CommUNITY Weekly News

Hello <<Preferred Name>>, here is your CommUNITY Weekly newsletter from Deaf Aotearoa's <<Your local Office>> office.


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.
Monday 3rd August at 11:00am – 1:00pm and 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Hearing House, 354 Trafalgar Square, Nelson
To enrol, email:
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:
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:
Wednesday 5th August at 1:00pm – 3:00pm and Sunday 9th August at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue: TBC
To enrol, email:
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:
Saturday 8th August at 11:00am – 1:00pm
Venue: Rotorua Library, Haupapa Room, 1127 Haupapa Street, Rotorua
To enrol, email:
Hawkes Bay
Saturday 8th August at 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Venue: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
To enrol, email:
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:
Tuesday 11th August at 10:30am – 12:30pm and 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Deaf Aotearoa, 1/A Deveron Street, Whangarei
To enrol, email:
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:
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:
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:
Wednesday 26th August at 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: DRC Building, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill
To enrol, email:
Thursday 27th August at 10:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: BNZ Business Partners Centre, Level 1, 98 George Street, Dunedin
To enrol, email:

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


SuperTitles Survey

The availability of accessibility options for the deaf and hearing impaired in New Zealand cinemas is currently lacking. SuperTitles is a team of passionate and innovative engineers from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute who are developing an improved closed-captioning system for use in cinemas. This system will provide personalized subtitles to movie-goers with language and hearing difficulties. The closed-captioning questionnaire is a quick survey that is gauging the interest of the hearing impaired community in this technology."
And the link to the survey:


“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:
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: 


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:


Wynyard Quarter’s 4th Birthday

Wynyard Quarter is growing up fast!  There will be a full day of fun activities for the whole family with an outdoor movie, kids’ workshops, lantern making and much more. 
Come along and celebrate the fun day!
When: Saturday 1st August
Time: 7am - 5pm
Where: Wynyard Quarter, Central Auckland
Cost: Free
For more information, go to:

RTW Endorsement Course

R – Rollers
T – Tracks (digger down)
W – Wheelers (digger up)
Demonstrate knowledge and skills for driving on a road for endorsement R (rollers), T (tracks), W (wheels).
The R endorsement is for vehicles that run on rollers.
The T endorsement is for vehicles that run on self-laying tracks.
The W endorsement is for vehicles that run on wheels that aren’t forklifts, passenger
The course involves:
- Description of Special-Type Vehicles
- Legal Requirements for Special-Type Vehicles
- Vehicle Pre-Start Checks
- Manoeuvring and Operating a Special-Type Vehicle
- Hazard Recognition and Site Safety and
- Parking and Securing the Special-Type Vehicle
Participants must hold a minimum of a FULL Class 1 Licence to gain the endorsement(s).
NZSL Interpreter provided.
When: Monday 3rd August
Time: 8am - 1pm
Where: Unit 9, 4 Kellow Place, Manukau.
Please bring your own lunch.
Only 3 spaces left!  If you are interested, please contact:
Text: 021 512 943

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:
Text: 021 512 943

South Auckland

South Auckland Deaf Club

When: Friday 31st July
Time: 7pm onwards
Where: 183 Great South Road, Papatoetoe Clubroom.

Home Show at Vodafone Events Centre

Have no plans next weekend on 24th, 25th or 26th July?
This is a good opportunity to go South Auckland’s Vodafone Events Centre and see if you can find anything to decorate your home.
When: 24th, 25th and 26th July
Time: 10am - 5pm
Where: Vodafone Event Centre in South Auckland.
Have a look their website for more information:


Chartwell Event Cinemas  - Free closed caption movies on Mondays

Next closed caption movie: Magic Mike XXL
When: Monday 27th July
Time: 3:30pm and 6:05pm
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.


Want to Experience Waka Ama? Want to be Part of a Deaf Waka Ama Team?
You will learn: Waka Ama competition skills, team work skills, water confidence and safety, fitness skills 
Where: Nga Tai Whakarongo Waka Ama club.
Address: Roose Commerce Park - Grantham Street,  Hamilton.
When: Sunday 9th & 23rd August
             Sunday 13th & 27th September
             Sunday 11th & 25th October
Time: 10am - 12pm
Bring: Warm change of clothes (might get wet), water bottle, snacks if needed.  
If interested, please contact: Kayte Shaw  - Community Development Kaituitui
Phone: 021 517 791 

Hamilton Night Market
When: Every Saturday
Time: 5pm – 11pm
Where: Kmart Carpark
Address: Bryce Street, Hamilton
Entry: Free
Hamilton's only undercover Night market open every Saturday, no matter what the weather. Over 40 food stalls serving up lots of different international foods.
There is something for everyone undercover in the car park. Fun family environment, with face painting, candy floss flowers, and more. Bring the kids along, grab some dinner and enjoy the live entertainment.
You could set up a stall! Contact Tania: 027 627 5387
Check it out at:

Juke Box Diner – Petrol Head Breakfast 

Come along for a catch up, a good hearty breakfast and see some great cars!

