National News

NZSL Videos About The General Election

There’s going to be an election this year on Saturday 20 September and the Electoral Commission wants every eligible New Zealander to enrol and vote. They have developed New Zealand Sign Languages videos about the 2014 General Election!

The videos below will tell you everything you need to know about enrolling and voting in the 2014 General Election in New Zealand Sign Language:-

More Current Affairs & Political Programmes To Be Captioned

Able is pleased to announce that from Wednesday 23rd July, it will be providing closed captions for:-
  • Q+A, TV ONE, 9am, Sunday mornings  & repeats at 12.30am, Monday mornings
  • 3rd Degree, TV3, 8.30pm, Wednesday evenings & repeats 11.30am, Sunday mornings
  • The Nation, TV3, 10am Sunday mornings (repeat)
Note that the above is subject to programming changes. See the TV guide for up-to-date schedules.

Able Chief Executive Wendy Youens says, “We’ve heard regularly from caption users that they would like political programmes captioned and we have worked hard to meet this need. With the elections just around the corner, it is more important than ever that every New Zealander can have access to political information so they can make informed decisions.”

“When NZ On Air assisted the establishment of Able last year it was our hope that the new structure would allow efficiencies to be made that would result in more captioning. We are delighted to see that Able has already achieved this,” says Jane Wrightson, Chief Executive of NZ On Air.

Captions will also be provided for all TV ONE election programming, including live debates and election night coverage and selected pre-recorded TV3 election programming. TV3 is unable to carry live captioning at this time. From time to time a programme is unable to be captioned due to late delivery by the broadcaster to Able. The repeat screening will be captioned.

Read the full media release...

Job Advertisement: Project Manager – NZSL Initiatives

The Combined Board of Trustees for Kelston and van Asch Deaf Education Centres is responsible for the provision of educational services to Deaf and hearing impaired students throughout New Zealand.  The Board is committed to working collaboratively with the Ministry of Education and other agencies to implement the key initiatives that are part of our Government’s response to the Human Rights Commission on its inquiry into New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)
We have an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled project manager to facilitate the timely implementation of agreed NZSL initiatives by the Deaf Education Centres and identify other significant opportunities to enhance our student’s abilities to access the curriculum through NZSL.

Download the full job advertisement...

Northland News

Northland Roads

There are still a few roads closed from the storm last week. Please check ahead before you drive to avoid delays.

SH1 south of Kawakawa is still closed. Please take detours and note that these are only for light vehicles. No heavy vehicles on these detour roads, please refer to NZTA for more information.

SH12 near Kaihu: one lane is open so expect delays with STOP/GO signs.

Other streets might be still closed so if you are going somewhere off state highways, please check with people where you are planning to go. They will know whether the roads are open and safe to use.


Photo on left is of SH1 and on the right is of SH12.

Matariki Māori Language Week

Whangarei Libraries are celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

Kei Hea Nga Kupu - Māori Language Word Hunt
Thursday 24 July, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Hunt through the Library for Nga kupu o te wiki - Words of the week.

All correct entries get fried bread. Only 1 entry per person.

Northland Deaf Club:
Halloween Competition

Watch Vicki for details.

See the flyer or pick up from Deaf Aotearoa notice board.

Staff Whereabouts

Your Community Relations Officer, Alana Best, will be away on Wednesday 23th July. She will be working on Friday 25th July.

Auckland News

Blessing Of New Auckland Deaf Society Community Clubrooms

When: 18th July at 5:30pm (note new time)
Where: 164 Balmoral Road, Mount Eden

Auckland Deaf Society invite you to join them to open their new community clubroom.

Since the 1950s,164 Balmoral Road has been the cultural home for the Deaf and NZSL community of Auckland.

Their new community clubroom will give them a platform to continue that great work, and this new flexible and fully accessible space will give them even more opportunities for community activities, events and learning opportunities. 

Join them to bless their beautiful contemporary new space. Everyone is welcome!

Drinks and nibbles provided, followed by cash bar and food available for purchase.

Koha would be gratefully appreciated

RSVP: It will greatly assist them in planning if you could RSVP to

Deaf Marlins Rugby Prizegiving And AGM

When: 16th August
Time: 5pm till late (AGM at 5:30pm)
Where: Shooters Saloon, 330 New North Road, Kingsland

Ticket cost:
Early bird $14 (deadline 31st July)
Late bird $18 (after 31st July or door sales)

Tickets include one pizza, one free drink (beer or non-alcoholic).

