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Ngāti turi hui raki: Māori Deaf community development hui

We have listened to Māori Deaf and we want to share with you our plans for Māori Deaf Development.

We will be holding a hui at Ruamoko Marae on 28th and 29th March. We will start with a pōwhiri at 10am on Saturday 28th and we will kaikōrero through the day. Meals will be provided from morning tea on Saturday 28th until lunch on Sunday 29th. Accommodation will be provided at Ruamoko Marae - please bring your own bedding.

If you have any questions please contact Richard Peri, Māori Deaf Development Officer at Deaf Aotearoa –

Members of Deaf Aotearoa Executive Board, the Chief Executive and Managers will attend the hui.

When: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March
Where: Ruamoko Marae, Kelston, Auckland

If you have any questions and to register, please contact Richard Peri, Māori Deaf Development Officer at Deaf Aotearoa.

Call for presentations: SLIANZ Conference 3-5 July 2015

The Sign Language Interpreters Association of New Zealand (SLIANZ) would like to invite interested parties and organisations to submit abstracts for presentations or workshops, relating to the conference theme of 'Interpreters in an evolving world'.

Topics to consider could be: how interpreters can manage to keep up with technology and changing terminology in an ever evolving world. The theme is open to your creative interpretation, all proposals will be considered.

Please send them a summary (abstract) of your presentation—this should be less than 200 words.

It should include:
  • Your name, contact details, what language you will present in
  • The objectives of your presentation or workshop
  • The length of time (usually 30–40 mins for a presentation, 90 minutes for a workshop)
  • Video submissions (less than three minutes) in NZSL are welcome (upload to YouTube and send a private link to the conference email address)
Send your submission to SLIANZ by Tuesday 31st March to or post to PO Box 6090, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141. They will let you know the outcome of your submission by Friday 17th April.

Government is confident infant formula is safe to use

The government is confident New Zealand infant and other formula is as safe today as it was before this threat was made. They encourage you to keep using formula as you always have.

Security and safety measures for making infant and other formula have always been very strong. Since this threat was made, the government, manufacturers and retailers have worked together to put additional layers of security in place so consumers can continue using infant formula with confidence.

More information...

Media conference in NZSL

Video explaining to always check your infant and other formula for tampering (English subtitles)

(Note: To view the subtitles you may need to click on the video and/or the YouTube logo and then select the CC option)

Video explaining how formula's made safely (with English subtitles)

(Note: To view the subtitles you may need to click on the video and/or the YouTube logo and then select the CC option)


Reminder Northland By-election

When: Saturday 28th March

For important information about the by-election in NZSL please see the video below.


Do you want to give up smoking?

Northland want to improve their statistics.

But more importantly, this will benefit your health

Risks of smoking include:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Lung cancer
If you want support to give up you can contact Quitline by using NZ Relay to phone 0800 778 778.

Good Luck!

Growers market

There is a growers market on Water Street.

This a great place to buy fresh meat, fish, egg, cheese, nuts and more!

When: Every Saturday Morning

Time: 6:30am to 10:30am

Cyclone Pam: Civil Defence

Cyclone Pam came to New Zealand over the weekend, and while we were not hugely affected we would still like to remind you to take a look at the Civil Defence website.

On the Civil Defence website there is a lot of good information on keeping you and your family safe during a natural disaster. There is also information about how to ‘get ready’ if a natural disaster occurs and what to pack to ensure you are well prepared. Please take a look on the website to be up to date with what you need to store away in cause of an emergency.

Auckland Deaf Youth Group AGM

Auckland Deaf Youth Group are having their Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is a meeting is held once a year that all members of the group are invited to attend.

The purpose of an AGM is to give members a report on the groups’ activities and finances for the previous year, to allow time for members to ask questions, and to elect members of your governing body (e.g. board or committee members) for the coming year.

Auckland Deaf Youth Group would like to invite the general Deaf community to attend their AGM on Saturday 28th March. Time and location is to be confirmed. Follow this link to be updated with this information.

Volunteers needed for NZSL Week

We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in supporting the Auckland offices during NZSL week. We have a number of events planned, and we would like to have some volunteers who would be interested in helping make NZSL Week successful!

You may be helping out with: face-painting, setting up, teaching NZSL to hearing people, taking photos, supervising young children on bouncy castles, etc.