When: Sunday 2nd August (on the first Sunday of every month)
Time: 8am – 10am
Where: Classics Museum Hamilton Waikato
Address: 11 Railside Pl, Dinsdale, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand
Cost: Free to come and check out the classic cool cars. All you can eat breakfast ($16)
Check out the event here:

Bay of Plenty

Stir It Up

Where: The Sugar Plum Tree Café, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Saturday 1st August from 10:30am - 12:30pm
This is a fun casual way of gathering to practise and/or learn New Zealand Sign Language for every one of all ages.
Please contact Sue Lessing the facilitator if you are coming as numbers are needed to be given to the café to reserve tables and chairs.
Click on flyer for contact details and further upcoming dates.
Share with everyone.

Deaf Aotearoa Staff
Please note, Heather Goodwin’s new office hours will be Mondays and Wednesdays all day and Thursdays half day. She does not work on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Sue Lessing will be away from the office 27th, 28th, 29th and 31st July. She will be in on Thursday 30th, which half the day she will be out at a meeting.

Explore the Tauranga Eastern Link- Community Day 
TEL (Tauranga Eastern Link) will be open to the community from 8am till 3pm on Saturday 1st August for all to explore and enjoy before it opens to traffic.
From 8am till 10am, the road will be open for cyclists only from Domain Road and Tara Road (no parking on site).
Then all cyclists must be off the road by 10:30am for the community to walk, run or take the tour bus till 3:00pm

Click the flyers below for more information.
You can park at Baypark, Mount Maunganui or Kiwi360 near Te Puke to catch a free bus ride to TEL.
Be in to win two tickets for a helicopter ride over the new road.
To enter before midnight on Monday 27th July, click here
Draw will take place the next day, 28th July.
There will be helicopter rides for $30.00 per seat.
For more information and to connect on Facebook for latest details click here


TEC Pro-Med First Aid – Standard 6401

What: Managing First Aid in Emergency Situations
When: Friday 14th August
Time:  9am – 1pm
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.
See attached flyer for more details.

Opening Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre 
Everyone’s welcome for this weekend of contemporary art, community, and music to celebrate the opening of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.
Experience New Zealand’s first example of destination architecture linked to contemporary art and only art museum dedicated to a single artist.
When: Saturday 25th July
What:  9am - Powhiri/Welcome
             10am-6pm - Galleries open
             8pm- late - Art after Dark party, the Mayfair
Tickets to their official opening after-party “Art After Dark” on Saturday night, are selling quickly so get yours here now

When: Sunday 26th July
What:  10am-6pm - Community spirited day
“Getting a feeling of zizz in the think” Len Lye
Book your weekend in New Plymouth now

Download the opening weekend programme here

Opening hours:
Opening weekend: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday and Friday – Mon 10am – 6pm
Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Closed Tuesdays and Christmas Day

Prices: Free
Contact: Gallery Administration Office
Phone: 06 759 6060

 Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori – Kupu Kawhe
When: Monday  27th July - Sunday 2nd August
Time: Daily 9:30am – 3:30pm
Where: Daily News Cafe, Puke Ariki Library, New Plymouth

Order your flat white or your Earl Grey in Te Reo Māori at the Daily News Café this Māori Language Week.
Hawkes Bay

TEC Amalgamation Hawkes Bay

Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale, Napier
When: Saturday 8th August, 2015. 10:30am - 12:30pm
Entry: Free
Speakers: Amalgamate Hawkes Bay and Stuart Nash Labour MP
A NZSL Interpreter will be there.
Amalgamation means “combine groups together”
Hawkes Bay is looking at combining Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, Waipawa and Waipukurau (Central Hawkes Bay) together into one council.
Do you think this is a good idea? Many people are saying “yes” it’s a good idea. Many people are saying "no" it’s not a good idea.
Voting papers will be sent out in the mail on August 24th and voting will close on September 15th at noon.
Deaf Aotearoa needs to make sure that everyone knows and understands what amalgamation means, and what could happen in the future if they choose to combine or not.
We invite you to come along on Saturday 8th August and see what they have to say. You are most welcome to ask them questions too. 
Then from 24th August you can vote "yes" or "no."
Please go to these links for more information:
Please let Deaf Aotearoa know if you are coming to this meeting.
Text: 021 459 005 or
Please check out the official flyer for more information and please mark this on your calendar.