You can buy tickets every Friday at Auckland Deaf Society.
See Pia Jane, Sapphire Ualesi, Samantha Diaz or Dylan Louie.

This is an R18 event. Anyone underage will have to be accompanied with a parent or legal guardian.

Join their Facebook event!

ICT, Work Participation And Productivity
For People With Hearing Impairment

Purpose of the study

To understand the role information and communication technology (ICT) plays in making people with hearing impairment productive and rewarded participants in the workplace
To document challenges that people with hearing impairment face in the workplace including those associated with ICT that are not appropriately accessible.

Who can participate?

Three groups of participants who are over 18 years of age:
  • Individuals with hearing impairment who are currently employed
  • Individuals with hearing impairment who are currently unemployed
  • Employers who employ individuals with hearing impairment

Benefits of this study to you and your community

  • Your voice will assist organisations to develop appropriate work and ICT policies to support employees with hearing impairment.
  • Through the dissemination of this study output, you can help society understand the appropriate support for people with hearing impairment to fully participate in the workplace.

What do you have to do?

You will participate in a 1-2 hours interview at your convenient location and time.
  • If you are an individual with hearing impairment, you will be asked about your needs, ICT use, benefits and challenges to participate in the workplace.
  • If you employ an individual with hearing impairment, you will be asked about policies and practices to support employees with visual impairment.
For more information please read and download the Participant Information Sheet.

Auckland Council's Draft Community Grants Policy

Many individuals, groups, and organisations have benefited from Auckland Council grants, for their projects, events, services, and activities. The council is seeking your feedback on their draft proposal for the Community Grant Policy, which is aimed at making the process for applying for grants more fairer, and transparent. 

Four community workshops will be run, where participants can find our more about the policy, discuss and ask questions. All workshops will be NZSL accessible with NZSL interpreters booked. However if you intend to go, it is requested you RSVP, to ensure the NZSL interpreters are not cancelled. 

Visit for more information, including NZSL translation.

Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan: Further Submissions

This week is the last week you have an opportunity to submit your feedback on previous submissions relating to Auckland Council's Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. The deadline for further submissions is Tuesday 22 July 2014, 5pm.

See for more information in NZSL. You are able to make further submissions in NZSL too, via Seeflow NZSL Direct.

Reminder: All further submission must be in relation to existing submissions that were received earlier this year. You are unable to make a new submission.

Waikato News

Deaf Advocate To Visit Hamilton Office

Where: Deaf Aotearoa Hamilton Office
Date: Tuesday 29th July 2014
Time: 9:00am to 10:30am
RSVP: 24th July before 5:00pm

Ambulance, Chemist, Counsellor, Dentist, Massage, Nurse, Hospital, Doctor.

Was your experience good or bad? Want to know more about your rights?

Come and meet your Deaf Advocate, Anna!

Discussion With Deaf Politician:
Mojo Mathers

Deaf Community Member, Robert Cameron and I, had the pleasure of going to the library last Wednesday, to meet with Mojo Mathers – the FIRST Deaf politician. It was set up by “People First” who focuses on supporting those with disabilities.

Mojo wanted to hear about the ‘barriers’ that disabled people face daily, so that she could take these concerns to the Prime Minister. If you would like to submit YOUR experiences, or thoughts, then please do so:

Currently, Mojo is focusing her efforts on “access” – when we provide better access for the disabled, we are also providing better access to the whole community.  For example:

  • When there is access for a wheelchair to go through a door, a wider door for a mother with a pram for 2 children is also provided, or an elderly person on a walker-frame, or someone on crutches.
  • When there is access to captions for TV programmes, subtitles will provide FREE education to those who are learning English as a second language, pre-school/ school aged persons, elderly.

For Deaf in particular, Mojo is exhausting her passion into captioning on TV.  Presently, NZ has 24% of TV programmes captioned. This is very low, and in line with Uganda in Africa. Her goal is to push for 100%.

