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4th National Deaf Youth Camp

The date for the 4th National Deaf Youth Camp has been set!
Auckland Deaf Youth Group is hosting the camp in Hunua Falls, Auckland in January next year.
This camp is open to 18 – 30 year olds with any form of deafness.
For more information on how to register, please email the camp organizing committee:



Community Day Dargaville - Maori New Year (Matariki)

Matariki Whanau Festival

All Welcome!
Where: Town Basin Whangarei
When: Saturday 18th June
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Dress up warm and come to Whangarei’s Winter Celebration. Awesome entertainment, delicious Kiwi kai, and many fun activities for the whole whanau.
Matariki Idol will be there!

Many local bands and kapa haka from primary schools
Local cafes and restaurants will be selling delicious kiwi kai.
There will be many promotions and giveaways from local organisations.
Local retailers selling products at discounted prices.
Amazing kite displays.

For more information visit the Facebook page: Matariki Festival Whangarei

Claphams Clocks Free Matariki Open Day

 Claphams Clocks Town Basin Whangarei
When: Saturday 18th June
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Free

Come and see over 1500 clocks, watches and timepieces.
Take a walk through the history of time. From ancient sun, sand and water clocks, to rare antique clocks, and wacky, zany, unbelievable clocks – there’s something to entertain everyone in the largest and most historically significant collection of clocks in the Southern Hemisphere.
Free entry, donations appreciated.
More information:



What Are Consumer Rights?

When you buy brand new goods, i.e. vacuum cleaner or computer and they don’t work, what can you do? What are your rights as a consumer?
A guest speaker from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) will explain Consumer Rights under NZ law, i.e. Consumer Guarantees Act and Fair Trading Act.
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland
When: Thursday 21st July
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Cost: FREE

Breastfeeding Workshop

This workshop is open to anyone pregnant, thinking of having children, breastfeeding and/or breastfeeding supporters. The workshops are also open to midwives, lactation consultants, GP's and other medical professionals.
When: Saturday 2nd July 2016
Where: MPHS HUB West, 27 Corban Ave (corner Bruce McLaren Rd & Corban Ave, Henderson 
Time: 8.15am – 3.45pm
Cost: $40 LLLMembers
          $50 Non Members 
There will be NZSL interpreters at this workshop as we already have one Deaf participant! Please share this workshop with your friends and family.

Subtitles/Captions on TV

Do you want more subtitles/captions on TV, or on all of your TV programmes? Then you need to act now.
The committee is calling for the public to make submissions on the inquiry. The closing date for submissions is Thursday 28th July, 2016.
Committee Chairperson Hon Ruth Dyson encourages the public to submit on the inquiry.
“I am very pleased to announce that the Government Administration Committee has resolved to conduct an inquiry into captioning. Captioning is also the subject of a petition which has recently been sent to our committee to consider. When recently in Australia on an exchange visit, the committee heard and learnt a lot about the provision of captioning there and will be able to put this information to good use when conducting the inquiry and considering the petition. We look forward to submissions, particularly from Deaf and hearing impaired people on these issues.”
Submissions should be made online using the website:
Or via post to: Government Administration Select Committee
  Parliament Buildings
  Wellington 6160
If a submitter wishes to appear before the committee, this needs to be clearly stated, and a contact name, daytime phone number, and email address provided. Submissions generally become public are and published on the Parliament website. For further guidance on making a submission, please refer to our publication Making a submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee, available on the website.

Computing for Seniors Workshop

When: Thursday 16th June and Thursday 23rd June
Time: 10.00am – 11.00am
Where: Avondale Library, 93 Rosebank Road
Do you want to learn how to use computers like a pro? Learn how to use Skype, Facebook or TradeMe? Then come along to this TEC course. Numbers are limited so please contact Tom.
Email: tom.o’
Text: 021 445 676

South Auckland

Improve Your English Workshops

Grammar and Punctuation
Do you have difficulty writing in English? What is the difference between NZSL and English grammar? How can we understand written English better? Do you want to improve your basic grammar and punctuation skills? This course will help you improve your basic knowledge of English grammar and punctuation. You will learn nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions and conjunctions.

Comprehension and Vocabulary 
Do you have difficulty reading English? Have you always wanted to read a book and understand the story? This course will help you improve your basic reading and comprehension in English. You will learn how to become a more competent, reflective and critical reader.

When: Term 3 - 2nd August 2016 to 20th September 2016
             Term 4 - 18th October 2016 to 6th December 2016
              Every Tuesday from 7.00pm to 9.00pm (2 hours)
Where: Friendship House, Te Maunga (Level 2), 20 Putney Way, Manukau City
Cost: FREE

Building Awesome Whanau

Building Awesome Whanau is packed full of great ideas, positive stories and useful resources to help you build a great future for your whanau. This toolbox is six sessions over six weeks for parents of 0-12 year olds. Deaf parents or parents of Deaf children are welcome.
Limka Groenewald will be presenting this workshop. You will receive a workbook.
Please enrol and pay by Friday 22nd July 2016.
Where: Friendship House, Te Maunga Room
             Level 2, 20 Putney Way, Manukau City
When: 3rd August – 14th September – Every Wednesday for six weeks
Cost: $25 per person (normally $75)
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Limka Groenewald:
Text: 021 517 587


Monday Captioned Movie

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out Of The Shadows (PG)

When: Monday 20th June
Time*: 1.20pm and 8.50pm
Length: 112min
Cost**: Free
Where: Event Cinemas, Level 2, Westfield Chartwell, Cnr Hukanui & Comries rds, Chartwell
*Times are subject to change without notice.
**Proof that you are Deaf may be requested.

Waikato Deaf River Community Meeting

Join the discussion! Want to have your say? Come along and have a cuppa and chat with your community.
When: Monday 25th July 2016
Where: CCS Meeting Room (CCS)
Address: 17 Claudelands Road, Claudelands, Hamilton
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm 
Facebook: Waikato Deaf River Community 

Working with Interpreters Workshop

Do you want to know about working with interpreters? Your rights when working with interpreters? Who funds what?
Then come along to this workshop to understand how our new booking system works. This workshop for Deaf people will be presented by Kellye Bensley and Alan Wendt.

When: Tuesday 21st June 
Where: CCS, 17 Claudelands road, Hamilton (plenty of car parking available)
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Cost: Free – light refreshments provided

To register, contact Marissa Lessing
Text: 021 516 399


Bay of Plenty

Consumer Law Workshop

Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga

When: Thursday 23rd June

Time: 11:00am till 12:00pm

Cost: Free

Baywide Community Law is offering a free presentation about consumer law.

What are your rights when it comes to returning something that is broken or doesn’t fit? Do you know what you are signing with a hire purchase or layby agreement? Find out about your rights as a consumer. 

Workshop – Speaking Up – You Are Not Alone

Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga 

When: Wednesday 29th June

Time: 1:00pm till 3:00pm

Cost: Free

NZSL interpreters provided. 

Feeling unsafe about speaking out? Do you know where to get support if you need it?

How can you work with staff at any organisation to make sure you are safe?

Come along to this free workshop with Emma from Health and Disability Advocacy and learn ways of protecting yourself, problem solving and gain confidence in speaking up. You are not alone!

Contact Colina Hoye to enrol. Click on flyer for contact details.

The Seriously Good Food Show

ASB Arena at Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga

When: Saturday 2nd July from 10:00am till 5:00pm

            Sunday 3rd July from 10:00am till 5:00pm

Cost: Door Sales only

Adult all-day ticket $12.00 (10.00am – 5.00pm)

Adult afternoon tickets $10.00 (1.00pm – 5.00pm)

Children 13 and under $5.00

New Zealand’s top 150 food and drink producers will be hosting displays.

There will be live cooking seminars, lots of tastings, and unique products.

Free parking on site.


Taranaki Deaf Club – AGM Meeting  

When: Tuesday 28th June
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Where: New Plymouth Library, Level 2 (room on left booked)
Everyone is welcome!
There is a lot to discuss about the future of the Deaf club so please bring yourself and your ideas.

Sustainable Living Programme: Plant Propagation Workshop

When: Saturday 18th June
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Location: Hive Taranaki Environment Centre, Metro Plaza, 33 Devon St W, New Plymouth

Sustainable Living Programme is back with a series of eight new workshops. After a successful series on compost making this workshop will cover: What is propagation / What plants can be grown from seed / What plants can be grown from cuttings / Useful Tools and equipment / Demonstrations and practice.
The Sustainable Living Programme helps bring changes because it is not presented as lectures. It is fun, friendly discussion and easy to use information available in print and by email. It suggests how small lifestyle changes in many households will add up to a big difference to the New Zealand environment.

All sessions are pre-paid tickets only, venues are in New Plymouth, and confirmed after ticket purchase.

Prices: $10
Contact: Dee Turner, TEET
Phone: 06 769 6008
Booking Link:

Taekwondo North Island Championships

When: Saturday 18th June
Time: 8.00am
Location: TSB Stadium, New Plymouth

The Taekwondo North Island Championships is expected to attract competitors from the UNION member clubs and other TNZ Taekwondo organisations throughout New Zealand. The areas of competition include:
  • Kyorugi
  • Individual Poomsae
  • Pairs and Team Poomsae competition
Price: Free
Contact: Event Venues Team NPDC
Phone: 06 759 6060

Beneath the Words – Pop Up Gig: Part of Matariki Festival

Saturday 18th June
Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Where: Pianoworks, 1 Boon Lane, New Plymouth
Restrictions:  All ages
Cost: General Admission $19.00 (limited tickets available)
Buy Tickets: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) or
“Beneath the Words” in their first pop-up gig here in New Plymouth to kick off the Matariki Tour.
Starting with a Kaitahi (potluck dinner) and then getting comfy to enjoy this amazing Irish/Maori fusion. 

Bidvest Food Show

When: Monday 20th June
Time: 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Location: Yarrow Stadium Concourse, New Plymouth

Bidvest New Zealand is a wholesale food provider to the foodservice, hospitality and leisure markets. Meet the wholesale food suppliers, try new products, buy products at special pricing, gather ideas, information and inspiration; and be in to win great prizes!
Price: Free
Hawkes Bay

Money Matters Workshop Update

Where: HB Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale, Napier
When:  Wednesday 22nd June
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Free

There have been two sessions so far (Wednesday 8th and Wednesday 15th of June). Thank you to the Deaf community who attended. There were 10 participants which is a great turnout. We encourage your participation and feedback.

There is still one more session on Wednesday 22nd of June – if you would like to attend please contact Kat or Lee.

Kat Puna: or 021 920 023
Lee Bullivant: or text 021 459 005

Interpreter Available

Where: Napier or Hastings
When: Monday 20th June - available before 1.00pm and after 3.00pm
Wednesday 22nd June 2016 available before 12.00pm and after 3.00pm
Friday 24th June 2016 available after 4.00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: To be advised
Contact: To book an please contact iSign
    Text: 021 677 803 or
It is very important you include the following details when booking an interpreter 

  • Your full name
  • Your address
  • Your contact number
  • If you have work bridge funding
  • What you need an interpreter for

iSign will ask you for more information if they need it. Please specify to iSign that you want Kerry. If you want to book her any other time or day iSign will let you know if Kerry or someone else is available.

New Zealand Deaf Games

Tina Brightwell who is Deaf and from Hawke’s Bay is looking for Deaf or hard of hearing people from 15 years old up who would like to play at the Deaf Games in Hamilton.  Tina is trying to make up a team to play for the Central team.
If you are interested please contact Tina.
For more information about the New Zealand Deaf Games please visit the website:


Desks for Sale

We have our new table desks arrived this office.  We are going take out the 4 older table desks and is in office.

And if you and any of you all peoples interest and can come to get the table desks. Make sure you have trailer with you .

Donation about $50.

We want to have more space in this office and want older table desks to get rid soon as possible .

Can contact Annette & me here in this office

Palmerston North Deaf Aotearoa office has four desks for sale. If you are interested you are more than welcome to come into the office to see the desks before you buy them. You will need to pay $50 donation for them and will need a trailer to transport them.

You can contact a local Facilitator for more information.

Annette Scott


Text: 021 641 996

June Batten


Text: 021 518 070


Flying Services

From Sunday 31st July flights from Wanganui to Auckland and Christchurch to Blenheim will no longer be running.


Lead by Example Workshop

The workshop on Monday 20th June has been postponed until further notice. An update of the new time and date will be posted on the Deaf Aotearoa Facebook page and the Community Weekly newsletter.

For those who have registered you will be contacted by Annette.



La Vie Dans Une - The Clowns Come-Back

Shortland Street star Jarod Rawiri is stepping off our screens and making a come-back on stage during Matariki with theatre compatriots Tama Jarman (The Arrival, Operation Overdue) and Justin Haiu (NZ Dance Company, So You Think You Can Dance), in the return season of the hilarious White Face Crew show La Vie Dans Une Marionette at The Basement Theatre and BATS in June 2016.

This show will not be interpreted, but is mime/dance/music/funny gibberish - the only part that is spoken is the warm-up act 'The French usher' which takes place as the audience enters (10 mins) and the first five mins of the show after the show closes. 

Venue: BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington
Dates: Friday 17th June, 6.30pm
Saturday 18th June, 2.00pm and 6.30pm
For more information and to buy tickets please visit: 

Stir It Up

A fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and / or learn New Zealand Sign Language for FREE.
Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at the café.
A great setting for First Signs families, NZSL students, whanau and/or friends for all ages.
Venue: Columbus Coffee at Mitre 10 Mega,
 135 Kapiti Road
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm 
When: Sunday 19th June
For information please contact Shannon Krogmann.
Text: 021 545 288

Hearing Aids Funding

NZSL interpreters will be provided.
Wally Potts, an audiologist from Kenepuru Hospital will share information about how to get funded hearing aids. Come along to this workshop to understand how to use funding. Wally Potts can advise about hearing aids in general, what they do, how they work and what benefit one can expect out of them.  He will also talk about the various ways of getting funding and what the eligibility criteria are and any aspect of audiology - how the ear works and how we measure hearing loss. 
Wally can answer any questions during the talk, as these may take us in different directions. This workshop is for anyone.
Where: Johnsonville Community Centre
When: Wednesday 6th July
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Cost: Free
Light refreshments will be provided.  
For more information or enrol in this course, please contact Nicolette Janse van Vuuren
Text: 021 677 453

How to be Emergency Smart 

Come and learn how to be more prepared and able to help during an emergency. We will cover:

  • Basic First Aid
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Information on Emergency Response expectations=
  • Hazard awareness during an emergency and emergency management skills 

When: Sunday 24th July
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Where: 2 Turnbull Street
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Matthew Dower.
Mobile: 021 632 336  

Dawn Viewing From Tangi Te Keo

Matariki is a small but distinctive star cluster whose appearance in the north eastern pre-dawn sky marks the start of a new phase of life.
The appearance of the cluster of stars called Matariki is culturally significant as the start of the Māori New Year. And we’re giving you the best view of it.
For Māori their appearance is very important. They are viewed as a signal of the year that lies ahead. If the stars are clear and bright, it is a sign that the year ahead will be warm and bountiful. If they are hazy and shimmering, a cold, unproductive year is expected.
Using portable telescopes, astronomers from Space Place at Carter Observatory will give participants the opportunity to get a real-time experience of Matariki rising.
Date: Saturday 18th June
Time: 5:00am – 7:00am
Where: Mt Victoria lookout, Wellington


Accessing Emergency Services through Technology Workshop

Two community constables will be giving a presentation on how to access emergency services through technology.  This is a great chance to find out all you need to know about how to keep yourself and those around you safe.

Where: St Mary's Catholic Church

              18 Manuka Street


When: Thursday 23rd June 6pm - 8pm

For more information or to enrol please contact Alison.


Text: 021 518 331



Taboo Night

When: Friday 24th June

Time: 7.00pm

Where: Deaf Society Of Canterbury

For more information please contact Deaf Club staff on 022 354 8801 or email

Community Law Workshops

For anyone who wants to understand the law and their legal rights. Sessions will be presented by Community Law.
When: Thursday 14th July to Thursday 1st September
Where:  Deaf Society Of Canterbury
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Cost: Free eight week workshop, NZSL interpreters provided
For more information or to enrol in this workshop, please contact Hanna Deal. 


Study at Broadcasting School Workshop

Do you have a passion for films? Do you want to go to Ara Institute of Canterbury and study film/broadcasting, but need more information?

Ara Institute of Canterbury will be presenting a workshop about broadcasting, the careers available and broadcasting school as a whole

When: Wednesday 29th June

Where: Deaf Society Of Canterbury

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

For more information or enrol in this course, please email Jared Flitcroft.


Text: 021 276 5033

'At The End of My Hands' Comes to Christchurch

Equal Voices Arts brings ‘At The End Of My Hands’ to Christchurch to share a bi-lingual performance of a collection of stories that explore Deaf culture, stories from deaf actors, and the history of NZSL. ‘At The End of My Hands’ is performance in New Zealand Sign Language and English without any formal interpretation needed. There will be a NZSL interpreted question and answer (Q&A) session with the cast and crew after each performance.

