CommUNITY Weekly News

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


Deaf Netball 2016

Check out the flyer for more information

Human Rights Officer Position

The WFD is seeking a Human Rights Officer (HRO) as a maternity leave substitute to be commenced on 1st December, 2015 until 31st October 2016.
Don’t hesitate to distribute this job advertisement - also attached to this email in PDF and Word format - to your networks.
For further enquiries, or to apply, please email Ms Meri Hyrske-Fischer, Team Leader:
Deadline for applications:  Thursday 24th September at 5:00pm.


The Deaf Mental Health Mini-Conference - Healthy Deaf Minds

A one day mini-conference focusing on the mental health needs of the Deaf Community, and the tools required to deliver equitable mental health care for this linguistic community will be held in Auckland (20th November), Wellington (24th November), and Christchurch (30th November).
It will feature international expert Dr Brendan Monteiro, Consultant Psychiatrist at specialist Forensic Rehabilitation Services in the UK. Brendan has dedicated his career to developing Deaf mental health services to meet local community needs across the UK and Northern Ireland.
The conference program has been designed to meet the needs of 3 groups:
  1. The Deaf Community
  2. Mental Health/Health Clinicians, and staff working across the Justice Sector
  3. Service Commissioners
 Conference Outcomes
A conference with a Deaf mental health focus is a very rare event here in New Zealand. It will have many benefits including supporting the much needed development of Deaf mental health services and in connecting all those involved with this highly specialist area of practice including service users and practitioners.  
Below are some of the main benefits for those thinking about attending:
  • Increase awareness of factors which impact upon Deaf development, mental illness and recovery, including the place of communication in attaining positive treatment outcomes.
  • Develop understanding of the unique approach required when working with Deaf clients and their family/whanau
  • Provide an introduction to some of the tools which will assist in delivering positive outcomes for Deaf clients including links to ongoing resources for professional support
  • Identify training needs
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with the Deaf Community through which pathways to enhancing sector capability can be identified and further explored
Voluntary group, The Coalition of Deaf Mental Health Professionals (CDMHP) will be your hosts for this event. CDMHP is a group of Deaf and hearing practitioners with experience in Deaf mental health service delivery, policy and practice. CDMHP formed following specialist service closures in the Central Region in 2010.
CDMHP provides advice and cultural consultation to key stakeholders on the need to develop a national network of signing fluent Deaf mental health services, to support cultural capability across the health sector and beyond. 
For more information including the Flyer, Program, and pre-registration form please visit:
CDMHP Website: (Please note that the Deaf community evening event will no longer be taking place).



Informal Cuppa

There will be an informal cuppa afternoon on Saturday 12th September 2:00pm at Deaf Aotearoa Office in Deveron Street. 
Friends of Sabine and Fred Muller will be here to meet the Deaf Community.  This lady is Dr Jill Afrin who is a psychiatrist specialising in working with Deaf in South Carolina.
She uses ASDL and does video conferencing with her patients and will be very interesting person to meet. Jill will be here with her husband who is also a doctor. 

The John Maucere Show 
American Deaf Comedian will be in Auckland for the John Maucere Show!
This show is R18, so please do not bring your children.
When: Friday 25th September
Time: 8:00pm
Where: Potters Park Events Centre, upstairs clubroom in Auckland Deaf Society.
Admission: $5 per person (mobile eftpos is available at the door)
Bar and canteen will be open at 6.30pm. 


Beautiful BSL

John Smith, visual comedian is going on a tour in NZ.
Come along and bring family and friends! Heaps of laughing!
When: Saturday 24th October
Time: 6:30pm onwards
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Mt Eden.

If keen to purchase tickets, can go to their website and purchase tickets from there.

NZSL Northern Camp 

When: Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September
Where: Marsden Bay Christian Camp, 89A One Tree Point Road, One Tree Point
(about two hours north of Auckland)
Cost: $140.00
The theme for the camp will be kiwi sports persons.
For more information and to register please contact the Camp Administrator, James Pole.
Text: 021 322 756

No Ordinary Hero 
John Maucere will be in New Zealand and at Lido cinema for the No Ordinary Hero, the Super Deafy Movie he stars in!
Come along to get a picture with him, and watch the movies which have subtitles!
When: Thursday 24th September
Time: Movie starts at 6.15pm, get there earlier to grab your seat.
Where: Lido Cinema, 427 Manukau Road, Epsom.
Costs: $19 per adult, $13 per child (under 10 years) or $25 at the door.
To buy tickets through internet banking:
Reference: “your surname” SuperDeafy
Email Julie Anne at to let her know you have paid.

