CommUNITY Weekly News

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


New Maori Story App for Deaf Community

“Rūaumoko - The Rumbling Voice” 
is the first ever digital book created for deaf Māori students.
The story of Rūaumoko helps deaf students connect with their whakapapa and makes them feel powerful and valued.
It was made with the help of Ministry of Education, Kelston Deaf Education Centre, CORE Education Ltd, and KIWA Digital.
You can view the story by downloading the app which is available on the App Store and Google Play.
The app is free. Please note: this is a very large app, needs lots of storage.

Are You Passionate About Sport And Your Community?

Then you should apply to join the Deaf Sports New Zealand Executive Board. Our vision is to “develop the numbers of Deaf and hard of hearing enjoying sport”. Applications are now invited for all positions on the Executive Board, including President, Secretary and Treasurer, as well as Board Members. Previously there have been no positions on the Executive Board for a Secretary or Treasurer, but the Executive Board has decided that reinstating these positions on the Executive Board will reduce the workload currently imposed on the President, and allow the Executive Board to better work together as a team.

Deaf Sports New Zealand (DSNZ) was established in 1963 and is an affiliated member of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (formerly CISS). Deaf Sports New Zealand has several Associate Members being National Deaf Sport Associations, which host their own Open Championship events.

Deaf Sports New Zealand works with the Associate Members and Individual Athletes to provide pathways to International representation at the Deaflympics, Asia Pacific Deaf Games, Australia Deaf Games as well as World Championships.

Deaf Sports New Zealand has identified 4 key focus areas:

1.     Participation
Encourage participation in sport at all ages

2.     Competition
Provide opportunities for Deaf and hard of hearing to compete in all levels of sport

3.     Communication
Maintain a high level of communication with our members, athletes and the wider community

4.     Human Resources
Processes are in place to ensure that Deaf Sports New Zealand is a well functioning organisation

We aim to have a diverse Executive Board who has a wide range of backgrounds and expertise. Essential requirements are a love of sport, a desire to make a real difference to your community, and experience or an interest in governance. We are looking for individuals at this time who have:

  •  A strong background in innovative and strategic thinking;
  • An understanding of or involvement in Deaf and hard of hearing sport; and
  •  Solid business development experience. An understanding of local government would also be beneficial.

If you are motivated to play a key leadership role in sport for Deaf and hard of hearing athletes we welcome your application. Please note these positions are voluntary positions.

The deadline for Applications for all positions with the Executive Board is the 20th August 2016 to

Application forms are available here: 

Job Descriptions for the Deaf Sports New Zealand Executive Board:


Government Inquiry on Captions – Make Your Submission 

Captions are a critical tool for deaf and hard of hearing people to participate in the world around us. With increased news and media content being available via the internet, captioning access has become more important than ever before.
The Government Administration Committee has initiated an inquiry into captioning in New Zealand, and we encourage anyone who would like to see better captioning in New Zealand to make a submission on this issue.
This is your opportunity to have your say and be heard! The more people who can make a submission the better.
Put your submission in your own words about why you want more captions. Include stories about your own experience that will help the Committee understand why access to captions is so important for you.
Include in your submission if you want to speak or sign to the committee. Your submission will carry more weight if you do.
Click on link for full information and instructions on how to make a submission
Or contact Deaf Aotearoa for support.
The deadline for submissions is the Thursday 28th July.


Governance & Leadership Workshop Series

Building Leaders for Today and Tomorrow.
This is your invitation to attend one or all of the workshop series.
Developing a Successful Project – with Carol Scholes, Threshold Management
When:  Saturday 23rd July
Where: Auckland Deaf Society – 164 Balmoral Rd, Balmoral, Auckland
Time:   10.00am – 1.00pm
Interpreters will be provided.
For more information please read the flyer.  

Strengthening Your Wellbeing and Voice

Would you like to improve your mental wellbeing? 
Discover how small actions can lead to big
changes in this free workshop.
Session One
  1. Five Ways to Wellbeing:
  2. Connect, Me Whakawhanaunga
  3. Give, Tukua
  4. Take Notice, Me aro tonu
  5. Keep Learning, Me ako tonu
  6. Be Active, Me kori tonu
Session Two
Be in charge of your relationship with professional
support people.
  • Communicate effectively what support you need and want.
  • Understand your rights and what to do if your expectations aren’t being met.
  • Be in charge of your relationship with professional support people.
When: Wednesday 10th August 
Where: CCS Disability Action, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland
Time: 9:30am – 3:00pm
Please RSVP your attendance by Wednesday 27th July to:
NZSL interpreters will be provided.
For more information about the days event please read the flyer.

