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Deaf Aotearoa Re-fresh Brand

Last year Deaf Aotearoa started a new organisation structure and new way of providing serivces. To reflect this, Deaf Aoteaora has been working on re-freshing its logos and brand.

The re-freshed brands bring our organisation together so all our logos are like a family but still have different parts. It has been a long process inside Deaf Aotearoa and now we are pleased to share the re-freshed brands with our community!
The lovely butterfly design from 2009 is mostly the same, it has been brightened up with new colours and crisp edges – we think you’ll love it! We have five re-freshed logos to share:

Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand Incorporated – this will be used by the Executive Board


Deaf Aotearoa – this is the main brand that you will see around our offices, business cards, letterheads, etc.

You can see they all link together nicely, and show that all of the different parts of the organisation are tied together by common themes.
You will start to see the new logos in different places over the next couple of months leading into NZSL Week, and we will also be launching a new website for First Signs, as well as updating our existing websites throughout this year.

NZSL Week Review 2007 - 2015

This is an exciting opportunity for you to give YOUR thoughts and feedback about NZSL Weeks 2007-2015.

A survey is available in both NZSL and English here:

Please complete the survey by Friday 15th April 2016.

Thank you!


Press Release – NZSL Board Chair, Victoria Manning 

On behalf of the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Board, I am thrilled to announce the release of the NZSL Board Action Plan 2016-2018 (the Plan). The Plan, the first of its kind since NZSL was made an official language in 2006, is a significant step in developing an effective and coordinated approach to achieving improvements for NZSL and the Deaf community in New Zealand.


The Plan reflects ideas and feedback from the Deaf community in two ways. Firstly, the NZSL Board itself has members who are vastly experienced in issues affecting NZSL and Deaf people. The NZSL Board prepared a draft Plan, and then in late 2015 undertook an extensive consultation with Deaf communities all over New Zealand. The feedback from those consultations reinforced and refined the Plan.


An important aspect of the Plan is that all of the actions it contains have been supported with commitments from Government. Such support is essential in making the actions a reality. The NZSL Board will monitor progress in the implementation of the Plan over the next three years via reports from the relevant government agencies.


The Plan is based around the five priorities that Cabinet approved when the NZSL Board was first established. Each of those priorities now has one or more actions to focus progress over the next three years.


I encourage all interested stakeholders to read and/or view the Plan in NZSL to better understand the work that the NZSL Board will be undertaking, and what it is aiming to achieve.


Media contact:

Media Statement – Sign Language Action Plan marks milestone (Hon Nicky Wagner):

Read and/or view the Action Plan

Community Meetings to talk about proposed changes to Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand’s constitution

Executive Board members will be there.
Tuesday 22nd March 2016
1:00pm - 3:00pm and 7:00pm - 9:00pm – venue TBC

Registration for taster classes is now OPEN! 

Every May, Deaf Aotearoa promotes New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).  As part of this event, Deaf Aotearoa provides FREE 45-minute NZSL classes to businesses and organisations like education, community, Maori or healthcare service provides around the country.  Classes are limited, so sign up now!
For more information, visit Deaf Aotearoa near you or contact us on 0800 332 322.
To register, go to: 


Whangarei Heads Easter Arts Trail 2016. (W.H.A.T)

When: Saturday 26th March 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm

           Sunday 27th March 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Whangarei Heads,  Whangarei Heads Road, Whangarei Heads  

Cost: Free

Over the past five years the WHAT weekend has rapidly grown to become one of the biggest events on the Northland Arts calendar. Visitors and Artists from all over Northland come to take part in the vibrant two day Easter Exhibition. This year 38 Artists will be exhibiting in 19 locations spread along 30km of stunning coastline.

Entry to all studios and community venues is free but to make the most of your visit please buy a $5 trail guide with raffle ticket included. We are offering 6 great prizes donated by exhibiting artists so why not buy two! 

Trail guides are now available at The Hub in Whangarei Town Basin, Whangarei iSite on SH1 or Newday Cafe in Parua Bay. Guides will be available on the day in any community venue - all on Whangarei Heads Road. These are: Tamaterau Hall, Parua Bay Community Hall, McLeod Bay Hall, Whangarei Heads School or Taurikura Hall. 

Please check out our web site for more information and put the date in your diary today.

Deaf Aotearoa Whangarei Office Closure Dates – Easter

When: Good Friday 25th March

            Easter Monday 28th March

If you need interpreting services over the Easter break, please contact iSign 021 545 273



Jesus Christ Superstar – Interpreted Show!

Harlequin Musical Theatre proudly presents "Jesus Christ Superstar", the global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years.   Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking rock musical will hit the stage in Auckland this May, with an extraordinary cast of 40+ actors, singers, dancer and musicians.
The world renowned musical tells the biblical story of Jesus Christ's final days of life. Over two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ is being hailed as the messiah of Judea. Nervous about losing their power, the Romans, with the help of Judas, find and arrest Jesus and crucify him. The story is told mainly from the perspective of Judas, the disciple who eventually betrays Jesus and turns him in to the Roman authorities.
Proudly Supporting New Zealand Sign Language week (9th – 15th May, 2016).   
When: 30th April – 14th May 2016.  
Wednesday 11th May performance will be NZ Sign Language interpreted followed by Q&A session with the cast and crew.
Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday Matinees at 2:00pm (7th and 14th May), 
Sunday Matinees at 4:00pm (1st and 8th May)
Where: Presented by Harlequin Musical Theatre, 563 Pakuranga Rd (behind Howick
Community Centre)
Tickets from or phone 09 361 1000
Captioned video available: 

Northern, Central, Southern Deaf Netball

When: Friday 25th – Saturday 26th March 2016
Time: 10:00 am both days
Where: Papakura Netball Centre
90 Walters, Takanini, Auckland
If you’re interested to play please contact your local host:
Northern - Susan 027 788 8281
Central - Chantell 021 070 9927
Southern - Lisl 021 619 201

Auckland Deaf Tenpin Bowling Club – Mix and Singles

When: 20th February to 20th March 2016
Where: Pins – 199 Lincoln Road, Henderson, Auckland
How we often play: Every third Sunday at 10:00am
Fee: $20.00
Prize giving will be at the end of December 2016
Contact if you wish to join.
Norman Norris - Text: 021 0266 5552 or
Ruth Jessep - Text: 021 0414 065

Iron Artwork

Lyndelle Coats from the Deaf community creates lots of art work from iron! She can make a number of different things like animals (butterflies, chickens, dogs etc), letters and numbers etc.
Check out the photos of Lyndelle’s work
Please contact Lyndelle if you would like to purchase some of her work of have a special piece created for you.
Text: 021 871 8295

Rachel Coppage Art Exhibition

South Auckland

Stir It Up

Venue: Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland office.

Where: Level 1 Westfield Mall Manukau
When: Saturday 12th March

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

This is a great opportunity for everyone who want to learn NZSL and this is for all ages.

Bring your families and friends along


Email Natasha or Limka for more information

Children's Day

When: 23rd to 24th April Saturday and Sunday

Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Where: ASB showgrounds 217 Greenlane West Auckland

Entry: Free


This fantastic event is for all ages. Check out the website for more information:

Royal Easter Show

The Royal Easter Show will have lots of things to do, circus acts, rides and shows, plus the A+P Show! You can feed lambs, go on a huge ride, ice skating or watch the Zirka Circus.


When: Friday 25th March – Monday 28th March

Where: ASB Showgrounds – 217 Greenlane West, Auckland

When: 10:00am – 10:00pm every day

Cost: Free entry


Office Closure

We will be closed for Easter from Friday 25th March to Monday 28th March. The office will reopen on Tuesday 28th March. We hope that you have great Easter break.


Waikato Deaf River CommunityNext Meeting

Waikato Deaf River community invites you to our next community meeting.
When: Monday 21st March
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: CCS Meeting Room, 17 Claudelands Road, Hamilton
Bring: Yourself, friends in Deaf Community, gold coin for a hot drink
Facebook: Waikato Deaf River Community

Sunday Day Craft Dates 

To crafters, my apologies for the oversight on 27th (it’s easter). All these dates (on flyer) are secure for 2016.
The next Sunday Day Craft:
When: Sunday 20th March (Not 27th because Easter)
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Where: CCS Disability Action Building
Address: 17 Claudelands Rd, Hamilton 3216
Bring your own crafts or project along
Hot drinks and crafts provided
Contact: Karyn Palaone

Chartwell Event Cinema Closed Captions Monday Movie 

Hail Caesar! Follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s, who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars in the industry. But when studio star Baird Whitlock disappears, Mannix has to deal with more than just the fix. Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen. With Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes
Movie: Hail, Ceaser! (PG)
Date: Monday 21st March
Time: 11:15am
Length: 106min
Where: Chartwell Event Cinemas, Level 2, Westfield Shopping Centre, Cnr Hukanui &
 Comries roads, Chartwell
Cost: Free (proof that you are Deaf may be required)

From the author of “The Whale Rider”, a tale of family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of rural New Zealand in the 1960’s
Movie: Mahana (M)
Date: Monday 21st March
Time: 6:30pm
Length: 85min
Where: Chartwell Event Cinemas, Level 2, Westfield Shopping Centre, Cnr Hukanui &
 Comries roads, Chartwell
Cost: free (proof that you are Deaf may be required)

Eat My Lunch

Eat My Lunch is run by a well-known chef in Auckland.  You can order a nice lunch to be delivered to you at work.  For every lunch you order, they will also make and deliver a lunch to a local school where lots of children don’t have lunch from home.
If you don’t want to order your lunch but you’d still like children to receive a lunch, you can also ‘buy two’ – that is, you pay similar price as if you were ordering your lunch, but instead, they will give TWO lunches to the school.
They have been doing this for about a year in Auckland and it’s very popular and they are this week in Hamilton!
The first school in Hamilton they will be delivering children’s lunches to is Melville Primary.
See website for more information: 

Fight the Flu

We are approaching the flu season.
Influenza – or the flu – is a virus that spreads quickly from person to person.
Symptoms include fever, chills, aches, runny nose, a cough and stomach upset.
Immunisation is your best defence against the flu.
You are eligible for a free vaccination if you:

  • have a cochlear implant
  • are 65 years old or older
  • are pregnant
  • have auto immune disease

To check if you are eligible for a free vaccination see website  
If you are not eligible you can still get a vaccination at a small cost.
Speak to your doctor or nurse today.

Bay of Plenty

Geo-Teering Challenge

Where: McLarens Falls, McLaren Falls Road, Tauranga
When: Saturday 19th March from 10:00am till 2:00pm
Restrictions: All ages
Cost: Free
An exciting combination of treasurer hunting, orienteering and geo-caching. Explore the fantastic McLaren Falls Park while looking for hidden markers. 

Deaf Aotearoa Office Closure

When:  Friday 25th and Monday 28th March.
Please note the office will not be open on the dates above.
Office will open on Tuesday 29th March 9:00am.
Enjoy your Easter long weekend break. 

Stir It Up

Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Saturday 2nd April
Time: 10:30am till 12:30pm
Cost: Free
Contact: email: / text: 021 920 675
Tea/Coffee will be provided.
Come to this gathering, Stir It Up and have a go to learn New Zealand Sign Language or to find out more about the unique language.
Click on flyer for more information. 

54th National Jazz Festival 24 – 28 March

There will be lots of events during the Easter long weekend. Click on flyer for more information.
Jazz Festival will be having their annual event at Historic Village, 17th Ave West, Tauranga on Monday 28 March from 12:00pm till 8:00pm.
The theme will be “New Orleans” and there will be lots of entertainment for the whole family, a great selection of food, art and craft stalls.
Cost: $15.00 for a day pass, children 14 years old and under are free.
TECT cardholders free entry, gold coin donation requested for the Tauranga Jazz Society.


Happy Womad Weekend Taranaki

Waka Ama Experience – written by Valerie Hastie 

What a thrilling experience it was to go out in a waka for the first time.
When I was a child I had the dubious pleasure of having to walk all the way to the beach and wade into the water to hold the boat for my father and his mates, while they went to get the tractor and trailer. Once loaded, off they would go, leaving me to walk all the way back home. There was always a "carrot" of a promise to take me out on the water, but it never eventuated. [I found out years later that my father considered it unlucky to take a female in a boat, which is why it was my brother who went, but not me.

So when the occasion arose to go out on a waka, arranged by Niki, I jumped at it.
After a lesson from Taare on land, and a karakia, asking for the wind and waves to die down....and they did....our group were given turns to go out.
It was rather daunting to know there was a possibility of tipping over and having to right the vessel and somehow clamber in again, but Niki assured me that would not happen. With the expertise of the lovely and encouraging Taare in the bow, I felt very safe.
To skim through the water when we were all in time and paddling well was surprisingly fast and smooth. The greenish water slid by, worries and stress disappeared, and it was over all too soon.
It was one of the best experiences in my life, and a big thank you to all who made it possible.
When can I go out again? 

Palm Sunday Mass in New Zealand Sign Language

When: Sunday 20th March
Time: 10:15am
Where: Immaculate Conception Church, 90 Miranda Street, Stratford
You are warmly invited to join David Loving-Molloy and the Catholic Deaf Community for Palm Sunday Mass in New Zealand Sign Language.  Followed by a cup of tea.
David and the Deaf Catholic community would love to see you there; bring some food to share for the cuppa.

Taranaki Deaf Youth and Parents of Deaf Children 

When: Sunday 3rd April
Time: 11:00am
Where: Aquatic Centre, 8-16 Tish Ave, New Plymouth
Bring your own packed lunch, togs and waterproof ears if you have any.  If you are a financial family from Taranaki Parents of Deaf Children your entry will be $5 per family. If not, you will need to bring enough money to pay for your entrance and hydro slides.
RSVP to Madi Davy by 29th March.
Mobile: 021 238 0454

Hawkes Bay

Logo Design Contest 

Where: HB Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale, Napier
When: Entry Closes Thursday 31st March 2016
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Free

To enter you must create a logo in a 5cm by 5cm box. (Logo must be in this box please). Maximum of three (3) designs can be submitted per person. Create and save logo design in jpeg or PDF format. Please email or post your entry form and design/s to HBDC, 22 Lee Road, Taradale or email to
HBDC committee will look at designs and will choose 3 top designs to put forward to HBDC AGM in May 2016 where the full attendance at the AGM will choose the best logo for HBDC Inc to use. We hope the people who did the top 3 designs will be at the May AGM so that the winner will be announced.

A Gypsy Extravaganza

 Anderson Park, Kennedy Road, Taradale, Napier

When:  Friday 25th March 2016 - 9:00am – 5:00pm   

 Saturday 26th Mar 2016 - 9:00am – 5:00pm  

 Sunday 27th March 2016 - 9:00am – 5:00pm  

 Monday 28th March 2016 - 9:00am – 5:00pm  

Restrictions: All ages

Cost: Entry Free. Bring money for Rides and Food etc. Costs apply please ask stall owner


Roll up. Roll up. Roll up!

Happy Easter Hawkes Bay! Its school holiday time again and we are bringing our brand new show to town to entertain you!

Check out the Ashton Family Clown Show, Puppet Show, Hoola Hoop workshops, Amazing arts, crafts, funky market stalls, loads of kids fun, food caravans, readers, tarot & Palm, unique Tiny Homes, plus much more! And best of all Entry is Free!! Come and make a whole day of it!


Another Roadside Attraction is a Charitable Trust, supporting musicians & performers. Local talent, Buskers, Street Performers, we invite you to make use of our stage. If you wish to play or perform please contact Mels on - or roll up on the day - PA, mic and crowd supplied!! We look forward to meeting you! 

Good Vibes, Good Friday

Albert Square Hastings, Heretaunga Street East & Karamu Road, Hastings

When: Friday 25th March 2016

Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Restrictions: All Ages

Cost: Free entry


Family event - No alcohol, drugs or smoking

Ft. Colour Sway, Zereda, Headlock, The Heck, Mahina Lawrence, Manaia Munro, Teilah Ferguson, Dj Hurricane - more to be announced!

Bay Hawkes Vs. Canterbury Rams 

Pettigrew Green Arena, 480 Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier

When: Monday 28 March 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Restrictions: All Ages

Cost: Adult: $15.50

          Senior: $13.00

          Child: $12.00

          Student with ID: $12.50

          Family Pass: $45.00


Come and cheer on the Hawks for their 4th Home Game!

Puketapu Rural Auction & Country Fair 

 The Puketapu, 679 Puketapu Rd, Hastings

When: Sunday 3rd April 2016

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Restricitons: All Ages

Cost: Entry Gold Coin Donation



A combined auction and country fair set around the beautiful lake at Puketapu village which is being run by Taradale Rotary as a fundraiser for assistance to the community.Puketapu is seven minutes west of Taradale.

The auction will sell any merchantable goods or product so if it is surplus, no longer being used or in the way, bring it along by 10:00am Sunday and we will sell it on a commission basis. The range of product accepted for auction is unlimited so bring it along.

The country fair is set around the beautiful lake and established trees. There is a wide range of crafts, foods, beverages etc etc.

Make a day of it, bring a picnic and enjoy the scenery, swans, ducks and fellow fair goers.


Office Closed Over Easter Weekend

Our office will be closed on Friday 25th and Monday 28th March for Easter, we will re-open again on Tuesday 29th March.

If you are planning on travelling please be aware that the police have a no tolerance rule and 100km is the limit on the open road.  If you notice you are holding up a lot of cars, please pull over and let them past, this will avoid any road rage or accidents.

Want to know how far from where your leaving and where you’re going and how long will take to get there, check it out on this calculator:

Not sure what you would like to do for Easter weekend, check out AA’s 101 must do trip on

Manawatu Deaf Society Club

Club Nights are open every Friday from 7:30pm except for 25th March.

Also MDS are trialling a new format. 3 Clubs (Social, MDS and Fishing Club) will take turns doing Club Night Cash Raffles.

Are you aware you can hire their Hall for your events? You can contact them via Fax 06 3551501 or email

NZ Sign Language Week 10th Anniversary

Our NZ Sign language week is fast approaching and we have all been busy making arrangements, organising events to happen in our area as well as ensuring that we celebrate with everyone!!

We have 3 great events comings up so watch this space…..


Wellington Stir It Up 

Where: Columbus Café, Mitre 10 Mega, Paraparaumu

When: Sunday 20th March

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Cost: Free

Contact: or text on 021 512 622

Wellington Office Closure

Wellington Deaf Aotearoa office closure, Easter Friday 25th March to Easter Monday 28th.

Open again Tuesday the 29th.

Wellington Deaf Rugby Championship 

Where: Ron Keat Drive, Papakura (Massey Park)

When: Easter Weekend 25th to 27th March, kicking off every day at 1.30pm

Cost: Free


Wellington Deaf Indoor Bowls 

Where: Upper Hutt Cossie Club

When: Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March

Cost: 35 dollars per person

Contact: or text on 021 623 351


Nelson Deaf Community AGM

Change of date for AGM

Please note that the AGM will be on Saturday 16th of April at 3:30pm.  Please be there at 3:00pm.  We will stay for dinner and a catch up afterwards.  Please come along and support us.

Registration for taster classes is now OPEN! 

Every May, Deaf Aotearoa promotes New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).  As part of this event, Deaf Aotearoa provides FREE 45-minute NZSL classes to businesses and organisations like education, community, Maori or healthcare service provides around the country.  Classes are limited, so sign up now!
For more information, visit Deaf Aotearoa near you or contact us on 0800 332 322.
To register, go to: 


Looking For Employment

Where: 96 Bristol Street, Deaf Aotearoa
When: Monday – Wednesday 9:00am – 4:00pm. Thursday and Friday by appointment.
If you are looking for a new job or are working but want a change in career.  Please contact Deaf Aotearoa and they can refer you to an assessor. Once you have been assessor, one of the appointed facilitator will work with you by updating CV, cover letters and looking for work.


St Patrick’s Night

When: 18th March

Time: 7:00pm

Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury


Be Irish for the night and dress up in green.  Prize for best dressed.

If you want more information, please contact Canterbury Deaf Club


Winnie Bagoes

Canterbury Deaf Youth Fundraising to support our events and activities

When: 11th April

Time: 6:30pm

Where: 2 Waterman Place, Ferrymead

Cost: Adults $25

          Children under 12 years old: $15 each

Includes starter and pizzas


Buy tickets before 5th April

Contact Benazir – text: 027 948 1884


Please inform them if you have any dietary requirements e.g. Gluten or Dairy Free.

Canterbury Polyfest

When: Saturday 19th March

Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Where: Westminster Park, Mairehau

Cost: $2 Adults/$1 Children

Deaf Senior Citizens Event- Club Day

When: Monday 21st March

Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm

Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury


TEC Feedback

Thank you to everyone who gave feedback for TEC Workshops this year.

We are going to be holding a TEC workshop on Insurance, everything you need to know about insurance policies, types of insurance, cover, excess, claims and more.

This is a 2 hour workshop. Date and time to be confirmed.


To register your interest for this workshop please contact Rebecca at the Deaf Aotearoa office.



Mobile: 021 276 5646

Daylight Savings Reminder

A reminder that Daylight savings ends on Sunday 3rd April. This means your clocks go back one hour.

The Gypsy Fair

Where: The Oval, Princes Street, Dunedin
When:  Friday 25th - Monday 28th March 2016
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm          
Cost: Free
For more info:
Come along over Easter weekend to a gypsy fair with market stalls, arts and craft, food and musical entertainment. For all ages. 

The Regent Anything But Books Sale

Regent Theatre
When: Friday 1st April 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: Free
For more info: (new window)
Come to The Regent Anything But Books Sale, on Friday 1st of April, to find a bargain, a treasure or a trip down memory lane.
A smaller event than the Star Regent 24-Hour Book Sale but full of delightful finds and hidden gems. Rummage through DVDs, jigsaws, random household goods, toys, music, magazines – in fact, anything but books!

Office Closure Dates

The Deaf Aotearoa Dunedin office will closed on Monday 21st March for Otago Anniversary Day. The office will also be closed on Good Friday, 25th March and Easter Monday, 28th March.


Southland Multicultural Food Festival

When: Saturday 19th March 2016

Where: ILT Stadium

Time: 10.30-3pm



Check out the flyer for more information.

Stir It Up

Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at the café.

A fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to experience and/or learn NZSL for FREE – check out the Flyer for all the Dates.


When: Wednesday 30th March

Where: The Pyramid Café, 108 Gala Street, Invercargill (inside the Museum)

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Costs: At your own costs.

Office Closed

The Office will be closed over the Easter Break Starting Friday 25th March (Good Friday) – Tuesday 29th March 2016.

NZSL Week Events

If anyone is interested in attending any of the events during NZSL Week 2016 Rebecca will need confirmation of numbers before the events for costing and number purposes.


You will need to contact Rebecca ASAP to book your spot as numbers are limited.

To register your please either email or text Rebecca.


Text: 021 554 905


Bill Richardson Transport World Tour

Riding for Disabled (for the Children)

More Information to come – keep an eye out for the Flyers with all the Information.