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Portland Express – Train Rides

Where: Departs Whangarei Railway Station Railway Road
When: Saturday 1st April
Cost: $15 each.
          $50 - group of four
          Tickets available from Whangarei i-Site Information Centre.
Time: Trains will depart Whangarei:
           10.30 am
A series of train rides from Portland and return. Hauled by restored diesel locomotive Da1431.
Round trip approximately one hour.
No charge for infants under 2 if sitting on adult’s lap.
Only one infant per adult.

Relay for Life

Where: Athletics Park, Park Road, Whangarei
When: Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd April
Time: Saturday
            Opening Ceremony – 3.45pm
            Candlelight Ceremony – 9.00pm
            Closing Ceremony – 10.00am
Cost: Koha/donation


DeafRadio NZSL Championship

Where: Auckland Deaf Society.
When: Friday April 7th - Friday night Deaf Club
Come watch the best of Auckland NZSL signers competing in a series of NZSL challenges.


AUT Interpreting and Deaf Studies Students Meet and Greet 

Where: Auckland Deaf Society.
When:  Friday 31st March - Friday night Deaf Club
Come meet and greet students from AUT at Deaf club.

NZSL Family Art Workshop

Where: Mapura Studios, Fowlds Park, Rocky Nook Ave, St Lukes.
When: Sunday 9th April 2017
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Cost: Free for full members & $10 for Associate members.
Bring:  A packed lunch and clothes you don’t mind getting a little paint on
Explore your creative side whilst learning NZSL related to art and everyday life (interpreters provided).
Taught by experienced Deaf art therapist, Rachel Coppage.
Please confirm your attendance.
Text: 022 084 2244
For more information please read the flyer.

South Auckland

First Signs NZSL Story Time

Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Level 1, Westfield Mall, Manukau South Auckland
When: Saturday 8th April
Cost: Free
Come along to our monthly NZSL Story Time.
This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn NZSL: First Signs families,
NZSL students, whanau and friends - all ages welcome!
For more information please contact Limka.
Text: 021 517 587


Stir It Up

Where: The Cook Cafe 
When: Saturday 1st April
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


Ice Skate Tour

Where: Waeranga Hall, 199 Settlers Road, Te Kauwhata, North Waikato
When: Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th April
Time: 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Cost: Family Pass (2 Adults + 2 Children) - $35
          Adults - $13
          Kids (Under 16) - $7
Come enjoy ice skating! A fundraiser for Waerenga School.
It’s a great, safe and fun way to get active and also an activity that kids can do together with their parent(s) and friends. Entry fee includes ice skates.
All events are open for general public so don’t worry if you or your kid(s) are not attending the school.
Eftpos on site.

Waikato Show

Where: Claudelands Arena, Brooklyn Road, Hamilton, Waikato
When: Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: Family Pass - $30
          School day out pass (1 adult = up to ten children) - $88
          General Admission (March Promotion) - $6
          General Admission (any day pass) - $8
15 shows in one.
Something for everyone - shopping, animals, games, food, entertainment, amusement rides, exhibition stalls, competitions, and loads more.

Maaori Arts and Crafts - Koauaau/Maaori Flute

Where: Waikato Museum, 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton, Waikato
When: Friday 7th April
Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Cost: FREE
Celebrate Maori arts and crafts on the first Friday of the month with Marei Kura Creations.


Sunday Craft Day

When: Sunday 2nd April
Where: 41a Bouverie Crescent, Hamilton
Time: 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Bring your own crafts, knitting, crochet, anything, to Sunday Craft Day.
Bring your unfinished projects to get some work done.
Free entryHot drinks and slices provided.
For more info contact Karyn:

Bay of Plenty

Daylight Saving Finishes

Remember to put your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday 1st April.
It is also a good time to clean and test your smoke alarm.

Winter Is Coming

With the cold and wet weather season approaching, Deaf Aotearoa staff care about you and your health, we want to stop you and others getting sick.
Hand Hygiene is the most important thing that you can do to control and prevent the infection at home and work,  either by using soap and water or alcohol hand rub. Make sure you clean your hands:

  • Before and after handling food
  • After visiting the toilet
  • After smoking, coughing, sneezing or using a handkerchief (use tissues if you can)
  • On entering and before leaving work

Cover your month when sneezing and coughing to prevent the spread of germs.
Check with your doctor to see if you qualify for the Flu vaccination especially if you suffer from Asthma or breathing problems.
If you are sick please stay home until you are better. Let your boss know and cancel any appointments at the Deaf Aotearoa Office that you may have. Help keep everyone well this winter.

