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National

Deaf Aotearoa Offices Closed for Staff Conference

All Deaf Aotearoa offices will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
We will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Deaf Health Stories

Please click the flyer below for more information and new possible dates for Hamilton.


Northland

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Wills Workshop - POSTPONED

Please keep an eye on the Community Weekly newsletter for all updates on this workshop.

When: Wednesday 24th August 
Where: 155 Community Law Centre, 149 Kamo Road, Kensington
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Cost: Free
Everything you need to know about making a will and how to set one up for free at the Community Law Centre. Ensure your family knows what you want to happen with the things you leave behind.
Learn about Enduring Power of Attorney. Do I need this and what does it mean? 
 
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Glennis Walkinshaw.
Email: glennis.walkinshaw@deaf.org.nz
Mobile: 021 641 178
 

Funeral Home Tour

When: Wednesday 31st August
Where: Morris and Morris, 199 Kamo Road, Kensington
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Cost: Free
 
How is a funeral organised? Take some of the mystery out of dying. This talk and tour includes lots of chances to ask questions.
 
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Glennis Walkinshaw.
Email: glennis.walkinshaw@deaf.org.nz
Mobile: 021 641 178

Auckland

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

2016 Local Government Elections for Auckland Council

CCS Disability Action is holding a forum for candidates who want to be the next Mayor of Auckland.
 
Please see flyer and NZSL video for more information.
 
Where: Auckland Deaf Society
When: Monday 19th September
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Deaf Guests wanted for NZSL Course

Auckland Deaf Society is looking for up to 10 Deaf guests for their NZSL for Families course.
 
The presentation will be up to 30 minutes long, and you will be paid for your time.
 
If you are interested, please email Victoria Lessing.
Email: nzsl@auckland-deaf.org.nz

Get it all Sorted!

When: Tuesday 30th August
Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Where: Potters Park Event Centre
 
This workshop is presented by Auckland Disability Law. This workshop will identify ways you can make sure what you want happens if you were not able to speak for yourself, including: 

  • Making a will
  • Funeral planning
  • Power of attorney.

For more information, please email Taryn.
Email: fundraising@auckland-deaf.org.nz

South Auckland

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Papatoetoe Clubroom South Auckland

Where: 183 Great South Road Papatoetoe
When: Friday 26th August
Time: 7.00pm
 
A great chance for Deaf people to come together for a social evening with family and friends!

Retirement Planning and KiwiSaver Workshop

What lifestyle do you want when you retire? How much will you need? Where will your money come from? What can you do now?
 
What is KiwiSaver? How much can you save? When can you access your money? How do you join?
 
Enrol by Tuesday 23rd August. Limited to 10 people.
 
Where: Friendship House, 20 Putney Way, Manukau City
When:  29th August 2016 and 12th September 2016
Two Mondays from 6.00pm to 8.30pm
Cost:  FREE - NZSL Interpreters and refreshments provided
 
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Cheryl Spykerman.
Email: cheryl.spykerman@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 668 228
 

Men’s Health Workshop

Learn about blood pressure, height and weight ratio. Do you know what your ideal weight is? This free health course includes a free nurse check as well.
 
You will also receive information about the early signs of lung cancer, bowel cancer, gout, diabetes, prostate cancer, heart disease and skin cancer.
 
Enrol by Friday 9th September 2016. Limited to 15 people.
 
Where: Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland Office
  Level 1, Westfield Mall, Manukau, Auckland
When:  Wednesday 21st September 2016, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Cost:  NZSL Interpreters and refreshments provided
 
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Cheryl Spykerman.
Email: cheryl.spykerman@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 668 228
 

Waikato

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.


Frankton Market 


Saturday Frankton Market has all your fresh products, hot food caravans, fresh flowers, footwear, NBA clothing and more!
 
When: Saturdays 
Time: 08.00am – 1.00pm 
Where: Commerce Street, Frankton

Craft & Quilt Fair 


A great place to spark your creativity! 
 