South Auckland

Building Awesome Whanau

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

South Auckland Home Show

When: Friday 5th – Sunday 7th August
Time:  10.00am – 5.00pm
Where: Vodafone Event centre, close to Manukau Westfield mall. 
Entry price: $8 per adult, $4 for senior citizens on Friday only. Children under 16 – free.
Parking – included disabled - $4 for first hour, then adding 50 cents per hour after that.
Pay by eftpos card only.  Pay at the machine using your car registration number.
The Home Show has excellent ideas for people who want to improve their home. Heat pumps, stove tops, whiteware etc will be on show.


New Zealand Deaf Games Coming Soon

New Zealand Deaf Games will be hosted in Hamilton this year!
When: 20th – 23rd  October (Labour Weekend).
Where: Hamilton. Different venues for different sports – see NZ Deaf Sports website for venues. 
Registration Deadline: Monday 15th August
Registration form:
NZSL video about registration:
More information (timetables, venues) on NZ Deaf Sports website:
Email Registration to:
NZ Deaf Games Facebook:
Did you know waka ama is involved this year? Do you want to have a go? All welcome!
When: Sunday 23rd October
Where: Hamilton Lake
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Signing at the Cook: July Social Catch Up

Come along to the warm Cook café and bar to join in a New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) social catch up. Enjoy using, learning and practicing NZSL with others. 
Meet other Deaf people, NZSL students, or others that just want to practice their NZSL skills. All welcome; Deaf, hearing, Hard of Hearing - Everyone!  Children welcome if with an adult.
Note: This month is a general social catch up which will be down stairs in the restaurant area.
Date: Friday 22nd July
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Where: The Cook Café and bar (table booked downstairs)
Address: 7 Cook Street, Hamilton East 
Cost: Free
Contact: Kayte Shaw
Phone: 021 517 791

Matariki – Maori Celebration Tickets On Sale

We have 10 tickets available at the Deaf Aotearoa Waikato office.
If you are paying via internet banking or through your bank, please bring a receipt/proof of payment when picking up your ticket.

If you are interested please contact Miiria Storey.
Text: 021 792 369

Waikato Deaf River Community Meeting   

Join the discussion! Want to have your say? Come along and have a cuppa and chat with your community.  

When: Monday 25th July 2016  
Where: CCS Meeting Room (CCS) 
Address: 17 Claudelands Road, Claudelands, Hamilton  
Time:  7.00pm – 9.00pm  
Facebook: Waikato Deaf River Community  

Workshops Coming in 2016

Mark your calendar for these upcoming workshops with NZSL interpreters provided. This is a great opportunity for you to attend and gain new skills.
Tuesday 16th  August                     
Basic Excel
Saturday 20th August                     
Self Defence for Women
Monday 12th September             
First Aid
Tuesdays starting 13th September for 6 weeks
Parenting Course for NZSL users
For more information and to enrol contact Marissa Lessing
Text: 021 516 399

Bay of Plenty

Positive Parenting Workshop

Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: TBC
Cost: Free
NZSL interpreters will be booked.
Deaf Aotearoa is looking into hold a free, Positive Parenting Programme in association with Triple P and Kaitiaki Services.
Deaf Aotearoa is wanting this programme booked in October.
This will be for 2 hours, 1 night per week for 4 weeks - a total of 8 hours.
You will be given a workbook and a certificate at the end of the workshop.
Supper would be provided each evening.
If this sounds like something you are interested in please register your interest with Colina as soon as possible.
Text: 021 923 131 

Being Active and Healthy Workshop

Where: Sport Bay of Plenty, 1189 Amohia Street, Rotorua
When: Wednesday 27th July
Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Cost: Free – NZSL interpreters will be there
Are you looking to get fit? Increase your exercise? Do you know what Green Prescription is and how it can help you? Do you know what activities are available in Rotorua?
Join Sport Bay of Plenty for this free presentation on being active and healthy.
For more information or to enrol in this course, click on flyer for contact details.

