you are invited to attend our Community Cuppa.

What for? To tell us what you want from the Government and we will take these issues to the new Ministers.
  • What are the good things the Government has done for the Deaf people in the past?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people in your local community?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people around New Zealand?
This can be captions, education, accessibility, community, jobs, human rights, more funding from Workbridge and more.

We want to hear from you!

Refreshments and biscuits will be provided.
 
Contact Sue Lessing on sue.lessing@deaf.org.nz or text 027 920 675.
 
If you are unable to attend and those who live in Whakatane and Rotorua email me your questions and I will pass on your questions only with no name. The more questions, the better. It's for your rights and life. Share with your friends. Thank you.

Emergency Awareness Week

When: Sunday 21st to Saturday 27th September

Next week is National Civil Defence Get Ready Week. The week will put a test on how ready you are for any emergency disaster, tsunami, earthquake, floods that can happen anytime at home, work or travel. Do you have a pack that can see you through the 3 days?

On Sunday 28th September at 10:00am Bay of Plenty's text and email alerting system will be tested.

Click on this link for more information, to register for email and text and what to pack for survival. Knowing there should be a radio which we Deaf can't use but it will be good to have one for others to listen in case they don't have one, it's broken, missing, wet, faulty or the batteries have died out.

TEC Presentation: Are you Tech Smart?

This useful, informative, visual powerpoint workshop was delivered by Chris Blum from NZRelay on Friday 28th August in Tauranga and a number of people attended the presentation. Lots of questions were asked and there is information we didn't know especially with the modern technology moving so fast these days and it was a wonderful opportunity to be updated. The participants are requesting for another workshop on different topics.

 

Whakatane and Rotorua will have the presentation in October. Not to be missed!

 

Click on the flyers for more information and please let Sue Lessing know to put your name down.
If you are unable to attend but would like more information on the presentation, please let Sue know.
Please share with your Deaf friends/families.

Bay of Plenty Deaf Tenpin Bowling Club

Where: Tauranga Bowling, 13th Avenue, Tauranga (opposite Tauranga Boys College)
When: Saturday 7th March 2015 (next year)
Time: 8:30am for 9:00am start
Cost: Singles $35.00 Doubles $35.00
Contact: Vikki Wright (vmwright@xtra.co.nz)

Bay of Plenty Deaf Tenpin Bowling Club will celebrate 17 years next year.

Everyone is welcome to play or watch.

Click on flyer for more information.


 
Taranaki

Community Cuppa: International Week of the Deaf

To celebrate International Week of the Deaf, during Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th September, you are invited to attend our Community Cuppa in Taranaki.

When: Wednesday 24th September
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office, 28 Young Street, New Plymouth
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm
 
Tell us what you want from the Government and we will take these issues to the new ministers.
  • What are the good things the Government has done for Deaf people in the past?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people in your local community?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people around New Zealand?
We want to hear from you!
 
Come in and visit Niki and Tania and communicate your questions for what you want from the Government.
 
Special coffee, tea, herbal tea, fruit juice and chocolate fudge cake!!

Cameron Gillbanks volunteer work

On Friday 29th August, Bea Cutelli provided interpreter services for Cameron Gillbanks at the Opera House 24 Hour Book Sale dinner. This was a thank you to the many volunteers who have assisted over the years.
 
This year was the 25th, and the last, Opera House 24 Hour Book Sale. Cameron has volunteered there for many years - helping set up the week prior to the day, restocking and tidying during the sale and clean up afterwards. Often doing the 24 hour at one stretch.
 
The book sale has raised over a million dollars which has been used to refurbish the Opera House.

 
 

Interpreter availability in Taranaki

  • Monday 6th October
  • Tuesday 7th October
  • Thursday 28th October
Book with Marissa Lessing from iSign.
 
Text: 021 677 803
Fax: 09 972 0469
Email: central@isign.co.nz

Hawkes Bay

Community Cuppa: International Week of the Deaf

To celebrate International Week of the Deaf, during Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th September, you are invited to attend our Community Cuppa in Hawkes Bay.

When: Wednesday 24th September from 11:00am
Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
 
Tell us what you want from the Government and we will take these issues to the new ministers.
  • What are the good things the Government has done for Deaf people in the past?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people in your local community?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people around New Zealand?
We want to hear from you!

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club community meeting

Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club
When: Saturday 1st November at 1:30pm

The HBDC committee want to set up a full Deaf Community meeting to discuss about the HBDC and our future.

The committee are concerned about many issues such as: low number of members, members not using the Deaf Club much, building conditions like painting and repairs, high insurance cost and the ongoing cost of keeping the Deaf club going.

We want to see all members come to this meeting to share your thoughts. The Deaf community will decide what is best for HBDC for the future.

Please bring a plate for afternoon tea.

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club Achiever Award

Every year the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club have an award to give out to someone who has done well or has achieved something in the past years.

Please send us the name of a person that you want to nominate and briefly tell us why you think this person should win this year's Achiever Award.

Please send to the secretary before 21st November.

Email: hbdeaf@clear.net.nz
Text: 027 859 3238

The winner will be announced at the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club's Christmas dinner.

Christmas get together dinner

Where: Napier Breakers
When: Saturday 6th December at 6:00pm

We will have the Deaf Achiever Award on this night. More information to come soon.

Prices range from $15.00. Please start saving now.

To book your place, please contact Hawkes Bay Deaf Club Secretary before 21st November.

Email: hbdeaf@clear.net.nz
Text: 027 859 3238

Manawatu

Community Cuppa: International Week of the Deaf

To celebrate International Week of the Deaf, during Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th September, you are invited to attend our Community Cuppa in Palmerston North.

When: Tuesday 23rd September
Time: 1:30pm
Where: BNZ Business Centre, 203 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North

Tell us what you want from the Government and we will take these issues to the new ministers.
  • What are the good things the Government has done for Deaf people in the past?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people in your local community?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people around New Zealand?
We want to hear from you!

Afternoon Tea and Refreshments provided.

Hoki Mai Tama Ma signed theatre show

When: Sunday 12th October
Where: Centrepoint Theatre, 280 Church Street, Palmerston North
Time: 5.00pm
Cost: $30.00 (normally $38.00)
 
A special one off show that will have a NZ Sign Language Interpreter. See flier attached.
 
To book your seat and make payments for that special price, contact Lianna before deadline date Friday 3rd October. After that the price goes back to $38.00 Contact details on the flier.

Maori culture workshop

When: Monday 13th October
Time: 8:45am to 3:00pm
Where: Te Hotu Manawa o Rangitaane o Manawatu Marae, Maxwells Line, Palmerston North
 
Come along and learn about Maori culture, kapa haka, flax, cloak, wood/stone carving and also includes lunch!
 
If you want to come along to this workshop, you must let Lianna know before 26th September for catering purposes. Contact details on the flier.

End of year Christmas lunch

When: Friday 12th December
Where: Piranis Restaurant, Palmerston North Cosmopolitan Club, Linton Street, Palmerston North
Time: 11:00am
 
Yes its that time of the year again that we can all come together and celebrate by having a Christmas lunch together! Anyone is welcome to join us!
 
See flier attached with my contact details, you must contact Lianna to book before 5th December.

Power up your D.I.Y skills: Ladies Night

When: Wednesday 15th October
Where: Bunnings Warehouse, 23 Railway Road, Palmerston North
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Grab the girls and get together for a fun night of D.I.Y. Learn how to wallpaper like a pro, use power tools, and pick up hints and tips from their experts so you can tackle your own projects with confidence.
 
Great night with refreshments and nibbles provided.
 
You must book to attend this event. Contact them on palmerstonnorth@bunnings.co.nz.
 
Wellington

Community Cuppa: International Week of the Deaf

Where: Deaf Aotearoa Community Space, Level 1, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
When: Thursday 25th September from 10:30am to 12:30pm

To celebrate International Week of the Deaf, during Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th September, you are invited to attend our Community Cuppa in Wellington.

Tell us what you want from the Government and we will take these issues to the new ministers.
  • What are the good things the Government has done for Deaf people in the past?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people in your local community?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people around New Zealand?
We want to hear from you! Refreshments and cake provided!

TEC course: Are you Tech Smart?

Where: Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor Street, Newlands
When: Friday 26th September 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Cost: Free

Why is technology growing and changing?

Understanding data, 3G, 4G, smartphones, tablets, broadband, routers, cabinets and UFB.
 
Information from NZ Relay with topics:
  • Internet Relay
  • Video Relay Service (VRS)
  • Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)
  • Mobile Text Relay (MTR)
  • TXT111
  • CapTel
  • The decline of TTY
This workshop will help decide which smartphone, tablet or broadband you can purchase to access the communication services of your choice.
 
This is an exciting course that will make you tech smart and understand your devices and how they work and what not to do! Bring your mobile phone or tablet. Access to WiFi available.

Tea and Coffee provided.