When: Thursday 1st September – Sunday 4th September 
Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm 
Where: Claudelands Conference & Exhibition Centre, Hamilton 
Tickets: www.craftfair.com.au/wp/Hamilton/tickets/ 

New Zealand Deaf Games Hamilton 2016 - Awards Evening  

Help celebrate the end of New Zealand Deaf Games by attending the awards evening. Buffet dinner and award winners announced.  
  
When: Sunday 23rd October  
Time: 5.30pm – 11.30pm  
Where: FGM Stadium Waikato – Gate 5 (on Seddon Road, Hamilton).  
  
Cost: $55 per person (buffet)  
How to pay: See flyer for bank account details
Deadline: Saturday 24th September 2016  
  
Email: deafgames@deafsports.co.nz 
 

Waikato Deaf Art Exhibition 2016



Whaka Oho Oho Wairua - Awaken The Spirit: A Waikato Deaf Art Exhibition

 
Let your spirit be awakened by the art of members of the Waikato Deaf Community. 
 
When: Thursday 15th - Friday 23rd December 2016
Open Night: Thursday 15th December, 7.00pm – 9.00pm (refreshments provided)
General Public Exhibition: Friday 16th December - Friday 23rd December, 10.00am – 4.00pm weekdays
Where: Creative Waikato HQ, 131 Alexander Street, Hamilton
Entry: Free
 
All welcome to display their art. All ages, all levels, all people.
If you want to be involved please contact Kayte. Deadline for art submissions Wednesday 30th November, 2016.
 
Kayte Shaw; Deaf Aotearoa Community Development Kaituitui
Email: kayte.shaw@deaf.org.nz
Phone: 021 571 791

Art work by Shaun Fahey, 2015.

Bay of Plenty

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Deaf Hauora and Deaf Technology TEC Workshops

There are eight workshops coming up in September and October.
 
Please see flyers for all information.
 
Deaf Hauora
Mauri Ora, Whanau Ora and Wai Ora -  Part Two
What is Diabetes?
What is Parkinson’s?
What is Epilepsy?
Health and Wellbeing
What is Alzheimer’s?
 
Deaf Technology
Smart TVs and Computers
Content Streaming Services
Apple Smart Devices
Android Smart Devices

    
 

Deaf Culture and Deaf Awareness Workshop

Where: Deaf Aotearoa Office
When: Thursday 4th October
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
 
NZSL interpreters will be provided.
 
This is an opportunity to discuss Deaf Culture, the barriers, the successes and more with people who really want to know more about Deaf Awareness.
 
Pizza will be provided from 5.30pm at the workshop.
 

Interpreter Issues 

Are you having issues with a NZSL interpreter at health appointments?
 
You can contact Emma Ngawhare from the advocacy with your concerns.
Email: emma.ngawhare@advocacy.org.nz
Phone: 07 577 1715
 

Stamps

Do you have any stamps you don’t want?
 
Colina is collecting stamps to support the Hearing Dogs of New Zealand.
 
Please drop them off to Deaf Aotearoa’s or mail them through if you prefer.
 

Taranaki

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Taranaki Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth Event

When: Saturday 3rd September
Time: 10.00am
Where: Bowlarama, 188 Devon Street West, New Plymouth
 
For more information and pricing: http://www.bowlaramanp.co.nz/

Hawkes Bay

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Havelock North & Hastings Water Contamination Update

You can contact Healthline if you have any concerns.
Phone: 0800 611 116 (you can use NZ Relay) for advice from a trained registered nurse.
 
You can also contact Hastings District Council for more information about the water supply.
Email: info@health.govt.nz 
Phone: 06 871 5000 (you can use NZ Relay)
Havelock North residents MUST keep boiling their drinking water until further notice.
How long should you boil your drinking water for? 1 minute.
 