If you are interested, please email Rachel or Natasha ASAP:-
South Auckland

Māori culture TEC course

When: Saturday 18th April
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland office, Level 1, Manukau Westfield

If you are interested please contact Natasha Cloete:

Forklift TEC course

Do you want to go on a course to learn how to drive a forklift? If you are interested please email Natasha at or text 021 517 849.

I need more than six people interested in attending a forklift course before I can go ahead and organise the forklift course sometime in July.

March in March

South Auckland Deaf Club is organising this event. Please see the attached flyer or see South Auckland Deaf Club Facebook page for more information.

Where: 90 Wairere Road, The Gardens, Manurewa
When: Saturday 21st March
Time: 10:00am


Thank you to NZSL Week tutors

Thank you to the 12 tutors who have signed up to be NZSL Week tutors for the Waikato!

The tutor training night will be on Wednesday 1st April. The time and venue are yet to be confirmed, so keep an eye out for more information in next week's newsletter.

Casual coffee and chat: Huntly

When: Thursday 26th March from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Where: Sunrise Café, Main Road, Huntly

Kayte Shaw and Susitina Cook from Deaf Aotearoa's Hamilton office are coming to meet you. So come along and grab a coffee with them—they can’t wait to see you! Your first coffee will be free. They would love to meet with the Deaf community in Huntly and have coffee while swapping ideas about what the Deaf community would like to see happening in 2015.

For more information, talk with your local Community Development Kaituitui, Kayte Shaw. Email or text 021 517 791.

TEC course: Money Matters

When: Monday 30th March from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office, Level 4, Federated Farmers Building, 169 London Street, Hamilton
Cost: Free!
Tutor: Heather Lens (Education Officer from Hamilton Budgeting Advisory Trust)

Why should you attend our Money Matters presentation?

  • You will learn how to take control of your money so there is some left at the end of each week
  • You will understand more about credit cards and borrowing money
  • We can help you save money on the cost of living
  • We can help you plan for retirement
  • Our workshops are fun and easy to understand
  • You will learn about budgeting the easy way
  • You will learn to avoid scams so that people don’t take your money off you
  • When you control your money, you reduce stress and flourish.
  • It is FREE!!!
If you would like to attend this course then please contact your local Community Relations Officer, Susitina Cook. Email, text 021 540 193 or come and visit the office.

Signing at the Cook

When: Thursday 26th March from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Where: The Cook Café and Bar, 7 Cook Street, Hamilton (opposite Steele Park)

Come and enjoy chatting with other Deaf people. Meet NZSL learners and help them practice their signing skills. Be a signing role model. Promote Deaf culture in the community.

All welcome, there will be people learning NZSL that will love to meet and sign with you!

Whangamata Beach Hop

When: Friday 27th to Sunday 29th March
Where: Main Street, Whangamata
Cost: Free entry

If you loved the 50’s and 60’s then this is the place to be! There will be a huge showcase of classic cars, bikes, caravans and dragsters that will rattle your ribcage and bring tears to your eyes.

Last year I saw at least four Deaf people there getting in amongst the action. So come on, dress up in Rock ‘n‘ Roller style and maybe even win yourself a prize!

Bay of Plenty

7th New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival

Where: Wellington
When: Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September
Cost: See their website
Deadline: Friday 17th July at 6:00pm

Get your friends together to do a short film or you can do one on your own. Visit this link to watch some past competition entries to give you an idea of what sort of films you can make.

Do you want to know more about the competition and rules? Visit this link. There are NZSL videos explaining all information you need to know.

If you are not sure and want more information, contact Sue Lessing, your local Community Relations Officer. Email, text 021 920 675 or Skype deaf.aotearoa.

Tauranga Art Gallery: Family Fun Day

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery, 108 Willow Street, Tauranga
When: Saturday 28th March from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Cost: $5.00 per family

This is a family fun day. The theme will be 'Wild Thing' and will be in conjunction with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Dress as your favourite wild thing and have your face painted to match when you get there. There will be prizes for the best dressed animals.

Click here for more information and times for age categories.

Kelly, who works there, is a sign language user.

16th Tauranga Multicultural Festival

Where: Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Saturday 21st March from 10:00am till 4:00pm
Cost: Adults $6.00 - Children under 12 free

A day for the family to enjoy! Culture, food, dance, arts and crafts.

For more information visit their website.

