CommUNITY Weekly News

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National

Introducing a New Workshop - New Services, New You

This workshop will be provided across the country. It explains the restructure of Deaf Aotearoa, our new service model and what that means for you. You will be able to meet some of the Leadership Team and Executive Board members who will be there to answer any questions you have. There are lots of exciting changes but we understand that you want to know more about them. This is your chance to come and hear what we are doing, why we have made changes and how you can benefit. It is a good opportunity for you to ask your questions directly to people who can answer them for you.
 
Some locations have different times available to choose from. If you want to attend one of these times, please contact your local office to complete an enrolment form and book your place as soon as possible. We need you to register for the workshop to make sure that we have enough space, resources and refreshments. We expect these workshops to be popular, and if demand is high we may need to limit numbers so please book early.
If these workshops are full and we need to arrange more workshops then we will.
 
*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook event.

Nelson
Monday 3rd August at 11:00am – 1:00pm and 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Hearing House, 354 Trafalgar Square, Nelson
To enrol, email: susan.peters@deaf.org.nz
 
Auckland
Wednesday 5th August at 10:00am – 12:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Potters Park Events Centre, 164 Balmoral Road, Auckland
To enrol, email: rachel.berry@deaf.org.nz
 
Palmerston North
Wednesday 5th August at 10:00am – 12:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Deaf Aotearoa, Level 2, United Building, 74 The Square, Palmerston North
To enrol, email: lianna.kennedy@deaf.org.nz
 
Wellington
Wednesday 5th August at 1:00pm – 3:00pm and Sunday 9th August at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue: TBC
To enrol, email: shannon.krogmann@deaf.org.nz
 
Tauranga
Friday 7th August at 10:00am – 12:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
To enrol, email: sue.lessing@deaf.org.nz
 
Rotorua
Saturday 8th August at 11:00am – 1:00pm
Venue: Rotorua Library, Haupapa Room, 1127 Haupapa Street, Rotorua
To enrol, email: sue.lessing@deaf.org.nz
 
Hawkes Bay
Saturday 8th August at 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Venue: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
To enrol, email: lee.bullivant@deaf.org.nz
 
Christchurch
Monday 10th August at 11:00am – 1:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Avenue, Christchurch City
To enrol, email: victoria.green@deaf.org.nz
 
Northland
Tuesday 11th August
Venue: Conference Room, Northable, 40 John Street, Whangarei at 10:30am - 12:30pm 
Venue: Deaf Aotearoa, 1/A Deveron Street, Whangarei at 5:30pm – 7:30pm
To enrol, email: glennis.walkinshaw@deaf.org.nz
 
South Auckland
Thursday 13th August at 10:00am – 12:00pm and 6:00pm and 8:00pm
Venue: Manukau Westfield, Level 1, Cnr Great South and Manukau Station Roads, Manukau
To enrol, email: natasha.cloete@deaf.org.nz
 
Taranaki
Tuesday 18th August at 11:00am – 1:00pm and and 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue: Taranaki Disability Information Centre, 28 Young Street, New Plymouth
To enrol, email: niki.jenkinson@deaf.org.nz
 
Hamilton
Tuesday 25th August at 10:30am – 12:30pm and 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Boardroom, Level 5, 169 London Street, Hamilton Central
To enrol, email: miiria.storey@deaf.org.nz
 
Invercargill
Wednesday 26th August at 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue: DRC Building, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill
To enrol, email: rebecca.petre@deaf.org.nz
 
Dunedin
Thursday 27th August at 10:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin
To enrol, email: anna.hurd@deaf.org.nz

Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 

 
  

iSign update - 31st July 2015

Deaf Aotearoa plan to invest heavily in iSign service improvements over the next 12 months as communicated recently on Deaf Aotearoa’s website and at recent events.
This Update repeats some information in the 15th July iSign update [insert hyperlink to website] and provides some further information.
Deaf Aotearoa will continue to share information and will provide ongoing opportunities to engage with this work going forward.
 
iSign Services
iSign provides interpreting services in all parts of the country. iSign has always been a business owned and operated by Deaf Aotearoa Holdings Limited and this will remain the same.
 
There will continue to be a separation of duties with regards to service user engagement and management of information, including maintaining confidentiality of service user information. iSign service users will continue to engage directly with iSign (not through Deaf Aotearoa) and interpreter bookings will continue to be managed by iSign booking staff separately and confidentially.
 
iSign will also maintain its separate brand identity.
 
iSign will operate under the same conditions as all other services within Deaf Aotearoa. iSign’s back office business support functions will be shared with Deaf Aotearoa, eg: finance, communications, IT, HR and quality controls. This has always been the case and is not a change.
 
Recent reviews of iSign services have identified things iSign is doing well and things that need to be done better. Thus, Deaf Aotearoa will be investing heavily in iSign’s development over the next 12 months. Deaf Aotearoa will share information and ideas and seek further feedback on improvements going forward.
 
Staff working to improve iSign systems
Deaf Aotearoa have appointed an iSign Interpreter Team Leader, Alan Wendt to lead the training, support and development of both in-house salaried interpreters and freelance interpreters.
 
Deaf Aoteroa Development and Outcomes Team Leader, Kellye Bensley is responsible for iSign booking officers and for improving the Booking systems.
This work is focused on improving iSign systems for supporting and developing interpreters and ensuring the Booking systems are more efficient and ensure a high quality, confidential service.
 
This work to improve iSign systems will be overseen by Victoria Manning, Communications and Strategy Manager. Please note, this work is focused on improving iSign service systems and these staff people will not access the Booking Officers confidential information about job bookings.
 
iSign bookings
The community can expect iSign service booking requests to continue and Deaf Aotearoa is working hard to ensure there is no disruption to iSign booking services while improvements to the system are made.
The iSign booking system will be made more efficient, this includes making better use of modern information technologies and modern call centre technologies to make sure bookings are managed efficiently.
iSign has retained four full-time Booking Officers and will look at increasing this if needed.
Booking officers working hours have been re-arranged into shifts so that bookings can be responded to between the hours of 8am and 6pm (previously, the booking service closed at 4.30pm). This means the service is more accessible than ever before.
iSign is shifting to a new centralised booking system and has a new email address for bookings, bookings@iSign.co.nz. Existing and old emails addresses will continue to work in the meantime.
 
Currently, booking staff do not have an even workload and this has created unequal workloads and has made it difficult to provide a consistent quality service. A centralized booking system will ensure staff are better supported with an even spread of work and responsibilities. Please note, training and systems are being provided to ensure booking staff have access to local information in all areas. All booking staff can handle your local requests and preferences and have access to the information they need.
 
Booking staff work as a team to provide iSign bookings all around the country from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday. Booking staff services are provided via IT systems (emails, phone, texts, etc) and they are connected by an internal IT system only they can access. Booking staff are physically located in Deaf Aoteaora’s Avondale, Waikato and Christchurch offices. The Booking staff are in separate, private rooms and their information is kept confidential from other Deaf Aotearoa staff. We will no longer need the separate premises in Royal Oak and that office will be closed soon.
 
TEC Workshops
Deaf Aoteroa has organized TEC workshops for the community.
 
This is an opportunity to come to hear more about how we’re improving Deaf Aotearoa services to Deaf people. Please come to these workshops to see the information directly and to ask any questions you have. Deaf Aotearoa staff are happy to clarify and answer questions. You will need to book a place at the workshops as we expect them to be busy and we want to make sure that the venues and resources are suitable for the people who want to attend.
 
 

Māori Language Week

Deaf Aotearoa is proud to support Māori Language week! 

You can click below to view our Māori concepts booklet which includes 25 Māori signs. Or check out the video which will teach you nine Māori signs!



 

Northland

New Services, New You Workshops

Northland
Tuesday 11th August 
Venue: Conference Room, Northable, 40 John Street, Whangarei at 10:30am - 12:30pm 
Venue: Deaf Aotearoa, 1/A Deveron Street, Whangarei at 5:30pm – 7:30pm
To enrol, email: glennis.walkinshaw@deaf.org.nz
Enrolments are essential

This workshop will be provided across the country. It explains the restructure of Deaf Aotearoa, our new service model and what that means for you. You will be able to meet some of the Leadership Team and Executive Board members who will be there to answer any questions you have. There are lots of exciting changes but we understand that you want to know more about them. This is your chance to come and hear what we are doing, why we have made changes and how you can benefit. It is a good opportunity for you to ask your questions directly to people who can answer them for you.
 
Some locations have different times available to choose from. If you want to attend one of these times, please contact your local office to complete an enrolment form and book your place as soon as possible. We need you to register for the workshop to make sure that we have enough space, resources and refreshments. We expect these workshops to be popular, and if demand is high we may need to limit numbers so please book early.
If these workshops are full and we need to arrange more workshops then we will.
 
*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook events.

Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 



 

“Getting Out There” Expo

The Getting Out There – Making the Most of Living Expo for disabled people and seniors will be held Deaf friendly.  There will be two NZSL Interpreters present at the Expo over the two days.  The presence of two NZSL Interpreters is made possible by the generous support of iSign. 

Tiaho Trust is hosting the Expo which will be held at Forum North, Whangarei on Friday 14 August and Saturday 15th August (10am-4pm both days). This Expo, supported by Bupa and the Northern Advocate, is for all members of the community who have an interest in health and mobility, including seniors and those who want to make the most of living!

A key note speaker at the Expo is the one and only Mojo Mathers! New Zealand’s first Deaf, Member of Parliament. Other guest speakers are: Mayor Sheryl Mai, Mojo Mathers (MP), Winston Peters (MP), Dr Sonya Porter-Auld (a Registered Psychologist speaking on tools to fight depression and anxiety), Dr Huhana Hickey (MBE recipient, veteran disability activist) and Grianne Moss (Managing Director of Bupa).

In our demonstration room there will be NZSL Taster Classes, cooking classes, Tai Chi and more!
The Getting Out There EXPO is designed to demonstrate that despite age, health or disability, everyone can make the most of life!

A fun event packed with plenty of entertainment, giveaways and opportunities to learn more about the services, support and groups geared up to enable more people to live well.
  • Fashion Show – including models from NorthAble LYNKZ, Brain Injury, Epilepsy & Down Syndrome
  • Fantastic Guest Speakers (NZSL Interpreters will be present for all speakers)
  • Health & Mobility Displays
  • Disability Information
  • Support for Seniors 
  • On site cafe
  • Great prizes to be won
 Fully accessible for mobility scooters and wheelchairs.
 
Facebook Link to Getting Out There Expo Event is:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1597050143916980/
 
Deaf Aotearoa is looking for volunteers to help man the stall and teach some NZSL over the two days.  If you are interested, please contact: Glennis.Walkinshaw@deaf.org.nz 

 
Upholstery Workshop

Do you have an old chair or stool that needs re-covering? Do you have sewing skills?  

Then bring your favourite piece of furniture back to life!

Information Evening
An information evening will be held before the workshop where you can talk about your project with the Deaf tutor and calculate fabric quantities.

When: Thursday 20th August
Where: Kamo High School
Time: 6pm
 Weekend Workshop
Learn the basics of upholstery in this weekend workshop with an experienced Deaf tutor.  Only small projects will be accepted – no large furniture allowed due to limited time.  Use of staple gun are free.  Material costs are extra.
 
When: Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th August
Where: Kamo High School
Time: 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: $150.00
 
Tutor: Ken Brain
 
To register or for more information, please contact: Glennis.Walkinshaw@deaf.org.nz

 
Auckland

New Services, New You Workshops

Auckland
Wednesday 5th August at 10:00am – 12:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Potters Park Events Centre, 164 Balmoral Road, Auckland
To enrol, email: rachel.berry@deaf.org.nz
Enrolments are essential

This workshop will be provided across the country. It explains the restructure of Deaf Aotearoa, our new service model and what that means for you. You will be able to meet some of the Leadership Team and Executive Board members who will be there to answer any questions you have. There are lots of exciting changes but we understand that you want to know more about them. This is your chance to come and hear what we are doing, why we have made changes and how you can benefit. It is a good opportunity for you to ask your questions directly to people who can answer them for you.
 
Some locations have different times available to choose from. If you want to attend one of these times, please contact your local office to complete an enrolment form and book your place as soon as possible. We need you to register for the workshop to make sure that we have enough space, resources and refreshments. We expect these workshops to be popular, and if demand is high we may need to limit numbers so please book early.
If these workshops are full and we need to arrange more workshops then we will.
 
*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook events.

Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 




Defensive Driving Course
Do you have a learners or restricted licence? Want to reduce the time to get your full licence quicker?
 
The AA Defensive Driving Course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to be a smarter and safer driver.  You'll learn important defensive driving skills, such as assessing and identifying hazards, so you can reduce the risk of being in a crash.
 
The course takes 9 hours to complete and includes:
 
4 classroom sessions
1 in-car session
Access to the online driver training system
 
What it covers:
In class sessions - During the theory sessions we use a state of the art online learning system that shows real-life driving situations filmed on New Zealand roads.  The course has informative DVD's and discusses various scenarios, observations and hazards to improve understanding.
 
In car session - Helps you identify any bad habits you may have picked up and provides you with the skills and abilities to address them before you take your practical driving test.  The instructor will take you through a practice full licence test and give you advice on how to pass comfortably.
 
If you finish all the coursework and the practical drive within 60 days after the last classroom session, you'll get your certificate at the end.
 
When: 17th, 20th, 24th, and 26th August 2015
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Where: AA, 6 Carr Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland
Cost: Free
 
NZSL Interpreters will be present.
 
Only 10 places available. If you are interested to enrol, please contact:
Email: Rachel.Berry@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 512 943

South Auckland

New Services, New You Workshops

South Auckland
Thursday 13th August at 10:00am – 12:00pm and 6:00pm and 8:00pm 
Venue: Manukau Westfield, Level 1, Cnr Great South and Manukau Station Roads, Manukau
To enrol, email: natasha.cloete@deaf.org.nz
Enrolments are essential.

*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook event.

This workshop will be provided across the country. It explains the restructure of Deaf Aotearoa, our new service model and what that means for you. You will be able to meet some of the Leadership Team and Executive Board members who will be there to answer any questions you have. There are lots of exciting changes but we understand that you want to know more about them. This is your chance to come and hear what we are doing, why we have made changes and how you can benefit. It is a good opportunity for you to ask your questions directly to people who can answer them for you.
 
Some locations have different times available to choose from. If you want to attend one of these times, please contact your local office to complete an enrolment form and book your place as soon as possible. We need you to register for the workshop to make sure that we have enough space, resources and refreshments. We expect these workshops to be popular, and if demand is high we may need to limit numbers so please book early.
If these workshops are full and we need to arrange more workshops then we will.
 
Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 

 
 
South Auckland Deaf Club
Where: 183 Great South Road – Papatoetoe clubroom
Time: 7:00pm onwards
When: This Friday 31st July
 
Natasha will be there to explain the AMI TEC course and Deaf Aotearoa’s New Services, new You TEC course.


  
AMI Insurance – TEC Course
This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and get clear answers from AMI about insurance.  A NZSL Interpreter will be there. 
 
We have two dates for this course and each night cover different topic.
 
27th August from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
House and content insurance, are we covered enough?  It is a perfect opportunity for people who own a house or planning to buy house and will soon need to have house insurance.  Are we over-insured or under insured?  For your home if anything goes wrong.
 
3rd September from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
This will be a preview of what we talked about last week and then we will talk about content and car insurance to make sure you fully understand how to be fully covered or have 3rd party. 
 
Where:  Friendship House, 20 Putney Way, Manukau
 
To enrol, please email or text Natasha Cloete, all the information is attached.
Or you can pop in our office and put down your name for this course. You can come to both or just one, whatever best suits you.
 

 
Waikato

New Services, New You Workshops

Hamilton
Tuesday 25th August at 10:30am – 12:30pm and 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Boardroom, Level 5, 169 London Street, Hamilton Central
To enrol, email: miiria.storey@deaf.org.nz
Enrolments are essential.

*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook event.

This work shop explains the restructure of Deaf Aotearoa, our new service model and what that means for you. You will be able to meet some of the Leadership Team and Executive Board members who will be there to answer any questions you have.

Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 


Waikato Deaf 8 Pool Club – 3’s Tournament 2015

When: Saturday 8th August 
Time: Door open 11:00am, game starts 11:30am.
Where: Masse Hamilton (ex Waikato Snooker and 8 Ball club)
Address: Rostrevor Street, Hamilton
 
If interested or to find out more information:
Email: waikatodeaf8pool@gmail.com
 
Visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waikato-Deaf-8-Pool-Club-Inc/1540298849551087?fref=ts

 
Waikato Deaf Sports Hui (Meeting & Social)

What: Come and chat about setting up sports teams for NZ Deaf Games on Labour Weekend in Hamilton, 2016. 
When: Saturday 5th September, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Eastside Tavern & TAB
Address: Corner Of Grey Street & Cook Street, Hamilton East
Bring what: BYO meat for BBQ.
If interested, contact: Hemi Hema 
Email: hhema207@gmail.com 
Text: 027 510 5108
 

Waikato Maori Deaf Arts Project

Want to be part of a Waikato Maori Deaf Arts Project?
 
Get involved in an arts display and celebration, showcasing the wonderful talents, ideas and skills of the Waikato Maori Deaf Community.
 
Lots of paints, canvases and paint brushes to use. All ages, levels, skills and talents welcome!
 
If interested contact: Kayte Shaw (Community Development Kaituitui)
Email:  kayte.shaw@deaf.org.nz    
Phone: 021 517 791   
Skype: danz.kayte.shaw


 
Chartwell Event Cinemas - Free Closed Caption movies on Mondays
Movie: Paper Towns
When: Monday 3rd August
Time: 1:35pm, 3:55pm and 6:15pm
Where: Chartwell Event Cinemas
Address: Level 2, Westfield Shopping Centre, Cnr Hukanui & Comries Rd, Chartwell.
 
Remember: You must have your ‘I am Deaf” ID card.
If you don’t have an ‘I am Deaf’ card, contact Miiria Storey (facilitator): miiria.storey@deaf.org.nz

Bay of Plenty

New Services, New You Workshops

Tauranga
Friday 7th August at 10:00am – 12:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
To enrol, email: sue.lessing@deaf.org.nz
Enrolments are essential


 
Rotorua
Saturday 8th August at 11:00am – 1:00pm
Venue: Rotorua Library, Haupapa Room, 1127 Haupapa Street, Rotorua
To enrol, email: sue.lessing@deaf.org.nz
Enrolments are essential



*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook events.

This workshop will be provided across the country. It explains the restructure of Deaf Aotearoa, our new service model and what that means for you. You will be able to meet some of the Leadership Team and Executive Board members who will be there to answer any questions you have. There are lots of exciting changes but we understand that you want to know more about them. This is your chance to come and hear what we are doing, why we have made changes and how you can benefit. It is a good opportunity for you to ask your questions directly to people who can answer them for you.
 
Some locations have different times available to choose from. If you want to attend one of these times, please contact your local office to complete an enrolment form and book your place as soon as possible. We need you to register for the workshop to make sure that we have enough space, resources and refreshments. We expect these workshops to be popular, and if demand is high we may need to limit numbers so please book early.
If these workshops are full and we need to arrange more workshops then we will.
 
Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 



Hairy Maclary Waterfront Sculpture Opening



Where: The Strand, Tauranga Waterfront, next to playground. Click the map to view a larger version
When: Saturday 1st August from 10:00am - 2:00pm
Cost: Free


 
A fun family day is planned for dogs, cats (all pets welcome) and human friends.
There will be a variety of entertainment for both families and pets – storytelling, face painting, stilt walking, cuddle puppies from SPCA and watch
out for some doggie goodie bags for your four-legged friends.


 
Community Education Bay of Plenty
Community Education Bay of Plenty (BOP) was formerly known as the Western BOP Adult & Community Education Network [ACE].
They are a group of local organizations offering community education in the wider Tauranga region.
 
Their primary role is to support organizations and individuals involved in community education, that's you as a tutor or provider.
 
Community Education BOP offers:
* Professional development days for community education providers and tutors.
* A successful Adult Learners' Week every year, which is strongly supported by local councils, education providers, and business organizations.
* Marketing opportunities, some free and some at group discount rate.
* Networking
* Support
* Sharing of ideas.
 
What you can do NOW
1. 'Like' the Community Education Bay of Plenty Facebook page for professional development ideas, support, meeting notifications and to keep in touch with what's happening.
2. Market/promote /advertise the classes and courses you offer on the  'Courses and Night Classes in the Bay of Plenty' Facebook page. Send your class brochure to our Social Media Coordinator (bev.hodges@tauranga.govt.nz) to have the details added for you, OR, add them yourself.
 
Contact:
Zoe Wilkinson - zoew@xtra.co.nz -For more details about Community Education Bay of Plenty and how you can become part of it.
 
Bev Hodges - Bev.Hodges@Tauranga.govt.nz - for details about Facebook
Website http://communityedbop.co.nz/

Taranaki

TEC: New Services – New You  

Deaf Aotearoa has made some changes to improve the services we provide to Deaf people and to make our organisation strong and sustainable.
 
Why are we doing this? What are the changes? How is it achieved? What does this mean for you?
 
Taranaki
Tuesday 18th August at 11:00am – 1:00pm and and 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue: Taranaki Disability Information Centre, 28 Young Street, New Plymouth
To enrol, email: niki.jenkinson@deaf.org.nz
Enrolments are essential.
 
The workshop explains the restructure of Deaf Aotearoa, our new service model and what that means for you.  Please check flyer for more complete details.

*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook event.

Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 


TEC Pro-med First Aid – Standard 6401

What: Managing First Aid in Emergency Situations
When: Friday 14th August
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Taranaki Disability Information Centre Trust Meeting Room
Cost: Free
 
The first 10 people to confirm their place on this course will be able to attend.
RSVP niki.jenkinson@deaf.org.nz
See attached flyer for more details.

Inglewood Justice of the Peace Service Desk

When: Every Monday
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Inglewood Library, Inglewood
 
Do you need to have your signature witnessed, make a declaration, swear an affidavit or affirmation or have originals or copies certified? A Justice of the Peace will be on hand to help every Monday except public holidays at Inglewood Library.
 
Prices: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06 759 6060
Emailenquiries@npdc.govt.nz
Websitehttp://www.pukeariki.com
 

Bell Block Justice Of The Peace Service Desk

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Bell Block Library, Bell Block
Do you need to have your signature witnessed, make a declaration, swear an affidavit or affirmation or have originals or copies certified? A Justice of the Peace will be on hand to help every Wednesday at Bell Block Library.
 
Prices: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06 759 6060
Email: enquiries@npdc.govt.nz
Website: http://www.pukeariki.com
 

Taranaki International Arts Festival 2015

The Mooncake and the Kumara

What: Interpreted Show
When: Saturday 22nd August
Where: Theatre Royal Suite, TSB Showplace, 92-100 Devon Street West
Time: 7:30pm
 
Set in a time when racism is rife in New Zealand, two cultures collide in a tale of love and honour, history and secrets.
 
Rich with myths and fables, music and song, this story is about a Māori-Chinese love affair that will uproot the lives of two families for generations to come.
 
Directed by Taranaki’s own Katie Wolfe, The Mooncake and the Kumara is set 90 years ago in a market garden, where romance blooms among the vegetables. 
 
Click on link below for more details
http://www.tsbshowplace.co.nz/news/116/38/THE-MOONCAKE-AND-THE-KUMARA-Taranaki-International-Arts-Festival-2015/Events.html
 
Cost: Premium $42.00
A Res $38.00  
Service fees apply
 
Purchase the tickets AT THE BOX OFFICE USING the password ACCESSIBLE
 
Seats available: 8 for $40                
   17 for $44               
   25 tickets in total available
 
The password is set up for the Deaf community, the password is Accessible.
 
It will be available online on the main page, just type in Accessible next to the yellow lock and then choose the yellow circle seats.  You can also purchase from the TSB Showplace box office if the customer quotes or shows the password.


 

 
Hawkes Bay

New Services, New You Workshops

Hawkes Bay
Saturday 8th August at 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Venue: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
To enrol, email: lee.bullivant@deaf.org.nz
Enrolments are essential.

*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook event.

This workshop will be provided across the country. It explains the restructure of Deaf Aotearoa, our new service model and what that means for you. You will be able to meet some of the Leadership Team and Executive Board members who will be there to answer any questions you have. There are lots of exciting changes but we understand that you want to know more about them. This is your chance to come and hear what we are doing, why we have made changes and how you can benefit. It is a good opportunity for you to ask your questions directly to people who can answer them for you.
 
Some locations have different times available to choose from. If you want to attend one of these times, please contact your local office to complete an enrolment form and book your place as soon as possible. We need you to register for the workshop to make sure that we have enough space, resources and refreshments. We expect these workshops to be popular, and if demand is high we may need to limit numbers so please book early.
If these workshops are full and we need to arrange more workshops then we will.
 
Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 


IRD Online Account

Last April we had a workshop on Changes with Child Support and Online IRD account.
We had about 17 people came to this workshop.
 
At the end we did not have time to encourage Deaf people to set up their own IRD online account.
 
With your online IRD account, you can easily access to see what you earn ever year (up to the past five years), see how much tax you pay, how much kiwi saver you have plus more. This is a very useful tool for everyone to have and it’s free.
 
If you need to set up your own IRD online account, please contact Deaf Aotearoa and make an appointment and we can assist you in setting up your account.

Sunday Market


Where: Marine Parade Domain, Marine Parade, Napier
When: Sunday 2nd August 2015 8:00am – 1:00pm
 
Every Sunday you’ll find a wide range of items and excellent food.
Why not set up a Deaf group and go out Sunday morning and look at some fresh food and other awesome things. And you can always finish up your morning with a lovely coffee!

Home Made Stuff - All Purpose Chemical Free Cleaner

This is perfect idea whether it’s a cheaper option for you or if you just want to have your own home chemical free cleaner!
 
Many people buy cleaning products from shops/supermarkets and worry that there may be too many chemicals in them. Some people say it’s fine but is it really? How do we know?
 
Some people decided choose a safer option and made their own non-chemical cleaner.
 
Here one cleaning product that is chemical free and you can use it to clean in and around your house.
 
Items you need:
¼ to ½ cup of white vinegar
2 tablespoons of baking soda
Several drops of tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil
Spray bottle
Enough water to fill the bottle
 
See attached flyer for more information, it will explain why each of the items are important to use and what they do and so on.


 
Manawatu

New Service, New You Workshop

Palmerston North
Wednesday 5th August at 10:00am – 12:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Deaf Aotearoa, Level 2, United Building, 74 The Square, Palmerston North
To enrol, email: lianna.kennedy@deaf.org.nz 
Enrolments are essential.
 
*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook event.

This is a reminder for you if you want to come to one of those workshops to learn about the new changes at Deaf Aotearoa please contact Lianna to complete a registration form.

Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 
 


 
Workshop held on Monday 27th July

Five participants came along to Lychway Funeral Directors in Palmerston North to learn all about what to do when your loved one dies. This was a fantastic signed guided tour workshop along with a visual presentation, handouts to take away with them and to top it off they had surprisingly provided afternoon tea and nibbles! Both funeral directors made it very warm, welcoming and even cracked a few jokes and connected with our group very well!
 
We were surprised at the stunning exterior, but we were more surprised with the interior which was huge! They cater for small to big funerals in all aspects of preparation! This tour gave us the knowledge that we need to know how it all works, what is done, what is needing to be done, what they do etc!
 
If you wish to know more about this funeral directors you can find them on www.thelychway.co.nz
 
They cover the Manawatu, Horowhenua and Wanganui areas.


  

Manawatu Deaf Club is Normally Open Every Friday

We will no longer advise in the Manawatu Community Weekly Newsletter if Manawatu Deaf Club is open on Fridays, we will advise you if they’re closed.
 
Reason why is because it’s the same night/time every Friday at 7:30pm, so we will advise otherwise.
 
Have a great weekend!


 
Wellington

New Services, New You Workshops

There are two workshops for Wellington region:
 
Wednesday 5th August at1:30pm – 3:30pm
Venue: Rusell Keown House, 1 Knights Road, Lower Hutt
 
Sunday 9th August at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue: Youth Room, Newlands Community House, Batchelor Road, Newlands
To enrol, email: shannon.krogmann@deaf.org.nz
Enrolments are essential.
 
*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook event.
 
This workshop will be provided across the country. It explains the restructure of Deaf Aotearoa, our new service model and what that means for you. You will be able to meet some of the Leadership Team and Executive Board members who will be there to answer any questions you have. There are lots of exciting changes but we understand that you want to know more about them. This is your chance to come and hear what we are doing, why we have made changes and how you can benefit. It is a good opportunity for you to ask your questions directly to people who can answer them for you.
 
Please contact your local office to complete an enrolment form and book your place as soon as possible. We need you to register for the workshop to make sure that we have enough space, resources and refreshments. 
 
We expect these workshops to be popular, and if demand is high we may need to limit numbers so please book early. If these workshops are full and we need to arrange more workshops then we will.

Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 

  

Doreen Howell turns 100!


Note: last week's edition had the WRONG email address, if you have emailed Pam, please resend it to her correct email address: pkwitko@actrix.gen.nz
 
Dear Deaf Community, Family and Friends, 
 
On the 1st September 2015 Pam Witko's mother Doreen will be celebrating her 100th birthday and she wanted to share a little bit about her amazing 100 years. 
 
Doreen was born in Westport and was the eldest child in her family. After Doreen, there was Reg, her hearing brother who is now 96 years old, and then two Deaf brothers, Mervyn and Ray. Her family moved to Napier when she was 11.
 
Doreen attended Sumner School for the Deaf for ten years, from 1921-1930 and experienced the Napier earthquake on 3rd February , 1931.
 
After working several years and being laid off, she set up her own dressmaking business working from home under the name of ‘Doreen Forman Dressmaker’.  She met her future husband Max Howell (Deaf) at the Wellington Deaf Club and they married in June 1948.  One month later they attended a function to celebrate Helen Keller’s visit to Wellington. They had two Deaf children, Pam Witko and Garry Howell.  Doreen and Max played Indoor Bowls for the Deaf for many years.  She is currently a Life Member of the Wellington Deaf Society. 
 
Currently, Doreen has 9 grandchildren and 23 Great-grandchildren. She spent 60 years of her life living in Paraparaumu and is currently in a rest home in Johnsonville. After 100 years, she still likes spending time with family and friends and enjoys a lot of laughter!
 
Doreen is having a birthday party on the 6th September, people are welcome to join her centenary celebration.
 
If you wish to join, please email Pam at pkwitko@actrix.gen.nz or text 021 326 966.
 

Wellington Deaf Youth Group – Bowlrama

WDYG is having a Bowlrama event tomorrow, 1st August at 4pm. At Newtown’s Bowlrama, 52 Hall Street, Newtown.
 
$16 for two games, please bring own plate and food for shared lunch.
 
To attend, please register your interest on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/671122966366106/  
 

 

Petone Winter Carnival

Petone Foreshore will come alive on Saturday 1st August, 2015 for the 9th annual Petone Winter Carnival.
 
With carnival rides and bouncy castles, fire sculptures, food vendors, stages programmed with local bands and other entertainers, market stalls and interactive activities, there is something for everyone.
 
The Carnival opens at midday with the Mitre 10 MEGA Polar Plunge - a mid-winter swim for those crazy enough to brave the cold harbour waters.  All the rides and activities will be going from 12pm until 7:30pm. When the sun sets, the braziers are lit for marshmallow toasting (from 5:30pm) on the beach.
 
The night culminates with fire sculptures starting at 6:40pm and the breath-taking Fireshow from Petone Wharf at 7:30pm, which is seen from the event as well as across the Wellington Harbour.
 
To learn more about the Carnival, check out their website: www.petonecarnival.co.nz/

 

Road Closures from 1st August
If you regularly travel in or out of Wellington City, or are planning to soon, be aware there are some full closures of the motorway coming up – the first and most extensive will be this Saturday 1st August.
Partial closures are also planned overnight on Sunday and Monday nights, 2nd and 3rd August.
Over the next few months, the New Zealand Transport Agency is planning a number of partial and full closures of State Highway 1 between Ngauranga and the Terrace Tunnel.  
The closures will mostly be at night between 10pm and 6am. The exception is the one coming up on Saturday 1st August.

State Highway 1 will be closed in both directions from 10pm between Thorndon and Ngauranga. The southbound closure will be reopened by 6am on Sunday 2nd August. However, the northbound direction will remain closed until approximately 10:00am.
You’ll still be able to get into and out of Wellington at all times, but you’ll need to factor in extra time to get where you are going and follow the detours. Watch for details on the electronic message boards on the highway and the extra mobile signs that will be in key spots around town.
 
Sunday 2nd August night closure
The SH2 off-ramp at Ngauranga will be closed from 10pm Sunday to 6am Monday.
 
Monday 3rd August night closure
All southbound lanes on the Ngauranga flyover at the bottom of Ngauranga Gorge will be closed from 10pm on Monday night till 6am on Tuesday. Traffic will be diverted onto the Hutt Road instead.
 
Other closures
Further closures are planned in September and maybe October but the dates are yet to be confirmed.
 
More information
For more about the closures and to see detour maps, go to New Zealand Transport Agency
To find out more about the Smart Motorway project, visit the information centre in the Johnsonville Mall or check the Smart Motorway project page

 
 
Nelson

New Services, New You Workshops

Nelson
Monday 3rd August at 11:00am – 1:00pm and 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Venue: Hearing House, 354 Trafalgar Square, Nelson
To enrol, email: susan.peters@deaf.org.nz
Enrolments are essential.

*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook event.

This workshop will be provided across the country. It explains the restructure of Deaf Aotearoa, our new service model and what that means for you. You will be able to meet some of the Leadership Team and Executive Board members who will be there to answer any questions you have. There are lots of exciting changes but we understand that you want to know more about them. This is your chance to come and hear what we are doing, why we have made changes and how you can benefit. It is a good opportunity for you to ask your questions directly to people who can answer them for you.
 
Some locations have different times available to choose from. If you want to attend one of these times, please contact your local office to complete an enrolment form and book your place as soon as possible. We need you to register for the workshop to make sure that we have enough space, resources and refreshments. We expect these workshops to be popular, and if demand is high we may need to limit numbers so please book early.
If these workshops are full and we need to arrange more workshops then we will.
 
Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 

 
 
Nelson Office closed
The Nelson Office will be closed from Wednesday 5th August, re-opens on Monday 10th August.
 
If you require an interpreter text ISign on 022 123 4664 or telephone 0800 934 683
Or book ISign -NZSL interpreting service on www.isign.co.nz


NZ Sign Language Level 1B: Thursday 6:30pm - 8:30pm (8 week)
Learn more NZSL Conversation skills and develop your grammar skills. This course is designed for those who have completed 1A.
 
Open for adults and College students.

Tutor: Rachel Summers 23rd July – 10th Sept
Fee: $100


 
NZ Sign Language Level 1C: Wednesday 6:30pm - 8:30pm (8 Weeks)
Learn more NZSL Conversation skills and develop your grammar skills. This course is designed for those who have completed level 1A and 1B. 

Open for adults and College students.

Tutor: Cathy Gutschlag 5th Aug – 23rd Sept
Fee: $100
 

Keeping in touch KIT Day

You are welcome to come along and meet the Deaf children in our Nelson area, there will be fun activities which include skating, badminton and table tennis.
 
When: Tuesday 18th August time 9:30am - 2pm
Where: Motueka Recreation Centre, Old Wharf Road, Motueka



 
Canterbury

New Services, New You Workshops

Christchurch
Monday 10th August at 11:00am – 1:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Avenue, Christchurch City
To enrol, email: victoria.green@deaf.org.nz
Enrolments are essential.

*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook event.

This workshop will be provided you to understand the restructure of Deaf Aotearoa, our new service model and what that means for you.

You will be able to meet some of the Leadership Team and Executive Board members who will be there to answer any questions you have. There are lots of exciting changes but we understand that you want to know more about them. This is your chance to come and hear what we doing, why have made changes and how you can benefit. It is a good opportunity for you to ask your questions directly to people who can answer them for you.

We need you to register for the workshop to make sure that we have enough space, resources and refreshments. We expect the workshops to be popular, and if demands is high we may need to limit number so please book early. If the workshops are full and we need to arrange more workshops then we will.

Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 


 
 

Do You Need Assistance with Employment or are You Looking for Employment?

Do you have:
  • any issues at work
  • are looking for work
 If you need some support, please visit the Christchurch Deaf Aotearoa office.

Ferrymead Mitre10 - Fun for the Kids

Would you like your children to attend a free Mitre 10 DIY workshop on making their own hand titles? A tutor, Flip Leijten will be facilitating the workshops.

There will be two groups with a maximum of 20 kids in each group. Please bring old clothes and a parent/caregiver to help with your child/ren's project.

(Note the workshops are suitable for a young child/ren from four years to 12 years old)

When:
 Sunday 2nd August 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am and 12:00 - to 1:00 pm
Where: Ferrymead Mitre 10, Ferry Road, Ferrymead, Christchurch

Please enrol your child/ren as soon as possible as the workshop will fill up quickly -http://www.mitre10.co.nz/kids/

 

Once On Chunuk Bair


A well-known New Zealand writer Maurice Shadbolt wrote a drama ‘Once On Chunuk Bair’ – it is about the camaraderie, courage and heroism of NZ soldiers early in World War One on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
 
On the high ground of Chunuk Bair, the soldiers of the Wellington regiment deal with malnutrition, water deprivation and injury. They fight bravely, with no support, but with defiant black humour and enormous strength and fortitude. Shadbolt interprets this episode of the war as a defining moment in the birth of New Zealand as a nation.
 
The play will inspire pride in New Zealand’s heritage and a challenge to live with courage and passion. It has significance for people of all ages.
 
When: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 8th August
Where: Air Force Museum, Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch
More details: http://www.imaginetheatre.co.nz/
 

Christchurch Food Truck Market at The Commons

Do you remember the weekly markets in the Cathedral Square over the summer 2014 – 2015?
Now they are back!!
 
Our Christchurch Food Trucks have found a new home at The Commons every first Friday of the month. This was started by Christchurch City Council in Cathedral Square across summer as a pilot project, it was meant to end at Easter 2015 and it was popular so it was keep going.
 
Gap Filler is hosting a winter season event at The Commons and Christchurch City Council. We would love to see your feedback by the end of September to see if they could do it again next summer.
 
Why not come down to The Common and enjoy the Christchurch Food Trucks!
Entertainment, games and of course…..FOOD!
 
When: First of Friday each month, Friday 7th August (if the weather is wet or adverse, it will be postpone until the following Friday)
Time: 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: The Commons, 70 Kilmore Street, Christchurch City
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/834606003298672/

 
Otago

New Services, New You Workshops

Dunedin
Thursday 27th August at 10:00am – 12:00pm 
Venue: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin
To enrol, email: anna.hurd@deaf.org.nz
Enrolments are essential.

*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook event.

Mark your calendars for a new workshop! Deaf Aotearoa has made changes to improve the services we provide to Deaf people. This workshop will explain the restructure of Deaf Aotearoa, our new service model and what that means for you. A member of the Leadership team will be there for questions. Refreshments and interpreter provided.
 
Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 

Dunedin Interpreter

Reminder that Brydee is not available until June, 2016.
Hayley Best is available only evenings and Saturdays.
If you want to book a communicator please contact Michelle with date and time.
 
Community Computer
The Deaf Aotearoa community computer is available to use. You can use Skype, Video Relay Service, email and more. Please contact Anna if you have any questions.
 
Southland

New Services, New You Workshops

Invercargill
Wednesday 26th August at 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue: DRC Building, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill
To enrol, email: rebecca.petre@deaf.org.nz
Enrolments are essential.

*NOTE: Venue/date/time may be subject to change depending on number of attendees, if in doubt please contact your nearest local office or check the Facebook event.

This workshop will be provided across the country. It explains the restructure of Deaf Aotearoa, our new service model and what that means for you. You will be able to meet some of the Leadership Team and Executive Board members who will be there to answer any questions you have. There are lots of exciting changes but we understand that you want to know more about them. This is your chance to come and hear what we are doing, why we have made changes and how you can benefit. It is a good opportunity for you to ask your questions directly to people who can answer them for you.
 
Some locations have different times available to choose from. If you want to attend one of these times, please contact your local office to complete an enrolment form and book your place as soon as possible. We need you to register for the workshop to make sure that we have enough space, resources and refreshments. We expect these workshops to be popular, and if demand is high we may need to limit numbers so please book early.
If these workshops are full and we need to arrange more workshops then we will.
 
Click the enrolment form below to download a copy. Please return the form to your local office as soon as possible. 

 

Van Ash Deaf Education Centre
Invite you to attend a meeting for Parents of Deaf Children in Invercargill
 
When: Tuesday 4th August 2015
Where: Ascot Community School, Invercargill
Time: 7pm - 9pm
 
We will be Discussing
  • IEPs
    •  Best practice
    • Learning change Network
  • NZSL Project
  • Update on Student data

Pot Luck Tea

To be held to farewell Roger Strong before he leaves to represent New Zealand in the Deaf Lawn Bowls team in Northern Ireland.
 
What: Pot Luck Dinner
When: 21st August 2015
Where: Georgetown Bowling Club, John Street, Invercargill
RSVP: Philippa Evans to let her know if you are coming.
 
Wear something Green as the theme for the night is Irish!
   

DRC (Disability Resource Centre) are Relocating

As of the 30th August DRC will be Located at their new Gala Street Premises – Beside Colonial Bakery.
Deaf Aotearoa Office will still be in the same place for the time being.
 
It is essential that if you want to see Rebecca you make arrangements via email and text to book your appointments as there will be no one to greet you at the front door. You will be locked out for security reasons.
 
Rebecca is available – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30am – 4:30pm.