The John Maucere Show 
American Deaf Comedian will be in Auckland for the John Maucere Show!
This show is R18, so please do not bring your children.
When: Friday 25th September
Time: 8:00pm
Where: Potters Park Events Centre, upstairs clubroom in Auckland Deaf Society.
Admission: $5 per person (mobile eftpos is available at the door)
Bar and canteen will be open at 6.30pm. 

KDEC’s Speech Competition 

Where: Kelston Boys’ High School Auditorium (end of Archibald Road)
When: 23rd September
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Who: Deaf and hearing impaired students aged 13 to 20.
-       True Life stories  (NZSL or spoken English)
-       Research (NZSL or spoken English)
-       NZSL
Surprise guest VIP coming to give mini performance while judges mark-up.  Deaf Community very welcome to support the evening.

Indian Night
Come along to Indian Night! Where you can experience, explore and taste the indian culture! Includes guest performances, buffet, prizes, games, DJ, eyebrow threading and henna!
Theme: Indian Clothing
When: Saturday 3rd October
Time: Door opens at 6:00pm
Where: 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral.
Costs: Earlybird $35, General Admission $45. Children under 5 is free!
Bring extra money for eyebrow threading and henna if interested.
To buy a ticket, please contact Hinal at 021 565 1072 or Priya at 021 295 1747


Reminder – Tomorrow! Waikato Deaf Sports Hui (Meeting & Social)

What: Come and chat about setting up sports teams for NZ Deaf Games on Labour Weekend in Hamilton 2016.
When: Saturday 5th September 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Eastside Tavern & TAB
Address: Corner Of Grey Street & Cook Street, Hamilton East
Bring what: BYO meat for BBQ.
If interested please contact Hemi Hema: 
Text: 0275105108

Stir It Up – Let’s Teach Some NZSL In Our New Office! 
Come along to the September “Stir It Up” to enjoy the new community space in the Deaf Aotearoa office. Be a NZSL role model and teach some people your language, as there will be some people there wanting to learn some NZSL.
When: Tuesday 8th of September
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa Office, Hamilton
Address: Federated Farmers Building, Level 4, 169 London Street, Hamilton
All welcome – Deaf, hearing, Hard of Hearing.
Afternoon tea, coffee and tea provided.

Chartwell Event Cinemas - Free closed caption movies on Mondays

Movie: The man from U.N.C.L.E
When: Monday 7th September 
Time: 8:30pm
Where: Chartwell Event Cinemas
Address: Level 2, Westfield Shopping Centre, Cnr Hukanui & Comries Rd, Chartwell.
Remember: You must have your ‘I am Deaf” ID card.
If you don’t have an ‘I am Deaf’ card, contact Miiria Storey (facilitator):                                     
Email: Phone: 021 792 369

Deaf Waikato River Community Notice - Community Meeting

When: Wednesday 16th September, 2015
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: CCS Meeting room
Address: 17 Claudelands Road, Claudelands, Hamilton
See flyer for agenda
We will see you there!
Bay of Plenty

TEC Course - Maori Culture

There will be two Maori Culture courses.
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Friday 25th September from 6:30pm till 8:30pm
Cost: Free
Where: Rotorua District Library, 1127 Huapapa Road, Huapapa Room – level 1, Rotorua
When: Saturday 26th September from 11:00am till 1:00pm
Cost: Free
Tea/Coffee provided.
Come to this course where you can learn more about Maori Culture. This course will be presented by Richard Peri (Deaf) from Auckland.
Click on flyers for more information and contact Sue Lessing to put your name down and to fill in an enrolment form.
Whakatane Deaf community, please let Sue Lessing know if you are interested to attend either Tauranga or Rotorua as petrol vouchers will be given.
If Rotorua Deaf community want to attend but can’t make it on Saturday, you are welcome to Tauranga’s course or vice versa.
More courses coming soon. Watch this space!