Te Puna School Country Fair

Where: Te Puna Primary School, Te Puna Road, Te Puna (click for map)
When: Saturday 21st March from 9:00am to 2:00pm

A family fun day outing. Traditional annual fair showcasing local food, coffee, produce, crafts and more.

There will be a Kid Zone with rides, animals and bouncy castle.

Ebbett Holden Speedway Special

Where: ASB Stadium, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
When: Saturday 28 March from 6:30pm till 10:00pm

For more information and ticket prices, visit this link.


Promed First Aid TEC workshop

This course will cover "Basic Emergency Care Provide Resuscitation Level 2 Standard 6402".

You will get instruction in CPR and basic First Aid such as:
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Splinting (fractures, sprains etc)
  • Safety at a scene
  • Burns
  • Choking
  • Recovery position
When: Wednesday 15th April from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Taranaki Disability Information Centre Trust Meeting Room
The first 10 people to RSVP attend for free.
RSVP your attendance to

Technology workshop: Complete technology awareness

Sessions include:
  • Know your PC - ground to basic
  • Keyboard skill - basic education including typing & shortcuts
  • Word - basic to advanced
  • Publisher - basic to intermediate
  • Email - scams, groups, viruses
  • Antivirus software - introduction and updates, free options
  • Firewall - introduction
  • Digital Camera
  • PowerPoint - beginner to intermediate
  • Excel - Basic
  • Web Design - Basic
Where: BNZ Taranaki Board Room, Level 1, 13-15 Devon Street East, New Plymouth
When:  Every Wednesday for 12 weeks from 1st July to 16th September
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Tutor: Ryan Braggins (

NZSL Week Activities:
Keep these dates free to attend our celebration events

Free barbeque to promote NZSL

When: Wednesday 6th May
Where: Huatoki Plaza, Devon Street, New Plymouth
Time: 11:30am to 3:30pm

Family Day Out

Bring: Picnic lunch
When: Saturday 9th May from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm
Where: New Plymouth Roller Skate Club, East End Reserve

Free entertainment, activities -- including free roller skating!

There are more activities planned, watch this space.

Taranaki Down Syndrome Association Celebration

When: Saturday 21st March
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Huatoki Plaza, New Plymouth

For World Down Syndrome Day the Taranaki Down Syndrome Association are organising a "Cups full of surprise café". This is a time to celebrate our children, recognise their achievements and raise awareness of Down Syndrome in our community. Come along and see what their young adults are achieving including Chris’ K-9 Crunchies micro-biscuits.

Tea and coffee, cake stall and crafts for sale.

Photos from WOMAD

Interpreter: Ruth Medcalf Waka Talk

Spot the two Deaf community members in the crowd!

Marama Simeon (communicator)

Spot the Deaf community members in the crowd!

Waka travelled from Whakatane to Taranaki

DCM Christina Broughton

Recycling Crew

Ruth Medcalf (interpreter)

Stars of our show!
Hawkes Bay

TEC course: IRD changes and setting up your online account

When: Wednesday 1st April from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
Presenter: Glen Morton from IRD

Interpreters will be there.

Please remember to bring your IRD number if you want to register for the IRD service.

Topics that will be covered are:
  • Changes with Child Support (very important)
  • Overpayment of Working for Families tax credits or debt with Inland Revenue
  • Overseas pensions plus other small topics
  • IRD video clips and contact details for Deaf Link
  • myIR secure online services (access to your tax information online free anytime, check how much you pay, how much you earn, view other entitlements, check your KiwiSaver, check to see if you have a refund plus more)
To register for this course please contact Lee Bullivant by emailing or texting 021 459 005.

TEC course: Are You Tech Smart?

This course was set for 25th March but it has been postponed. The new date is now Wednesday 29th July from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club. More information will be sent out in the next few months.

Reading Cinemas Napier

Reading Cinema in Napier have set up a closed caption system for Deaf and hearing impaired people to watch movies with captions. They have 10 devices available.

Remember this is only available for movies that have closed captions (CC). Reading Cinema will advertise closed captioned movies on their website and in their weekly printed schedule.

If you see a movie with the CC icon, that means you can contact them to book your seat and your captioning device.

For more information see their website.


Manawatu Deaf Society: ​Social Club Fun Games

When: Friday 20th March from 7:30pm
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North

The bar will be open, so please do not bring your own drinks.