Tauranga City Council Accessible Events Survey

Tauranga City Council supported by the Tauranga Disability Advisory Group is on a journey to make Tauranga the most inclusive and accessible City in New Zealand. 
You can view the Disability Advisory Group on the right hand side, just click to enlarge.
The Council is also committed in supporting a vibrant events environment in Tauranga and we want to support organisers to help them make their events fully inclusive.
Please take the opportunity to complete the following survey which will help members of the Disability Advisory Group develop an ‘accessible events checklist” for event organisers.
The survey link will be available until 1st August 2016:


Community Café—St Mary’s Cathedral

 Vivian Street, New Plymouth
What: Breakfast Café
When:  Every Tuesday from 7.30am – 10.00am
Cost: $1.00 per - pancakes, toast, homemade jams, coffee, tea, fruit juice, milo
Great food prepared and served by great people and all funds raised go to recognised causes.
A wonderful way to kick off your Tuesday! Entrance to café can be seen from the photo above.

The Old Bike Show 2016

Saturday 16th July
Time: 9.30am
Where: Tuson Stand, Pukekura Raceway, New Plymouth
Cost: Adults $8, Seniors (Gold Card) $5, 13-17 years $5, under 12 years free (with adult) otherwise $4.
Contact: New Plymouth Classic Motorcycle Club

Presented by New Plymouth Classic Motorcycle Club Inc. Display includes vintage, classic, post classic, scooters and modern machines.
EFTPOS available and catering on site.

SPCA Saturday Market

When: Saturday 16th July
Time: 8.00am – 12.00pm
Location: New Plymouth District Council car park, behind The Mill., New Plymouth
Cost: Free for entry, $5 per stall that is paid on the day for stall holders.
Contact: Michael Riley
Phone: 06 751 4639

The SPCA Saturday Market is held every Saturday in the New Plymouth District Council car park behind The Mill from 8am till noon. You'll find food and drink stalls, live music, car boot stalls, garage sale stalls, and a range of other cool products.

Cameraless Film

When: Saturday 16th July
Time: 1.00pm — 1.40pm
Location: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s Projection Series #4 Man Without a Camera screens in the Len Lye Centre Cinema each weekend through July. A showcase of artist Len Lye’s experimental cinema, each film is made without the use of a camera. Entry is free, screening on Saturday and Sunday from 1.00pm – 1.40pm.
Cost: Free
Contact: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Phone: 06 759 6060
Booking Link:


Paint your own Mt Taranaki

Tuesday 19th July
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Location: Mountain Makers, 40 King Street, New Plymouth, New Plymouth

Mountain Makers are the home of ceramic mountains. This is your chance to be a part of the ceramic process and design your own Mt Taranaki. You paint the design and colours onto a blank ceramic mountain and then they will glaze and fire the mountain for you.
It's your own unique Taranaki keepsake. Cost $10 per mountain. You can ring up and book a specific time that suits you or just arrive and take a place at the table. Mountains will be fired and back at the shop for pick up approximately two weeks after the school holidays. Mountains can be sent by courier for visitors to the region for an extra charge.
Cost: $10 per mountain
Contact: Jonelle Jarvis
Phone: 021 190 7585


Hawkes Bay

iSign Feedback

Kat and Lee are collecting feedback on which days, times and locations are preferred when booking an interpreter.
For example, Wednesdays at any time of the day at the Hawke’s Bay Deaf Club. Or Thursdays at 11.00am at the Hastings library.
If you wish to provide feedback, please email/text Kat or Lee.
Kat Puna
Text: 021 920 023
Lee Bullivant
Text: 021 459 005

Employment and Online Services Workshop Update

Where: Hawke’s Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
When: Wednesday 20th July, 11.00am – 1.00pm
             Wednesday 27th July, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Restrictions: 16 years of age and up 
Cost: Free
Contact: Kat Puna – Email: or Text:  021 920 023
                 Lee Bullivant – Email: or Text: 021 459 005
The first Employment and Online Services workshop went really well. Six people showed up and ethics/guidelines were covered.
Unfortunately the WINZ presentation was cancelled, however they are working on setting up a new presentation at WINZ in Napier (an interpreter will be booked).
There are two more workshops in the future. Please contact Kat or Lee if you have any questions.