Paradox Live

Where: Tauranga Waterfront, The Strand Tauranga
When: Saturday 1st April
Time: 11.00am - 3.00pm
Cost: Free
Come and join us to celebrate Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival with live performances all afternoon – including the fantastic Troy Kingi Band. and Bailey Wiley.
Join the free daily wall walks starting outside the Tauranga Art Gallery at 11.30am and 1.00pm. Be one of the first to walk the walls around the city and see the unique murals some of the world’s finest artists have created.


Stir It Up

Where: WITT
When: Wednesday 5th April
Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm
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 Tania Stuart.
Text: 021 540 198

Fitzroy School Gala

Where: Fitzroy Primary School, Barriball Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
When: Sunday 2nd April
Time: 11.00am – 2.00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Admission: Free
Fitzroy Gala is well-known for its delicious food so bring the family and come for lunch - there will be lots to see, do and try from delicious food, the cake stall, grocery raffle, plants & produce, quick fire raffle, games and pony rides for the kids.
The gala is Fitzroy School’s main fundraising event so please bring along your family and friends! 

Mitre 10 Rainbow Run - New Plymouth

Coastal Walkway, New Plymouth Foreshore, New Plymouth, Taranaki
When: Sunday 9th April
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Ticket Information: Adult - $30.00
                               Adult & Child - $40.00
                               Family Ticket - $70.00
                               Student (Must have ID) - $20.00
                               Child (Under 13) - $10.00
                               Bus Ticket Ngamotu to East End 10.00am - $3.00
                               Bus Ticket Ngamotu to East End 10.20am - $3.00
                               Bus Ticket Ngamotu to East End 10.40am - $3.00
Buy tickets:
The event starts at East End Reserve and goes 5km along the iconic Coastal Walkway finishing at Ngamotu Beach with a mass colour throw.
This event is open to participants of all ages and speeds - everyone is welcome. No times will be recorded.
10.00am – Event registration 
11.00am – 11.30am Participants start to run/walk 
12.45pm – Big colour throw
Bus Service: 
A Rainbow Run bus service will be available from Ngamotu Beach to East End Reserve for participants wanting to leave their vehicle at the finish line. 

The bus will leave from the corner of Pioneer Rd and Breakwater Road. Please arrive 10 minutes before your departure time.
Tickets for the bus service must be purchased before the event and will not be available on the day. 

The Seaside Market

Where: The Seaside Market, Ocean View Parade, New Plymouth, Taranaki
When: Sunday 9th April
Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Admission: Free

  • Over 70 stall holders 
  • Live music by talented local musicians
  • Kid fun zone and much more


The Rebel Pink

New Plymouth Girls High School, 60 Northgate, Strandon, New Plymouth, Taranaki
When: Tuesday 4th April
Time: 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Restrictions: All ages
Ticket Information: Adult admission: $25.00
                                 Concession admission: $15.00
Buy tickets:
Part of Footnote New Zealand Dance - The Rebel Pink
An explosion of hot pink, vintage chrome and live sound!
The Rebel Pink by Footnote New Zealand Dance provides three emerging choreographers with an opportunity to create new original work in a world conjured by New Zealand dance luminary Malia Johnston, designer extraordinaire Marcus McShane and world class drummer/musician Tom Scrase (ex-Strike).

Hawkes Bay

Opening of Havelock North Village Green

Havelock North Village Green, Cnr Napier Road and Karanema Drive, Havelock North
When: Saturday 1st April
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
Join in celebrating the official opening of the Havelock North Village Green and Mackersey Family Pavilion.
Try out the new playground, skate or water area, grab a bite to eat and listen to some music.

Puketapu Rural Auction & Country Fair

Where:The Puketapu, 679 Puketapu Rd, Hastings, Hawke's Bay
When: Sunday 2nd April
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm   
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Gold coin
A combined auction and country fair set around the beautiful lake at Puketapu village which is being run by Taradale Rotary as a fundraiser for assistance to the community.
Puketapu is seven minutes west of Taradale.
The range of product accepted for auction is unlimited so bring it along.

Daylight Savings Ends

A reminder that Daylight Savings will end on Sunday 2nd April (clocks go back one hour, when 3.00am becomes 2.00am).

NZSL Week Volunteers Wanted 2017 

If you are able to volunteer for New Zealand Sign Language Week 8th – 14th May, please complete the attached form or drop into the office and pick one up.
Your support would be appreciated!
Kat Puna
Text: 021 920 023
Lee Bullivant
Text: 021 459 005


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 Kat Puna.
Text: 021 920 023


van Asch Information Sharing Meeting

Where: van Asch Deaf Resource Centre, Barton Avenue, Marewa, Napier
When: Thursday 6th April
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Restrictions: Parents, caregivers and the Deaf community
Costs: Free
Bernie Mulcahy-Bouwman – Principal of van Asch Deaf Education Centre
Sarah de Heer – Associate Principal Pastoral Care
Margaret Anderson – Regional Coordinator
An invitation to parents, caregivers and the Deaf community. We would love you to come to our information sharing meeting.
This will be a good opportunity for you to catch up with what’s new in Deaf Education and for you to discuss our local services. Light refreshments will be provided.
If you require an interpreter at the meeting please advise as soon as possible. Contact: by Friday 31st March.

  • Social/Emotional/Wellbeing and Belonging presentation
  • Update on Deaf Education Board strategy to enhance deaf student achievement
  • General Discussion

Visiting the Manawatu Deaf Aotearoa Office


Staff wish to advise you that if you want to see staff at Deaf Aotearoa office, please contact them to set up an appointment. This is to ensure the community does not miss out on a chance to have a meeting.
The staff has many tasks and appointments to attend to and are not always free to assist at a time you walk in the office so we encourage you to contact us either by:
Text: 021 278 8804
Text: 021 641 996
Text: 021 518 070

Disability Expo – Navigate Your Future


 Palmerston North Convention Centre, 354 Main Street, Palmerston North
When: Wednesday 5th April
Time: 11.00am – 6.00pm
Cost: Free
Come along and check out the many stalls promoting their services in sports, equipment, money, travel/transport, recreation, family, relationships, work, flatting, rehabilitation and more!
Deaf Aotearoa will have a stall there, so if you know anyone who would like to find our more, collect some resources please encourage them to come and visit our stall!
Mary Fisher who is the World Record holder Gold Medallist and WINNER for Disabled Sports Person of the Year 2014 will be there from 3pm – 6pm.

Ice Fest 2017 – Ice Rink And Snow Globe


 The Square, Palmerston North
When: Sunday 2nd April – Sunday 30th April
Time: 9.00am – 9.00pm daily
Cost: Adult $20
          Youth $15
          Under 5 $10.00
          Family $60
          Student Concession $50
The Ice Rink in the Square is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. This year they are bring a giant snow globe, it is so big it can fit 10 to 12 people at a time! Come and check it out!

Youth Revival




Beauty and the Beast - Captioned Screening - Fundraising WDS

Where: Light House Cinema Pauatahanui, 3 Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui 
When: Thursday 13th April
Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Tickets: $20 per person -
Beauty and the Beast will be released at the theatre soon!
This is a fundraiser screening with all proceeds going to the Wellington Deaf Society building funds.
Please arrive at 5.30pm, ready for the 6.00pm screening.
Refreshments available for purchase from the Lighthouse Café and Bar.
Please note limited number of seats available.
For more information, please have a look at Wellington Deaf Society Facebook Page.

WDS Deaf Club 

Where: 1841, 1 Disraeli Street, Johnsonville, Wellington
When: Friday 7th April
Time: 7.00pm – 11.00pm 
For more information, please contact to Wellington Deaf Society:

Facebook page: Wellington Deaf Society


WDS Fundraising Towards a New Building

WDS is selling entertainment books to help with their fundraising endeavours and get 20% from each book sold!
All proceeds from the Entertainment Book will go towards a new building for the Wellington Deaf Society - this will be the new second home for members, friends and family, where people can come and get together in a NZSL environment. 
Click here to purchase one. 


Stir It Up

Where: The Red Beret Cafe, 145 High Street, Motueka
When:  Saturday 8th April
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

Interpreter in Nelson - 4th April

An Interpreter will be in Nelson on Tuesday 4th April. 
They are available from 10.30am – 4.00pm. 

Interpreter in Nelson - 13th and 19th April

An Interpreter will be in Nelson from Thursday 13th April in the afternoon and Wednesday 19th April in the morning.
If you would like to book, please contact iSign –

Motueka Kai Festival

When: Sunday 9th April
Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm
Where: Decks Reserve, Motueka
Come along and celebrate the Motueka Community.
There will be over 150 food and community stalls. This is a free event, everybody is welcome.


NZSL Week Talent

New Zealand Sign Language Week is coming up! Staff in the Canterbury office are looking for Deaf people in Christchurch who have a talent for storytelling, telling jokes, dancing, or doing a unique skill that barely anyone else has!
They want to hold a NZSL Talent night to share all the NZSL goodness in the community… but they need you!
If you think you can draw the audience in by one of your NZSL talents, please contact Joyce now! More information will be given.

Laser Strike

Where: Level 2, Harvey Norman
             250 Moorhouse Ave,
When: Saturday 8th April
Time: 6.00pm
Who: For those between 12 – 30 years old
Costs: Normally $19 for two games. CDYG and CPODC will cover the first 20 people to RSVP.
How to RSVP: Go on Canterbury Deaf Youth Facebook page and rsvp on their event page. 
Canterbury Deaf Youth Group and Canterbury Parents of Deaf Children are working together to hold a Laser Strike event for youth in Christchurch.
First 20 people to RSVP will have their entry fees covered.
There will be free pizza after the event, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Gardening position

The position involves gardening at private homes. The work involves weeding, pruning, planting and spraying.
The team member will be supplied a company vehicle.
The scheduling of the work is done by head office and they receive their work schedule by logging on to a website.
The work is between 9 and 3 weekdays so suits people with school aged children.
This is a permanent position so you must have cover for the school holidays.
They are looking for someone with high standards and who will get along with team members and clients.
If you want more information, please contact Jared.



Zirka Circus

Where: Mosgiel A&P Showgrounds, Cnr Gordon Road & Dukes Road North, Dunedin, Otago
When: Thursday 30th March, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
             Friday 21st March, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
             Saturday 1st April, 2.00pm – 4.00pm and 7.00pm – 9.00pm
             Sunday 2nd April, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Ticket prices:
Zirka Circus is proud to bring you its 4th tour of New Zealand, our new show "Cross the ocean" and it's more spectacular than ever! Zirka Circus remains a family friendly and animal-free circus, you can enjoy the action.

Daylight Savings Ends

Reminder, Daylight Savings will end on Sunday 2nd April (clocks go back one hour, when 3.00am becomes 2.00am).

Stir It Up

Where: Otago Polytechnic, The Hub, Forth Street, Dunedin
When: Thursday 13th April
Time: 10.30 am – 12.00pm
Cost: Free
 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 Rebecca Aitcheson.

Text: 021 276 5646

Women's Lifestyle Expo

 More FM Arena, Portsmouth Drive, Dunedin, Otago
When: Saturday 8th April and Sunday 9th April
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm (both days)
Cost: Adults: $10.00
          Children under 12: Free
          Door sales only
Website: Women's Lifestyle Expo
The Dunedin Women's Lifestyle Expo is a two-day event for women of all ages.
With more than 100 companies involved featuring everything from jewellery and beauty to business products & information, crafts, fitness, food & wine sampling and much more!


Stir It Up


Where: McCafe - 200 Dee Street, Invercargill
When: Monday 24th April
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Cost: At your own cost
A fantastic opportunity to experience and practice NZSL for free!
For more information please contact Rebecca.
Mobile: 021 554 905

TEC Courses 2017

Is there anything you wish to learn and upskill?
Rebecca has already had a request for a first aid course, but needs a minimum of five people for the course to go ahead.
Courses can be anything from

  • Computing
  • Technology
  • Health/First aid
  • Employment skills
  • Cooking classes
  • And anything else you can think of!

Please contact Rebecca with your interest.
Mobile: 021 554 905

Signed Waiata Hui

Where: Invercargill, MOE Office, 190 Forth Street
When: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Cost: Free
Come and join in a fun evening of singing and signing.
Members of the Deaf and local Maori communities will meet and share their waiata skills using Te Reo Maori, English and NZSL.
They will cover a range of different waiatas for children of all ages.
Everyone welcome!