It is not good enough that Deaf are the last to hear anything, when it comes to news events, emergency warnings etc.  So Mojo would love to hear from you…

Waikato Deaf 8 Pool Club
3’s Tournament

When: THIS Saturday 19 July, 11am onwards

Where: Waikato Snooker & 8 Ball Club, Rostrevor St, Hamilton.

Cost: $5 for the season

Facebook: Waikato Deaf Eightpool

Mid-Winter Retro Fair

When: Saturday 26 July 2014, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Admission: Free

Chartwell Cooperating Church (St Albans)
Comries Road, Chartwell, Hamilton

The Waikato's biggest Retro Fair is back for the 4th year running. Stall holders have been in line to get a spot, so we will have the very best available.

Stalls will have everything and anything retro from dinner sets to dining tables.  There will also be linen, fashion, “Crown Lynn”, German pottery, kitchen ware, jewellery and more.

Bring cash and a big shopping bag.

Sky City: Family Package Promotion
The Bowlevard

Where: 346 Victoria Street
Cost: $59 for food and drink plus an activity package for a family of four!
Contact: The Bowlevard - email

Package includes:

  • A game of Tenpin Bowling each
  • A small drink each from the Coca-Cola range
  • A large gourmet pizza plus two large fries from the Blend Cafe
  • Car parking at the SKYCITY Hamilton car park

Promotion runs for a limited time, subject to availability. Maximum of two adults permitted. All items must be redeemed on the day of purchase and items are not transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for cash.

Additional children are $8 each, additional adults are $10 each. Car parking is for one vehicle and for one entry and exit only, subject to availability. You must validate your parking ticket at The Bowlevard and present your validated parking ticket at the car park booth on exiting the car park.

17th Annual Red Cross Book Fair

Venue: Te Rapa Racecourse, Hamilton
Contact: 0800 733 276

If you are looking to get rid of some things… This may be for you! We want books, old vinyl records, unwanted CDs and DVDs, and we do pick ups.

What more could you ask for!

City Recycling Free Pick Up

When: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Hank
Phone: 07 855 9983
Post letter to: 149 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton

This is a FREE service to help you unclutter your yard, garage etc.

Hank will pick up your old whiteware (fridge, washing machine etc), electrical appliances (microwave, jug, toaster etc), gas bottles, barbeques, lawnmowers, pots and pans, roofing iron, steel car parts and batteries, machinery, tools, bikes, etc absolutely free!!!

Sorry, he cannot take wood, plastic glass, old TV’s, old computers or tyres.

All enquiries welcome.

Bay of Plenty News

Deaf Advocate To Visit Bay of Plenty

Ambulance, Chemist, Counsellor, Dentist, Massage, Nurse, Hospital, Doctor.

Was your experience good or bad? Want to know more about your rights?

Come and meet your Deaf Advocate, Anna!

RSVP: 24th July before 5:00pm


Where: Rotorua District Library, 1127 Haupapa Street

Date: Wednesday 30th July 2014

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm


Where: Baxter's Café, 208 The Strand, Whakatane

Date: Wednesday 30th July 2014

Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Where: Deaf Aotearoa Tauranga Office

Date: Thursday 31st July 2014

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

IlluminArt 2014 Postponed

Where: Greerton Village Square, Chadwick Road, Greerton
When: Friday 18th July from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: Free family event

This event was in the Community Weekly two weeks ago and it was cancelled due to bad weather. This event has been postponed and will be on tonight Friday 18th July.

Important Notice: For crowd safety, a section of Chadwick road will be closed from Cameron Road to Greerton Road, between the hours of 5.30pm through to 9pm. As parking will also be limited we would like to encourage you to catch the bus! Routes 1, 2 and 55 are running through to 10 pm. Find your bus route here!

Rug up warm, grab your favourite family takeaway and enjoy this free community event!

Running/Walking Group Training

Where: Meet at Smiths Sports Shoes, 100 Grey Street, Tauranga
When: Start 5th August to 28th September, 5:30pm

This is an 8 week training programme for City to Surf. The Running/Walking group meet every Tuesday, starting on the 5th August. All fitness levels welcome, join anytime during the 8 weeks. They will have weekly prizes and staff will be on hand for advice.

Call 07 578 6363 for more information.