Hawke's Bay Toyota Winter Deco Weekend

Where: Napier Station, Munroe Street, NapierWhen: Sunday 17th July
Time: 10.30am, 1.15pm & 2.45pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Tickets $25 Adults and $20 Children U12
Celebrate Napier’s mini winter Art Deco weekend, an intimate weekend featuring the best Deco events. This beautiful railcar which entered New Zealand service in 1938 will take you on a trip down memory lane on this ride to Hastings and back. For more information and events please look up website:

Vintage Car Rides at Toyota Winter Deco Weekend

Where: Outside Art Deco Masonic Hotel, Marine Parade, Napier
When: Saturday 16th July
Time: 12.30pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Gold coin donation


TEC Workshops Coming Soon!

Mark your calendar for these upcoming workshops, there will be 8 workshops. This is a great opportunity for you to attend and learn about these workshops. We would like to see you attend in these workshops.
Starting from 3rd August to 16th September.
Wednesday 3rd August
Apple Smart Devices
Thursday 4th August
Common Types of Cancer
Wednesday 10th August
Android Smart Devices
Wednesday 10th August
Smart TVs and Computers
Monday 22nd August
Working with Interpreters
Wednesday 24th August
Content Streaming Services
Wednesday 14th September
One-Stop Support Shop
Friday 16th September
Communicating with Police
Please contact Annette for more information.

Stir It Up

Where: Deaf Aotearoa, United Building, level 2, 74 The Square, Palmerston North
When: Wednesday 20th July, 10.00am – 12.00pm
             Wednesday 17th August, 10.00am – 1200pm

Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Free
Email: or 021 641996
A fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to learn and/or experience New Zealand Sign Language for FREE. Come along and attend our monthly casual gathering. A great setting for First sign families, whanau and/or friends of all ages.
All welcome – Deaf, Hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations. Everybody welcome! 

New Zealand Deaf Games Hamilton 2016

New Zealand Deaf Games are being hosted in Hamilton this year (labour weekend). Come and enjoy getting involved in Deaf sports!
When: Thursday 20th – Saturday 23rd October 2016 (Labour Weekend)
Times:  See online timetable -
Check out all the information here:
NZ Deaf Games Facebook:

Working With Interpreters

Do you want to know about working with interpreters?  Your rights when working with interpreters?  Who funds what? 
Come along to this workshop to understand how our new booking system works.
This workshop for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People will be presented by Kellye Bensley and Alan Wendt.
Where: Hancock Community House, Blue Room, King Street, Palmerston North
When: Monday 22nd August, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Cost: Free - Refreshments will be provided
For more information or to enrol, please contact Annette.
Text: 021 641 996


Become Emergency Smart

Learn how to be more prepared and able to help during an emergency. This workshop covers:

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

Please bring your own lunch.
Where: Wellington Emergency Management Office
When: Sunday 24th July
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Matthew Dower.
Mobile: 021 632 336

Your Rights when Using Health & Disability Services Workshop

This workshop covers your rights to access health or disability services. When you visit your GP or dentist, what can you do if you are not happy with their services? How can you speak up? How can you make a complaint?
Where: Johnsonville Community Centre, Frankmore Ave.
When: Sunday 31st July 2016
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Cost: Free.

Stir It Up

Where: Paraparaumu Mitre 10 Café.
When: Sunday 17th July
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Cost: Free


Table Tennis

Nelson Table Tennis Association have offered a free coaching clinic to the Deaf for those who would like to learn how to play Table Tennis or wish to get back into the sport.

The coaching session will be held at the Table Tennis Association's purpose built hall at Saxton Stadium on a Monday afternoon.
The Coaches will show the correct way of holding the bat, position to stand, serve and hit the ball.
They will also show how to play a basic game.
All ages and abilities are welcome.

An interpreter will be provided for this one-off session.
If you would like more information or are interested in attending please contact Jenny.
Email: jenny.hennessy-o'
Mobile: 021 939 415


Introducing Rachel Berry

Hello everyone! My name is Rachel Berry. I am sure some of you know who I am. I have returned to Christchurch after working at Deaf Aotearoa in Auckland for two years. I now work at the Christchurch office. I look forward to meeting you all.

Canterbury Deaf Youth's July Event

Compete in minutes to win it! Homemade games put together by CDYG to test your ability to really win it in a minute! Come for a day of fun, baking and including in a real winter’s treat!
All Deaf youth welcome!
When: Saturday 30th July
Time: 3.00pm – 7.00pm
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury


Bingo Night

Bigger and better with cash prizes!
When: Friday 22nd July
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
Time: Deaf club opens at 7.00pm
           Bingo will start at 8.00pm
Cost: $5 per player for three games
Contact Deaf Society of Canterbury for more information.
Text: 022 323 1459

Community Law Workshops

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


Barista Training

Do you like making coffee? Do you like meeting new people? Do you want to work in a cafe? Learn about the history of coffee, and the effects processing, blending and roasting have on coffee flavour. Master the espresso machine and learn basic maintenance over three days.
This course is limited to 12 people.
When: Monday 25th July, Tuesday 26th July and Wednesday 27th July
Where: Avonmore Tertiary Institute, 150 Hereford Street, Christchurch
Time: 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Cost: Free - NZSL Interpreters provided
For more information or to enrol in this course please contact Jared Flitcroft:
Text: 021 276 5033


Legal Matters Workshop

When: Saturday 24th September 
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm
Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin
Cost: Free!  NZSL interpreters and light refreshments provided.
Do you want to have a better understanding of legal matters such as consumer rights, wills and writing legal letters? Did you know there are letter templates available to help you communicate clearly and effectively about employment, tenancy, privacy and consumer issues?
Please contact Rebecca for more information and to enrol for this workshop.
Mobile: 021 276 5646


Dunedin Astronomical Society Public Open Nights

 Beverly-Begg Observatory, Robin Hood Park, Ross Street, Dunedin
When: Every Sunday until September
Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Cost: Adults and Children $5.00. Door sales only.
You are invited to see the wonders of the  beautiful Dunedin night sky (clouds permitting!). You will be shown some sights through a variety of telescopes.There will be video clips to show as well as various displays to browse through.
Please remember to dress warmly and bear in mind there is no EFTPOS or toilet facilities. Cash on the door please.
For info please email the secretary on:

Great New Zealand Craft Show

 Friday 5th - Sunday 7th August 

Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm Friday and Saturday, Sunday 4.00pm finish 
Where: MoreFM Arena, Edgar Centre

Cost: $10 Adult $5 children

Contact: and

The Great New Zealand Craft Show is back bigger and better!

Three full days of great kiwi crafts, fabulous shopping and inspiring entertainment. 
Free demonstrations! Great shopping! See what kiwis can do!


Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival

New Zealand’s City of the South gets a chocolate coating in July as people of all ages enjoy a week of chocolaty fun at Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival.

This annual carnival delights chocolate-lovers with a week of irresistible chocolate events including chocolate tours, chocolate decorating, chocolate painting and chocolate facials, as well as the iconic Cadbury Crunchie Train. The Carnival culminates with the famous Cadbury Jaffa Race.

Click on link to find out where and when all these events are happening:



Staff on Leave

Rebecca is on leave next week.
The office will be closed until Monday 25th July.
For all emergencies please text Rebecca.
Text: 021 554 905
Sorry for any inconvenience.

4th National Deaf Youth Camp

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

Southland Parents of Deaf Children

Theme: Wild Wild West 
When: Friday 16th September – Sunday 18th September 
Where: Woodend Christian Camp, Woodend Beach Road, Woodend, North Canterbury. 
(40Kms from Christchurch) 
Costs: $110 (including accommodation food and fees)
RSVP: Sunday 28th August 

Contact Josje with your confirmation. 
Text: 027 427 2702

ILT Kidzone Holiday Madness

Its back – Southlands most popular family event is back again in the July school holidays, jam-packed with hundreds of hands on activities for kids with all kinds of interests.
When: Wednesday 13th July - Monday 18th July 2016
Where: James Hargest College, 288 Layard Street, Invercargill
Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm daily
Costs: $15.00
Get your tickets now as they will sell out!
You can get your tickets at the Invercargill i-Site located in the museum or visit: