CommUNITY Weekly News

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Expression of Interest 

Deaf Aotearoa is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from individuals to serve on the iSign Experts Advisory Group (IEAG).

iSign provides booking and interpreting services that ensure Deaf people have full access to communication with and participation in the community. The purpose of the IEAG is to provide expert advice on iSign services to ensure that iSign continues to improve its services and that iSign interpreters remain at the forefront of the interpreting profession.

Click the flyers below for more information.


Deaf Netball 2016

Check out the flyer for more information


TEC Courses

We are always on the look-out for any TEC courses that we think the Deaf community may benefit from. We try our best to meet the community’s needs, but it is not always possible if we do not know what you want.
If you have ideas for future courses that we can make available to you then please do let us know.
Remember, there are rules that we have to follow when setting up a TEC course, and they are:
  • All learners must be aged 16 years or older.
  • All learners must be a New Zealand Citizen, or a Permanent Resident, currently living in New Zealand.
  • All learners must not be enrolled in secondary school full time.
  • TEC cannot be used to teach hobbies.
If you have any ideas, or want to check if a particular course can be made available to you by Deaf Aotearoa, please contact Glennis Walkinshaw.

Upholstery Night Classes

Ken Brain is a deaf tutor, doing night classes for upholstery if anyone is interested to join. All classes are held at Kamo High School.
If interested, please contact Glennis for more information.


KDEC’s Speech Competition

Where: Kelston Boys’ High School Auditorium (end of Archibald Road)
When: 23rd September
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Who: Deaf and hearing impaired students aged 13 to 20.
-       True Life stories  (NZSL or spoken English)
-       Research (NZSL or spoken English)
-       NZSL
Surprise guest VIP coming to give mini performance while judges mark-up.  Deaf Community very welcome to support the evening.

Women’s Corner

Do you have any clothes that you don’t wear anymore because they’re too small or too big, or just simply the wrong style? Then bring them along to Women’s corner and swap clothes with other women!
You can bring accessories as well – scarves, gloves, shoes, bags, jewellery etc!
When: 28th August
Time: 7:30pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society
Cost: Women’s corner is free, but normal entry fees for ADS (Members free, non-members $5)

Be. Leadership 2016

Be. Leadership is a one-of-a-kind programme in New Zealand, taking participants through a year of exploration of different perspectives, questioning, laugher, self-discovery and accessibility focused leadership. It is specifically crafted to suit the diversity of the access community. It advances a more accessible society and a dynamic community of leaders.
The programme is set over 10 months, comprising 21 days and nurtures leadership attributes such as:
  • Developing new frames of thinking around leadership through challenging conversations with leaders
  • Developing self-awareness and personal leadership skills
  • Building long-term relationships that will continue to develop learning
  • Developing skills and networks to promote career paths and active citizenship.

2016 Be. Leadership Applications open - NOW
2016 Be. Leadership Applications close - Thursday 1 October 2015

Apply online at:
or email Hannah Slade with any queries:

South Auckland

Stir It Up – Change of time

Stir It Up that is planned for Saturday 12th September 10:00am – 12:00pm has been changed.
Stir It Up will now run from 9:00am – 11:00am. The time has changed due to another function that has been set up for the Deaf community at the same time.
If you have any problems or queries, please contact Natasha Cloete.


Indian Night

Come along to Indian Night! Where you can experience, explore and taste the indian culture! Includes guest performances, buffet, prizes, games, DJ, eyebrow threading and henna!
Theme: Indian Clothing
When: Saturday 3rd October
Time: Door opens at 6:00pm
Where: 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral.
Costs: Earlybird $35, General Admission $45. Children under 5 is free!
Bring extra money for eyebrow threading and henna if interested.
To buy a ticket, please contact Hinal at 021 565 1072 or Priya at 021 295 1747



Don’t Forget - Next Monday! Ladies Craft Night Group

Bring your crafts and unfinished projects and get some work done!
When: Monday 31st of August
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: CCS Disability Action Building
Address: 17 Claudelands Road, Hamilton
Cost: Free tea and coffee provided.
Please come and support our community, Deaf and hearing ladies are welcome!
If you are interested, contact Karyn Palaone, email:

Stir It Up – Let’s Teach Some NZSL in our New Office! 

Come along to the September “Stir It Up” to enjoy the new community space in the Deaf Aotearoa office. Be a NZSL role model and teach some people your language, as there will be some people there wanting to learn some NZSL.
When: Tuesday 8th of September
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa Office, Hamilton
Address: Federated Farmers Building, Level 4, 169 London Street, Hamilton
All welcome – Deaf, hearing, Hard of Hearing.
Afternoon tea, coffee and tea provided.