Roller Derby

Where: Whakatane War Memorial Hall
When: Saturday 19th July from 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Cost: Adults $12.00 Kids $5.00 Under 5's free

This is a live all girl rollerderby.
  • 4:30pm: WRDL Black Pearls vs River City Rollers
  • 6:30pm: Whakatane Roller Derby League vs Pirate City Broadside Brawlers
Doors open at 4:00pm. Visit for more information.

Taranaki News

Interpreter in New Plymouth

When: Thursday 24 July
Who: Bernadette Cutelli

Book through iSign:-
Fax: 0800 438 474

Taranaki Deaf Club

Taranaki Deaf Club outing on Tuesday 8th July in Waitara was enjoyed at Bin Inn.

We did some cheese tasting, some cheese were nice.

It is the top Bin Inn shop in New Zealand and it is in Waitara!

Also we went to another place, the Lodge Floral Studio. Wow it was nice to see flowers.

We also went to Garden Shed Chocolate Studio which had yummy chocolate!

They showed us how to make Chocolate Passionfruit. It’s so nice.

We had lunch and coffee at the studio. We enjoyed our day visiting three places.

The photos below and right were taken by Craig Billing.


NICK: An Accidental Hero

When: Wednesday 23 July at 6.00pm
Where: TSB Showplace
Interpreter: Bernadette Cutelli
Cost to disability groups: $20.00 (service fees apply)

TSB Showplace is proud to present Nick: An Accidental Hero at the Theatre Royal on Wednesday 24 July. This solo show written and performed by Renee Lyons is a sign interpreted performance for the local Taranaki Deaf and hearing impaired community.  
Nick is an inspiring true story about an ordinary man overcoming extraordinary challenges. Nick Chisholm was a typical Kiwi bloke. In fact, better than typical. A successful architect, star rugby player, fearless mountain bike rider and all round wild guy. So when he was struck with a devastating stroke on the rugby field age 27, which left him physically incapacitated, he could be forgiven for thinking his life was over. He was left with a condition known to the medical world as locked in syndrome and to those who have experienced it as ‘pure Hell’.  But throughout twelve years of hard work, fierce determination, the love of his family and the crazy and entertaining antics of his friends, Nick Chisholm not only survived but thrived. He even found the unthinkable - love on the internet.

 The performance will have you bursting with laughter one minute and reaching for the tissues the next.

We have reserved some seats on the left side of the theatre, in front of the interpreter. To access these seats please ensure you use the password SIGN when booking online or quote SIGN when purchasing via our Box Office.  To access tickets online, enter SIGN into the offer code to unlock these seats, and then select the tickets you wish to purchase.
For further information about the performance, please contact Jane Manning on 06 759 6712 or email

This accessibility performance is generously supported by funding from Creative New Zealand and TSB Community Trust.

Annual 24 Hour Book Sale

Venue: Theatre Royal

If you would like to donate books, good quality magazines or any other items, please deliver them to:

Where: TSB Showplace;  between
Time:  9am-4pm Monday to Friday until the end of July.

Organised by the New Plymouth Opera House Friends Trust, with proceeds going towards special projects at the TSB Showplace, the annual Book Sale will once again have more than 70,000 books on offer. Now in its 25th and final year, the book sale will be held back at the TSB Showplace where it all started.
The most popular sections at the book sale are novels, magazines, as well as children’s books. There are also National Geographics, hobby books covering topics such as gardening, cooking, health, sports, travel, cars and religion. Students will find textbooks and the New Zealand Nearly New and Special Interest sections always reveal some special finds. An extensive music section offers CDs, DVDs, sheet music, tapes and records, and in recent years the book sale has added puzzles, games and a bric-a-brac section.
Times will run slightly differently this year with 2 x 12 hour stints

When: 10am - 10pm
Dates: Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of August.

Parents Of Deaf Children Taranaki

Date: Thursday 7th August
Time: 7.00pm
Location: Disabled Citizens Centre, 83 Hine St, New Plymouth

PODC would like to welcome all families in Taranaki with Deaf/Hearing Impaired children to a gathering on the above date.

There will be a visit from Bernie Mulcahy-Bouwman, Principal of Van Asch Deaf education Centre. This gathering is a great opportunity to meet Bernie the principal of Van Asch Deaf education Center in your own region.  A chance to listen, talk and ask any questions you may have about your child’s support and education.

Light supper will be provided.