Quiz Night Fundraiser: Disabled Persons Assembly

Where: 1841 Bar, 1 Disraeli Street, Johnsonville
When: Sunday 28th September from 7:00pm
Tickets: $10.00
 
Come along with friends and support Paula on her fundraising mission!

See flyer for more information.

Wellington Botanic Garden Spring Festival

When: Sat 20th to Sun 28th September (more dates on website)
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Website: wellington.govt.nz/events/annual-events/spring-festival
Where: Botanic Garden, Glenmore Street, Wellington
Cost: Free

Spring Festival celebrates the end of winter with spectacular spring flower displays, including 24,000 tulips. The festival features guided walks, workshops, entertainment and exclusive tours of other attractions in the area. Events include Otari’s open day (20th), Tulip Sunday (21st) and the Kids’ Day Out (27th).


Knack craft market

Where: Berhampore School, 105 Britomart Street, Berhampore, Wellington
When: Saturday 20 September 2014, 9:30am to 1:30pm
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Knack-Craft-Market/182158408511136
Cost: Free

Polling booth on site!
 
Berhampore School is the place to be this Election Day – come along for everything that is great about the knack market - with a twist!

This September knack celebrates spring by serving up a stunning selection of vintage, retro and upcycled craft stalls + 2nd hand stalls + a book fair. We're also hoping for some tables of antiques too!

Cast your vote at the polling booth, fill your re-useable shopping bag with gorgeous craft or pre-loved treasure and then relax with a snack. There will be 70s themed food on offer as well as home baking and delicious fresh RIPE coffee courtesy of Betsy.

Polling Booth on site, loads of free parking and we have EFTPOS.

For table enquiries please contact Justine e. knack.market@gmail.com


 
Nelson

TEC course: Are you Tech Smart?

When: 25th September from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Where: BNZ Business Centre Room, 226 Trafalgar Street, Nelson

Why is technology growing and changing?

Understanding data, 3G, 4G, smartphones, tablets, broadband, routers, cabinets and UFB.
 
Information from NZ Relay with topics:
  • Internet Relay
  • Video Relay Service (VRS)
  • Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)
  • Mobile Text Relay (MTR)
  • TXT111
  • CapTel
  • The decline of TTY
This workshop will help decide which smartphone, tablet or broadband you can purchase to access the communication services of your choice.
 
This is an exciting course that will make you tech smart and understand your devices and how they work and what not to do! Bring your mobile phone or tablet. Access to WiFi available.

Community Cuppa: International Week of the Deaf

To celebrate International Week of the Deaf, during Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th September, you are invited to attend our Community Cuppa in Nelson.

When: Thursday 25th September
Where: Lambrettas Cafe and Bar, 204 Hardy Street, Nelson
Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Tell us what you want from the Government and we will take these issues to the new ministers.
  • What are the good things the Government has done for Deaf people in the past?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people in your local community?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people around New Zealand?
We want to hear from you! Come and join us after the Tech Smart workshop.

Some refreshments will be provided.

Cherry Blossom Festival

When: Sunday 21st September from 11:30am to 2:00pm
Where: Miyazu Gardens, Atawhai Drive, Atawhai, Nelson

Annual Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of Japanese culture, music, food and the 38 year-old relationship between Nelson and our sister city Miyazu. Bring a picnic, enjoy the on-site food stalls or simply relax under the beautiful sakura (cherry blossom) trees.

This free event is proudly supported by the Nelson Miyazu Sister City Association and the Nelson Japanese Society.

More information...

Beacon Hill Shabby Chic Market

Where: Beacon Hill Estate, 205 Paton Road, Hope
When: Saturday 27th September from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: Gold coin donation

Variety of local stalls, inspiring assortments of shabby chic treasures.

Nelson Provincial Museum Exhibitions World War One

Where: Corner Trafalgar and Hardy Streets, Nelson
When: August 18th to October
Cost: Gold coin donation to locals

This exhibition honours the centennial of the 'war to end all wars', World War One (1914 - 1919). By the end of the war almost 2,500 men and women from the province had served overseas. Most men were enlisted in the New Zealand armed forces, but some enrolled with the Australian and British forces, and a smaller number served as nurses and chaplains. Those left behind raised funds, made up parcels, wrote letters, and kept the province running - all the time fearful of a telegraphed message bearing news of death or injury of a loved one. More information...
 
Canterbury

Community Cuppa: International Week of the Deaf

To celebrate International Week of the Deaf, during Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th September, you are invited to attend our Community Cuppa in Canterbury.

When: Thursday 25th September
Where: Blind Foundation Meeting Room, 96 Bristol Street, St Albans
Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm

Tell us what you want from the Government and we will take these issues to the new ministers.
  • What are the good things the Government has done for Deaf people in the past?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people in your local community?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people around New Zealand?
We want to hear from you! Refreshments provided. Don’t miss out.

Deaf Men’s Health: “How are you?”

A WOF for men's health evening. Just as we get Warrants of Fitness for our vehicles, why not we get a Warrant of Fitness for men. So, how are you?
 
You are welcome to attend Canterbury Men's Centre to learn about your men's health with Donald Pettitt.
 
Topics covers:
  • Physical Health
  • Weight Loss
  • Prostate
  • Diabetes
  • much more
When: Thursday 6th November
Time: 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Venue: Canterbury Men's Centre, 357 Gloucester Street, Linwood
 
Please register your name by Tuesday 28th October at 5:00pm to victoria.walters@deaf.org.nz.
 
Please bring a plate to share, Canterbury Men's Centre will provide BBQ, meat and potatoes and tea/coffee refreshments.
 
Male NZSL interpreters will be provided.

Appetite for Life

Do you want to learn how to eat health food, weight management and read nutrition labels?

We have invited Bronwen King from Appetite for Life to do presentation for you.
 
Topics covers:
  • label reading
  • eating more fibre
  • eating more vegetables
  • eating mindfully
  • why breakfast is so important
  • developing healthier habits
This is a six week course, two hours per week.

When: Monday 6th October to 17th November (except Labour Day on Monday 27th October)
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Where: Blind Foundation Hall, 96 Bristol Street, St Albans
Must Register: victoria.walters@deaf.org.nz or text 021 324 828 by Monday 29th September at 12:00pm
 
Limited to nine people (first in first served).

Deaf Society of Canterbury and Deaf Aotearoa
Walking Group Event

Come and join us to visit Southern Centre to see all the lighting and sound technology.
 
When: Wednesday 24th September at 10:00am (please arrive early at 9:45am)
Where: Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon
Cost: $7.00 per person (or if you have a Community Service Card only $5.30 per person)
RSVP: Nadia text 022 0696 4259 or Victoria text 021 324 828 or victoria.walters@deaf.org.nz
 
Note: Limited numbers. We have booked for 15 people only.

Please be quick to put your name(s) down, thank you.

Deaf Society of Canterbury:
Board Game Night

Come along and enjoy the night!

Bring your friends and have fun playing games and chat at the same time.
 
When: Friday 26th September
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Spreydon Bowling Club, 71 Domain Terrace, Spreydon
Otago

Community Cuppa: International Week of the Deaf

To celebrate International Week of the Deaf, during Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th September, you are invited to attend our Community Cuppa in Dunedin.

When: Friday 26th September (same day as our regular coffee group)
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa Office Community Room

Tell us what you want from the Government and we will take these issues to the new ministers.
  • What are the good things the Government has done for Deaf people in the past?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people in your local community?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people around New Zealand?
We want to hear from you!

Deaf Aotearoa will provide a special morning tea with food and drinks!

Self Defence Course Part 2

Free course for men and women. Learn the basics of self defence and other ways to keep yourself safe.

When: Thursday 25th September
Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Saint James Presbyterian Church Hall, 393 King Edward Street, South Dunedin

Please RSVP to Deaf Aotearoa by Tuesday 23rd September.

Disabled Person’s Assembly (DPA) Dunedin and Districts AGM

When: Wednesday 1st October
Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Where: St Patrick’s Community Centre, 42 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

All are welcome.

Southland

Community Cuppa: Celebrate International Week of the Deaf

When: Thursday 25th September
Where: disAbilities Resource Centre Southland, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill
Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

To celebrate International Week of the Deaf, during Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th September, you are invited to attend our Community Cuppa in Invercargill.

Tell us what you want from the Government and we will take these issues to the new ministers.
  • What are the good things the Government has done for Deaf people in the past?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people in your local community?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people around New Zealand?
We want to hear from you!

Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Invercargill Deaf Community Meeting

When: Sunday 21st September (this weekend)
Where: Invercargill Workermans Club
Time: 1:30pm

Southland Association for Deaf Children

What: Get Together for Parents / Families with Deaf /Hearing Impaired Children
Where: Newfield Kindergarten , 150 Centre Street , Invercargill
When: Saturday 27th September
Time: 1:30pm

We would love to see you all with the view of forming a working group to become involved with organising activities for the children and families .

Small Plate for afternoon tea would be appreciated .