New Zealand Sign Language Week

As you are all aware, this will be held from Monday 4th May to Sunday 10th May. 

Do you know any workplaces, business, schools, organisations that would like to have a free 45 minute taster class? If you say yes, encourage them to register for the classes at

I have been busy setting up some events for this week and there are some exciting tours happening in Palmerston North and Wanganui this year as well as a Social Event at Manawatu Deaf Society on Thursday 7th May to celebrate!! 

Watch this space!

Festival of Culture: Lantern Parade

When: Friday 20th March from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: The Square, Palmerston North
Cost: Free

An evening parade will mark the Year of the Sheep in Palmerston North, and herald the beginning of the Festival of Cultures 2015.

The parade will begin at around 8:30pm in The Square. It will leave from in front of the stage. This year is the Year of the Sheep. The community are encouraged to make and bring their own lanterns of any shape or size.

Festival of Culture: World Food, Craft and Music Fair

When: Saturday 21st March from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: The Square, Palmerston North
Cost: Free

This is one of the longest-standing community events in Palmerston North. This year it is promising to be as exciting and vibrant as ever. It is our city’s chance to celebrate art, culture, lifestyle and explore their connections to each other and New Zealand. The event is fully accessible to all of the community and offers a variety of mainly free entertainment, covering areas such as food, music, arts and craft, cultural talks and performances and a cultural cuisine show.

Also this year for the fourth time in The Square and as part of the festival we will again host a cuisine show "A Taste of Culture" with main hosts Nici Wickes and Ray McVinnie - this year they will bring something a little different to your tables - it is free and all are welcome to just drop by any time.


Circus Quirkus

Circus Quirkus is a non-animal circus spectacular and family fun experience. A unique showcase of the finest performers from all around the world.

The Rotary Club of Mount Victoria and the business community throughout the greater Wellington areas have sponsored complimentary tickets for families to attend the Circus.  If you would like any tickets then please contact Natalie King as soon as possible and confirm which show you would like to attend and how many tickets you would like.

There are three shows scheduled at the Riley Centre at Wellington High School on Saturday 9th May. You can choose from: 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm or 6:00 pm.

Email or text/call 021 545 288.

Caffeination: New Zealand Festival of Coffee

Where: TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington 
When: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22th March from 9:30am

It’s the festival that will stir up coffee lovers all over the country, luring them with the aromas of freshly roasted coffee and the promise of new tastes and experiences. Being in a central New Zealand location and a central location within Wellington, right on the waterfront, is a great setting for a coffee showcase. Best of all, Caffeination, the New Zealand Festival of Coffee, will bring together coffee lovers, aficionados and experts within the industry over a two-day extravaganza that is expected to attract thousands.

Coffee lovers will be treated to tastings from numerous coffee roasters and brands, and they’ll learn all about the different ways their favourite drink can be served. They’ll even discover exactly how to make that perfect cup of coffee within the comfort of their own home.

Whether you’re a coffee lover or working within the industry, given the fact that coffee is a daily ritual for many New Zealanders, the Coffee Festival is destined for success and an event not to be missed.

CubaDupa: Street Festival of Cuba Street

Where: Cuba Mall, Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 
When: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March

CubaDupa is Wellington’s new, vibrant street festival revering the epic creative spirit of Cuba Street and the Wellington community. 

In true Street Festival style, the premise of CubaDupa is that the audience will help create the show. At midday on Saturday, CubaDupa will kick off with a mass choir involving six different choirs starting from different areas of the festival site and processioning through the streets converging to come together to sing a piece especially created for CubaDupa.

Neighbours Day

When: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March

Check out what is happening in your Neighbourhood! Neighbours Day Aotearoa is about turning streets into neighbourhoods. It is a nationwide event that aims to bring people together and help build great neighbourhoods.

Volunteers for NZSL Week

We have lots of exciting events coming up for NZSL Week here in the Nelson area. Susan Peters is looking for volunteers to help with these events.

If you are free anytime between Monday 4th May to Saturday 9th May, Sue would appreciate your support. You will get a free t-shirt and a voucher in return for helping. If you are interested please contact Susan by texting 021 939 415 or emailing

Marchfest at Founders Heritage Park

When: Saturday 21st March from 12:00pm to 9:30pm
Where: Founders Heritage Park, 87 Atawahi Drive, Nelson
Cost: $39.00 per person (children under 18 attend free when accompanied by a parent or guardian)

Marchfest is a unique craft beer and music festival held in NZ sunniest city, Nelson.