RSVP by Tuesday 4 August by email to

PODC Taranaki Inc would like to remind families that our meetings are family friendly and you are more than welcome to bring your children along to the meetings.  We try to keep the meetings short, there is a side room where the children could play, parents can bring along any activities/snacks to keep them busy.  Madison Davy has offered her services to entertain/supervise the children and will be at the meetings.

PODC would like to see more families attend the meetings, this is a way to keep in touch with information resources and activities. See you there at the next meeting!

Hearing Impaired Social Group Programme

When: Tuesday 29th July
Time: 2.00pm
Where: 10a Waiwera Place
What: Crib and card games

Maori Language Week: Te Ataarangi Workshops

When: Monday 21 July
Time: 12.00pm to 1.00pm
Location: Level 1, Puke Ariki Library, New Plymouth

Join Te Reo o Taranaki for fun sessions around this year's Māori Language Week these 'Te Kupu o te Wiki' (Word of the Week). Taking a lead from Michael Parekowhai's Te Ataarangi sculpture outside the Puke Ariki Library, these session will use colourful rākau (or Cuisnenaire rods) as an introduction to the Te ataarangi method of learning te reo Māori. All welcome.

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

Hawkes Bay News

Deaf Access Centre In Hawkes Bay

Address: Level 5, 215 Railway Road, Hastings

The Deaf Access Centre in Hastings is available to the Deaf community. We have free access to internet, use of Skype, access to community computer if you want to type something, look for work or check your email. We have also have available Deaf Aotearoa resources, information, DVDs plus more.

For more information please contact Lee Bullivant.

Hawkes Bay Women’s Health Programme (#1):
Sexual Relationships And Relationship Health

When: Saturday 26th July
Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
Time: 10.00am to 4.30pm
NZSL Interpreters will be there. Please bring a plate of food to share for pot luck lunch.

Please do let the other Deaf women know about this.

Japanese Cultural Festival

Where: St Mary's Church, 58 Osier Rd, Greenmeadows, Napier
When: Saturday 2 August from 10:30am to 20pm
Entry: Gold coin
The Japanese Association of Napier is organising a festival to celebrate its formation under the umbrella of the Japan Society of Hawkes Bay. The event will include items of traditional Japanese dance, as well as a demonstration by two Kendo exponents of traditional Japanese fencing. Organisers have also obtained a large Japanese Rice Cake maker, and there will be treats for visitors and members of the public. A gold coin donation is required.

Manawatu News

Manawatu Deaf Society Club Night

When: Friday 18th July
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: 7.30pm
Club night is open to anyone, bring along your friends and family, have a game of pool, darts or watch the sports on the Sky TV!

Winter Run/Walk

When: Sunday 20th July
Where: Manawaroa Park, Manawaroa Street, Palmerston North
Cost: $6.00 per person or $15.00 for a family (pay at door only)
They have four different courses: 3km, 5km, 10km and 15km.

Starts at the Manawatu Striders Clubrooms at Manawaroa Park.

Walkers begin at 9.00am, Runners at 9.30am.
At the end of your achievement there will be a banana, cup of tea and biscuits!

Family Market, Whanganui

When: Sunday 20th July
Where: Springvale Playcentre, 39 Fox Road, Whanganui
Time: 10am to 1pm
Come along and check out the stalls for quality crafts, new and preloved. Grab something to eat and let the kids enjoy the playground and sandpit at the playcentre.
If you wish to have a stall, it's $10. You can contact Wen via text on 021 184 4027 to enquire about booking your spot.

Free Wi-Fi At The Plaza

You can now enjoy up to 30 minutes free WI-FI on your electronic device when you visit the plaza.

How to connect:

  1. Connect your device to the Tomizone signal shown on your wireless network list.
  2. Open your internet browser and visit any website, you will be presented with the Tomizone welcome screen.
  3. Choose the way you would like to get online.
Maximum of 30MB and one free session per day.

Wellington News

Wellington Deaf Society’s Special General Meeting

Where: Wellington Deaf Society Clubroom, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
When: Sunday 20th July at 1pm

Wellington Deaf Society is having a Special General Meeting this Sunday to have a discussion about the future of the clubroom. Everyone is welcome and share your say, but only Deaf members of Wellington Deaf Society are entitled to vote.

