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WFDYS NZ Representatives

Kia Ora! We are the NZ Representatives for the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section’s Youth Camp in Australia this year!

We are all going to Melbourne, Australia next month to be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity. We thought it would be a good idea to introduce ourselves so that the Deaf community know who the NZ representatives attending the next WFDYS camp are.
Please watch the videos below of our introduction:

Zoe Ferguson

Hello my name is Zoe, this is my sign name. I am 15 years old, from Wellington and am Deaf. Soon, in April I am going to Melbourne, Australia for the Deaf Youth Camp that WFDYS is hosting, where participants of countries around the world will attend. I am looking forward to going to Melbourne because it means I get to meet new people, learn from the presentations there, and learn how to become a leader for my country. Thank you.
Meghan Coppage 

Hello my name is Meghan, this is my sign name. I am 16 years old and live in Auckland, West Auckland to be exact! Out of the five of us, I am one of the participants/camper attending the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section Camp (WFDYS) in Philips Island, Melbourne, Australia. I am going next month, April 2017. I am excited to learn more about the four themes which are: Knowledge, Passion, Courage, and Belonging. I am excited because it means I can come back to my own country and share this learning with my community. Thank you for watching.
Tanesha Sleeman
Hello my name is Tanesha Sleeman, I am 17 years old and currently live in Christchurch as a boarding student at van Asch Deaf Education Centre. I am originally from Levin. I am excited to attend the WFDYS youth camp as a participant because this is a new experience for me and I’m sure my world will open up with the new friends and connections I make at the camp. I am looking forward to sharing this experience when I return. Thank you.
Rahui Lee

Hello my name is Rahui, this is my sign name. I am 14 years old, nearly 15 in March! On 10 – 17th April, I will be flying to Australia for the WFDYS Youth Camp. I am excited to attend as I have never been overseas before, and this camp will be my first overseas interaction experience. I am mostly excited about meeting new people, learning about their culture, their goals in their countries, the kind of food they eat, and the language they use. I’m sure it will be very interesting as it is my first time. The camp is for one week, so when I return I will be able to share my new experience to my family and friends. Thank you.
Rachel Berry

Hello! My name is Rachel Berry, this is my sign name. I am 21 years old and live in Christchurch. I will be attending the WFDYS Youth Camp in Philips Island, Australia as a Leader representative of New Zealand. I am really excited to attend, why? I attended WFDYS youth camp in Turkey, in 2015 as a participant, and now I am attending as a Leader, so it will be a different but an exciting experience. I am looking forward to seeing what the experience will be like for our NZ participants as two of them have never been overseas before. I am also looking forward to seeing them put into action their new learnings as they bloom into NZ’s new leaders for their generation.
At the camp, we will video and record our time there every day so that when we return to NZ we can share this fantastic once in a lifetime opportunity with our community. Thank you for watching! See you soon.

Renew Your NZSLTA Membership

You can renew your membership here:
Join for only $30 a year.
Established in 1993, New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association (Inc) is a national professional organisation for New Zealand Sign Language Teachers and interested people who support the mission and goals of our organisation.
Your membership fee will assist with the administration expenses of NZSLTA i.e. Postage, photocopy, stationary, etc. with the aim of keeping you informed about current NZSL teaching issues.
Outlined below are some benefits:
Professional Support
NZSLTA supports your professionalism by providing professional development workshops when possible, information on NZSL teaching courses and other related courses.
NZSLTA National Workshops and Conferences
NZSLTA provides national weekend workshops or conferences every year or two to support your professionalism of being a good NZSL teacher to share ideas in teaching methods and experiences. NZSLTA may invite experienced lecturers form New Zealand and overseas to give you a better opportunity to learn from a different angle.
Information and Networking
By joining NZSLTA, you may be able to share information on NZSL teaching and to network amongst NZSLTA members.  From the networking, you may be given guidance, advice, information and support from other NZSLTA members, nationally or locally, on aspects of NZSL teaching, with their experiences of teaching NZSL.
NZSLTA Newsletters
You will be keep informed on the progress of NZSLTA: updated news on NZSLTA members nationwide and up to date information on events, workshops, courses, general meetings, funding, and any new development of NZSL resources.  Newsletters are produced about 4 times a year.
Networking with Other Deaf-related Organisations
NSLTA works with other Deaf-related organisations with a common goal to raise the professionalism and promotion of NZSLTA member, the status of NZSL and the support from other organisations.
NZSL Resources
To make your NZSL teaching easier, NZSLTA has developed some NZSL resources e.g. Units 1-6 and Unit 7-12 DVD student workbooks.  (See page)
To access TeachSign for your resources
To increase the fluency of your NZSL students, NZSLTA provides NZSL Silent Weekend Camps, giving NZSL students an opportunity of using NZSL in the real world interaction with Deaf tutors and Deaf volunteers.  The camp activities may include a mixture of language and outdoor activities as well as drama or storytelling activities.
NZSLTA Website
Launched in February 2003, benefits include:
  • Free classes advertising for members only
  • Discussion section for NZSLTA members only
  • Range of information and latest news related to NZSL teaching
  • Updates on workshops, conference and training
  • Direct order of NZSLTA resources
  • Job vacancy section
  • And more…. Check out the site now.
The Work of NZSLTA
With your membership support, the Executive Committee meet regularly to plan strategic plans for NZSLTA to improve the benefits for NZSLTA members e.g. organising national workshops, developing more NZSL resources, camps for NZSL students etc.  The more members we have, the better the service we are able to provide and promote our language.
If you would like to become a member, here is the bank account:   
ASB Bank   12-3034-0696572-00 


Te Ahuareka o Ngati Hine Festival

Where: Otiria Marae, 40184 Kingi Road, off Otiria Road, Moerewa
When: Friday 10th - Saturday 11th March
Cost: Free entry
This year’s theme is ‘He Kumara-He Tangata’, which means ‘Everyone is sweet like the kumara’
On Friday there will be entertainment by local schools, Kohanga Reo and Early Childhood Centres with a free concert featuring Troy Kingi, Ruia Aprehama, Fat 32 and Ngati Hine’s Favourite son Te Huaki Punaki.
Saturday will have more of the same but better with senior Kapahaka, Bands Hip Hop, whakapapa sessions and Tautohetohe.
There is also a number of other activities including an art exhibition in the Whare Tupuna, Tumatauenga, educational stalls, a wearable arts parade and more!

Seaweek – Waikaraka Kayak Day

Where: Waikaraka Rest Area, Whangarei Heads Road, Whangarei Heads
When: Sunday 19th March (if there is bad weather - postponed to Sunday 2nd April)
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Cost: Free. Donations accepted.
Come and explore the local marine reserve on a single or double kayak at high tide.
Learn about the marine life that lives there and get professional kayaking tuition.
Fun for ages 7 and up.
Kayaks and life jackets provided, you can also register your own vessel (paddle board or kayak).
Spaces limited.
Registration essential online via our events at the website or email:


Summer Picnic

Okahu Bay Reserve
When: Sunday 26th March
Time: 11.00am – 2.00pm
Join in for some fun in the sun at Okahu Bay Reserve!
Auckland Deaf Society and Auckland Parents of Deaf Children are combining to host a Summer Picnic.
This is for families, and kids as well as Big Kids (Adults) who want to participate in the ADS traditional games – Tug-of-War.
Don’t forget to bring:

  • Picnic lunch & drinks
  • Blanket, outdoor chairs and umbrella, sunshade, etc
  • Sunscreen & togs and towel (for a swim across the road at the beach)

Please RSVP to:

Unpacking Disability Law Programme 2017 

Where: Potters Park Event Centre, Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road
Registrations for our new Unpacking Disability Law Programme is open.
This free community based programme is focused on making your legal rights on disability easy to understand.
If you require an NZSL interpreter, please advise them two weeks in advance of your session.
Unpacking Disability Law is designed for disabled people and supporters.
You can come to the entire programme or you can choose which sessions interest you.
Each week the sessions are 10am to 1pm.
To register send your name, email address, contact phone number, date and session(s) name you are interested.
Text: 027 457 5140
Phone: 09 257 5140
You are welcome to bring a support person, family member or agency with you.

Please let them know if you have any other access needs.


South Auckland

Stir It Up

Where: Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland Office 
When: Saturday 11th March
Time: 10.00am – 11.00am
Cost: Free, tea/coffee provided
A fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience / learn New Zealand Sign Language.
Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at Deaf Aotearoa.
A great setting for First Sign families, NZSL students, whanau / or friends.
Everybody welcome – Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations.
If you need more information or want to RSVP, please contact Sue Lessing.
Text: 021 517 587

Stars in their Eyes

Where: Mangere Art Centre Corner Orly Avenue & Bader Drive, Mangere, Auckland
When: 17th March Friday night
Time: 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Cost: Adult $5
          Kids $2
          Family $10
This is an Art production that also involved song dance poetry and kids performing in a show. It gives you a taste of how kids can gain confidence, self-esteem, learn how to perform on production art.
Click here for more information:


Stir It Up

Where: The Cook Cafe 
When: Saturday 11th March
Time: 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Cost: Free, tea/coffee provided
A fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience / learn New Zealand Sign Language.
Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at Deaf Aotearoa.
A great setting for First Sign families, NZSL students, whanau / or friends.
Everybody welcome – Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations.
If you need more information or want to RSVP, please contact Sue Lessing.
Text: 021 621 933

First NZSL Quiz Night for 2017

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Where: The Cook Café and Bar (upstairs)When: Friday 24th March
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Address: 7 Cook Street, Hamilton East
Cost: Free

Come and join in a NZSL quiz night. All questions asked in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and also displayed on a TV screen. Prizes to win!
All welcome! Deaf, hearing, Hard of Hearing, people learning NZSL, Everyone!  Come as a group, or by yourself, doesn't matter, just join in and have fun! Under 18 welcome if with an adult.

For more information contact Kayte Shaw - Community Development Kaituitui.
Mobile: 021 517 791 (text or call)

Taupo Teddy Bears’ Picnic

 Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
When: Sunday 12th March
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Admission: Free
Come dressed as your favourite character or superhero!
Register your Teddy for a gold coin donation from 10am, receive a certificate, and be put in the draw to win spot prizes.

Bring along your picnic lunch, shade, rug and your Mum & Dad, caregivers, Whanau, family and friends.
There will be: 
- Special Guests 
- Face painting 
- Giveaways 
- Raffles 
- Bouncy Castles 
- Sausage Sizzle 
- Ice cream 
- Balloons and much more...

Autofest 2017

Where: Mystery Creek Events Centre, 125 Mystery Creek Rd, Mystery Creek, Hamilton, Waikato
When: Saturday 18th March
Time: 12.00pm – 6.00pm 
Restrictions: All Ages
Adult: $20.00
Kids under 12: Free
Door Sales Only
The AutoFest is back in 2017 and is bigger & better offering more entertainment for the entire family.
- Official 2017 AutoFest After Party 
- Motul Indoor Show N Shine 
- Burnout Comp 
- BurgerFuel Outdoor Show / Hard Park 
- Who's Got The Flava? Hip Hop Dance Crew Comp 
- Pop-up Park & Skate Comp 
- On-site dedicated 'Cruise Route' 
- Kids Zone 
- Live DJ's 
- Food Vendors 
- Exhibitors 
- Sound off and lots more (keep checking Facebook event page).

Family Cycle Fun Day

Where: Mighty River Domain, 601 Maungatautari Road, Cambridge, Waipa
When: Sunday 19th March
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Admission: Adult: $20.00
                     Kids under 12: Free
                     Door Sales Only

This fun day out for families and amateur cyclists will include cycling and cyclocross races for all age groups, a Small Wheels area for under-5's, entertainment, spot prizes and an exciting display by the amazing Freestyle Lifestyle BMX team.
Brought to you by Rotary Cambridge and with all proceeds going to CureKids.

Bay of Plenty

Stir It Up

Where: Deaf Aotearoa Office, Historic Village, 17th avenue West, Tauranga
When: Saturday 11th March
Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm
Cost: Free, tea/coffee provided
A fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience / learn New Zealand Sign Language.
Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at Deaf Aotearoa.
A great setting for First Sign families, NZSL students, whanau / or friends.
Everybody welcome – Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations.
If you need more information or want to RSVP, please contact Sue Lessing.
Text: 021 920 675

SPCA Pet and Family Fun Day

Where: Wherepai Domain, Cnr Cameron Road and Hamilton Street, Tauranga
When: Saturday 18th March
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Cost: Gold coin entry
Dogs are very welcome on a lead.
A great day for the whole family to enjoy the fun and activities.


Vintage And Retro Fayre

 Greerton Village School, 151 Greerton Road, Tauranga
When: Saturday 11th March
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Cost: Free
Chadwick Road will be closed from Greerton Road to Cameron Road for the display of vintage cars and vehicles.
Classic motorcycles will be on display in the school grounds.

Retro Caravans

Where: Ohope Beach Top 10 Holiday Park, 367 Harbour Road, Whakatane
When: Saturday 11th March
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: Free
Come check out the latest craze to capture the New Zealand holiday market ‘Retro Caravan’
They are expecting 18 caravans dating back to the 1960’s.
Go to Facebook event for more details:


Taranaki Retreat Open Day Gala

Where: 517 Hurford Road, RD4, Omata, New Plymouth
When: Saturday 11th March 
Time: 12.15pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Suzy Allen
Phone: 021 910 367
Mike King is our guest speaker and there will be stalls, BBQ and activities to mark the occasion. Come out and support the Retreat and find out more about what they are offering the community.

Taranaki Truck Show 2017

Where: Nobs Line
When: Sunday 12th March 
Time: 8.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Gold coin donation.
Contact: Paul
Phone: 027 292 9452
The trucks leaves Centennial Drive at 9.00am and will go along St Aubyn Street to Molesworth Street, right into Hobson Street and left into Devon Street East and left again to Nobs Line where the trucks will be displayed.

All profits to Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Children's entertainment - face painting, airbrush tattoos, bouncy castle, water walkers and Big Rig rides, Live band, tug-of-war competition and much more.  Prize giving is at 3.00pm.

Envirowaste Naki Drag Wars

Where: Connett Road, Bell Block
When: Sunday 12th March 
Time: 9:30am
Cost: $10 spectator, free for 12 and under with paying adult.
Contact: Craig Nielsen or Larni Jury
Phone: 021 1305 797 or 027 425 5554
The fastest street cars and hot rods have been invited to battle it out at the historic Bell Block home of street drags.
Proudly brought to you by Gunners Incorporated, this event is held as a community fundraiser for Conductive Education Taranaki - helping disabled kids reach their potential.

Take a Kid Tramping

Where: Lake Mangamahoe
When: Sunday 19th March 
Time: 9.30am to 2.00pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Karen
Phone: 021 110 4640
Bring the kids for a tramp/hike/bushwalk around Lake Mangamahoe with the New Plymouth Tramping Club.
This is an opportunity to have a leisurely walk around the lake and find out about the Take A Kid tramping program and/or about the club.

Bring snacks, drink and your lunch and wear good walking shoes.

Meet at the furthest carpark at 9.30am

Hawkes Bay

Stir It Up

Where: Hawke's Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale, Napier
When: Wednesday 5th April
Time: 5.45pm – 7.15pm
Cost: Free, tea/coffee provided
A fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience / learn New Zealand Sign Language.
Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at Deaf Aotearoa.
A great setting for First Sign families, NZSL students, whanau / or friends.
Everybody welcome – Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations.
If you need more information or want to RSVP, please contact Ka Puna.
Text: 021 920 023

Napier City Council – Focus Group Update 

There were about 10 Deaf people who attended and they all provided the Napier Disability Advisory Group (working with Napier City Council) with feedback and shared their experiences.
The information that was provided will contribute to how the council can support people with a disability.

Hawke's Bay Office Closed for Staff Training

Where: 215 Railway Road, Level 5, Tower Building, Hastings 
When: Thursday 30th March
The office will be closed on Thursday 30th March and will reopen on Friday 31st March.
If you have any enquiries, please contact Kat or Lee.
Kat Puna
Mobile: 021 920 023
Lee Bullivant
Text: 021 459 005



Community Computer Bookings

There have now been changes to the community computer bookings.
It used to be next to the visitors register at the front desk, but it has now moved.
In future if you wish to book a time to use the deaf community computer, please contact any staff to book, they will refer to an electronic booking system to ensure whether it is free or not.
You can contact staff either by text or email.

Be Alert and on the Look Out

There has been a notification from Palmerston North to report any young persons or juveniles committing crimes around the city.

Sign High

Did you know that there is a NZSL Series available on Channel North OnDemand that is presented by two Deaf Community Members Alana Best and Mita Moses from Northland? It is for Deaf and hearing people.
There are numerous episodes including interview with local Northland person or business and teaches some NZSL signs to help people communicate with Deaf people they know and those they may meet or work with in the future.
There are a few different episodes relating to emergency, technology, sports, employment, Deaf Aotearoa, Deaf Parenting, Deaf Education and more… you want to know more, do check it out on as it is available in NZSL and captioned.


Stir It Up 

Where: Columbus Coffee at Mitre 10 Mega
             135 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu
When: Sunday 19th March
Time: 12.00pm – 2.00pm
A fantastic opportunity to experience and practise New Zealand Sign Language for FREE!
Come along to a monthly casual cuppa with Deaf Aotearoa. 
EVERYBODY welcome!
For more information, please contact Nicolette Van Vuuren.
Text: 021 677 453

Wellington Deaf Society

Where: CQ Hotel, 213-223 Cuba Street, Wellington
When: Friday 17th March
Time: 7.00pm – 10.30 pm
Join in for a drink or two!

For more information please email below.


Stir It Up

Where: The Red Beret Cafe, 145 High Street, Motueka
When:  Saturday 11th March
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
This is a fantastic and fun opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and /or learn New Zealand Sign Language.
Everyone is welcome – Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations.
For more information please contact Ali Kimberley:
Mobile: 021 518 331

Nelson Office Closed

Nelson Deaf Aotearoa office will be closed on Wednesday 15th March because staff will be attending a seminar.
The Office will open again on Thursday 16th March at 9.00am.
If you need anything, please text:
Jenny: 021 939 415
Ali: 021 518 331


NZSL Championships 

NZSL Video: 
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
When: Friday 17th March
Time: 8.15pm – 9.15pm
Come and watch the best of Christchurch’s NZSL signers competing in a series of NZSL challenges!


AMF 10 Pin Bowling

Where: 15-21 Iverson Terrace, Waltham, Christchurch
When: Saturday 25th March
Time: 5.00pm
Costs: Pay $30 on arrival, first come, first served.
Keen to get involved with 10 pin bowling?
Food is provided, so have a great night out with some tasty snacks.
Please contact Lara at with your full name by 17th March at 11am. Please also confirm your dietary needs if any (gluten free, or vegetarian).
Text: 022 323 1459

Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema (with captions)

Where: Arts Centre – North Quad
When: Friday 10th March
Time: Toy Story – 5.30pm
            Boy – 8.00pm
Costs: Gold coin each to help fundraise for the Arts Centre rebuild.
There will be two captioned movies on – one for the kids and one for adults.
There are food stalls outside the entrance.
Limited spaces available for health and safety so please get there early to save a spot.



Library Book Sale

Where: City Library Carpark, Moray Place, Dunedin
When: Friday 31st March, 9.30am – 8.00pm
           Saturday 1st April, 11.00am – 4.00pm
           Sunday 2nd April, 11.00am – 4.00pm
Contact: Phone: 03 474 3690
Get in quick for a large supply of good books to get you through those long, chilly nights.
Bring a bag and get ready to rummage!

Deaf Support Services Meeting (DSS)

Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin
When: Sunday 12th March
Time: 2.00pm

Otago Anniversary Day Office Closed

The office will be closed for Otago Anniversary Day on Monday 20th March.
Reopens on Tuesday 21st March.

OADC Potluck Dinner

Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin
When: Saturday 18th March
Time: 4.30pm – 7.00pm
Cost: Bring a plate to share
Come and catch up with other families and bring food to share at your potluck!
If you haven’t met them before, this is a great opportunity to meet the community.
If you can lend a hand for cleanup that will be much appreciated.

OADC Working Bee

Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin
When: Saturday 11th March
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Please email Steve Walton if you would like to help.
Please leave give your mobile number so you can receive notifications about the working bee.
Last year they managed to get half the roof painted with the amazing people that came to help, now it needs to be completed, as well as the guttering.
Part of having the use of the hall is to maintain it, but it can’t be done without your help!

IF you can lend some of your time this would be much appreciated.

BYO lunch.

Postponement date Sunday 12th March.



Invercargill's Surf to City

Where: Queens Park, Gala Street, Invercargill, Southland.
When: Sunday 12th March 2017
Time: 9.00pm – 1.30pm
Ages: All ages
Costs: Adults - $10.00
            Children (under 16) - $5.00
            Family (2 Adults, up to 3 children) - $ 20.00
            Children (under 5) - Free
Buy tickets:
The ICC Surf to City is a fun, participation based event, offering a 12km, 6km, or 3km distances that can be run, walked or Cycled.
The Course makes its way from Oreti Beach, past some exciting on- course entertainment and finishes at Queens Park.
There is also the AMI kids in the City event held entirely within Queens Park. They enter on the day and receive a free drink bottle at the finish line.

Care Matters Workshop

Where: Venue to be confirmed on the amount of registrations (see attached registration form)
When: Wednesday 15th March 2017
Time:  9.30am – 2.30pm
A workshop on the current relevant practical information for carers of children and adults with disabilities.
To register, please contact Maureen.
Text: 027 414 5267


Community Meeting

Where: Blind Foundation, 172 Queens Drive, Invercargill.
When: Thursday 16th March
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
An opportunity to catch up with what’s new in Deaf Education and discuss local services.
Light refreshments provided .
Please RSVP by the Tuesday 14th March if you require interpreters: