National News

Staff conference: All offices closed

Due to a staff conference, all Deaf Aotearoa offices will be closed from Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th September.

If you want to meet a staff member on other days (i.e. Monday 1st  and Friday 5th September) please make an appointment with the staff member you want to meet.

If you want to drop (e.g. to use the community computer) please  contact your Community Relations Officer to check whether your office will be open. Not all offices will be open on Monday and/or Friday.

Newsletter guidelines and deadlines

Do you want your news to go into our CommUNITY Weekly newsletter? We now have guidelines which all news must comply with before we will accept any news item into our newsletter.

We have answered some frequently asked questions on our website, covering the following topics: If you have any further questions you can contact your local Community Relations Officer.

Announcement from Auckland Deaf Society

A person calling themselves Chris Rock is contacting people via Trade Me saying he is a Deaf person and that he works for Auckland Deaf Society. He is asking people for their PayPal details.

Auckland Deaf Society want to let everyone know that this person is NOT employed by Auckland Deaf Society and they do not know who he is.

We strongly advise you to ignore any requests from him as this looks like a scam. Auckland Deaf Society have reported this to the police and Trade Me.

Julie-Anne Taylor is the only authorised seller for Auckland Deaf Society. If someone else is selling you something or wants to purchase something from you and they say they work for Auckland Deaf Society you should report this to your local police station as soon as possible.

Please feel free to share this message with your networks.

AttitudeLive: I'm only one voice

How important is it to vote? AttitudeLive have produced a short film aimed at motivating people living with a disability to vote. One of the stars in this short film, Monica Leach, is Deaf.

Deafblind Awareness for Deaf Community

Free Deafblind Awareness workshops are available for people all over New Zealand. In the workshops we talk about different problems with seeing, how people who are deafblind do things, and what services/equipment/support is available.

If you would like to learn about deafblindness (what it's like to be Deaf and have low vision), you can contact Catherine Winfrey, Deafblind Awareness Coordinator, at the Blind Foundation.

Mobile: 027 808 1549
Phone: 07 838 7503 (Phone through NZ Relay)

Domestic violence and disabled people resources in NZSL

Lobby and advocacy group, Auckland Domestic Violence and Disability (DVD) is pleased to announce the publication of Easy Read and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) versions of their Domestic Violence and Disabled People booklet.

“We are very excited to publish these new versions of Domestic Violence and Disabled People. The Easy Read format will ensure that people with a learning disability can access good quality information about how to identify abuse, and some tools to get help. This is so important given the high rates of sexual and physical abuse in this community,” says Debbie Hager, DVD member. They are also delighted that the Deaf community can access this information.

Read more of their press release here...

International News

XVII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf

WFD Congress Registration

The Registration is now open, more information:

Early Bird Registration ends on 15 February 2015

Call for Papers

The World Congress Commission Committee invites the submission of abstracts for presentations at the XVII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf.

The theme of the XVII World Congress is "Strengthening Human Diversity". We look forward, to your submissions for stimulating and informative presentations that address different aspects of this theme, namely:
  1. To raise awareness on the range of Deaf experiences around the world,
  2. To acknowledge the diversity of needs for support within and across Deaf communities, and
  3. To celebrate how the experiences of Deaf people contribute to society at large.
Closing Date: 30 September 2014

Read more:

Australian Sign Language Interpreters
Association Conference

Where: Perth, Australia
When: Friday 29th to Sunday 31st August 2014
Theme: A Profession On The Move

Registrations close Friday 15th August.

SLIANZ members can register for the same price as ASLIA members.
Northland News

Wings Pamper Yourself Expo

When: Saturday 16th August from 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Forum North, Rust Avenue, Whangarei
Cost: Door entry $3.00
Restriction: R13 and women only

Buy tickets at:
  • Himalayan Trading Post
  • Hot n Juicy
  • The Wings office at the Migrant Centre on 71 Bank Street
Enjoy six hours of mini pampering treatments from top to toe.

Each 15 or 30 minute sessions is approx $15.00 to $30.00 each.

Pamper treatments, stall holders, drinks, food, etc.

Win raffles and spot prizes.

More FM Northland Home and Living show

When: Fri 15th to Sun 17th August from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: ASB Stadium, Western Hills Drive, Whangarei
Entry: Donation and grab a chance to win a door prize from Mitre 10 Mega Whangarei
The annual More FM Northland Home and Living Show opens its doors to a range of exhibitors offering from home wares to flooring through to security and more.

Whether you are building, buying, renovating or just looking for the best in home living, this three day show will have over 70 different exhibits all under one roof.

Measles have arrived in Northland

A measles outbreak has hit Waikato, Hawke's Bay and Auckland, but Northland was clear of the disease until an unimmunised Northland child was diagnosed with measles on July 29, after contact with children from the Waikato.

Five new cases have been diagnosed and this will increase over time. 
Northland has a low immunisation rate, now 88% compared but 10 years ago it was 60-70%. People who were born after January 1st 1969 need to check whether they are immunised against measles.

What is measles?

  • Measles is a highly infectious viral disease that can be serious.
  • It is spread from person to person through the air by breathing, sneezing or coughing.
  • Just being in the same room as someone with measles can lead to infection if you are not immune.

Who is at risk of measles infection?

  • People younger than 45 (born after January 1, 1969) who have not had two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Infants under the age of 15 months who have not received their first routine dose of MMR vaccine. They are susceptible and rely on everyone else to be immune so that measles does not spread to them.
  • Children over 4 years old who have not received their second dose of MMR.

Auckland News

Employment consultant

Sue Nicholson is an employment consultant based at Deaf Aotearoa's Auckland office. If you would like support in looking for work or support while in work please make an appointment with her.
Text: 021 969 237
Skype: ec.auckland1

What do you know about general elections?

When: Friday 22nd August
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Everyone welcome!
For more information please contact Lisa Alexander:
Text: 021 262 6410

St John First Aid: Level 1

This training will provide basic first aid skills and help you prepare for medical emergencies. Accidents or ill health can happen anywhere at any time. This course will ensure you know what to do.

A qualified member of St Johns will be teaching the course.

NZSL interpreters will be provided.
When: Tuesday 26th August
Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral
Cost: $50.00 per person

To register contact Debbie Cundall before Friday 22nd August.
Fax: 09 820 5039

KDEC Speech Competition

When: Wednesday 24th September
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Kelston Boys High School Auditorium 

Categories and prizes:-
  • Research (NZSL or spoken English): 1st $100, 2nd $80
  • NZSL storytelling: 1st $100
  • True life stories (NZSL or spoken English): 1st $100, 2nd $80
Community members welcome.

Deaf Outdoor Adventure Club

When: Sunday 17th August 
Time: Please meet at 9:00am for a 9:30am start.
Walking time: 2.5 hours
Walking difficulty: Moderate
Meeting point: Soon after the Waiti Stream bridge on Bethells Road, turn right onto a grass driveway, where you will see a Department of Conservation track sign. Continue driving where you will see a large parking lot.
Contact: Anna by text 021 666 813 or email

The walking group will walk to Raetahinga Point from Te Henga (Bethells).
Please let Anna, the organiser, know that you are coming and we will organise car-pooling.

Bring walking boots/shoes, warm clothes and a waterproof coat along with drinks and snacks.

Waikato News

Reminder: Meet the politicians day

When: Friday 22nd August,
Where: Blind Foundation, 15 Liverpool Street, Hamilton City Centre
Contact: Maaki Tuatini (email
  • 12:30pm: Mix and Mingle
  • 1:00pm: Questions and Answers
  • 3:00pm: Light refreshments
This is an opportunity to know who to vote for. You’re invited to meet the politicians and hear what they have to say on disability policy as we approach the 2014 elections. Then you can go away and think about who you will vote for this year. An interpreter will be present.

Attention: All property owners

Hamilton City Council is proposing to change to a capital value rating system. Currently, general rates are calculated based on the land value of a property.

Under capital value, rates would be calculated based on the value of the land plus what is built on the land (e.g. a house, a shop or a mall).

All information regarding the proposal is available at the Council building, libraries and online at:

If you have any questions about the proposal or want to discuss it, we invite you to come to one of our drop-in sessions. The mayor, councillors and council rates staff will be available.
  • Thursday 21st August from 6:30pm to 8.30pm
    Western Community Centre, 46 Hyde Avenue, Nawton
  • Tuesday 26th August from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
    Hamilton City Council Reception Lounge, Garden Place, Central City

Citizens Advice Bureau

When: Open from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily
Where: 55 Victoria Street, Hamilton
Phone: 07 839 0395

Do you need information about: Consumer problems, budgeting, health and wellbeing, tenancy/flatting issues, education/learning, travel, transport, legal advice, personal and family, local clubs and events.

Not sure? Ask the Citizens Advice Bureau. They provide friendly and confidential help and information on any matter, for free!

Hamilton night markets

When: Saturday 16th August from 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Where: Under the Kmart Carpark, Bryce Street, Hamilton
The night markets offers a fun family experience with cuisine from all over the globe, local produce and arts, crafts. There will be great entertainment and great vibes from 5:00pm to 11:00pm every Saturday night. Come along and join us. Share exotic dishes with friends and family.

Bay of Plenty News

TEC Course: Technology

Please save one of the dates for the presentation.


Where: Historic Village, Village Schoolhouse, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Friday 29th August from 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Where: Eastbay Reap, 21 Payne Street, Whakatane
Room name: Tamariki Te Ao Marama ECH
When: Thursday 30th October from 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Where: Haupapa Room, 1st Floor, Rotorua District Library, 1127 Haupapa Street, Rotorua
When: Friday 31st October from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Chris Blum from NZ Relay will be doing the presentation.

If you don't understand the modern technology or want to know more, this is the presentation for you. It will be about understanding data, 3G, 4G, smartphones, tablets, broadband, routers, cabinets and UFB. Chris will also be sharing information about Internet Relay, VRS, VRI, Mobile Text Relay, TXT111, TTY, Captel NZ.

This is your chance to have your questions answered! See you there!

Women's Lifestyle Expo

Where: ASB Arena at Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mt Maunganui
When: Sat 23rd and Sun 24th August from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: Adults $10.00 and children (under 12) free

This is a two day special event for women! There will be 140 companies, from jewellery, beauty, business products, crafts, fitness, food and wine sampling and more. Cooking demonstration, fashion show and style workshops.

U23 National Championships

When: Wed 20th, Thu 21st, Fri 22nd and Sat 23rd August from 9:00am to 10:30pm
Where: ASB Arena at Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mt Maunganui
Cost: Free

Basketball New Zealand with Tauranga Basketball Association will host the 2014 U23 National Championships. There will be 24 teams (12 teams of men and 12 teams of women). This is a four day competition to win the national title. Support our future Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns.

Taranaki News

Te Henui Pathway Picnic

When: Sunday 17th August
Time: 11:30am to 2:00pm
Where: Te Henui Walkway, New Plymouth (just down from the two new bridges)

Let's go explore your backyard and meet your neighbours this Sunday.

Enjoy music, a BBQ, family orienteering and a bouncy castle. There are also prizes to be won!

New Plymouth Boys High jazz band will join us for some of the time.

Bring a picnic hamper and blanket.

Prices: Free
Phone: 06 759 6060

Taranaki Careers Expo

When: Sunday 17th to Monday 18th August
Time: All day
Where: TSB Stadium, New Plymouth

Discover a huge range of career options available to you.

Education and training providers will be well represented at the expo as well as universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics and private training establishments. Discuss your career choices with career support service organisations such as Careers NZ and MSD Studylink who can support your journey towards your ideal career. Best of all, you can do all this under the one roof, right here in Taranaki.

To make it easy to 'Get Informed and Get Ahead', exhibitors are clustered together so that you can get all your information from the one location. Located at the entrance to the exhibition hall is a 'Career Map' to help you find possible careers that fit with your interests. The Career Map also lists exhibitors able to assist you with further information and their location in the stadium.

Prices: Free

Gallery Friends Present: Art to Lunch

When: Thursday 21st August
Time: 12:15pm

All welcome to join Len Lye Curator Paul Brobbel for a talk about Len Lye’s filmmaking during the Second World War. Paul will discuss this often overlooked period of Lye’s career, focusing on several rarely seen films made for Britain’s Ministry of Information.

Art to Lunch is a series of lunch time talks, held on the third Thursday of each month, about current art projects and art related topics.

BYO lunch, coffee and tea provided.

Meet at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery administration office:
Brougham House
50 Devon St West
New Plymouth

Art to Lunch is brought to you on the third Thursday of each month by the Friends of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Prices: Free
Phone: 06 759 6060

Seed sowing and soil testing

When: Sunday 24th August
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Hollard Garden, Stratford

Test the PH of your soil. Tips for sprouting robust seeds and what to prepare now for growing in spring and summer. Join our gardens team at Hollard Gardens.

Cost: Free entry
Contact: Taranaki Regional Council
Phone: 0800 736 222


When: Every Saturday
Time: 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Where: Salvation Army Hall, Corner Powderham & Dawson Sts
Cost: $3.00
What to bring: Towel, water and a whole lot of excitement
Contact: Karen on 022 088 0196 or visit

Hawkes Bay News

Reminder TEC Programme: Election

When: Saturday 16th August
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale.
Bring: Please bring plate of food for shared lunch
What do you know about the general election? Come along and find out more about this year's elections. Make your vote count this September!

Have a read here and be prepared for Saturday’s presentation:
Interpreter will be there

Please let Deaf Aotearoa know if you are coming or not.

Text 021 459 005, fax 06 844 1208 or email

TEC Workshop – Women Health Part Two

Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road Taradale
When: Saturday 23rd August 10:00am to 4:00pm
Bring: Plate of food for share lunch together
Tutor: Sunshine Prior from Wellington
Interpreters: Two interpreters will be there.

Session 3: Physical Health

  • Anatomy of women
  • Health Information for certain time periods
  • Health/ screening information

Session 4: Communication

  • Art of communication
  • Positive communication styles
  • Negative communication styles
Hope to see many Deaf women come to this workshop.
Please let Deaf Aotearoa know if you are coming or not.

Text 021 459 005, fax 06 844 1208 or email

ITM Cup Rugby: Magpies vs Taranaki

Where: McLean Park, Latham Street, Napier
When: Friday 22nd August from 8:05pm to 10:00pm
Cost: From $5 to $30 children and $10 to $30 adults (depending where you want to stand or sit)
The Magpies take on Taranaki in their first home match of the ITM Cup.

Rugby: All Blacks vs Argentina

Where: McLean Park, Latham Street, Napier
When: Saturday 6th September from 7:35pm to 10:00pm
Cost: From $50.00 children and from $70.00 adult
Napier will play host to the All Black when they take on Argentina at McLean Park. This will be the first time Napier’s McLean Park has hosted an All Blacks test match since the encounter against Manu Samoa in 1996.

A regular host for Super Rugby games, the 20,000 capacity ground attracts a crowd of local supporters, and with upgraded stadium facilities the All Blacks will play in front of a sell-out crowd.

The majority of tickets remaining are in the Ticket Direct temporary stand which will provide a magnificent view for all ticket holders, this stand being erected in the embankment. This seating structure was used at Eden Park for the Rugby World Cup and will provide an amazing view of the ground.

The Argentinean supporters are known for their passion and are guaranteed to take the stadium by storm. There’ll be plenty of singing, whistle-blowing and good-humoured banter so make sure you join the party.
If you want tickets you need to be quick to buy them as they will be sold out very soon.

Manawatu News


There are two workshops coming up soon! Mark your dairies now.

Are you Tech Smart?

When: Thursday 18th September
Where: Kingsgate Hotel, 110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: Free

NZSL Interpreters will be there!

This workshop will help decide which smartphone, tablet or broadband you can purchase to access the communication services you need.

For more information, check out the flier attached!

Maori Culture

When: Monday 13th October
Where: Te Hotu Manawa o Rangitaane o Manawatu Marae, Maxwells Line, Palmerston North
Time: 8:45am to 3:00pm

NZSL Interpreters will be there!

Come along for a day of presentations to learn more about a variety of things. Lunch is also provided! You must book your place, if you want to come please confirm your space with Lianna before 26th September.

Text: 021 278 8804
Fax: 06 357 5700

Manawatu Deaf Society

Club Night/Pool Championships: Men/Ladies

When: Tonight Friday 15th August
Where: Manawatu Deaf Club, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: 7:30pm

Pool vs. Rongotea Tavern

When: This Sunday 17th August
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: 1:00pm

Bring a plate of food to share for everyone!

First Aid workshop

We had our First Aid workshop on 2nd August at the Community Leisure Centre. We found this workshop very informative and useful as there have been some changes how and what we do for First Aid. It's very important we update our knowledge and skills every two years.

We had nine participants with NZSL Interpreters and a fantastic tutor from Links. It would be good if everyone had this knowledge and skill as we need to be prepared if anything happens whether it's our family, friends, or when we are out and about.

We will hold another First Aid course in two years time and we hope to have some men take part, as they were all women!


Wellington News

NZSL Interpreted Performance:

Where: Circa Theatre,1 Taranaki Street, Wellington
When: Friday 22nd August from 7:30pm
Tickets: $38.00 for Deaf Aotearoa Members and Wellington Deaf Society Members
Twill be a New Zealand Sign Language interpreted performance.

To book for the NZSL interpreted performance, email Please advise them of your name, and that you would like seats in the designated area in view of the interpreters. Tickets can be paid for on the night, but must be paid by 7pm.

Lux Light Festival

Where: Wellington Waterfront
When: Friday 22nd August to Sunday 31st August 2014
Lights on: 6:00pm
Lights off: 11:00pm
Wellington Lux is a free public light festival that turns Wellington’s waterfront and laneways into a captivating celebration of light, art, technology and design. LUX is an annual outdoor exhibition of amazing works of art and design from around the world created using light and cutting edge lighting technologies.
This year the festival will showcase a fantastical array of light sculptures that wind their way through an urban light trail within the city’s laneways and then spill out into a promenade of light installations along the waterfront. These will be accompanied by artist talks from national and international artists, designers, and researchers; pop up exhibitions and installations; and fun free activities.

DCM Bookfair 2014

Where: TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington
When: Saturday 16 August 2014, 9:00am – Sunday 17 August 2014, 4:00pm
The annual DCM Bookfair is the largest of its kind in Wellington. With some 90,000 books, as well as CDs, DVDs, vinyl and puzzles, there is definitely something for everyone. It is also our major fundraiser of the year, and therefore very important to the on-going success of the work that we do to end homelessness in Wellington.
They also need volunteers to help with the Bookfair - please contact us to learn more. Or you can donate books year round. Please drop them off to their office at 2 Lukes Lane week days.

Hill Street Farmers' Market

Where: Cathedral of St Paul, 45 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington
When: Every Saturday from 8:30am – Saturday 25 October 2014, 12:30pm
The Hill Street Farmers' Market takes place every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8.30am until 12.30pm in the carpark of the Cathedral of St Paul in Hill Street, Thorndon.
Every week producers from within 350km of Thorndon bring their lovingly grown and produced fresh, edible products to this vibrant setting right in the heart of New Zealand's capital. Whether you live locally or are visiting Wellington, why not come and see what the Hill Street Farmers' Market has to offer?

Employment Consultant Wellington

My name is Jared Flitcroft and I am the new employment consultant for Deaf Aotearoa's Wellington office. If you would like support in looking for work or support while in work please make an appointment with me.
Text: 021 677 403
Skype: ec.wellington
Thank you and looking forward to meeting you all.

Nelson News

Nelson Deaf Community Incorporated

When: Sunday 17th August at 2:00pm
Where: Café Affair, 295 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
The Nelson Deaf community are having afternoon tea together at Café Affair, come along and catch up with everyone. Please let Rachel know if you require transport.

NZSL Practice Group

Where: 623 On The Rocks, 623 Rocks Road, Tahunanui, Nelson
When: Monday 18th August to Monday 15th September
Time: From 6:00pm to 8:00pm

All welcome!

Nelson Deaf Incorporated invite you to play Ten Pin Bowling!

When: Saturday 20th September at 2:00pm
Where: Action Entertainment Centre, 30 McPherson Street, Richmond
Cost: $10.00 per person 

Please let Cathy, Rachel or Wendy know by Sunday 13th September if you are coming or if you require transport.

Are you Tech Smart?

When: 25th September from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Where: BNZ Business Centre Room, 226 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Cost: Free

This workshop will help you decide which smartphone, tablet or broadband you can purchase to access the communication services you need.

NZSL Interpreters will be there!

Cherry Blossom Festival

When: Sunday 21st September from 11:30am to 2:00pm
Where: Miyazu Gardens, Atawhai Drive, Atawhai, Nelson

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of Japanese culture, music, food and the 38 year-old relationship between Nelson and our sister city Miyazu. Bring a picnic, enjoy the on-site food stalls or simply relax under the beautiful sakura (cherry blossom) trees.

This free event is proudly supported by the Nelson Miyazu Sister City Association and The Nelson Japanese Society.

Canterbury News

Deaf Aotearoa Canterbury/Westland office closed

The office will be closed on Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th September. Staff will be attending a staff conference in Auckland. The office will be re-open on Friday 5th September.
If you wish to see one of the staff, please make an appointment first, thank you.

TEC Course: Budget

  • Do you want to learn more or improve your budgeting?
  • Do you want to learn how to manage your budgeting?
  • Or want to save more money for your dream of goals, eg holiday, car, etc?
We have invited a guest speaker from the NZ Federation of Family Budgeting Service to talk us about:
  • Creating and balancing a budget
  • Developing a personal spending plan
  • Living arrangements and costs
  • Understanding automatic payments and direct debits
  • How to monitor your accounts and payments
  • How to save and tools to help
NZSL interpreters provided.
Please RSVP by Friday 29th August by email to or by texting 021 324 828.

New Zealand Red Cross grants

Their grants was formed following after the 22 February earthquake to manage the funds donated to 2011 Earthquake Appeal. The grants was donated for these affected by the earthquakes.
There are three grants:
  • Pack and Move
  • Storage
  • Independent Advice
For more information about these grants please see this website:-
If you need an assistance with the application, please contact your local Community Relations Officer,

For Sale

Fisher & Paykel Dishwasher (double drawers) $450.00. In an excellent condition. It has not been used often for 8 years. If you are interested or you want more information, please text 021 031 3899.

Otago News

Election day practice vote

Come and practice casting your vote.

Learn and ask questions about the voting process.

Please let Anna know if you’re coming before Thursday 21st August.

When: Thursday 28th August
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: 82 Filleul Street, Dunedin (next to Lincraft)

Stadium car boot market

The stadium car boot market is the perfect place to hunt for bargains on collectibles, antiques, vintage, second-hand and new items.

When: Sunday 17th August
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Forsyth Barr Stadium, 130 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin
Cost: Free!

Rugby: Otago vs North Harbour

When: Saturday 16th August
Time: 2:35pm
Where: Forsyth Barr Stadium, 130 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin
Cost: Adults $25.00, kids $7.50, students $12.50 and families $50.00

For tickets visit or buy at Stadium Reception, Gate J.

Office closed

When: Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th September

Staff will be going to a staff conference, so the office will be closed.

The office will be open again with normal hours on Monday 8th September.

Southland News

Deafblind awareness training

When: Thursday 28th August
Where: 172 Queens Drive, Richmond (Queens Park)
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: Free
This workshop will cover the following topics:
  • How to make information more accessible
  • How to communicate more effectively
  • How to make the most of your physical environment
  • How to adapt activities to include deafblind people
  • How to access deafblind services and support
If you are interested in coming along please RSVP to Rebecca by Thursday 21st August.

Staff whereabouts

Rebecca will be away for staff training during Monday 1st to Thursday 4th September. If you have any issues or something you need help with please get them done before she goes away.

Otherwise Rebecca will be back in the office on Tuesday 9th September.

Are you Tech Smart?

Understanding data, 3G and 4G, smartphones, tablets, broadband, routers, cabinets and UFB.
Information from NZ Relay with topics:
  • Internet Relay
  • Video Relay Service (VRS)
  • Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)
  • Mobile Text Relay (MTR)
  • TXT111
  • CapTel
  • The decline of TTY
This workshop will help you decide which smartphone, tablet or broadband you can purchase to access the communication services of your choice.
This is an exciting course that will make you tech smart and understand your devices and how they work and what not to do! Bring your mobile phone or tablet. Access to WiFi available.
When: Wednesday 15th October
Where: TBC
Time: TBC
Cost: Free
You will have to confirm your place on this course.

An invitation, with times, will be sent once the venue is confirmed. You will need to RSVP.