They need your support! Remember that the club is your second home!

Light refreshments and interpreters will be provided.

Wellington Deaf Society’s 76th Anniversary

Where: Wellington Deaf Society Clubroom, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
When: Saturday 26th July
Cost: $10 WDS members, $15 non-members

Wellington Deaf Society is turning 76! Come along and join the celebrations and wish them a very happy birthday along with canapés (finger food).

See flyer for more information and RSVP to if you want to go.

Family Fun Day

Where: Wellington Deaf Society Clubroom, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
When: Sunday 27th July from 11am to 2pm

Bring your family along to this action packed event! There will be fun activities for the whole family to participate. Please bring your own lunch, and be sure to wear comfortable clothes. The bar will be open to sell non-alcoholic drinks.

Please see flyer for further details of this event.

Everyone is welcome!

Ko wai au? Who am I? See my voice?

Where: Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga, Level 3 Café, St Pauls Square, 45 Pipitea Street, Thorndon
When: All day on Wednesday 23rd July

Nau mai e te iti, e te rahi kia kite atu i ngā kōrero whakaohooho nō ngā rangatahi tokoono nei.

Ko Wai Au – an exciting exhibition presented in Te Reo Māori, New Zealand Sign Language and English showcasing 6 inspiring Māori rangatahi.

To celebrate Māori language week Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga (Ministry of Education) is hosting an exhibit. This exhibit is a product of a unique research project initiated by North Carolina State University and Victoria University of Wellington, empowering Deaf Māori rangatahi to communicate with others so that schools and communities had a better understanding of their access and communication needs, and their aspirations as young people. Come have and look and be inspired!

Look at your leisure, with the 6 rangatahi here for a presentation at 1pm in Room 3.25/6. There will be time for any questions around the exhibition, and a lucky few will win some cool prizes at the presentation too!

To RSVP please send an email to

Te Awa-a-Taia Kanikani Kōneke (Kilbirnie Roller Disco)

Where: Kilbirnie Recreation Centre, 101 Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie, Wellington
When: Friday 25 July from 6pm to 9pm

Nau mai, haere mai - come down to Kilbirnie Recreation Centre, for a gold coin entry you can put on your skates and enjoy a night full of fun activities for the whole family. Some skates available for hire. Bring your own if you have them. Sorry no bikes or skateboards but scooters and tamariki tricycles are welcome.

The theme is Te Kupu o te Wiki – be prepared to practice some Māori kupu and win awesome prizes. The Company's dance crews will be on hand to entertain along with DJ Raw.

Refreshments available for purchase.

Wellington City Council are proud supporters of Maori Language Week.

Sustainability Trust Warm Dry Homes Public Workshop

Where: Karori Library, 247 Karori Road, Karori, Wellington
When: Thursday 24 July from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

You can be warm and cosy at home this winter, and we’ll show you how. Our experts will guide you through practical solutions for common housing problems like condensation, mould, insulation, draughts and large heating bills. We’ll help you find easy, low cost ways to solve many of these issues, and give you up-to-date information on the best services and resources available in your area.

Nelson News

Pot Luck Lunch

When: Saturday 26th July at 11.30am
Where: Paul Quintal's house in Stoke (contact Rachel for details)

Please bring a shared pot luck lunch dish and your own drinks. We hope to see you all there.

Let Rachel know if you require transport.

Swing O’ The Kilt Concert

When: July 26th at 7.30pm
Where: Theatre Royal 78 Rutherford St, Nelson.
Cost: $25

The City of Nelson Highland Pipe Band turns 90, with a Ceilidh style concert that is a feast of all things Scottish - from traditional full band performances to Celtic singing, dancing and contemporary performances. Expect to hear piping solos and duets, drum salutes, traditional tunes such as Scotland the Brave and new tunes like The Red Fox.

The band was formed in 1924, and this year celebrates its strong and long-standing presence in the Nelson community.

NZSL Practice Group

Where: 623 On the Rocks Rocks road Nelson 6pm-8pm
When: Monday July 28th- Monday August 18th -Monday September 15th

All welcome :)

Nayland Community College NZSL Classes Coming Soon

Where: Nayland College Nayland Road Stoke Nelson 7011

NZ Sign Language - Level 1A

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Commencing: Wednesday 30 July 2014
Duration: 8 weeks
Cost: $95.00
Tutor: Rachel Summers
Brief Description: Learn the language and improve your communication with the Deaf Community.