When:  Saturday 9th July, 2.00pm – 3.00pm performance (Q&A 3.00pm)

            Saturday 9th July, 7.30pm - 8.30pm performance (Q&A 8.30pm)

            Sunday 10th July, 2.00pm – 3.00pm performance (Q&A 3.00pm)

Where:  Gloucester Room, Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester Street, Christchurch.


Ticket information coming soon (tickets $12 + booking fee)

Check out the event on Facebook:

Free ‘Working Through the Body’ inclusive theatre workshops

Equal Voices Arts will be running two free inclusive theatre workshops to complement their Christchurch season of ‘At the End of My Hands’. These workshops are co-lead by Deaf and hearing practitioners and will be accessible to Deaf and hearing participants of any skill level. Learn about using your body on stage and expressing yourself through physical story telling.

There are two works shops to choose from (both the same)

Workshop One: Friday 8th July, 6.00pm - 7.30pm.

Workshop Two: Sunday 10th July, 4.30pm – 6.00pm.

Where: Isaac Theatre Royal (Gloucester Room), 145 Gloucester Street, Christchurch.

Cost: Free

To register email: (email your name, which work shop you are going to)

Check out the workshops on Facebook:

Canterbury Deaf Youth Group Event

For Deaf youth who are aged 13 - 30 years old.

When: Saturday 18th June

Where: AMF Garden City Bowls- 15-21 Inversen Terrace

Time: 3:30pm

Cost: Canterbury Deaf youth will pay for 1st game. If you want play extra games you will need to pay with your money.


Please email with your confirmation.


Dunedin Midwinter Carnival

When: Saturday 18th June (postponement date Sunday 19th June)

Where: Octagon

Time: 5.30pm start

Cost: Free, koha appreciated. Lantern workshops $7 per person

Contact: 027 323 8263 or


Be mesmerised by the magical lantern procession around the Octagon accompanied by costumed dancers and musicians, giant lanterns and fireworks. Community participation is an integral part of this beautiful event. Three public lantern making workshops will be held in the lead up to the event and everyone who makes a lantern becomes part of the procession.


When: Saturday 11th and 1Sunday 12th June

Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm

Where: St Mary’s School, 6A Cromwell Street, Wakari

Bookings essential for workshops through website, like and volunteer through the Facebook page

International Rugby

When: Saturday 25th June

Where: Forsyth Barr Stadium

Time: 7.35pm

Cost: Variable

Contact: 0800 222 224,

For the first time the mighty current world champion All Blacks will take on the determined Welsh at the roofed stadium in the final of the Steinlarger Series.


Theme: Wild Wild West

When: Friday 16th September – Sunday 18th September

Where: Woodend Christian Camp, Woodend Beach Road, Woodend, North Canterbury.

 (40Kms from Christchurch)

Costs: $110 (including accommodation food and fees)

RSVP: Sunday 28th August


Contact Josje with your confirmation.


Text: 027 427 2702

OADC Potluck

When: Saturday 2nd July

Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin

Time: 4.30pm

Come join us for a Potluck dinner!
This is a great opportunity to catch up and meet other families.
Bring something to share, we hope to see you there!
Please help out with tidy up afterwards thank you!


Funraiser For Thomas & Ryan Mcliskey

Two local twin boys fundraising for a second implant are holding a fundraising event to raise funds for implants.

Please see attached flyers for all the information, contact details and prices.

Help support our local boys on their next Journey.


What: Rock off- Girls vs Boys

When: Saturday 18th June

Where: Invercargill Workman’s Club

Costs: $35.00

Health and Safety

Anyone who may be interested in attending a Health and Safety course in Invercargill get in contact with Rebecca at the office with your interest.
Text: 021 554 905
There are NZQA credits available for those who pass their course and is great for your CV.
Please note: in order to run any course needs to be at least 8 people, and you MUST register before the course date.
If there are enough people to attend the course you will be contacted with more information and course details.

Southland Deaf Community AGM

When: Sunday 21st June 2016
Where: Roger Strongs, 374 Chesney Street, Invercargill
Time: 10.30am
BYO plate.
If you have any enquires please get in contact with Roger Strong or Philippa Evans.