Stir It Up

Where:  The Sugar Plum Tree Café, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Saturday 12th September from 10:30am till 12:30pm
Cost: Free
This is a gathering for anyone of all ages to attend to have fun experiencing or learning basic NZSL.
To book your name, contact Sue Lessing. Click on flyer for more information and contact details.
Share with anyone you think may be interested.


Bay of Plenty Deaf Club

Where: Club Mount Maunganui, 45 Kawaka Street, Mount Maunganui
When: Saturday 12th September from 11:00am till 5:00pm – 3’s Tournament Deaf 8 Ball Club. Social - from 5:00pm till midnight
There is a charge for the Deaf 8 Ball 3’s Tournament of $10.00 per person for pool game.
Click on flyers for more information and contact details to join.

What’s on at the Historic Village

School Holiday Workshops
Where: Clay Art Studio & Leadworks
When: Monday 28th September till  Friday 9 October

Two weeks of creative fun!
Paint a mug, plate, trinket box or choose from wall hangings for indoor/outdoor art,
or create your own mosaic.
Contact the studio for more information - 07 571 3726


Cultural Evening

Where: Historic Village Hall, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Wednesday 16th September from 7:00pm till 9:00pm   
Multicultural Tauranga’s Living in Harmony cultural evening.
September is a Chinese evening, all welcome, please bring a plate of food to share.

For more information please contact Janet:
Phone: 07 571 6419 or

Mental Health Matters in Taranaki

Nga Kaupapa Mate Hinengaro
News and Views – Korero Mai – September 2015

Toi Hauora o Taranaki Art Group

When: Every Wednesday
Where: Old Polytechnic, Main Building, Liardet Street, New Plymouth
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost: Cold coin donation
Facilitiators: Korrena Kidd and Diane McPeake
Text Korrena: 027 355 8237

New Plymouth Guided Historical Walk

Date: Sunday 6th September
Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Where: i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, New Plymouth

Explore New Plymouth on an urban walking tour. Stroll around the central city and soak up the architecture and history with an experienced local guide.
$10 per person and concessions available.
Advance bookings essential - phone 06 759 6060.
Prices:  $10 per person
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06 759 6060

Stir It Up – New Plymouth

We are starting a new monthly event for the public to experience and learn New Zealand Sign Language. Come along to enjoy a monthly casual cuppa at the WITT cafe. All Welcome – Deaf, hard of hearing, hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations.
When: Monday 7th September
Time: 12:00pm– 1:00pm
Where: Western Institute of technology Cafeteria, 20 bell Street, New Plymouth
For more information please contact Niki:
Mobile: 021 556 989

Women's Self Defence S.T.O.P.S Course

Starts: Thursday 17th September
 Runs for 4 weeks; every Thursday
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: 41 Fernleigh Street, Ferndale, New Plymouth, 

Learn self-defence techniques with Dean Logan, 3rd degree black belt mixed martial arts instructor, boxing coach and personal trainer. Dean has extensive experience in teaching self-defence; including self-defence designed specifically for women. Suitable for 13 years and over.
• Prevention, avoidance, escape and evasion
• Dealing with real world violence and attacks
• Release and counter attacks on all chokes, holds, grabs…
• Survive attacks that go to ground

Prices: $80 per person ($70 per person for family / group 2+)
Contact: Dean Logan
Phone: 021 558 123
Booking Link:
You must register your interest to attend this workshop.


Hawkes Bay

International Week of the Deaf

When: 21st to 27th September, 2015
This year, IWD 2015 will take place under the theme ‘With Sign Language Rights, Our Children Can!’
All the countries around the World we be celebrating and promoting this together.
Deaf Aotearoa will have a short presentation for the community about this ‘With Sign Language Rights, Our Children Can!’
When: Thursday 24th September 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road Taradale
Please contact Lee if you wish to attend:
Text: 021 459 005 or
We hope that we can get as many people we can to come along and join us.
For more information about IWD please check out this website:

Did You Know This?
Hastings has been named the country's most beautiful city.
It’s claimed three coveted crowns when the Keep New Zealand Beautiful awards were announced yesterday.
The city can now boast:
  •        Best toilets
  •        Best environmental initiative
  •        The most beautiful city in New Zealand
Please read this newspaper article:
Well done Hastings, Hand Waves!

Hawkeye Turns 50!

Milestone to crow about as Hawkeye turns 50!
This bird was created in 1966 and it’s 12 feet tall.
Remember to say “Happy 50th Birthday” to Hawkeye!
For more information about this story please go to this website


Old Mobile Phones

Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) now have a drop off bin if you wish to recycle your old mobile phone. It doesn’t matter what kind of phone, doesn’t matter what condition, you can put it in the drop off bin.  This recycling will help raise funds for the Starship National Air Ambulance service.  Once the phones are collected they are passed onto a specialist recycling company called Swapkit, they will grade the phones and wipe the data.

New Bike Stands

You will notice around the city that there are big giant locks and keys.  You may think “What’s that for?”
They were imported and installed by “Urban Effects Limited” of Whanganui.  They are new bike stands!!

Helpful Apps

Were you aware of the following apps you can download onto your smartphones?
My Parx – this is to discover more about our park and reserves
FIXiT PNCC – Easy way to report problems
Frog Parking – Easy way to pay for parking at Frog Parking places (also they are cheaper, 50c per hour – this is at time of this newsletter)
If you are unsure, feel free to come to our office and we will be happy to assist you with these.

ZINIO for Libraries

You can check out their website
Did you know that you can now access digital magazines and newspapers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the Living Room of the City via ZINIO for libraries?  This allows library members to download popular magazines for free from the Palmerston North City Library website.  They have over 60 popular magazines covering from art, entertainment, home and travel and more.  These titles can be viewed on the computer or on your mobile smartphone using the free ZINIO app!
To access this you need a Palmerston North City Library card for both services.


Beautiful BSL

Where: Little Theatre, Lower Hutt
When: 22nd October 2015
Time: 6:30PM
John Smith, visual comedian is going on a tour in NZ.
Come along and bring family and friends! Heaps of laughing!
If keen to purchase tickets, can go to their website and purchase tickets from there.

Community Law

This is a practical guide to everyday New Zealand law if you are interested and want to know more about the New Zealand legal system.
For Wellington, Deaf Aotearoa is looking to provide a TEC course for those who are interested and want to learn more or have questions to ask regarding Community Law.
Please contact Facilitator Jake LaBerge
Text: 021 512 622


A guide to keep you safe from cyberbullying, scams, copyright issues, social networking, etc. Deaf Aotearoa is looking to set up a TEC Course for those who are keen.
Contact Facilitator Jake LaBerge  

First Aid Course

Do you need to take First Aid Course before your First Aid Certificate expires? Deaf Aotearoa can provide a TEC Course for those who need to take First Aid course to get certificate.
Contact Facilitator Jake LaBerge
Text: 021 512 622

NZSL Dictionary- Place Signs

Victoria University of Wellington's Online NZSL Dictionary plans to expand the Dictionary by adding place sign names across New Zealand.  Deaf Studies Research Unit team may be visiting your area to collect the place signs which will be added to The Online Dictionary of NZSL database.


Nelson Deaf Community Forth Coming Events

If you require any further information on any of the Nelson Deaf community events, contact the Secretary Rachel Summers:
Mobile: 021 102 4400

Catch Up at Suburban Club

Where: 168 Tahunanui Drive
When: Friday, 4th September and 2nd October
Time: 5:30pm onwards.
Hope to see everyone there. Please let Rachel know if you need transport so she can organise for you.

Walk to the Centre of New Zealand

Where: Meet at the car park on the corner of Hardy St and Milton St.
When: 19th September, 2015
Time: 11:00am. 
Please bring walking shoes and a bottle of water. After the walk we will go to a cafe for lunch. We will decide together on the day which cafe. 
If you really need transport please let Rachel know and she will organise. 
We hope to see you all there.

Ten Pin Bowling 

Where: Action Entertainment Centre, 30 McPherson St, Richmond.
When: Saturday 17th October
Time: 2:00pm. 
Price: Adult - $12.90   Child - $9.90
Please let Rachel know by 10th October if you are coming or not. 
If you need transport please let Rachel know and she will organise for you. 

Nelson Home and Garden Show 2015

Gorgeous Home improvements made easy - the Nelson Home and Garden show is packed with all the ideas and information that you need to make transforming your house or garden.