NZ Sign Language - Level 1C

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Commencing: Tuesday 29 July 2014
Duration: 8 weeks
Cost: $95
Tutor: Catherine Gutschlag
Brief Description: Learn more of the language and improve your communication with the Deaf Community. This is the 3rd course of instruction offered for those who've completed levels 1a & 1b (formerly known as 1 & 2).

NZ Sign Language - Level 2A New Format

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Commencing: Thursday 31 July 2014
Duration: 8 weeks
Cost: no cost
Tutor: Rachel Summers
Brief Description: Learn more of the language and improve your communication with the Deaf Community. This is a course of instruction offered for those who've completed levels 2a or have equivalent experience in Sign Language.

Canterbury News

Canterbury Deaf Youth’s Fundraising Event – WINNIE BAGOES

Your local Canterbury Deaf Youth are having a pizza evening to raise the funds to support their youth activities, events and their opportunities.
When: Monday 28th July at 6.30 pm
Where: Winnie Bagoes, 2 Waterman Place, Ferrymead
Cost: $25 per ticket (includes starters and pizzas)
To buy tickets: before 22nd July – text Jenna 027 817 1897

Come and join Canterbury Deaf Youth’s event and enjoy an evening meal.

Christchurch City Council – Recreation & Sports Unit

The Recreation and Sports Unit strives to provide great customer services to all our customers.
If you or someone you know with a disability uses any of our centres, we would love to know what you think. Your feedback will help us to improve and provide even better services for disabled people. Please click here to complete the survey, thank you.
Hard copies of the survey are at the front desk at any Recreation & Sport Centres, or at our office – please ask Victoria if you would like any help with the survey.

Waimakariri Events

There are a lot of events during every month at all Waimakariri areas for your family, friends and children for a day out – see a flyer or

Scary Slippery Slides

Do you kids or yourself like getting dirty, wet and having a good laugh, this may be for them or you!
It is a perfect wet weather activity – 80 metre plastic sheet slide down a steep hill and across the flat – speed, danger and possible injury.
Are they tough enough?
When: Saturday 19th July from 1.00 to 3.00 pm
Where: Little River Campground, 287 Okuti Valley Road, Little River, Banks Peninsula
Cost: $2.00 for a quick hot shower, $5.00 for parents/caregiver even if you are not sliding (so you may as well join your kids and give them a laugh)
Restrictions: All ages
Bring wetsuit if you have one, a change of clothes and a towel.
We have a beautiful native bush to explore – see if you can find the ancient big Kahikatea, Totora, Matai, Kanuka, Ti kōuka and Harakeke.

Otago News

Coffee Club

When: Friday 25th July
Time: 10:00am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa

Please bring a small plate to share.

Navy Ship Open To The Public

When: Saturday 16 August
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Dunedin Port, Rattray Wharf, Fryatt Street, Dunedin
Cost: Free

Come down and visit the the Navy's Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Rotoiti.

Meet the crew and view the ship.

Deaf Social Cancelled

Social night on the 25th July is cancelled.

Where Are We?

Michelle is on annual leave Tuesday 22nd July. She is not in office to take appointments.

Southland News

Southern Crafters Market

When: 19-20 July 2014
Where: S.I.T Zero Fees Veledrome, 22 Surrey Park Road, Invercargill
Cost: Free Admission

Coffee Group

When: 31st July 2014
Where: DRC Building, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill
Time: 10am – 11 am

TEC Course

The next course will be about technology: understanding internet data, mobile data services (e.g. 2G, 3G or 4G), smartphones (e.g. iPhone or Android), tablets (e.g. iPad or Android), broadband providers and Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB).

Information from NZ Relay covering topics including: TTY Relay, Internet Relay, Video Relay Service (VRS), Mobile Text Relay (MTS) and CapTel.

This workshop will help decide which smartphone, tablet or broadband you can purchase to access the communication services of your choice.

This is an exciting course that will make you tech savvy and understand your devices and how they work and what not to do!

If you have any preferences on times/dates please let me know and I will organize to suit the majority.

Times and dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks.