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Deadline extended: Tutors for NZSL Week taster classes

Applications now open until Friday 30th January 2015. Apply now!

We are looking for people who are:-

  • Confident giving public presentations
  • Fluent in NZSL or use NZSL in everyday use
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, interpreters, families of Deaf children, etc
  • Passionate about Deaf culture, NZSL Week and teaching NZSL
  • Available for the month of May 2015

As a NZSL Week tutor you will have the opportunity to:-

  • Gain work experience
  • Earn some extra money
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun being part of the biggest week of celebrations in 2015

How do I apply?

Complete the easy online form.

If you did not teach taster classes last year you will need to complete the online form then send us your CV and a NZSL video explaining why you want to be a tutor. The video is for us to assess your NZSL skills. Contact your local Community Relations Officer for assistance.

Tutors will be required to attend unpaid training sessions between March and April.

For more information or any questions contact your local Community Relations Officer or email:

Magnet monthly update

The Magnet monthly update for November can be found here.

The Forgotten People

Thank you to all who have contributed so far towards the project we have aptly named, The Forgotten People. As a result of the generous support we were able to film the Deaf community in the Solomon Islands.

We are now in the next phase of this exciting production and require funding to implement post production. Your support towards editing costs will be profoundly appreciated by Stretch Productions but more importantly, the Deaf community of the Solomon Islands.

Their stories need to be heard to improve their daily lives.

UNCRPD Concluding Observations
on New Zealand in NZSL

Now online is a New Zealand Sign Language interpretation of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ Concluding Observations on New Zealand. The four videos can be found here.


Christmas festival

There will be lots of fun for the whole family.

Music, face painting, fireworks, and Santa Claus and his wife. (I’ve never met Santa’s wife!)

Where: Toll Stadium
When: Saturday 13th December
Time: 4.30pm gates open then 5.30pm events start
Cost: Free

You can buy food and drinks or bring from home.

Not allowed alcohol, takeaways, cans or glass bottles.

More information...

Festival of Christmas trees

Where: Saint Johns Golden Church, 149 Kamo Road
When: Every Monday for the month of December
Time: 9:30am to 3:00pm (closed at lunchtime)

20 community groups have decorated the trees in different themes.

Breast cancer

Whangarei office have DVDs with information about breast cancer for Deaf and hearing impaired.
  • How to reduce the risk
  • Who to contact if you have any questions
This information is for anyone, both men and women, over 20 years old.

Giant Games Night

Auckland Deaf Society are having a Giant Games Night where there will be a variety of life sized games, so bring your family and friends and play. 

When: Friday 5th December
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society
Cost: Members free, non-members $5.00

Spark Centre Open Day

When: Saturday 6th December from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Spark Centre, Rocky Nook Bowls, Fowlds Park, St Lukes

A special showing of artists work. Deaf community member Rachel Coppage is one of the tutors there and there will be some Deaf artists' work for sale.

Artworks for sale from $10.00 to $150.00.

NZSL Coffee Club

When: Saturday 6th December from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral
Entry: Free

The Coffee Club is a monthly, casual and interactive event for students, families, friends and supporters who know or do not know any NZSL. It's also a great place to practice your NZSL skills with an experienced NZSL tutor.

For more information email

NZSL Tutor Volunteer

The Red Cross is looking for a volunteer to teach NZSL to a Deaf refugee from Somalia. She uses home sign and has already had some NZSL tutoring but she needs more help. She lives in Mount Roskill but could travel by bus to other parts of the city. For more information please contact Debra ( or 021 920 023).

Sign Talent Quest

The Sign Talent Quest that took place at Auckland Deaf Society on Saturday 29th November was successful! Well done to Keethan Sundar and his team for his organisation of the evening.

Also, a congratulations to the winners Talia Vaka and Dan Te Rupe who obviously worked hard to deliver a great performance.

South Auckland

Sun Smart: providing cancer information

A lady from the Cancer Society will come and talk to us about a variety of topics including different sorts of skin cancers and their appearances.

  • How to check yourself
  • Where to go have your skin checked
  • How to protect yourself and others from the sun

When: Tuesday 16th December
Where: Friendship House, 20 Putney Way (outside of Manukau Westfield)
Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Please book in your diary or calendar, see the flyer for information in details. Tell your friends about it.

Don’t miss this great opportunity for us.

Shirley McKenzie Scholarship

The scholarship application form for 2014-2015 is now available on our website:-

If you wish to apply, please open this website and download an application form. 

This may be a good opportunity for you to access funds for your studies.

Photograph Christmas Mini Session

A Deaf lady can do photo of your families or friends with fun Christmas hats.


Cancelled: Managing your money for the festive season

Due to the lack of interest, this course has also been cancelled.

Signing at the Cook: Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that came to the ‘Signing at the Cook’ catch up on Thursday 27th of November. This was the second ‘Signing at the Cook’ catch up for this year, and numbers are growing!

It was a great time catching up and chatting with each other, as well as a fabulous opportunity for New Zealand Sign Language students to come and meet members of the of Deaf community and practice using their NZSL skills with them.

So thanks again to those people that came. See you all at the next ‘Signing at the Cook’ catch up in February 2015, at The Cook Café and Bar, Cook Street, Hamilton. More details will be advertised closer to the date.

Spread the word – all welcome!

If you want to know more about ‘Signing at the Cook’ or want to host your own signing catch up, please contact Kayte Shaw (Community Development Kaituitui).

Mobile: 021 517 791 (text or call)
Phone: 07 211 4554

Design a Christmas tree in the Deaf Aotearoa office!

Come into the Hamilton Deaf Aotearoa office and create/decorate/design the best Christmas tree ever! It can be a Deaf themed tree!

Materials and art supplies provided. You are also welcome to bring in any old art things to add to it.

The tree will go into the Trees at the Meteor competition.

All artists and non-artists welcome! Come on! Must be finished by 12th Dec.

Deaf Aotearoa shared lunch

When: Wednesday 10th December from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Level 4, 169 London Street
Bring what: Small plate of food to share

Miiria, Susitina and Kayte would like to welcome you to our end of year shared lunch at the office.

A great time for us to thank all the Deaf community for their support through the year and to express our desire of making 2015 the year for motivation and participation.

So we look forward to sharing the time with you all… Thanks again!!!

Miiria, Susitina and Kayte

Bay of Plenty

TEC programmes next year for
Tauranga, Whakatane and Rotorua

I need to plan TEC programmes for next year.

To make a programme happen it must have 5 or more people going to the course/presentation.

Do you want to learn any of these topics:-
  • Computers
  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • Maori culture
  • Forklift
  • First aid
  • English classes
  • Budget
  • Law
Or any of these health topics:-
  • Strokes
  • Understanding blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Nutrients
  • Labels on jars
  • What to watch out for
  • Cancer
If you have something on mind you would like to learn or would like to see set up and which day and time suits you better, please let Sue Lessing know.

Text: 021 920 675
Fax: 0800 329 332

Breast cancer resources

If you require more information on Breast Cancer, please contact Sue Lessing as the office has NZSL version DVD's, booklets and other resources.

New: Gourmet Night Market

Gourmet Night Market will be held every Friday night from December 2014 to the end of February 2015.

Fresh produce and different food such as Italian, Mexican, Asian, burgers, pizzas, mussel fritters and much more will be on sale.

Where: Coronation Park, Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
When: Starts Friday 5th December from 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Rotorua Christmas parade

Where: Rotorua Business District (click here for map of parade route)
When: Saturday 6th December from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

The parade makes it way through the Rotorua Central Business District finishing at the Village Green.

Night Owl Cinema

Where: Mount Drury Park, Grace Avenue, Mount Maunganui
When: Saturday 13th December from 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Cost: Gold coin
Movie: Point Break (with captions)

A fun night out for the whole family and friends. Watch the movie under the stars and near the beach.

Take your own chair, blanket and picnic basket or you can buy food which will be on sale.

Taranaki Deaf Club recently celebrated their 50th anniversary!

Here are a few photos of the night.

Arts in the park: Hawera

When: Saturday 6th December
(postponement date Sunday 7th December)
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: King Edward Park, Hawera

Come and enjoy picturesque King Edward Park, browse the arts and crafts on sale, sit down and relax watching the performers or have a bite to eat!

If you would like to register a stall in this event please email:

Prices: It is free to have a stall but please do register
Contact: South Taranaki District Council Events @ TSB Hub
Phone: 0800 111 323 or 06 278 0646

Summer Exhibition Opening

When: Saturday 6th December from 10:00am
Location: Lower Ground Floor, Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth

Join Puke Ariki for the first day of their summer exhibitions and get your game on! Be one of the first in the region to have a go at Arcade’s New Zealand-developed video games, play on their big screen, get inventive with Imagination Playground and take away a blue balloon animal. Weta Workshop affiliates Tanya Marriot, Nick Keller and Sacha Lees illustrate how your imagination can earn you a living with their exhibition The Creatives.

Arcade Homegrown Video Games

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Imagination Playground            

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The Creatives                             

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Prices: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06-759 6060


When: Saturday 6th December from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Te Rewa Rewa Bridge start, New Plymouth

New Plymouth holds the Guinness World Record for the largest kick scooter parade (489 riders). Now it's time to unofficially break it!

We want every New Plymouth scooter rider at Te Rewa Rewa Bridge by 10:00am for a mass ride to East End Skate Park. You'll need to be at the start and the end to be eligible for sweet scoot prizes. The ride leaves at 10:30am, prize giving at 11:30am.

This is a scooter only event, helmets and shoes please.

Buses will be departing from East End from 9.30am if you want to leave the car at the finish line.

Prices: Free
Contact: Let's Go Team
Phone: 06 759 6060

Te Kupenga Stone Sculpture Society

When: Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th December
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Te Kupenga Stone Sculpture Society, 78 Centennial Drive, Paritutu, New Plymouth

Te Kupenga Stone Sculpture Society Club Weekend. Members come together to work, share ideas and help each other.

Come and meet the artists, watch the works unfold, wander around their permanent display, purchase a work, or sign up for a course.

Prices: Free
Contact: Mary Jane Waru
Phone: 027 766 0036

Carols by Candlelight

When: Sunday 7th December
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Pukekura Park, Hatchery Lawn, New Plymouth

Bring the family, a blanket and your picnic and join this iconic annual event to sing Christmas Carols with The Devon Hotel New Plymouth Brass set in the beautiful Pukekura Park on the Hatchery Lawn just behind the lower lake.

Candles and song books will be provided by gold coin donation. This event is a wonderful way for all the family to start the Christmas season.

Prices: Gold coin donation for candles and song books
Contact: Peter Martin
Phone: 027 683 7892
Hawkes Bay

Civil Defence text alert (Napier Area only)

Napier citizens can now receive free Civil Defence text alerts in an emergency, thanks to Napier City Council's new Twitter account.
  • Step 1: Text Follow napier_cd (e.g. 0276543210 napier_cd)
  • Step 2: Send it to 8987
  • Step 3: Reply to the first text you receive with SET DISCOVER OFF

Berry festival

Where: The Stawberry Farm, 1546 Pakowhai Road, Hastings
Where: Saturday 13th December from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Join us in celebrating all things berry for a day of family fun. Free bouncy castle, jam making demos, face painting and of course fresh fruit ice creams. Coffee, tea and juices will be available along with other produce, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and boysenberries all grown locally. Free parking!

Entry is a gold coin donation that goes straight to the Heart Foundation.

Cox Partners Christmas at the Park

Where: Anderson Park, Kennedy Road, Taradale, Napier
When: Saturday 13th December from 3:00pm to 9:30pm

Free to enter, family friendly community event. Entertainment includes New Zealand's first X-Factor winner Jackie Thomas, local band Pulse and the Christmas carols band. Fireworks display, Santa Claus, free face painting and kids' confidence course.

Christmas in Cornwall Park

Where: Cornwall Park, Tomoana Road, Hastings
When: Sunday 14th December from 2:00pm to 9:00pm

Celebrate Christmas in Hastings District with the 129th edition of Christmas in Cornwall Park.

This free family fun day features games and activities, bouncy castles, food stalls and the ever popular 'Splash Pad' from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.

Santa arrives at 5:00pm for photos with kids in his Grotto, then its the Carol sing-a-long from 7:00pm to 9:00pm with the Deco Bay Napier Port Brass.

Part of the TSB Bank Christmas Series, Christmas In Cornwall Park is brought to you by Hastings District Council, in association with TSB Bank, Creative Hastings and Sport Hawke's Bay.


Deaf Aotearoa office closure through Christmas and New Year

Deaf Aotearoa will be closed from 22nd December. Our service will begin again on Monday 12th January 2015.
Be aware that staff will not be available when the office is closed, if you require some support and assistance, please seek advice from either your family, friends or neighbours.
If you have an emergency (fire, ambulance or police), please use the TXT 111 service.

If you are currently not registered, you can do this by:
  • Go to
  • Click on ‘How to register’ and follow the four steps
  • Wait for a confirmation text message from police
  • Once you have received confirmation, you can text 111 in an emergency
You must be registered with TXT 111 to use this service, if you use this service and you are not registered then your text will not go through.
Remember sometimes there are delays on the phone network. If you text 111 and you don’t get a reply within two minutes, then you need to contact 111 in a different way (such as asking a hearing person to ring).
If you don’t have a computer, you can register at other places that have computers during the Christmas holidays, e.g. Internet cafe, libraries.
For more information about TXT 111 you can visit

Manawatu Deaf Society

When: Friday 5th December
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: 7:30pm
Please bring your own drinks (BYO).

Dannevirke and Pahiatua Christmas parades


When: Saturday 6th December
Where: High Street, Dannevirke
Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
This year’s theme is “Cartoons”.

Get into the Christmas spirit, dress up and come along and enjoy the parade!


When: Saturday 6th December
Where: Main Street, Pahiatua
Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
They will have a market, teddy bears picnic and parade.

The parade will begin at 12.00pm, after the parade will be the teddy bears picnic!

Community Christmas giveaway gala

When: Sunday 7th December
Where: Highbury Whanau Resource Centre, Monrad Park, Highbury Avenue, Palmerston North
Time: 11:00pm to 2:00pm
This is the Community Christmas giveaway gala. Christmas is a difficult time faced by families in our community, so this gala will give any families in need with pre-loved and donated items.

Free clothes, free toys, free books and free family entertainment.
This gala is aiming to make a positive change for child poverty and inequality in our own community.


Deadline extended:
Tutors for NZSL Week taster classes

Applications now open until Friday 30th January 2015. Apply online now!

If you did not teach taster classes last year you will need to complete the online form then send us your CV and a NZSL video explaining why you want to be a tutor. The video is for us to assess your NZSL skills.

For more information or any questions contact Natalie King by email at

Know Your Rights: Employment law workshop

Where: Wellington Deaf Society Club Room, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
When: Wednesday 10th December
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Want to know your rights in employment?

Come along to a free workshop by Wellington Community Law and learn about employment law and how this affects you.

Porirua Christmas carnival

Where: Under the Canopies and Cobham Court carpark, Porirua.
When: Saturday 6th December from 4:00pm to 8:30pm

Christmas Carnival with Santa, side shows, roving performers, aerial acrobats and popular children's characters, including Frozen. Great food and lots of fun for the family.

Bougainville Kickstarter party

Where: Wellington Chocolate Factory, 5 Eva Street, Te Aro, Wellington
When: Sunday 7th December from 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Cost: $15.00 donation for entry

Come enjoy live music and delicious food at the Wellington Chocolate Factory for our Bougainville Kickstarter Party! Featuring live music, Hell's pizza, Tuatara beer, Karma Cola drinks and, of course, chocolate! All set in our beautiful factory.

We're raising money to boost along our Kickstarter to bring over beans from Bougainville, connecting us and you with a cocoa-farming legend, a better way of doing business, and a sailboat journey across the mighty pacific!

Enjoy complimentary Hell's pizza and a complimentary beverage upon arrival.

Savour samples of our beautiful chocolate.

Kennels and Cattery open day

Where: Wellington Kennels and Cattery, 305 Mansfield Street, Newtown, Wellington
When: Saturday 13th December from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Come along to Wellington Kennels and Cattery open day. It is our official opening so Annette King and Paul Eagle will be there to cut the ribbon at 11:00am. Come to the old SPCA (behind the bowling club) and see what makes us so special.

Paul Quintals 50th birthday lunch

Paul would like to invite you all to celebrate his 50th birthday by having lunch at Hangar 58.

Where: Hangar 58, 58 Collingwood Street, Nelson
When: Saturday 6th December at 12:00pm

Please let Rachel know if you are coming by Saturday 29th November.

If you require transport to the event let Rachel know.

Text Rachel on 021 102 4400 or email

Mistletoe market in Blenheim

Where: Blenheim Town Centre, Market Street, Blenheim
When: Saturday 6th December from 8:30am to 2:00pm

Back for its 27th year, the Mistletoe Market is proudly brought to you by Blenheim Lions.

Lots of stalls selling everything you can think of ready for Christmas.

Do your shopping and feel the festive atmosphere.

The Nelson Deaf Community children and families day

Where: Isel Park, The Ridgeway, Stoke
When: Saturday 13th December
(if raining it will be postponed to Sunday 14th December)
Time: Starts at 11:00am

A great day for all the whole family! Drinks, ice-blocks and sunscreen provided for everyone.

Santa will give a present to each child. Adults please bring $2.00 for each child attending.

If you would like to join us or need any further information please contact Rachel Summers by texting 021 102 4400. Please let her know before Wednesday 10th December.


TEC workshops in 2015

I would like to ask you to have the opportunity to share your ideas with me about what courses and workshops that you would like to learn for 2015.
  • What would you like to learn?
  • What skill(s) would you like to improve?
  • Do you would like to develop a new skill and gain a certificate?
Please do send me your ideas or suggestions so I can start work on TEC 2015 plan that would suit you and your community members, thank you.
Text: 021 324 828

Christmas craft group

We would like to invite you to join us for a Christmas craft group for gathering together.

We will have Christmas lunch and also a craft show.
You are welcome to bring your friends, mum, anyone you wish.
Please bring:
  • A plate to share
  • Your craft projects – that you worked on
When: Saturday 6th December from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, 96 Bristol Street, St Albans
Text: Victoria 021 324 828

Christchurch Santa parade

There will be a 1.9 kilometres long Christchurch Santa Parade on Riccarton Road, Christchurch on Sunday 7th December start from 2:00pm from corner of Wharenui and Riccarton Roads and ends at approximately 3:15 pm at the corner of Mandeville Street and Riccarton Road – see map.
It will be a fun to watch with your children, friends and families with celebrities, spectacular floats, fantasy, popular characters, clowns and much more.
For more details see


Deadline extended:
Tutors for NZSL Week taster classes

Applications now open until Friday 30th January 2015. Apply online now!

If you did not teach taster classes last year you will need to complete the online form then send us your CV and a NZSL video explaining why you want to be a tutor. The video is for us to assess your NZSL skills.

For more information or any questions contact Anna Hurd by email at

Deaf Aotearoa Christmas lunch

Mark your calendars for our Christmas lunch at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. We’ll enjoy a delicious meal and if the weather is nice we can have a look around at the Gardens afterwards.

Food includes muffins, quiches, pizzas, crepes, croques (sandwiches), salads, sausage rolls and drinks. Prices range from $5.00 to $15.00.

When: Thursday 18th December
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Where: Croque-o-Dile Cafe, Botanic Gardens, Dunedin
Cost: buy your own food and drink

Please let Anna or Michelle know if you’re coming so we can confirm a booking.

Where are we?

The office will be closed on Tuesday 9th December because Michelle and Anna are meeting with Rebecca for a staff Christmas lunch.


Office closing hours

Over the Christmas break the office will be closed from 18th December 2014 to 20th January 2015.
For all emergencies Rebecca will be available via text.

I recommend getting all your needs sorted before this time.

Tutors wanted

Calling all Southland tutors who taught NZSL Week taster classes in 2014 and anyone else who may be interested in taking part in NZSL Week taster classes this year as a tutor!
Applications have been extended until Friday 30th January 2015.
For more information and to apply contact Rebecca at the Invercargill office.

Alternatively visit for more information and an online form.

Esk Street Mall Christmas Market Day

When: Saturday 6th December
Where: Esk Street Mall and CBD
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Just in time for Christmas, retailers on Dee Street, Tay Street, Kelvin Street and Esk Street Mall are encouraged to put out sale racks and tables for this market day.

There will be entertainment, buskers and something for all the family.

YMCA Carols by Candlelight

When: Wednesday 17th December at 8:00pm
Where: Queens Park Band Rotunda
Bring the family and enjoy a fabulous evening in the park.

Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy some local talent.

Candles and carol books will be available on the night for purchase.

Cancellation date is Thursday 18th December.