Hawkes Bay Deaf Club Social Afternoon

Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale Napier
When: Saturday 8th August from 3:30pm
Entry: Free

Catch up with Deaf Community Members
Catch up with news from Deaf clubs/ societies and around the World.

Catch up about Deaf Sports.
Talk about setting up Deaf Sport group – fun activities, games etc.
More information please contact the Deaf Club:
Text: 027 859 3238

Palmerston North Lunch Club

When: Monday 27th July
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, 74 the Square, Level 2 United Building, Palmerston North
Time: 12pm
Yes it’s that time again! Come along, bring your lunch and we will provide coffee/tea. Catch up on what is happening at Deaf Aotearoa, future workshops and many more!
Look forward to seeing you!

Women's Self Defence Class

When: Saturday 22nd August
Where: Wellington
Time: 10am – 5pm
This is a very valuable class for all females to learn how to self-defend in threatening situations including how to prevent unwanted texts, being followed, sexual harassment and more.
This workshop is based in Wellington but the good news is, we will be able to fully reimburse for petrol costs, best way to do this is for those who want to go is to choose who’s car to take and go in one car together (called carpooling).
It has come to my attention that some Manawatu females attended the Women's camp.You may remember attending this course, you can still come and do it as a refresher!

Manawatu Deaf Society Club Night

When: Friday 24th July
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: 7.30pm
Come along! Bring your friends/family/work colleagues/NZSL Students and the wider community to the Manawatu Deaf Society to get together, catch-up, play pool/darts, watch sports on Sky etc.


Reminder: Stir It Up 

This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and/or learn NZSL for FREE. Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at the cafe. A great setting for First Sign families, NZSL students, whanau and/or friends for all ages! 
Venue: Deaf Aotearoa, Shop 2, 330 High Street, Lower Hutt
When: Tuesdays, 11am - 1pm
Dates: 28th July, 25th August, 29th September, 27th October, 24th November. 
RSVP: One week before session date. 
All welcome - Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations... EVERYBODY welcome! 
For more information, please contact Shannon Krogmann,
Text: 021 545 288.

Wellington's Big 150th Birthday Party

On the 25th and 26th July, Wellington will celebrate 150 years as New Zealand’s capital with Capital 150. Wellington City Council will be opening the doors to more than 30 national institutions free of charge, revealing some of the rarest and most significant collections and important treasures housed in this city. A free hop-on, hop-off bus service, sponsored by Go Wellington, will take visitors around the Open House circuit. Such as the Prime Minister's house, War Exhibition, Gallipoli, DOC's old Government house, Cable Car House, Supreme Court, the future of Wellington National Library, NZ Reserve Bank Museum and much, much more!
To check out all of their events, please visit:
Check out this pocket guide to the Treasures of Wellington where the doors to more than 30 national institutions will be open to you free of charge on 25th and 26th July 2015 - 

Doreen Howell turns 100! 

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,  
Text: 021 326 966

Wellington Deaf Society’s 77th Anniversary 

On 1st August, WDS will celebrate their 77th Anniversary.
Join their celebrations and join Wellington Deaf Society’s anniversary at a NZSL restaurant!
When: Saturday 1st August at 6pm
Where: Dunlop Restaurant, CQ Hotels, Cuba Street, Wellington
Cost: $37 for two courses.
To book reserve a seat, please RSVP by 27th July, 2015 to
Did you know: CQ Hotels is the only known restaurant in NZ to provide their menu and service in NZSL.


Victory Community Centre

Free Cervical Screens are available at our Community centre. Criteria apply (see below)
However other free or low cost options are available if the criteria doesn’t apply to you.
Maori, Pacific Island or Asian women who are aged between 20 – 69 years. Or any woman who is 30-69 who has never had a smear test or hasn't had one for 5 years.
Lori Davis is a specialist cervical screener with many years of practice.
When: 1st Tuesday of the month
Where: Victory Community Centre
Totara Street, Nelson
Booking: Essential
Telephone: 03 546 8389

Nelson Office closed 
The Nelson Office will be closed from Wednesday 5th August and re-opens on Monday 10th August.
If you require an interpreter text iSign on 022 123 4664 or telephone 0800 934 683.
You can also book iSign - NZSL interpreting service on

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


TEC Courses

Recently we had a TEC course - both Comprehensive and Revalidation First Aid course with New Zealand Red Cross. It took place a couple of weeks ago with eight people who attend the course and gained a NZ Red Cross First Aid Certificate and a handbook. They have learnt new skills on how to save people's life or how to treat them and now they have the skills to do that in their everyday lives. 
They have received their certificates which is a benefit for their workplaces, families and also something extra they can add onto their CVs.
If you missed out, don't worry there will be another course in 2016 - please keep eye out for more information.
Do you want to learn new skills or do you have any ideas on what you would like to learn?
If you do, please feel free to share your ideas with us. Please visit the Christchurch office, or email me
Please note, all learners must meet the criteria:
  • over 16 years old
  • a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • currently living in New Zealand
  • not enrolled in secondary school full time

Deaf Society of Canterbury - Friday Night Event TONIGHT!

Do you have the brains and knowledge?
Come and join the pub quiz! There will be cash prizes!
You can have a team of four for $5.00 each or $20.00 per team.
When: Friday 24th July, starts at 7pm
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Avenue
For more information, please contact the Deaf Society of Canterbury office.

Fruit Together - Former Fruit and Vegetable Co-Op

Are you tight with your financial situation?
Can't afford to buy fruit and vegetables?
Now you can buy cheap fruit and vegetables!
You pay just $12 for each pack  - 1 bag of fruit and 1 bag of vegetables ($13 in Oxford). 
You pay one week in advance and there is no joining fee. 
The contents of the packs will vary each week depending on what is in season.
You can buy more than one pack at a time – there is no limit, and you don’t need to buy every week. You can buy a pack for others like your parents, children, neighbours, or even your best friend. You can also sponsor a pack for a family in need.
Each pack includes a recipe idea on how to use the fruit or vegetables in the pack, and some health information.
Where to buy?
There are a various of places that you can go to your nearby hub (venue) -

Lincoln Farmers and Craft Market

Come and soak in the country life at this friendly, popular community market in the picturesque township of Lincoln.
Browse the many varied stalls at our weekly markets - local seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs, Artisan breads, pastries, slices and cakes, European sweet treats, gluten & dairy free cookies, wine, honey, natural fruit cordials, award winning cheeses, olive oil, hazelnut products, fudges, sauces and preserves, eco products, flowers and plants, distinctive jewelry, lavender, handmade hats and clothes, scarves, pottery, pet food, fabric toys, unique artwork and cards etc. A genuine Farmers' Market with a fantastic community spirit!
Join in the fun at our regular themed community events.
When: Saturday 25th July, from 10am - 1pm
Where: On green beside Hillyers Cafe, Gerald St. Lincoln
For more details:


Coffee Club

When: Thursday 30th July
Time: 10am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office
Please bring a small plate to share. Hope to see you there!

Mid-Winter Booksale
Come along to City Library for bargains on book, CDs, DVDs and magazines for really low prices!
 When: Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July
Time: 9:30am – 4pm
Where: Dunedin City Library, Ground Floor

Where Are We?
Anna is not in office Tuesday 28th July.
Michelle is not in office Friday 31st July.

FREE Workshop for Parents of Deaf Children

Paul Buzzard from van Asch Deaf Education Centre in Christchurch is down to present two amazing Visual Communication Workshops.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to naturally communicate with your child through use of visual techniques.
These courses are highly recommended families and professionals working with deaf children.
Workshop 1
When: Thursday 30th July 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Ministry of Education, 190 Forth Street, Invercargill
Cost: FREE
Workshop 2 (repeats Workshop 1’s information)
When: Thursday 30th July, 7pm - 9pm
Where: Ministry of Education, 190 Forth Street, Invercargill
Cost: FREE

Please RSVP to Rebekah Zwies

Or alternatively contact Rebecca Petre and she will pass on the information
Text: 021 554 905.

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

Otago - Southland Family Day

For all Southland Pre School Parents of the Deaf, Save the Date -come along to Hear Families share their stories, have NZSL games and talk about transition into pre-school and school.
When: 22nd August, 2015
Where:  Balclutha – Venue TBC
Time: 10:30am - 2pm
For more Information and venue update, call Rebecca at the Deaf Aotearoa Office and she can direct you to the best person.
Or alternatively check out Southland Parents of Deaf Children Facebook page.