Chlorination of the water supply has been effective, however it is important to take precautions with drinking water.
 
Campylobacter is only contagious if you swallow the bacteria, so hand washing is very important.

  • Clean under your finger nails
  • Dry hands on a clean towel
  • Before and after preparing food
  • After using the bathroom
  • When changing a baby’s nappy
  • After playing or working with animals
  • After caring for people with campylobacter
Symptoms of infection:
  • Diarrhoea
  •  Flu like symptoms
  •  Headaches
  •  Muscle pain
  • Fever
  • Feeling generally unwell 

Symptoms could last up to 10 days but would usually get better without antibiotics.
Please seek medical help if you cannot keep fluids down or if you feel you are not recovering.
  
The boil water notice for Havelock North & Hastings residents’ remains in place, however chlorination of the water supply seems to have been effective and is now throughout the Havelock North & Hastings water supply.

Manawatu

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Nominations for Executive Board Members

Deaf Aotearoa will hold their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 19th November at the Manawatu Deaf Society Rooms.
 
If you want to nominate yourself or you know of anyone you would like to nominate to be on the Executive board, there is a criteria they need to meet, the criteria is:

  • Must be Deaf
  • Be a member of Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand Incorporated
  • Be committed to making Deaf Aotearoa successful
  • Be committed to shared group decision making
  • Have relevant skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to the success of Deaf Aotearoa
  • Be willing to attend meetings or sub committees to represent the Board and report back to the Board
  • Fully prepare for all meetings – read minutes, reports and research as appropriate
  • Attend all board meetings (minimum of 4 times a year, some meetings for 2 days) All meetings are held on a Saturday, sometimes extended to include Fridays and/or Sundays
  • Maintain full confidentiality
  • Follow Deaf Aotearoa’s constitution
Please watch this video: https://youtu.be/xianzeXgfUw  
All nominations must be received by the Chief Executive of Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand Inc by Tuesday 20th September 2016.
  

Index Phone App



Do you know about the Index Phone App?
 
It’s an app that gives youth in Palmerston North information about services available to them in the city. For example, access to health and counselling services, youth spaces, churches and community groups.
 
The app is aimed at 10 – 24 year olds, but anyone can use it!
 

Lead by Example Workshop – POSTPONED

Please keep an eye on the Community Weekly newsletter for all updates on this workshop.
 
This workshop will cover:
  • Understanding leadership: who are some well-known leaders and why they are well respected.
  • What qualities do good leaders have, to inspire, motivate and mobilise people to achieve goals.
  • Emotional intelligence and how it is related to leadership
  • Self-awareness and personality types, and how they influence behaviour and communication.
  • Critical conversations, conflict and issue resolution, to move towards wellbeing for all.

Where: MASH, 602 Main Street, Palmerston North
When: Monday 20th June 2016
Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm
 
NZSL Interpreters provided.

Roller Disco

When: Every Friday Night
Where: Bell Hall, Waldegrave Street, Palmerston North
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Cost: $5.00 per person
 
All ages and abilities are welcome!
 
The shop is open for snacks and drinks, but please remember it is cash only.

Wellington

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

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 or friends for all ages!

Where: Little Café, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
When: Tuesday 30th August
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

 
For more information please contact Shannon Krogmann. 
Email: shannon.krogmann@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 545 288

Men’s Health Workshop

Learn about:
  • Common health problems experienced by men
  • Preventative measures and support to lead healthy lifestyles
  • Where to ask for information and support

Guest speakers from NZ Cancer Society, NZ Heart Foundation and Mental Health Foundation.
 
Where: Johnsonville Community Centre Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville
When:  Sunday 9th October
Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Cost: FREE - NZSL Interpreters provided
 
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Matthew Dower:
Email: matthew.dower@deaf.org.nz
Mobile:  021 632 336

 

Fire Safety at Home Workshop

Learn about:
  • Different types of fires and risks
  • How to develop an escape plan for you and your family
  • Text 111 service
  • Hearing Assistive Technology
  • Fire Service Assessments 
Peter Fox from NZ Fire Safety will present this workshop.
 
Where: Johnsonville Community Centre, Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville
When: Sunday 28th August 2016
Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Cost: FREE – NZSL Interpreters provided
 
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Matthew Dower.
Email: matthew.dower@deaf.org.nz
Mobile: 021 632 336

Learning Technology at Noel Leeming Workshops

Noel Leeming will help you get the most out of technology and learn how use it smartly. Spaces are limited!
 
Mobile Phones & Tablets - including prepaid and contract plans and the benefits of both. Learn the Apple and Android devices, their differences and how they work.  Learn different style apps and how to download on both platforms.

Smart TV - we will cover what Smart TVs are and what they are capable of doing e.g. Apps/Browsing Internet, Mirroring Smart Devices, Differences between different TV Models like Full HD and UHD TVS, Inputs and Outputs as well as DVD and Blu-ray. 
 
Windows 10 - differences from older versions of Windows and benefits of having the latest technology, will also cover Office 2016 and how to use to create document and presentations. Also an overview of the major differences between Windows and Apple machines and which are better for different tasks.
 
Internet Safety - including common scams, internet security software and how to protect yourself in the online world.
 
Come along to this workshop and learn about technology.  This workshop for anyone who wants to learn, be smarter and have fun!
 
NZSL interpreters will be provided
 
Where: Noel Leeming, 31 Knights Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington
When:  Every Tuesdays, please check flier for dates of each topic.
             18th October 6.00pm - 7.30pm -  Mobile Phones & Tablets 
             25th October 6.00pm - 7.30pm -  Smart TV
             1st November 6.00pm - 7.30pm - Windows 10 
             8th November 6.00pm - 7.30pm -  Internet safety
Cost: Free
 
To enrol or for more information, please contact: Nicolette Janse van Vuuren.
Email: Nicolette.vanvuuren@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 677 453


Nelson

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Deaf Counsellor

Celia King is a Deaf counsellor who is fluent in NZSL.
She is based in Auckland but can offer counselling via Skype or will sometimes travel to other parts of New Zealand to run workshops and do counselling.
 
She has been a counsellor for 10 years and is fully qualified and registered.
Celia has recently left teaching to focus on counselling and has redesigned her business.
 
If you wish to see Celia, please contact her:
Email: deafcounsellor@gmail.com
Text: 021 170 2874
Website: www.specialisedcounselling.co.nz (NZSL videos coming soon)

Healthy Life Workshop

Local Naturopath Bridget McCormack with discuss the benefits of Healthy eating, why it’s good to have vegetables in your daily diet and how vitamin and mineral supplements can improve your health.
 
NZSL Interpreters and refreshments will be provided.
 
Where:  Hearing House, 354 Trafalgar Square, Nelson
When: Tuesday 27th September
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
 
For more information or to enrol for this course please contact Jenny.
Email: jenny.hennessy-o'connell@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 939 415
 

Stir It Up

This is a fantastic and fun opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and /or learn New Zealand Sign Language.
 
Everyone is welcome – Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations.
 
Where: Upstairs at Café Affair, 295 Trafalgar St, Nelson
When Saturday, 10 September.
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm
 
For more information please contact Alison Kimberley.
Email: Alison.kimberley@deaf.org.nz
Mobile: 021 518 331

Canterbury

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Help Improve Audiology Testing

WE NEED YOU to help us improve our audiology testing protocols!
 
We are looking for people with a severe hearing impairment in all frequencies
 
Your participation will last no longer than 90 minutes and you will go in the draw to win one of two $100 Westfield vouchers.
 
Please contact Paul for more information.
Email: paul.hsu@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

NZSL Morning Tea

Join in a gathering of NZSL users! 
Everyone is welcome!
 
Please bring a plate to share for morning tea.
 
When: Saturday 24th September
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
 
For more information, please contact Josje.
Email: nzslsouthern@gmail.com
Text: 027 427 2702
 

Disco for Kids

Activities and prizes for best dressed and dance competition! 
 
Please bring cash for glow sticks.
 
When: Friday 2nd September
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
Cost: Free Entry
 
For more information, please contact Debra or Maria
Debra (text only): 027 826 7506
Maria (text only): 027 323 3072

With Sign Language, I am Equal

Find out more about International Week of the Deaf that is on 19th – 25th September and learn more about World Federation of the Deaf!
 
When: Friday 16th September
Time: 7.00pm
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
 
For more information, please contact Deaf club
Text: 022 323 1459
Email: events@deafsocietyofcanterbury.co.nz



 

Otago

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Deaf Counsellor

Celia King is a Deaf counsellor who is fluent in NZSL.
She is based in Auckland but can offer counselling via Skype or will sometimes travel to other parts of New Zealand to run workshops and do counselling.
 
She has been a counsellor for 10 years and is fully qualified and registered.
Celia has recently left teaching to focus on counselling and has redesigned her business.
 
If you wish to see Celia, please contact her:
Email: deafcounsellor@gmail.com
Text: 021 170 2874
Website: www.specialisedcounselling.co.nz (NZSL videos coming soon)

Dunedin Diabetes Education

When: Monday 5th September
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Where: Diabetes Otago, 97 Fredrick Street, Dunedin
Cost: Free
 
WellSouth Primary Health Network is offering community education for Dunedin residents with Type 2 Diabetes.
 
It’s called Desmond, which stands for Diabetes Education and Self-Management for ongoing and Newly Diagnosed.
 
Desmond is: 

  • A way of finding out more about Type 2 Diabetes 
  • A resource to help manage the changes diabetes brings to life 
  • An opportunity to meet and share experiences with others

 
Desmond sessions are run in local areas in small groups. Desmond is a one-day programme led by trained health professionals it is an education session designed to support the person with diabetes to become the expert.
 
Bookings are essential. 

To register or for more information, please contact WellSouth.
Phone: 03 214 6436 or 0800 800 249. 
 

2016 Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition

Date: Ends Sunday 16th October
Where: Otago Museum Special Exhibitions Gallery
Cost: Free
Contact: 03 474 7474, www.otagomuseum.nz/whats-on
 
Check out the winners of the 17th annual competition alongside a hand-picked selection of entries.
 
Explore the natural world through still and moving images of animals, plants and human impact on the environment captured by Otago’s amateur photographers and videographers.

Southland

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Sibling Support Day

Sib Support Activity Day is a fun day out for siblings aged 8 to 18 years who have a brother or sister with a disability, autism or health impairment.
 
When: Saturday 10th September
Where: Adventure Southland, 810 North Road, Lorneville.
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
 
Come along for a fun filled day with other siblings.
Test your skills on the ropes course.
 
Check out the flyer for all the information you need (what to bring, cancellations etc.)
 

Living Well With Hearing Loss

A FREE four week course for people who experience hearing challenges in their everyday activities and would like to improve their communication.
 
When: Thursday 11th August to Thursday 1st September
Where: Hearing Association, 126 Leet Street, Invercargill
Times:  10.00am – 12.00pm
Cost: FREE
 
All over the age 16 years welcome - with or without aids. Come and learn from each other. Places are limited to ensure an easy listening environment. Communication partners welcome.
 
Register by contacting Tracy.
Email: tracy@lifeunlimited.net.nz 
Text: 021 513 147
 

TEC Workshops 

Do you want to gain new skills? Or even refresh the skills you have now?
 
If you are interested in Health and Safety in the Workplace or a refresher First Aid Course, please get in touch with Rebecca as she in the process of setting up these workshops.
 
Email: Rebecca.petre@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 554 905