Save money on the specials at the show, enter the draw to win prizes. It is all under one roof and there is free parking too.
When: Friday 9th - Sunday 11th October, 2015
Where: Saxton Field Sports Complex Saxton Road East, Stoke, Nelson.
Cost: Adults $6.00,
          Under 16 - free (Must be accompanied by an adult)
          Senior Special Friday - $3.00



Welcome to Christchurch Deaf Aotearoa Office – Debra Jamieson

Hello, my name is Debra Jamieson, I am the new Facilitator at Christchurch office and I will be working with First Sign with families of deaf children.
If you would like to have more details about First Signs or other details, please visit Christchurch office.


Canterbury Deaf Youth – Quiz Evening Event

Canterbury Deaf Youth is having an evening for everyone who would like to join a quiz evening.
When: Friday 18th September
Time: Open at 7:00 pm, Quiz start at 7:30 pm
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Ave, City
Cost:  $5.00 entry, a team of 4 people $20.00

The Breeze Walking Festival – is BACK!

This year the festival has been extended to cover the duration of the October school holidays with plenty of choice. From child-friendly up to a more energetic trek for the experienced walker, some include activities which will cater for all ages.
  • 16 days of 37 free walks for all terrains, ages and interest
  • From Saturday 26th September to Saturday 10th October 2015
 The walks are all over the areas within city, the Port Hills, parts of Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts, including coastlines, forests, ridgelines, river ways, wetlands, gardens and city streets. The event is a chance to give you to discover new places, learn more about old haunts, try fun activities, and also enjoy the fresh air, spring sunshine and a good company.
More details about the Breeze Walking Festival and they have a programme that you can download:

Scarecrow Saturday

Why not to make your own Scarecrow at Lincoln Market?
And win prizes!
Come and join in the fun at this annual Lincoln event. It is a perfect opportunity to get creative as a family to produce a prize winning scarecrow creation. There are some fantastic prizes to be won.
Bring along your scarecrow between 9:30am to 10:00am for registration. Winners announced at midday.
There will be a new category “Your Own Site Creation” – see how inventive you can be making a Scarecrow against the clock between 10:00 to 11:30 am – items will be supplied by the market. Judging begins at 10:30 am.
There will be live music throughout the event to enjoy plus a great selection of markets, gifts – a perfect for Christmas shopping!
More details –
When: Saturday 5th September 2015
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 am
Where: on green beside Hillyers Café, Gerald Street, Lincoln


Stir It Up

We are starting a new monthly event for the public to come along and experience and learn New Zealand Sign Language. Come along to enjoy a monthly casual cuppa at the Excelsior Café. All Welcome – Deaf, hard of hearing, hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations.
When: Wednesday 9th September
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Where: Excelsior Café, 152 Princes Street, Dunedin
Please RSVP one week before session date.

DPA Meeting

When: Wednesday 9th September
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Where: McNab Room, Dunedin Public Library
Guest speaker is Dr. Lynley Hood from VICTA, a support group for low vision and vision impaired people.

Deaf Support Services Meeting

When: Thursday 10th September
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office


TEC New Services, New you Workshop

Thanks to all that showed up to the New Services, New You workshop. It was a successful workshop with great feedback.
Please get in contact if you have any questions, otherwise take advantage of all our new services available for you and contact Rebecca for an appointment.

DRC Has Moved
DRC has now officially moved to their new premises beside the Colonial Bakery on Queens Drive.
The Doors are now locked and will require you to text or email to pre arrange an appointment with Rebecca Petre.
Text: 021 554 905 or

NZSLTA Training Weekends 2015

Are you Deaf or hard of hearing and interested in teaching NZSL? Want to know more about TeachSign and NZSLTA? Check out the link below for more information and registration details:

Computer Course

Rebecca is in Process of setting up a Computer Course for anyone to take part (beginners).
If this sounds like something you would like to do please contact Rebecca:
Text: 021 554 905 or
This Course will go for five Weeks, two days of the week. This is being done through the Adult Literacy Programme.
More Information on start times etc will follow soon.
If there is not enough interest this will not go ahead.

Annual General Meeting Deaf Aotearoa

All members are warmly invited to attend the Deaf Aotearoa 2015 AGM.
When:  Saturday 21st November 2015
Where: Otago deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin.
Members may submit remits to the Chief Executive by Monday 21st September by Email:
Fax: 0800 332 332
Post: Deaf Aotaearoa National Office, PO Box 25436, Featherston Street, Wellington Central 6146
Click here to view the NZSL video.