Free Community Guided Snorkel Days – Reotahi
Sunday 9 March from 10:00am to 3:00pm
(Postponement date, if there is bad weather, is Sunday 6 April)
Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve, Reotahi Beach, Whangarei Heads
After McLeods Bay follow Reotahi Rd, then Beach Rd to the end and up to the Reotahi carpark, opposite Motukaroro Island and Marsden Point.
Explore the waters of the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve at Reotahi with an experienced snorkel guide.
You never know what you might spot.
Discover pipefish, triplefins or nudibranchs.
Fun for the whole whanau.
Register at the event on the day, sea conditions permitting.
Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits.
Whangarei NZSL Week Focus Group
Check out the post-its. Do you think the ideas are fun or boring? Got any ideas or events you want to go? All ideas are in my handwriting so you can’t tell who gave that idea.
Come to Whangarei office between 6:00pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday 18th March. We will decide what events we will have for NZ Sign Language Week. If you are not here, we might not set up the event you want.
AUT University Silent Camp: Last Chance!
Camp Bentzon, Kawau Island
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th March
For signing Deaf community members: $50.00
Do you like signing and mixing with other people? If yes, there is an AUT University Silent Camp!
The camp is mainly for the AUT students in the BA/Certificate in NZSL and Deaf Studies and BA in NZSL-English Interpreting programmes.
Sign language modelling for new and old students, a fun weekend of activities and laughter! Full signing throughout the weekend!
If you are interested, please contact Susie Ovens at: email@example.com
or 021 878743 by Monday 10th March. The registration form is attached
and please fill it out then email to Susie.
You will need to organise your own transport to and from Sandspit (off Warkworth). The ferry will leave Sandspit on 5:00pm Friday and returns at 3:00pm on Sunday. Carpool could be organised.
Please support our AUT Sign Language Section students!
Monday afternoons (May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 9, 16, 23, 30)
1.00pm to 3.00pm
$120.00 (please note this is a subsidised fee)
Rocky Nook Bowls Club,
Rocky Nook Avenue,
Art materials provided.
There will be a special project next term at Spark that runs on Monday afternoons for 8 weeks. Deaf Art Therapist Rachel Coppage (MA) will co-facilitate the mixed group of Deaf and hearing participants. Please find attached flyer for your information and if you're interested to register, please contact Donna Jaser at Spark.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rachel by text 021 0263 3932.
Auckland Deaf Society Picnic
Sunday 30th March from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Potters Park, Corner Dominion and Balmoral Roads, Mount Eden
(across the road from Auckland Deaf Society)
Bring your Picnic lunch, chairs and umbrellas etc. Fun day with games for everyone.
Julie-Anne Taylor from the Auckland Deaf Society is looking for more volunteers to help organise the picnic. If you are interested contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax 09 630 6934.
Auckland Deaf Society Community Meeting
Friday 21st March at 7:30pm
Boardroom, Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Mount Eden
This meeting is to explore the possibility of changing our trading name (Auckland Deaf Society Inc). Why should we? Come along and discuss! All welcome.
Contact: Sonia Pivac
Auckland Deaf Society Senior Citizens
Wednesday 12th March
We will celebrate St Patrick’s Day, and the theme will be for everyone to dress up, or wear a hat, or anything else. Special guest speaker will have a presentation at 11am to discuss about the future of Deaf rest home/retirement village. Please be there to find out more information and there will be a survey for each member’s feedback. After lunch we will play Bingo. The canteen will sell toasted sandwiches and fresh sandwiches.
805 Great North Rd, Western Springs
Every day 10:00am to 5:00pm
Look at all of these wonderful things you can do this month of March.
See MOTAT's website
for more information.
Opens 1st March 2014
Some cars are famous and others have famous drivers. New exhibition Stars & Cars goes beyond the vehicles to highlight the famous Kiwis that drove them. From Richard Pearse's bike to the Tool Guys' van, discover stories of celebrated Kiwi icons and their motors.
Under 5's Gallery
MOTAT's exciting new Under 5's Gallery has been designed specially to meet the needs of our youngest visitors and their families.
Children will use simple machines such as pulleys, ramps, diggers and wheelbarrows in an imaginative play environment or they can relax and play with the building blocks, tube telephones and transport inspired floor activities.
The centre piece of the gallery is the large Grain Pit machine that encourages collaborative play between children as they work together to turn the levers and handles, operating the screws, conveyor belts and chutes bringing the machine to life.
Waikato Deaf Community Get Together
Friday 21st March from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
CCS Disability Action
- How to send notices to Deaf people by fax, text, email, community notices?
- Everybody happy about change of nights for meetings? Friday night is only available at CCS?
- Future social events where?
- Copies of the minutes of last (third) meeting held on 18th November 2013 will be given out at the meeting.
- Anyone wants to talk please tell Sue Bruce. Thank you!
Wednesday 12th March at 5:30pm
Hamilton Lake Walkway (near Yacht Club)
The Insight Endometriosis Purple Walk for Awareness supports endometriosis awareness. Dress up in purple and walk around the Hamilton Lake walkway starting from Innes Common. The walk is approximately 45 minutes, on road.
There is a Zumba warm-up at 5:30pm and the walk starts at 5:45pm. After the walk gather together at Lake Domain Reserve for a rest, goody bag distribution and announcements of spot prizes and raffles. Please bring cash for sausage sizzle and raffle.
Join in, have some fun and support a great cause. Open to everyone 13 years and older. Bring the children and dogs to join in the dress-up fun!
Online Registrations now open! Go to www.purplewalk.co.nz
For more information contact Annette on 022 585 5123 or visit their website
Hamilton Italian Festival
Sunday 9th March from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive, Hamilton
Italians are known for their fantastic food of all kinds from pasta and pizza to delicious gelato, and with a variety of food stalls on offer at the festival, signature Italian dishes are sure to be on a staple. Whether attending for the food, music or just the atmosphere – the Hamilton Italian Festival is sure to be a great family event.
07 849 3202
021 065 1537
Hamilton Stories: A History Tour
Monday 10 March from 10:00am to 4:30pm
Waikato Museum, 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton
Discover some not-so-dull moments from Hamilton’s history in these intelligent, yet informal gallery talks. We’ll delve into little-known stories of our city’s people, buildings and landmarks that made Hamilton what it is today while we explore the exhibition Never a Dull Moment! Hamilton Stories.
07 838 6606
NZSL Week Focus Group
Please watch the video under National news.
It will be good to have you attending the focus group with the Community Relations Officer to plan for Bay of Plenty.
Anyone is welcome! Anyone in Rotorua/Whakatane who are keen to be involved, I will make a plan to go over and meet you there.
Let Sue Lessing know as soon as possible.
You can email email@example.com
or text 021 920 675.
NZSL Week Tutors Training
Information will be sent to you soon. Please put in your diary: Thursday 3rd April from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
NZSL Week Taster Classes
Does your medical centre (such as doctors, dentists, optometrists, physio, audiologists, etc) or businesses (such as banks, WINZ, ACC, etc) need a free 45 minute NZSL Taster Class? Let Sue Lessing
New Zealand Pipe Band Championships
Tauranga Domain, Cameron Road, Tauranga
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Visit their website
for more information. There will be door ticket sales.
Sand to Surf At Mount Maunganui
Mt Maunganui, near the Surf Club
Saturday 22nd March at 9.30am
This is an ocean swim for everyone to enjoy from experienced swimmers or learners. There are four categories starting with 2.6km for experienced swimmers to beginners and children categories. Or you can just watch!
See their website
for more information. There is a swim course map for each category. If you want to join in, you will need to register on their website. Perhaps you would like to do it next year!
Ports Of Tauranga
This summer has seen so many beautiful huge cruises arriving at Tauranga harbour bringing thousands of tourists from all over the world. The cruises arrive almost daily early in the morning and leave at night.
It's a lovely outing for the family to have a picnic at Pilots Bay and to watch the cruise leave the harbour late in the afternoon with the beautiful sunset.
Check the Ports of Tauranga website
for all the times of arrival and departures.
Urban Street Art Festival
Friday 7 March to Sunday 9 March from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Huatoki Plaza, City CBD and surrounding suburbs
Get Up Festival will be Taranaki’s first major street art festival featuring live painting in the city CBD and surrounding suburbs. The festival will host a diverse and colourful range of street artists from all over New Zealand. Forty artists will paint large scale murals on over 30 walls both temporary and permanent.
For more information go to www.facebook.com/NPGetupfestival
New Zealand Cycling Festival
Friday 7 March to Monday 10 March
Around the Taranaki district
The cycling festival is based at the Taranaki Cycle Park and this year includes the 100km Surf Highway 45 Flyer from Hawera to New Plymouth, the 30km Mangamahoe Munter MTB race, a zero to hero BMX introductory event, criterion and velodrome racing, a categorised bike expo, bike swap-meet, scooter racing, a Guinness World Record attempt, a cycle powered movie and heaps more.
for more information.
TET Taranaki Masters Games
13th to 16th March
TET Multi Sports Centre, Stratford
$10.00 registration plus sport fee as advised on website
The game offers 22 sports. They are centered in Stratford with various events scattered throughout the region.
See their website
for a full list of sports available, timetable and registration form.
06 765 0255
Bee Forum: "If We Die, You Go With Us"
Thursday 13 March 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Peace Hall, 44 Vivian Street (opposite St Mary's Cathedral), New Plymouth
How much? $5.00 including light supper
Honey bees all around the world are dying in unprecedented numbers. This has dire consequences when 85 per cent of our food crops are reliant on bee pollination. Amateur beekeepers are vital in helping turn this around.
Come and hear enthusiastic local beekeepers, Ray Scott, Donna Willard-Moore, Charl van der Heever and Adrian King sharing their experiences, their knowledge and the issues involved in contemporary New Zealand beekeeping.
Sponsored by the New Plymouth Green Party and Taranaki Sustainable Living Fair.
06 753 4606
021 124 3741
Community Law Workshops
Every Monday from 9th June through to 1st September from 10:00am to 12:00pm
(not every Monday, more details to follow)
Meeting Room, Disability Information Centre
Workshops on offer are:-
- Relationship Property
- Consumer Guarantees Act
- Employment Discrimination
- Wills and Power of Attorney
- Buying on credit
- Dealing with Debt
- Discrimination (generally)
- Introduction to Community Law
- Legal Aid changes
Angela can also provide a presentation about almost any legal topic that the Deaf community would like to know about. Email your local Community Relations Officer
which courses you are interested in.
Video Remote Interpreting
VRI is now available at:-
- Work and Income Napier
- Work and Income Hastings
When you make an appointment with Work and Income staff, please ask them to make an VRI booking. They need to book the VRI before you go to your appointment.
We have had two positive feedbacks from Deaf community, one in Napier and one in Hastings. Both of them said that the VRI is great, comfortable, smooth and very easy to use.
If you want a pamphlet, you can pick one up from Deaf Aotearoa office, Hawkes Bay Deaf Club or ask Lee Bullivant
to email or post a copy to you.
St Luke's Smashing Fair And Monster Auction
St Luke’s Anglican Church
24 Te Mata Road
Saturday 8th March from 10:00am to 1:00pm
St Luke's Havelock North Annual Fair is better than ever this year!
With family fun, raffles, book stall, sewing and knitting, home baking and preserves and many other stalls, including crockery smashing, monster auction and a children's corner.
Lindisfarne College Gala
600 Pakowhai Road
Sunday 9th March from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Every year Lindisfarne College put on a big gala to raise money for the school. They will have many things from foods through to household items. Come along and join the fun, you never know you might buy something there.
TEC Tikanga: Second Session
Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale, Napier
Wednesday 12th March from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
This is an opportunity to learn more about Maori culture, history, rules, values, beliefs and more.
Anthony Gilbert, a Maori hearing person will be giving the Deaf community a chance to learn more about Maori. A New Zealand Sign Language interpreter will be there.
This session we will focus on: bone carving, greenstone (who can buy them, what to do with the greenstone before giving to someone, can you swap or pass onto someone else, etc) wood carving, protocols, tapu, blessings, moa, tika, pono, mana, manaakitanga, aroha, and taha wairua, plus more.
Disability May Day 2014 Wanganui: Volunteers Needed
Friday 9th May from 9:00am to 3:00pm
War Memorial Hall, Watt Street, Whanganui
Deaf Aotearoa will be having a stall at this May Day event in Wanganui, we are seeking volunteers to assist staff with manning the stall and providing assistance when required.
If you are interested, please contact Lianna:-
Manawatu Deaf Society Club Night
Friday 7th March from 7:30pm
Manawatu Deaf Society, 55A Totara Road, Awapuni, Palmerston North
Bunnings Warehouse Community Day
Saturday 15th March from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Bunnings Warehouse Palmerston North
Corner Tremaine Ave and Railway Road
A fun family day for the community and there will be entertainment, community displays and activities for children ranging from balloon races, tug a war, apple bobbing and more...
There will be DIY challenges which will be a gold coin donation, they will have hammer and nail, painting on canvas and coin throwing to name a few...
Foxton Family Day
Saturday 15th March from 10:000am to 2:00pm
Where? Foxton Pools
, Main Street, Foxton
This is a free
event, all welcome! There will be a sausage sizzle ($1.00), face painting, inflatables and fun for the whole family.
Foxton Easter Sunday Fair
Book your calendar!
Sunday 20th April from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where? Easton Park
, Johnston Street, Foxton
$2.00 for adults, free for pre-schoolers (door sales only)
This is their 23rd year! Every year it grows more popular! There will be a main stage presenting entertainment and bands! There will be many stalls and entertainment!
A great day out for the whole family!
Hurricanes Vs Brumbies – TONIGHT!
Westpac Stadium, 147 Waterloo Quay, Wellington
Friday 7 March (kick-off at 7.35pm)
The Hurricanes welcome the Brumbies in round 4 of the 2014 Super Rugby season at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
To buy tickets phone 0800 842 538 or visit Ticketek
For all your game, ticketing information, and be up-to-date with the Hurricanes visit www.hurricanes.co.nz
NZCT Wellington Dragon Boat Festival
Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay, Wellington
Saturday 8th March from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 9th March from 9:00am to 3:00pm
During the weekend over 30 adult teams and more than 40 schools from all over New Zealand and Australia will race to determine the champions. With social and championship grades many of the teams will walk away with medals, trophies and prizes. The atmosphere will be white hot with over 10,000 spectators cheering on the pumped up competitors.
The determination to make the festival a free event for spectators continues and as well as the competition on the water there will be stalls and entertainment to keep the crowd happy on land.
Visit their website for further detail: www.dragonboat.org.nz
Thursday 13 March, Thursday 20 March and Thursday 27 March from 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Taranaki Wharf, Taranaki Street, Wellington
Every Thursday throughout summer outdoors on the waterfront. From midday til sunset, enjoy street food stalls, designer goods, live entertainment and outdoor bars. Outside Mac's Brewbar. Odlins Plaza and Taranaki Wharf.
Visit their website for further information: www.undergroundmarket.co.nz
Skyline Summer Gift Fair
Art, craft and garden stalls, Victorian perfume studio, Stichbury fashion boutique and a summer cafe with amazing views!
9:00am to 2:30pm on the following days
- Monday 10 March
- Friday 14 March
- Tuesday 18 March
- Thursday 20 March
- Saturday 22 March
- Sunday 23 March
- Tuesday 25 March
- Wednesday 26 March
The Skyline Function Centre, 1 Upland Road, Kelburn, Wellington
See their website
for more information or for further dates until May.
Picnic Fun Day
Thank you to all those that came along to the Deaf family picnic day, it was a great success. Special thanks to Rachel who organised the event.
Suburban Club Social Meeting
Monday 3rd March at 6:00pm
168 Tahuna Drive, Tahuna, Nelson
Come along and meet the Nelson Deaf community and practice your NZSL skills. All people are most welcome.
Rachel Summers Birthday Dinner
Friday 7th March at 5.30pm
623 On The Rocks, 623 Rocks Road, Tahunanui
Rachel will be 30 and would like to invite everyone to celebrate her 30th birthday dinner.
Please let Rachel know by the 2nd March if you are interested to come.
Robertson Trolley Derby
Saturday 15th March from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Upper Collingwood Street, Nelson
A great fun filled day for all the family. Join the local daredevils of Nelson race down Collingwood Street in their uniquely designed trolleys or bring the whole family to watch the antics. Challenge your school mates or get a team together to build and race a trolley on Derby Day.
Tahunanui School Gala
Sunday 23rd March, 11:00am to 2:30pm
Tahunanui School, 69 Muritai Street, Nelson
A great day out offering food, drinks, prizes, games, activities and rides that will entertain the whole family.
This year we are proud to re-run the insanely funny Mascot Race. Other fun activities include a 30m downhill water-slide, obstacle course, plate smashing, mini hot rods, ferris wheel, water walkers, chair-o-plane, horizontal bungee, dunking chair, coconut shy, hoopla, tombola, blast bouncy castles and the lucky prize wheel.
Stalls include wacky hair, face painting, raffles, toys, clothing, books, white elephant, cakes and sweets, craft, plants and seedlings, and the great art and leisure silent auction.
The silent auction closes at 1:30pm. All auction viewing is from 11:00am in the school library.
Food on offer includes BBQ, hot chips, nachos, hot ham sandwiches, nachos, butter chicken, cakes and sweets, desserts, sandwiches, candy floss and Pomeroy's Coffee, and much much more.
Don't miss this fantastic day - it is definitely one for the calendar!
Personal Safety Skills For Women And Teenage Girls
Thursday 10th April from 9:30am to 12:00pm
ACC Rooms, 47 Collingwood Street, Nelson
This course is run by Rona Sedman and a male-padded instructor from Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower Trust. Ring 03 546 7986
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to book your place.
In the face of too-frequent attacks on women, Fullpower offers this low-cost workshop for women of all ages.
It covers ways to:-
- set and protect personal boundaries
- deal with sexual harassment/unwanted attention
- project an attitude of awareness and confidence
- use voice as a safety tool
- take charge of emotional triggers
- deal confidently with verbal aggression
- stop aggressive confrontations before they start, with a few simple habits
- use powerful physical self-defense skills that need little strength and no on-going practice
Please let me know if you are interested to attend this morning self defence class, an interpreter can be available.
Sunday 13th April at 1:00pm
Nelson Suburban Club, 168 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson
Nelson Deaf Incorporated Would like to invite you to the Nelson Deaf Annual General Meeting.
Saturday’s Happy Knit Club
Saturday 22nd March from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Blind Foundation, 96 Bristol Street, St Albans
to Victoria Walters by email at email@example.com
or text 021 324 828
Everyone is welcome including learners and experienced knitters.
Please bring your knitting needles and wool.
A Great Opportunity For Disability Youth
Christchurch City Council have an exchange programme for two disabled youth members and their support person to attend our sister city in Kurashiki, Japan for 10 days to explore their city and have an experience of a different culture.
If you need more information, please see the flyer on the right.
If you are interested, you can download an application form
The deadline is 26th March.
If you would need support with the application form, please contact your local CRO, Victoria Walters
Deaf South Island 4x4 Club AGM
Sunday 16th March
From 9:30am to 4:00pm
Islington Tavern (Swap Pub)
670 Main South Road
Everyone is welcome!
Sumner Rocks Village Street Party
Sunday 9th March from 11:00am to 6:00pm
The Street Party is to bring Christchurch back to Sumner for a day of excellent music and entertainment with large market areas, kids zones and local food and beverages. A day for all ages so head on out to Sumner!
See their website
for more information.
Change Of Time For Police Station Visit
Thursday 13th March from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Dunedin Central Police Station, Great King Street, Dunedin
Brain Awareness Family Day
Sunday 16th March from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Otago Museum Atrium Level 1
Get your genius on! Measure your perception! Walk through the mega-inflatable brain!
Join us for a cerebral carnival – a family fun day filled with brain-related games and activities, talks and information from our local experts from the University of Otago Brain Health Research Centre.
Office Closed 12th March
Deaf Aotearoa Office will be closed 12th March as Fi and Michelle are going to Invercargill to meet with Rebecca.
Otago Home Show
7th, 8th and 9th March from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Edgar Centre, Portsmouth Drive
$10.00 per person
Become inspired by the latest designs, colours, styles and fashions. Consult the leading renovation and design experts for advice on cutting-edge national and international trends.
NZSL Week Focus Group
RSVP for the focus group is due today, Friday 7th March. Please get involved and have you say. Once the numbers are confirmed we will have a focus group to brainstorm ideas for NZSL Week. Food and drinks will be supplied.
021 554 905
Thursday 13 March from 10:00am to 11:00am
DRC Building, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill
NZSL Week Tutors Wanted
Please if anyone is interested in presenting any 45min taster classes during NZSL Week please get in contact with Rebecca. Full training will be provided at the end of the month. Please RSVP as soon as possible because forms will need to be filled out.
021 554 905