CommUNITY Weekly News

Hello <<Preferred Name>>, here is your CommUNITY Weekly newsletter from Deaf Aotearoa's <<Your local Office>> office.



Social dinner on Sunday 14th June. For tickets please contact your local office, information available in the flyer.

Deaf rugby match - New Zealand vs. Australia, will be held in Christchurch from 12th-14th June. Not to be missed!
For more information please see the flyer.


New Ten Year Passports

From 31st December 2015, adult passports will be valid for 10 years instead of five years, and will cost $180. The 10 year validity period is easier for most adult passport holders, as they will not need to renew their passport as often. Because a child’s appearance can change significantly over time, the child passport will stay valid for five years. Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne said the price of the 10 year password will reflect the need to keep the price affordable as production costs will be spread over lower quantities. 

NZ Deaf Short Film Festival
The NZDSFF is happening in September! If you're keen to go along or even get your hands on some merchandise, check out the flyers below for more information. 

Frontrunners – Mark Berry Says Hello!

Mark Berry, who has just completed his Frontrunner’s 10 course in Denmark shares a brief summary of his experience and strongly encourages young Deaf adults to apply for the next one: Frontrunners 11!!! 

When: August 31st 2015 – May 20th 2016
Where: Denmark, Castberggard
Who can participate? Deaf People aged between 18 and 30 years. No more than 2 applicants from each country can be accepted.

For more information go to:

What’s next for him? He will be attending the World Federation of the Deaf Congress in Turkey, July 2015!

He’ll be back in Wellington one day and will be able to present all about his exciting overseas experiences, so watch this space!


Crafty People Winter Market

Come along and see an awesome variety of stalls and stall holders with something for everyone!! Arts, Crafts, Coffee, Food! Even live Music! 
When: Saturday 6th June
Time: 9am – 1pm
Where: The Whangarei Club, 14 - 18 Rust Avenue, Whangarei
Admission: Free


Farmers Market

Paihia Farmers' Market is a place where you can buy fresh local food, grown or produced.  Buy it fresh from the market to your plate!
When: Every Thursday
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Village Green, 60 Marsden Rd, Paihia 


RTW Endorsement Training TEC Course

Demonstrate knowledge + skills for driving on a road for endorsement W (wheels) R (rollers) T (trucks).
The R endorsement is for vehicles that run on rollers.
The T endorsement is for vehicles that run on self-laying tracks.
The W endorsement is for vehicles that run on wheels that aren't forklifts, passenger vehicles, tractors, fire engines, trade vehicles or vehicle recovery service vehicles.
The course involves:
- Description of Special-Type Vehicles,
- Legal Requirements for Special-Type Vehicles,
- Vehicle Pre-Start Checks,
- Manoeuvring and Operating a Special-Type Vehicle,
- Hazard Recognition and Site Safety, and
- Parking and Securing the Special-Type Vehicle
(Must hold a minimum of a FULL Class 1 Licence to gain the endorsement(s).
NZSL Interpreter provided
When: Monday 3rd August
Time: 8am - 1pm
Where: Unit 9,
4 Kellow Place,
Bring your own lunch as lunch is not provided.
6 spaces only, if interested please register now.
Contact Rachel Berry
Text: 021512943

Dulcie Bowman Scholarship

The Dulcie Bowman Scholarship will be awarded to a female student at the University of Auckland who is enrolled part time or full time and has paid the fees, or has arranged to pay the fees, for a second or subsequent year of an approved programme of study and who has a hearing disability (the nature of which and the degree of hearing loss needs to be confirmed in writing by a medical practitioner.)

Applications close on 30th June.
If you are interested, please contact Rachel Berry for a copy of the form of regulations.

South Auckland

South Auckland Deaf Club

Our next date for South Auckland Deaf Club will on:
Date:  Friday 26th June
Time: 7pm onwards
Where:  Clubroom – 183 Great South Road, Papatoetoe.
See you there!

Stir it up

Last month we had a fabulous NZSL month, but it has now come to end. 
If you want to learn more NZSL, come along to the Stir it up event.
See the attached flyer.
When:  Saturday 13th June
Where:  Deaf Aotearoa office South Auckland, level 1 Manukau Westfield mall.
Time:  10am-12pm
Age: Unlimited, everyone is welcome to come, from babies to oldies


Upcoming TEC Course - VRI/ VRS/ CapTel/ TXT111

Do you know how to use Video Remote Interpreters (VRI) for your visits to government agencies? 
This is a FREE service for those who use NZSL
Do you know how to use Video Relay Service (VRS) when you need to contact hearing, other Deaf, hearing impaired, Deafblind or speech impaired people? 
This is a FREE service for Deaf, hearing or speech impaired and Deafblind callers
Do you know about CapTel? 
This is a FREE service for the hearing impaired…  It is a captioned telephone that connects to the internet and displays captions of your conversation while you’re speaking.  Just like an ordinary phone – but you can read what the other person is saying!
Do you know how to use TXT 111 – an emergency text service?  Have you registered or know how to register? 
This is a service for those who have difficulty hearing or talking on the phone
This is a great seminar for all to attend. Come and learn how to use this technology that will support you in everyday living. Gain independence and be empowered! 
Date and venue to be confirmed
If you’re interested, then please contact Susitina Cook  
Text: 021 540 193

Stir It Up – Games Day! 

When: Tuesday 9th June
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office, 169 London St, Federated Farmers Building, Level 4
Everybody welcome!  This month we’re opening the doors and inviting you to our ‘GAMES DAY’
Let’s play Charades (an acting game).
This will be a great game to encourage using facial expressions and reading body language… the things that help us to communicate more freely with our Deaf community members.
Soup and scones will be provided.
Tell your friends and family, and come on in. We’ll see you there!

Waka Ama

Waikato Deaf Waka Ama team! 
Want to experience Waka Ama?  
Want to be part of a Deaf Waka Ama team?
You will learn: Waka Ama competition skills, team work skills, water confidence and safety, fitness skills. 
Where: Nga Tai Whakarongo Waka ama club.
Address: Roose Commerce Park: Grantham Street, Hamilton.
When: Saturdays or Sundays (day and time to be confirmed when numbers are confirmed)
All welcome, let’s start the first New Zealand Deaf Waka Ama team!!
If you are interested, please contact me as soon as possible.
Contact: Kayte Shaw (Community Development Kaituitui)
Phone: 021 517 791    

Deaf Waikato River Community Social Dinner

When: Saturday 20th June 
Time: 7pm
Where: Cock & Bull – Traditional English Pub & Restaurant. Corner of Maui & Church St, Te Rapa, Hamilton

Eat, drink and relax. We’re letting the good times flow!
We hope to see you there!


Bay of Plenty

Western Bay of Plenty Disabilty Support Trust - Reminder

Where: Bethlehem Baptist Church, 90 Bethlehem Road, Bethlehem
When: Friday 12th June from 10:00am till 1:30pm
Cost: Gold coin entry will be appreciated
NZSL interpreters are booked.
You are invited to this seventh disability networking for inclusion seminar.
The speakers are:
  • Paul Curry will talk about accessing our community in everyday life with a disability.
  • Gerry Pomeroy from CCS will talk about transport initiative.
  • Shirley Wilson from Brian Injured Children Trust will talk about the ‘goBabygo’ project.
  • Hon. Simon Bridges will talk about the government’s position on transport for the disabled.
Afterwards there will be refreshments and networking.
Please contact Gill Gardener to reserve your place and tell her you are a NZSL user to be reserved in the front.
Email: or
Phone using NZRelay: 07 552 0316
See you there!

VRI – Video Remote Interpreting

VRI – What is this?
This is a technology service for the Deaf who live in areas where no interpreters are available. It’s a free service for the Deaf people wanting to communicate with government agency staff.
This service can be for Work and Income, Child Youth and Family, Senior Services, ACC, Ministry of Health and health professionals and Ministry of Education.
If you have a meeting with your child’s teacher, this is a good service for you to use.
If you need this service contact your local CRO who will give you more information and to make contact with the agency or visit

Bay of Plenty Deaf Club 

Where: Club Mount Maunganui, 45 Kawaka Street, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
When: Saturday 20th June from 5:00pm till midnight
Join the fun and catch up with your friends. You can buy dinner there, play pool and/or watch TV.

Click on flyer for more information and contact details to put your name down.

Bay of Plenty Deaf 8 Ball Club 3’s Tournament 

Where: Club Mount Maunganui, 45 Kawaka Street, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
Time: 11:00am till 5:00pm (Game start at 11:30am, please be on time.)
When:  1st season – 20 June
            2nd season – 29 August
            3rd season – 14 November
Cost: $10.00 per person for pool game.
This is a tournament for all Deaf players to join and have fun competing.
Click on flyer for more information and contact details to put your name down

New Zealand Deaf 8 Pool Open Championship 

Where: Club Mount Maunganui, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga
When: Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th October
Click on flyers for more information.


Important: Office Closed

Please make note that staff will be attending Deaf Aotearoa’s service training on Monday 8th June and Tuesday 9th June.  This will help us get ready to increase services from 1st July.
We will open as usual on Wednesday 10th June.

Taranaki Aviation Transport and Technology Museum 

PODC Taranaki would like to invite you to join them in a visit to Taranaki Aviation Transport and Technology Museum (TATATM)
WHEN: Sunday 21st June 2015
TIME: 11.00am
WHERE: The TATATM is located on the corner of State Highway 3 and Kent Road, 8km south of New Plymouth opposite Lake Mangamahoe.
COST: There is no charge for families who are financial members of PODC.
A Gold Coin donation for non-financial families is appreciated, but not compulsory
WHAT TO BRING: We will be having a picnic lunch at the museum so bring lunch for your whanau.
RSVP: 14th June 2015
Could you RSVP to Nic by 14th June, email; phone or text 027 244 7100 or 7591883. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, and would love to meet some new families, don’t be shy, Nic Earl, Secretary, PODC Taranaki.
Please see flyer for more detailed information.

Marine Park Market, Waitara

When: Sunday 7th June
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm
Where: Marine Park, Waitara

Bring whanau and friends and spend the day listening to our great entertainment while enjoying the great food on offer and checking out our stalls that range from, fruit n veg to crafts to, bits n bobs.
Prices: Free to enter
Contact: Stella Martin
Phone: 022 1364142

FIFA U-20: Hungary v Nigeria

When: Sunday 7th June
Time: 5:00pm
Where: Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 is coming to New Zealand and Stadium Taranaki (Yarrow Stadium) will host six games - five pool matches and a Round of 16 clash. Take a look at the match schedule here.
Sun 7 Jun 2015
Hungary v Nigeria

Check out individual team profiles.

Official Fan Guide

Cat A: Adult $34, Child $13 (age 2-14), Family $81 (2 adults and 2 children)
Cat B: Adult $24, Child $8, Family $56 (2 adults and 2 children)
The Pen is designed for fans age 15 - 25 to have some fun, $19 and $8 for children.

Tickets on sale now from TSB Showplace Ticket Office or online here.

Tupare High Tea

When: Sunday 7th June
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Tupare, 487 Mangorei Road, New Plymouth, New Plymouth

High Tea at Tupare. Dress in your finest and soak up the atmosphere whilst enjoying a delicious high tea. Friends of Tupare Chapman-Tour historic house tour included. In association with Mangorei School PTA, for more details visit .
Tickets available at Blackbird Boutique, 148 Devon Street East, New Plymouth ph 759 0011.
Prices: Free entry
Contact: Taranaki Regional Council
Phone: 0800 736 222

New Zealand Flag Consideration Project

You may be aware of the New Zealand Flag Consideration Project, the formal process for the New Zealand public to consider the future of our national flag. You can find more information on the project website here.
When: The roadshow will be in New Plymouth, on Tuesday 9th June.
Where: The information stand will be at Huatoki Place, Devon St West from 12pm to 2.30pm.
And there is a public workshop from 5.30pm - 7.00pm at the Quality Hotel on the corner of Courtney and Leach Streets.
These activities will provide people with information about the history of the New Zealand flag, how they can participate in the project, and an opportunity to share what is important to them about New Zealand.   
This is the first time in history that New Zealanders are able to have a say in the future and design of our flag.  We would like everyone to have an opportunity to participate. 

Hawkes Bay

Important: Office Closed

Please make note that staff will be attending Deaf Aotearoa’s service training on Monday 8th June and Tuesday 9th June.  This will help us get ready to increase services from 1st July.
We will open as usual on Wednesday 10th June.

How To Have A Healthy Home?

Living in a dry and warm environment is good for everyone. For people with asthma it is especially important and there are other issues that are vital for them to stay well.
Please go to this link -
There are wonderful tips and easy to follow.

Check out our tips:

Tips for a dry, warm, pollution-free home
  • Dealing with condensation
  • Dealing with dampness
  • Keeping your home warm
  • What kind of heating is best for my health?
  • Make your home smoke free
Many houses are damp and cold, leading to more colds and flu and aggravating asthma. Making your home dry, warm and pollution-free will make it a healthy home and also save money and energy.

Dry – keeps moisture out
  • Put lids on pots when cooking
  • Dry clothes outside
  • Vent your clothes dryer to the outside
  • Air your house on fine days
  • Use extractor fans or open windows in the kitchen and bathroom to remove moisture
  • Remove mould using very diluted household bleach
  • Check for water leaks from guttering, plumbing etc., and have them repaired
  • Ensure that there is adequate drainage around your house
  • Black plastic on the ground under the house will keep it drier and easier to heat
  • An in-roof ventilation system will reduce condensation
  • Consider double glazing if you are building or replacing windows

Warm – keep heat in
  • Have well-fitting curtains and pull them at night to keep heat in
  • Use draught stops under doors and draught proofing strips around windows and doors
  • Use a healthy form of heating such as a fluted gas heather, heat pump, pellet or wood burner
  • Insulate your ceiling and under the floor to keep heat in and heating costs down**

*Unfluted gas heaters release moisture and harmful gases into the home

*40% of heat can be lost through an uninsulated ceiling and 10% through the floor  

Pollution-free – keep air clean
  • Stop smoking or smoke only outside
  • Let your family and friends know that your home is smoke free
  • Use an electric or fluted gas heater rather than unfluted gas heaters
  • Air your house on fine days
  • Limit the use of strong-smelling cleaners, air fresheners and fly sprays
  • Keep dust to a minimum – dust with a damp cloth and vacuum regularly (use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA*** filter) to reduce house dust mites(a common asthma allergy trigger)
  • Consider hard floors and rugs, ideally with underfloor insulation, instead of fitted carpets

These are some of the simple and easy information from Healthy Homes.  Please do check out all the other tips.

Are You Tech Smart?

Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club
When: 29th July 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Entry: Gold Coin

Why is technology growing and changing?

To understand data, 3G and 4G, smart phones, tablets, routers, cabinet and UFB,
this workshop will help decide which smart phone, tablet or broadband you can purchase to access to communication services to 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 will be available.

Information from NZ Relay with topics;
-       Internet relay
-       video relay service (VRS)
-       video remote interpreting (VRI)
-       mobile text relay (MTR)
-       TXT 111
-       Captel
-       The decline of TTY

To find out more and to register your place for this event contact Lee Bullivant
Text: 021459005



Important: Office Closed

Please make note that staff will be attending Deaf Aotearoa’s service training on Monday 8th June and Tuesday 9th June.  This will help us get ready to increase services from 1st July.
We will open as usual on Wednesday 10th June.

Connections Workshop

When: Monday 15th June
Where: MASH Trust, 602-606 Main Street, Palmerston North
Time: 10:30am – 2:00pm
Lunch will be provided.
See flyer for more information, if you want to come to this workshop please contact Lianna before Thursday 11th June.

Save time online

When: Thursday 2nd July
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, 74 the Square, Level 2 United Building,
Palmerston North
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
A new and better way of doing things online rather than waiting in queues at Work and Income NZ. This workshop will show you how to do this.
See flyer for more information, if you want to come to this workshop please contact Lianna.

Weaving Workshop 

When: Wednesday 10th June (every Wednesday until 8th July)
Where: Community Leisure Centre, Val Kenwood Room, 569 Ferguson Street, Palmerston North
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
We do not have enough numbers for this workshop, we had many people last year saying they want to do this weaving workshop, however the numbers are very low. If you are interested in coming to this fantastic one opportunity workshop please let Lianna know, see flyer attached.

Captioned Movie "Mad Max"

When: Wednesday 17th June
Where: Downtown Cinema, Broadway Ave, Palmerston North
Time: 6:00pm
More information about this movie can be found if you click this link: 
Hope to see you there to support this event!


Important: Office Closed

Please make note that staff will be attending Deaf Aotearoa’s service training on Monday 8th June and Tuesday 9th June.  This will help us get ready to increase services from 1st July.
We will open as usual on Wednesday 10th June.

Staffing updates

Natalie King, who was the Community Relations Officer, has departed the Wellington team to return to her homeland in the UK – she will be sorely missed.
Since April, we have had Erica Dawson as part of our team providing business support. Erica will now be moving into the role of  Executive Assistant – we wish her a very warm welcome to Deaf Aotearoa.

Accessibility Forum

“Engaging with the Council: Modes and Mechanisms”
Where: Community Room, Mezzanine Floor, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street
When: Friday, 19th June 2015 at 2pm – 4pm
RSVP: by Friday, 12th June
Providing updates on the WCC’s accessibility work, and how to solve problems and influence decisions.


Wellington Association of Deaf Children AGM 

Where: Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor Street 
When: Sunday 14th June 2015 at 2pm
Both the President and Secretary are stepping down, opportunity to be involved!
Family friendly – toys/games available for children during the AGM.
Afternoon tea afterwards.
Hope to see you there!

Faces of Deaf Aotearoa – Wellington
To celebrate the launch of Wellington’s new office in NZSL week, we are doing a “Faces of Deaf Aotearoa – Wellington” series of one staff member per week. They will introduce and share a little bit about their work and personal passions!
Last week we began the series with Jared Flitcroft, this week we have….
Karen Pointon

Next week we will have: Erica Dawson!

Nelson News Making its Way to America

Talitha Suryan one of our Deaf community members who now lives in Port Townsend, America with her husband and family was most surprised when she read her local coffee news.
The news was about the students at Hampden Street School Nelson who signed the National Anthem during NZSL week.
News can travel so far.


Nelson Deaf Community Incorporated 

Social Evening at the Suburban club, come along and catch up
When: Friday 5th June 4.30pm
Where: Nelson Suburban Club 168 Tahunanui Drive Nelson
NDC are having their Mid-Winter Christmas lunch at The Apple Shed in Mapua.
Please let the secretary Rachel if you are coming by 13th June also if you require transport.
Rachel contact (text): 021 102 4400
When: Saturday 20th June at 11.30am
Where: The Apple Shed Café, 3 Mapua Wharf, Mapua

Keeping in touch KIT Day

You are welcome to come along and meet the Deaf children in our Nelson area, there will be fun activities which include Skating, Badminton, Table tennis.
When: Tuesday 18th August time 9.30am-2pm
Where: Motueka Recreation Centre, Old Wharf Road, Motueka



Deaf Society of Canterbury - New Clubroom Opening Day!

Come and celebrate the official opening of our new club!
When: Sunday 7th June 2015
Time: 10.30 am to 2.00 pm
Where: 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch

Please see attached flyer for more details



Deaf Society of Canterbury - Social Event - Gladiator

Who will be proven victorious when the battle begins?
Come and found out....
Kids and adults are welcome

When: Friday 26th June at 7pm
Where: 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch
Cost: $5.00 entry
B.Y.O: Alcohol (small amounts)

The profit of the event will go towards Katherine Hickson and Rachel Berry's World Federation of Deaf Youth trip in Turkey in July.
For more information, please contact Deaf Society of Canterbury office.


Deaf Craft Group

You are welcome to join our Deaf Craft Group to learn new skills, projects or finish off your project and please bring your craft.

When: Saturday 13th June
Time: 10:30pm to 1:00pm
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch

Please bring a plate to share for lunch.
For more information, please contact or text 021 324 828

Mitre 10 - DIY workshop for children

Do you want to give your child/ren an experience in DIY?

Mitre 10 are having two workshops on making a tool box
When: Sunday 7th June at
10am to 11am and
12pm to 1pm

These two workshops are for 20 young happy builders. It is an easy project suited for both girls and boys between the ages of  5 to 12 years old and please bring old clothes and one parent/caregiver to help with the project.

If you wish to enrol your child/ren, please enrol:


Where are We?

Michelle is away from the office all week, Monday 8th through Friday 12th June.
Anna is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

DPA Meeting with Mojo Mathers

At this month’s meeting Mojo Mathers, Green MP, will be talking about disability and inequality in general.
When: Wednesday 10th June
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Where: McNab Room, Dunedin Public Libraries, The Octagon

Toitu Museum Cats n’ Dogs Exhibit

Come along to a new exhibit at the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum that features a range of pictures of cats and dogs throughout history.
When: Now through 6th September 2015
Time: 10:00am- 5:00pm every day
Where: Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Garden Dunedin
Cost: Free


Harlem Globetrotters

Where: ILT Stadium Southland
When: 11th June 2015
Time: Doors Open 6 pm – Show starts at 7pm
Costs: See Below
HOLLYWOOD (all of ILT Lower Stand)
All tickets $99.00 each

GOLD (front 6 rows of Ray Harper Stand)
All tickets $59.00 each

SILVER (all other rows of Ray Harper Stand except back 3 rows)
Adult $54.00 | Child $27.00 | Family $120.00

BRONZE (back 3 rows of Ray Harper Stand & all of ILT Upper Stand)
Adult $49.00 | Child $24.00 | Family $99.00

Fee charges apply 
The Harlem Globetrotters are returning to New Zealand after their massively successful 2013 tour.
The Harlem Globetrotters bring their world famous tradition of ball-handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind sports entertainment - this is basketball like you've never seen it before! They combine athleticism, theatre and comedy in a show that is suitable for the whole family – whether you're 7 or 70 you can be sure of a fantastic night out. Many shows sold out last time so don't delay and get your tickets to see the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters - this is a show not to be missed!
Email: Click here to send an email
Contact: ILT Stadium Southland
Phone: 03 2171200

Joseph Parker - Fight Night at ILT Southland Stadium

Where: ILT Stadium Southland, Isabella Street, Invercargill.
When:  Saturday 1st August 2015
Time:    6pm - 12am 
Buy Tickets – 0800 224 224 ( Follow the “Buy Tickets” Link )
Las Vegas dazzle descends on Invercargill for the biggest corporate event in Southland this year.
Kiwi heavyweight sensation Joseph Parker main events the biggest boxing card ever seen in the South Island as he continues his rise up the heavyweight rankings.
The current world number 10 has to make good on his promise of being in the top five by the end of 2015 meaning he is certain to encounter a world class opponent in Invercargill.
Also on the card lightning fast welterweight thrill merchant Jeff Horn, who is ranking inside the world's top 15 and is widely considered the best boxer Australia has produced in over a generation.
Plus Duco's corporate world champion, the 135 kilo Brown Buttabean, will also feature on the card - if he can find someone tough enough in Southland to take him on!
Make sure you're ringside for what is guaranteed to be the biggest Joseph Parker fight night to date.

Matariki Festival and Maori Film Festival

What: Various Activities / Screenings - See Timetable below 
When: 15 June -21st June 2015 
Costs:  FREE - Koha/ Donation 
Times: 12pm- 7pm Daily.
To celebrate Matariki enjoy a number of events, including the annual Maori Film Festival
Matariki 2015 will be a joint venture between Venture Southland, Wairoa Maori Film Festival, The Southland Museum and Art Gallery and the Invercargill City Libraries and Archives.

80 minutes of the best in Maori short films will be shown in the SMAG Theatrette, along with forums and kapa haka performances.

The timetable is as follows: (both Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21)
  • 12:00pm - 1:20pm film screening
  • 1:30pm - 2:50pm film screening
    1:30pm - 1:55pm Forum on film making with an emphasis on Maori film making
  • 2:10pm - 2:45pm Kapa Haka performances (Saturday - Te Puawaitanga; Sunday - Te Wharekura O Arowhenua
  • 3pm - 4:20pm Film screening
  • 4:30pm Film screening

The films in the programme include:
  • In The Rubbish Tin - by Riwia Brown
  • Footsteps - by Lennie Hill
  • The Tohunga - by Rebecca
  • Ahi Ka - by Richard Curtis
  • Ross and Beth - by Hamish Bennett
  • Home - by Apirana Ipo Te Maipi
  • Inc'd - by Darren Simmonds

On Sunday, June 2st1, at 6pm there will be a very special forum based around the work of Stephen Mulqueen, whose exhibition WHAKAMAORITANGA/Translations is currently showing at the museum and art gallery.

This is a 360-degree landscape map, which encircles the gallery walls, transporting the viewer to the top of Motupōhue/Bluff Hill. Mulqueen is the current Southland Art Foundation, William Hodges Fellow.

Short play readings will accompany the event, using Brian Friel's play, Translations.
Constellation Evening:  Southland Astronomical Society members will be giving a fascinating insight on the Matariki constellation and Dean Whaanga will share his cultural knowledge about the constellation’s relevance in the traditional Maori calendar.  The Verdon Kapa Haka Roopu will be performing at this event. 
The Southland Museum will host workshops in Harakeke (weaving).