15 regional craft breweries will attend with good food and events for the children too.

Celebrate Debbie and Kareen's birthday with a Birthday BBQ

When: Sunday 22nd March at 4.30pm

Please bring your own BBQ food and drink. For the address please contact Rachel, secretary of NDC.

Email Rachel on or text 021 102 4400.

AGM for Nelson Deaf Incorporated

When: Saturday 18th April at 10.30am
Where: Board Room at Zumo Coffee House 42 Rutherford Street Nelson 7010

All welcome, please let Rachel know if you are coming.

Email Rachel on or text on 021 102 4400.

Motueka war exhibition

When: March 1st to April 30th
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm Tuesday to Friday and 10:00am to 2:00pm Sundays
Where: Motueka Museum and Muses Café, 136-138 High Street, Motueka

The Museum is proud to present the latest exhibition, which tells the story of how the War affected those living in Motueka and surrounding districts: those that went off to fight, those who didn't return and those left behind to carry on with life as best as they could. This part of the exhibition goes up to Gallipoli. It explains what was behind the outbreak of war, which countries were allies and those that were part of the Central powers and the various roles in the army.

New Zealand Sign Language Week taster classes

Registrations are now open for Deaf Aotearoa's free 45-minute New Zealand Sign Language taster class to organisations, such as schools, businesses, community groups, marae and healthcare providers.

Please share this link to anyone who would love to have a free taster class:

Peter Pan NZSL interpreted show survey

  • Did you attend the NZSL interpreted performance of Peter Pan on Sunday 22nd February?
  • Did you enjoy the show?
  • How would you like to see it improved?
Christchurch City Council would love to hear your feedback so they can find out what can be improved for NZSL interpreted performances in the future.

Please email your feedback to Rachel Mullins by email to

National Deaf Rugby Championship

Southern Zone Deaf Rugby is hosting the National Deaf Rugby Championship in Christchurch during Easter Weekend from 3rd to 5th April.

The rugby matches will be held at Christchurch Football Club at 250 Westminster Street, St Albans. Please see the attached flyer attached for the timetable of matches.

A social dinner will be held at The Cashmere Club at 50 Colombo Street, Cashmere. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact


Coffee club

When: Thursday 26th March
Time: 10:00am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office

Please bring a small plate to share.

NZSL Week Taster Classes

You can now register online for a free 45 minute NZSL taster classes during the month of May. Click here to register! Visit for more information.

Please share with your families, friends, doctors, police, schools, audiologists, radiologists, support workers, banks, eye specialists, physiotherapists, workplaces and more!

Otago Deaf Sports

When: Sunday 29th March
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Otago Deaf Centre

All welcome for sports Special General Meeting (not AGM).

Where are we?

Monday 23rd March is Otago Anniversary Day and the office will be closed.

First Aid Course Level 1

Thank you to those who have confirmed their interest in this course.

I have booked the course for all day on Monday 11th May so please pencil in this date.

When you complete this course you will:
  • be able to recognise life-threatening  situations
  • be able to offer vital assistance before more experienced help arrives
  • be qualified as a workplace first aid person
  • earn NZQA unit standards 6401 and 6402
Course content: Scene assessments, CPR, chest pains (e.g. heart attacks), dislocations, safety, broken bones, burns, soft tissue injury, asthma, stroke, seizures, bleeding, etc.

This is an amazing opportunity to learn practical skills in a fun and interactive learning environment .

An interpreter will be provided.

When: Monday 11th May
Where: St John, 25 Victoria Avenue, Invercargill
Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
(please arrive 10 minutes before the course starts or you may be refused entry)

Please note: You are required to bring your lunch, or go to a café nearby for lunch. There is plenty of parking available.

Rebecca needs volunteers for jobs during NZSL Week

If this sounds like something you could do she would appreciate your support with this.

Text, call or drop into the office for more information.

Woman’s Lifestyle Expo

When: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March
Where: SIT Zero Fees Veledrome, 22 Surrey Park Road, Invercargill
Time: 10:00am
Costs: Adults $8.00 - Children under 8 free (door sales only)

Come and join in a special two day event for women of all ages. Jewellery, beauty, business products and information, crafts, fitness, food and wine sampling, and much more.