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Request for information on Junior Deaf Youth

Within my Youth Development Co-ordinator role, I am currently working with the Youth Service Team  on a "My Journey" programme focusing on the D/deaf/hard of hearing Junior age group 12-17 years (JDY).

We are now at the stage where we are approaching people that are connected with the JDY. We would very much appreciate the  Deaf Community & connections to collaborate  and support of this project.

If you know of or have any connections or networks with young Deaf people 12-17 years old in your community or how we could reach them,  please let me know and we would like to give them a survey questionnaire to this JDY to complete within the next few weeks.

By having the JDY completing the questionnaires, it would help to ensure that the programme we are planning is well developed and designed for the JDY. The more we can outreach the JDY, the better the outcomes will be for this JDY programme which will then give JDY an opportunity to be able to be  more involved in better making decisions that affect their everyday lives. We also aim that they will want to be perceived by others involved in this programme as being capable and independent by using the leadership skills passed on by Senior Deaf Youth Leaders.

The main outcome of this programme is that the JDY can contribute with confidence in mainstream society. Your valuable input would be greatly appreciated.

If you were able to email me with any JDY connections or contacts in your communities that would be great and I will then liaise with you on how best to send out the questionnaire to these young people. Thank you. Della

Text: 021 276 5545
Skype: Della Buzzard
Fax: 0800 329 332 (Attention: Della Buzzard)

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Opening Ceremony

When: Thursday 12th February from 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Where: North Hagley Park, Christchurch
Cost: Free

The event will kick off at 6:30pm with a giant game of backyard cricket with local cricket teams, entertainers, and New Zealand cricketing heroes.

The main event will start at 9:00pm (there will be a big screen) with a colourful welcoming ceremony showcasing some performances before the official speech begins.

New Zealand Sign Language interpreters will be on stage for the official speeches.

For more information about the event please go to:

You can watch the opening ceremony on SKY or free-to-air Prime.


Health and Disability Advocate

Anna Dubbelt is coming to Whangarei and would like to meet and chat with you.

She will discuss your rights and explain what to do if you are not happy with a health provider.

When: Wednesday 18th February
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office

Deaf community meeting

On Monday we met at the Deaf Aotearoa office and discussed TEC workshops.

This was a very valuable discussion and I want to thank those that came here.

We now have ideas for some exciting workshops this year.

I will also remind you of workshops via Facebook and sending texts to you all.

Waitangi weekend

This weekend is the 175 years celebration of Waitangi and when the treaty was first signed.

Are you interested in going and celebrating?

Where: Waitangi Grounds, Far North
When: Thursday to Sunday (main events are on Friday)
Time: Friday 6:00am prayer

Thank you to Tiaho Trust for organising interpreters

Map link:

Community computer

The Whangarei community computer is having problems. Hopefully this will be fixed soon.



JobFest is a unique opportunity for the city’s leading employers to meet face-to-face with young Aucklanders who are actively seeking employment.

Recognizing the strong demand to fill a range of jobs suitable for young workers, JobFest removes some of the barriers between your business and those workers. It creates an opportunity for you to meet face-to-face with engaged, job-ready young people to talk about the specific employment opportunities in your business.

When: Saturday 21st February from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: MIT, Manukau Campus, Corner Manukau Station Road and Davies Avenue

Memorial service for Desmond Powell

There will be a memorial service for Desmond Powell who passed away in October 2014 in Australia. Desmond was the president of Auckland Deaf Society during 1976 to 1980.
His family is coming to New Zealand for his memorial. His ashes will be scattered up north. If you knew Desmond, then come along and share memories of him.
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road
When: Sunday 8th February from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

SLIANZ Website Launch Presentation

Last week, we sent out an article about SLIANZ launching their new website at Auckland Deaf Society which was planned for Friday 13th February.
This has now been postponed. We will inform you of the new date.

South Auckland

CAP budgeting course

This is a course for learning how to be more in control of your finances, improve your savings and budget the correct way.

When: Saturday 28th February and 7th March
Time: 9:00am to 10:00am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Westfield, Manukau

See the attachment. Please RSVP by Saturday 21st February.

South Auckland Deaf Club

When: Friday 27th February from 8:00pm
Where: Papatoetoe Clubrooms, 183 Great South Road, Papatoetoe (near Hunters Plaza)

Learner licence

If you don't have a learner licence yet, you can come to our TEC course where you can learn the road code. Then after the course you can go and sit your learner licence test. 

When: Starts on 20th February for 12 weeks
(will have three weeks break in between, please see the flyer for all the dates)
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where:  Friendship House, 20 Putney Way, Manukau City

Please let me know if you are interested by 13th February.


Stir It Up: Correct flyer with Waikato dates

Last week our Stir It Up event was advertised, but the wrong flyer was attached! Sorry about that!

I have attached the correct flyer with Waikato dates. Please have a look.

Our next Stir It Up will be next Tuesday 10th February from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

All welcome to come and have coffee and chat about NZSL Week events, workshops and get to know about the services we provide here.

See you next week!

Motorbike or forklift licence…
Which do you prefer?

Some Deaf have asked me about getting their motorbike Licence. With the cost of petrol going up and the amount of traffic, some Deaf are thinking about using a small motorbike to travel around town on. But they need a motorbike licence.

Some Deaf are currently working in a place that involves packing, or stacking and so having a forklift licence would help them to better positions at work. Or, they can’t apply for certain jobs because they don’t have a forklift licence.

So I need your feedback… Which do you prefer?

Email Susitina Cook at, text 021 540 193 or come and visit the office to register your name.

Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service

Anna Dubbelt wants to talk to you about your rights when receiving Health or Disability service. For example: going to the doctors, nurse or dentist. She will explain your rights to make sure you get fair and equal treatment when going to health services. So come along and have a confidential chat with her.

When: Thursday 12th February from 1:00pm 2:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Level 4, Federated Farmers Building, 169 London Street
Cost: Free

For more information contact your Community Relations Officer, Susitina Cook.
Email or text 021 540 193.

Hamilton Garden Arts Festival 2015

When: Friday 13th to Thursday 26th February
Where: Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive, Hamilton
Cost: Some events/shows are free and some you need to buy tickets for

The amazing Hamilton Gardens will be filled with summer activities and entertainment.

Enjoy lots of different theatre performances, art displays, movies and events for all ages!

Have a look at the website for all the information!

Te Runanga O Kirikiriroa: Waitangi Day Family Celebration

When: Friday 6th February from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Enderley Park (off Tennyson Road), Enderley Avenue, Hamilton
Contact: Kylie Bryant (

Te Runanga O Kirikiriroa is organising a Waitangi Day Family Friendly Celebration - Hapai Tia.

There will be free sausages, children's entertainment, live performances, food, crafts and other stalls.

More information...

Bay of Plenty

Reminder: Forklift licence course

  • Do you need a forklift licence for work?
  • Do you want to get your forklift licence to apply for a job?
There will be a one day free course with NZSL interpreters.

All you have to pay is for the forklift licence at AA when you pass which is about $44.00.

To put your name down, let Sue Lessing know by 5:00pm Monday 9th February.

Hurry space is limited!

You can contact Sue for more information:

Deaf Aotearoa's Employment Consultant

  • Do you need support at work? Interpreters for meetings?
  • Do you have communication issues at your work?
  • Are you looking for a job and need support on how to search or where to look?
  • Do you need support with your CV, cover letter or interviews?
Heather Goodwin is here to support you and she is a sign language user.
To make an appointment or to ask for more information contact Heather: Please share this information with others who don't have computer access.

Papamoa Beach Front Festival

Where: Papamoa Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort, 535 Papamoa Beach Road, Tauranga
When: Friday 6th February from 9:00am till 3:00pm
Cost: Free
Top 10 Holiday Resort will host a fun filled day of markets and live music.There will be food on sale, fun bikes, waterslides and a kids carnival.

Come along and join the Papamoa Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort locals club and you will go into the draw to win a stay in a luxury villa.

Classic and Wooden Boat Parade

Where: Lake Rotoiti, State Highway 30, Rotorua
When: Saturday 7th February from 10:00am till 3:00pm
This event will be in its 18th year. In the past there were wooden kayaks, wooden dinghy's, wooden steam powered boats, wooden yachts and speedboats.

At this show there will be over 70 boats and they will have a picnic and a cruise around the lake.

Visit this link for more information.


New Plymouth Deaf Club meeting

When: Saturday 28th February
Where: Waitara Library, 15 Queen Street, Waitara
Time: 10:00am

New Zealand Sign Language Week: Ideas for events

Your local Community Relations Officer, Niki Jenkinson, is looking for some ideas for events during NZSL Week. Please send any ideas you may have to Niki Jenkinson. These events will be happening during the week of Monday 4th to Sunday 10th May 2015. I look forward to receiving your ideas.  All ideas will be considered but there are no guarantees they would be approved.  

If you are involved with the Deaf Club, Parents of Deaf Children or other organisations you may want to consider putting on your own event and tagging onto one of Deaf Aotearoa’s events during NZSL Week.

An interpreter is available in New Plymouth

When: Thursday 5th March and Friday 6th March
Times: From 10:00am to 4:30pm

To make a booking contact Marissa Lessing:

Te Rewa Rewa guided dog walk

When: Wednesday 11th February from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Meet at the dog pound, Rifle Range Road, New Plymouth

Join NPDC Animal Control Officer Frank Fenton, the SPCA and a group of dedicated dog owners on this stroll with man’s best friend. Hear about the rich history of the area and revegetation plantings.

If you don’t have a dog, don’t worry as there will be some four-legged friends from the pound and the SPCA that would love to have a walk – and even a new home!

Donations of puppy and kitten food will be gratefully accepted.

If you are bringing a dog, bring a doggy-doo bag and a lead.

Grade: Medium
Cost: Free
Contact: Jill Miller
Phone: 06 759 6060

All Action Sports Street Jam

When: Friday 13th February from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Huatoki Plaza, New Plymouth

Bike, board, roller and scooter riders are welcome to ride ramps and rails in Huatoki Plaza into the early evening. This year's jam will take on a festival atmosphere with heavy DJ beats.

There will be a flow zone for young ramp riders, big ramp big-air show, the fix zone for any quick repairs, spray zone for custom deck spray painting and shop to purchase any essential bike/scoot/skate accessories.

Prices: Free
Contact: Let's Go Team
Phone: 06 759 6060

Upcoming parenting courses at Family Works

Click on following flyer for more information:
Hawkes Bay

Deaf Aotearoa office closed

The Deaf Aotearoa Hawkes Bay office will be closed on Friday 6th February due to Waitangi Day.

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club lunch get together

Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale, Napier
When: Every Wednesday from 11:00am

Everyone is welcome to come. You can bring you own lunch and come to meet with other Deaf people.  Catch up on the latest news and events. Tea and coffee are available. If you are a member it’s free, however if you are not a member they are $2.00 each. If you wish to join the HBDC the membership is $15.00 per person. Come and see all the latest news from Deaf clubs, Deaf Aotearoa and Deaf Sports on the notice board. For more information please text 027 859 3238 or email

Book fair

Where: School Hall, Napier Boys' High School, Chambers Street, Te Awa, Napier
When: Sunday 8th February from 9:00am to 4:00pm

The public will be able to buy books at bargain basement prices. Books are priced at only $1.00 and are all expected to sell. There is very little pre-sorting, and as a result the price can be kept low. All books need to find a new home. Eftpos is available.

There is no pre-inspection, and buyers must wait until the morning of the 8th February, at 9am to see the books.

They have been donated by Hawkes Bay residents to assist students at our school to travel to Japan with their Japanese language class.

Go By Bike Breakfast

Where: Hastings Clock Tower, Russell Street South, Hastings
When: Wednesday 11th February from 7:00am to 9:00am

On day three of the Hawke’s Bay Commuter Challenge, visit the Hastings Clock Tower for the ever-popular, iWay Go By Bike Breakfast.

The biggest breakfast of them all, we’ll have hundreds of bacon butties, fruit, muffins and other yummy treats for everyone who bikes or walks past us on your daily commute at the Hastings Clock Tower.

As well as a free breakfast, you could win some great prizes, plus start the day off right with a smile.

Deadhill Ghost Tour

Where: Napier Prison, 55 Coote Road, Bluff Hill, Napier
When: Friday 13th February from 7:00pm (tickets available throughout the evening)
Entry: $25.00 per person (must be pre-booked, go here to get your tickets)

The prison is spooky enough in the day, but at night it gets even creepier. Come see the place after dark and get a guided tour, complete with ghostly stories and tales of infamous murders who were hung here. Jump and scream as ghosts jump out of dark corners and even get locked in a cell on death row.

Must be pre-booked. Please text 022 671 3495 for inquiries.


Staff whereabouts

  • Monday 9th February – Lianna will be away
  • Tuesday 10th February – Annette will be in Hawkes Bay

Manawatu Deaf Society club night

When: Friday 6th February from 7:30pm
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55B Totara Road, Palmerston North

Bring your own drinks!

7 steps to a warmer, drier and healthy home workshop

When: Monday 16th February from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Where: BNZ Business Centre, 203 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North

If you want to come along to this workshop, please let Lianna know because we need to make sure that the room we have is small or big enough for everyone.

Please contact Lianna by:

Workshops for 2015

I have been working hard on organising and creating some workshops!

Here are some workshops we hope to hold this year:
  • Maori Weaving
  • iSign – interpreters
  • VRI
  • Cancer
  • Healthy eating
  • Budget (saving for Christmas)
  • How to organise a funeral
Keep an eye out in the newsletter for when those workshops will happen.

If you have other workshops you would like to learn, let Lianna know!

Health and Disability Advocacy Service

You have the right to good service from your support worker, doctor, medical centre staff, hospital staff, dentist, hearing service, physiotherapist, and other medical or disability service staff.

Have you received poor service? You can talk with Donna Allan, Deaf Advocate, about it.

When: Monday 9th February

Donna will be in Palmerston North for the day. Please text, email or fax her to make an appointment. Contact her before Thursday 5th February.

HDC's office consumer seminars

The Health and Disability Commissioner's office is holding three consumer seminars in the Wellington region in March this year.

The seminars will focus on our health and disability consumer rights, and what they mean for disabled people in particular. They will discuss what HDC does, what to do if you are unhappy with a health and disability service, and what happens when you make a complaint.

The seminars will all be from 10:00am to 11:30am at:
  • Moera Community Hall, Lower Hutt (Tuesday 10th March)
  • Pataka Art+Museum, Porirua (Monday 16th March)
  • Newtown Community Centre, Wellington (Tuesday 17th March)
All venues are wheelchair accessible. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Could you please let them know:
  • If you are coming along to a seminar (and which one)
  • If you have any accessibility requirements (such as a NZSL interpreter)
RSVP to or phone 0800 11 22 33 and ask for Vanessa Creamer or Esther Woodbury.

NZSL City Gallery Tour

Where: Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington
When: Sunday 15th February at 3:00pm
Cost: Free!
Enjoy an introduction to the current exhibition Yvonne Todd: Creamy Psychology in New Zealand Sign Language. This tour will be given by Theresa Cooper, a member of the local Deaf community. She is passionate about the arts and has been an advocate for galleries, museums and theatres to be more accessible for Deaf people for several years. She has led many exhibition tours in New Zealand Sign Language.

Bookings essential. Please email to book.

Out in the Park

Where: Waitangi Park, 107 Cable Street, Wellington
When: Saturday 14th February from 10:00am to 9:00pm

Join local singers, drag queens and kings, comedians, and circus performers for the annual Out in the Park queer fair.

Famous for its fabulous entertainment, stalls and food, Out in the Park is a wonderful day for all communities to come together and celebrate our diversity in a fun, friendly, and open way.

Island Bay Festival: A Day in the Bay

Where: Shorland Park, Reef Street, Island Bay, Wellington
When: Sunday 15th February from 10:00am to 5:00pm
The markets open at 10:00am with an unmissable Italian quarter showcasing Italian culture in European street cafe style. Sample a mix of local and international foods, as you watch the littlies enjoy the fun fair.

Shorland Park’s band rotunda hosts a day-long concert with Wellington’s up-and-coming bands. There will also be quirky performances such as acrobatic and circus routines, comedy and puppetry throughout the day.

The Blessing of the Boats, a festival favourite, begins at 2:30pm. Local clergy bless the line-up of fishing boats in this traditional ceremony to grant them safe carriage and plentiful bounties.


Nelson Deaf Aotearoa office closed for Waitangi Day

When: Friday 6th February

New Zealand Sign Language classes in Nelson

New Zealand Sign Language – Level 1A

When: Every Wednesday from 11th February to 1st April (eight weeks)
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tutor: Cathy Gutschlag
Fee: $100.00

Learn basic NZSL conversation skills and begin to understand and develop NZSL grammar. Develop the use of facial expressions and improve visual and spatial awareness. Open to adults and college students

New Zealand Sign Language – Level 2A

When: Every Tuesday 10th February to 31st March (eight weeks)
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tutor: Rachel Summer
Fee: $100.00

Learn more NZSL conversation skills and develop your grammar skills. This course is designed for those who have completed levels 1A to 1D. Open to adults and college students.

For any queries about either classes above please contact Jo Johnston, Community Education Co-ordinator, by phone 03 544 6099 ext 870 or email

TEC course in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)

Would you like to learn more NZSL, improve your conversation skills and develop your grammar skills?

We are pleased to announce that our NZSL course will run every Thursday from 12th February until 19th March at 10:30am to 12:30pm.

This course is designed for Deaf and hearing families and support services.

Where: Hearing House Rooms, 354 Trafalgar Square, Nelson
Tutor: Rachel Summers
Fee: Gold coin donation

We request that you attend the full six weeks to gain maximum benefit from this course.

Places are going fast , so please enrol with Susan Peters on or text on 021 939 415.

Nelson Deaf Incorporated: Lunch with the community

When: Saturday 21st February at 11:30am
Where: Cable Bay Café, 799 Cable Bay Road, Nelson

Come and meet up with the community for lunch!

Rachel will send you a menu of the lunch on request. Pre-ordering is required.

Celebrate Debbie and Kareens birthday's with a Birthday BBQ

When: Sunday 22nd March at 4:00pm

For address please contact Rachel, the secretary of Nelson Deaf Community.

AGM for Nelson Deaf Community Incorporated

When: Saturday 18th April at 10:30am
Where: Board Room, Zumo Coffee House, 42 Rutherford Street, Nelson

All welcome, please let Rachel know if you are coming.

Email Rachel on or text on 021 102 4400.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Opening Ceremony

When: Thursday 12th February from 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Where: North Hagley Park, Christchurch
Cost: Free

This is a free event for the general public. New Zealand Sign Language interpreters will be available on stage for the official speeches.

The event will kick off at 6:30pm with a giant game of backyard cricket with local cricket teams, entertainers, and New Zealand cricketing heroes.

The main event will start at 9:00pm (there will be a big screen) with a colourful welcoming ceremony showcasing some performances before the official speech begins.

For more information about the event please go to:

You can watch the opening ceremony on SKY or free-to-air Prime.

Focus group: Junior D/deaf and hard of hearing youth

Want to have your say?
  • Are you D/deaf or hard of hearing?
  • Aged between 12-17 years old?
  • Want to meet new friends?
  • Want to see more activities and groups in your area?
When: Thursday 19th February at 4:30pm
Where: Blind Foundation, 96 Bristol Street, St Albans, Christchurch

Pizza and drinks provided. Interpreters will be present.

Please ask your parents/guardians first before contacting Della.

Keen? Contact Della Buzzard at:
Text: 021 295 2798
Skype: della.buzzard
Fax: 0800 329 332

New Zealand Sign Language private tutor

A deaf community member in Southeast Christchurch is looking for a private NZSL tutor (advanced level) to improve their NZSL skills through conversations.

There will be modest remuneration to be negotiated depending on travel expenses.

If you are interested please text 021 513 277.

The Fruit and Vegetable Co-op

The Co-op have been running for nearly four years since October 2011 to enable families and whānau to buy affordable seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. It continues to run successfully all over Christchurch.

Anyone can purchase a pack of one bag of fruit and one bag of vegetables with recipes or information enclosed for only $12.00.
  • You can pay one week in advance by cash or internet banking and there is no joining fee.
  • You can buy more than one pack at a time, there is no limit.
  • You don't need to buy every week.
  • You can buy a pack for others, eg your parents children, neighbours or your best friends.
For more information on where to go and get them by contact your local Fruit and Vegetable Co-op packing centre to join or find your closest pick up location on their website.


Deaf support services meeting

When: Thursday 12th February
Time: From 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Where: Otago Deaf Society

Forklift course

Anna is setting up a forklift course.

When: Thursday 19th March 
Time: 8:00am to 3:00pm

Please note: You must be Deaf and have a full driver’s licence.  

This is an expensive course and Deaf Aotearoa must book as soon as possible.

Please tell Anna if you can come so we can confirm. More details will come after confirmation.

Text 021 276 5656 or email before Thursday 12th February.

Public Trust information session

Want to know more about setting up your will, family trusts and power of attorney?

Come along to workshop to learn and ask questions from a Public Trust Advisor.

An interpreter will be there.

When: Thursday 19th February 
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm 
Where: BNZ Business Partners Centre, Level 1, 98 George Street, Dunedin
Cost: Free 

Note it is being held in the same place as the Tech Smart workshop last year.

Please enter on Moray Place, not through the bank.

Thieves Alley Market

Hundreds of interesting, creative stalls will be set up around the Octagon and Bath St offering a variety of arts, crafts, clothing and plenty of food! 

When: Saturday 14th February 
Time: 10:00am 
Where: The Octagon, Dunedin 
Cost: Free to have a look, buy your own food and gifts

Waitangi Day celebration: Sounds of Aotearoa

When: Friday 6th February
Where: Queens Park, Gala Street, Invercargill
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: Free
Join popular bands The Yardmen and Lipstick for a dynamic afternoon concert to celebrate Waitangi Day. Round up the family with a picnic, rugs and sunscreen, and enjoy the sweet sounds that Aotearoa has produced.

All music is New Zealand in origin and the concert wll include some kapa haka items.

Coffee groups

I have arranged for coffee groups to be on the following dates. Put them into your diaries!
  • 19th February
  • 19th March
  • 23rd April
  • 21st May
  • 25th June
  • 23rd July
  • 20th August
  • 24th September
  • 22nd October
  • 19th November
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am

Do you have any suggestions to make these more exciting? Please tell me of your ideas!

Hope to see you all there.

Thank you

Thank you for all your feedback about TEC courses and NZSL Week at the Southland Deaf community meeting last Sunday. Your feedback is much appreciated!

We have started organising the most popular ideas.

If you have anything else you would like to discuss please don't hesitate to have a chat with me.

Hopefully this will be an exciting up and coming year for you all!

Breast cancer information available

We have information for women on breast cancer. Please come into the office to have a look and take home a free booklet or pamphlet to read.

You can also borrow a DVD with information in NZSL.

If you would like a booklet or pamphlet but you are unable to travel to the office, please get in touch with Rebecca so she can send some information out to you.

Tutors wanted for NZSL Week taster classes

I have emailed some of you that applied last year so please check your emails for information and applications.

Applications closed on the 31st January. But you may still have time to complete your registrations. Please get onto this as soon as possible so you don't miss out on this great opportunity.

New tutors are welcome to apply. For more information go to