Waikato Maori Deaf Arts Project

Want to be part of a Waikato Maori Deaf Arts Project? Want to sell some of your art work?
Get involved in an arts display and celebration, showcasing the wonderful talents, ideas and skills of the Waikato Maori Deaf Community.
Lots of paints, canvases and paint brushes to use. All ages, levels, skills and talents welcome!
More information about dates for exhibition to come soon!!
If interested contact: Kayte Shaw (Community Development Kaituitui)
Phone: 021 517 791   


Chartwell Event Cinemas - Free closed caption movies on Mondays

Movie: Trainwreck
When: Monday 31st August
Time: 12:50pm, 3:25pm, 6:00pm
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.
If you don’t have an ‘I am Deaf’ card, contact Miiria Storey (facilitator):


Bay of Plenty

TEC Programmes

The following programmes are planned to be delivered in Tauranga and Rotorua.
Maori Culture: Tauranga Friday 25th September 6:30pm and
                           Rotorua Saturday 26th September 11:00am.
First Aid
Dangerous Goods
Drivers Licence – Learners
Healthy Eating
Whakatane Deaf community, let Sue Lessing know if you are keen to attend one of the workshops either in Tauranga or Rotorua.
Petrol vouchers will be given.
Watch this space for more information.

Able Booklets

Deaf Aotearoa has new Able booklets. These are available at the office for your collection.
These booklets give out information about how to access captions on TV from different machines like Freeview HD, Freeview Satellite, Igloo, TiVo, Sky Digital, My Sky and My Sky HDi.
There is a link on the website you can read


Where: Tauranga Waterfront, 1 Second Avenue, Tauranga
When: Friday 16th October till Sunday 1st November
Times: Monday to Friday from 11:00am till 5:00pm last admission
               Weekends from 10:00am till 5:00pm last admission
               Closed on Monday 19 and Tuesday 27 October
Cost: Adults $12.00 per person
            Family $45 (2 adults, 2 children OR 1 adult, 3 children)
            Children 12 months old and under free
TECT card holders can buy cheaper tickets now till 7th October for adults $9.60, for family $36.00
Book at or Baycourt Box Office.
What is Exxopolis? It’s like an aquarium that holds water, but Exxopolis is a luminarium that holds light.
You walk inside like a maze which has winding paths.
Watch this YouTube as an example



TEC - How to Register for myIR – Secure Online Services

I have Stacey Izett, Community Compliance Officer, Customer Services; Inland Revenue Department willing to tutor a workshop on “How to register for myIR – Secure Online Services.”
Can you please let me know if you are interested in this workshop which will help you set yourselves up with their online services?
I will  be running this course at the BNZ premises where everyone can have their laptops set up and can all be connected and activated into this service immediately – with the help from Stacey;  professional IRD staff member.
Let me know:  

Justice Of The Peace Service Desk
Date: Saturday 29th August
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Where: Level 1, Puke Ariki Library, New Plymouth

Do you need to have your signature witnessed, make a declaration, swear an affidavit or affirmation or have originals or copies certified? A Justice of the Peace will be on hand to help every Tuesday and Saturday.
Prices: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06 759 6060
Phone: 06 759 1201

Urenui Country Market 'Spring Planting'
Date: Sunday 30th August
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Urenui Community Hall, Takiroa Street, Urenui

The August market this Sunday will be focusing on Spring Planting to dovetail in with the Taranaki Seedsavers appearance.

Bring any surplus seed along with you to add to our precious Taranaki Seedbank and if possible details of its history. In turn you can select some seeds to take home to grow. There’s nothing like having a little variety and a little heritage to colour up the dinner plate.
We will also have a Seedling Zone where you can come and swap your surplus seedlings with others.
Time: From 12:00pm to 1:00pm an area will be available where you can swap away.

Rumour has it that spuds will be getting a premium $ this season so let's get growing our own, and show the kids how to turn one spud into many. Register for the 'Spud in a Bag' growing competition ($2 per entry) and grow some spuds for the Christmas dinner table.

Spud weigh in and prizes will be at our Christmas Market on Sunday 20th December where we will be celebrating the summer equinox and all the good food that goes with it. That gives you about 15 weeks to grow your bounty.

We will also have our regular fabulous stallholders with their art, craft, fresh produce, preserves, bakes, jewellery, hand knits, garden art, face painting, crystals, pony rides and more. If you would like to have a stall to sell your wares contact Maria.

Prices: Free entry
Contact: Maria Lempriere
Phone: 027 232 5554

Accessible Tour at Lyn Lye on Saturday  

On Saturday members of the Deaf and Blind communities meet at the new Lyn Lye Centre for as interpreted talk by Museum Curator Sarah Wall on Lyn Lye’s Four Fountains and  Jam Session.


The Mooncake and The Kumara Interpreted Show

On Saturday night members of the Deaf community met up early at the TSB showplace before the interpreted show “The Mooncake and the Kumara” for an introduction to the characters of the play by interpreter Melissa Sutton.

Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay Coffin Club

Where: Former Hastings Netball Centre, Sylvan Street, Hastings
They meet every Tuesday 9:00am to 12:00pm.
This club is one of many clubs that had been set up few years back.  This club welcomes anyone who is keen to look into making their own coffin.  You can make your own coffin in any shape/size, colour and decorate anyway that you like.  Have a look at their newsletter.  If you want to know more about this wonderful club, please contact them.


Jetstar Service in Hawkes Bay

Jetstar announced in June that Hawke's Bay Airport was among seven regional airports from which it would add four to its schedule for new services beginning in December.
This is good news for Hawkes Bay! It means we may get cheaper flights from Napier to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.  Hopefully in the future flights from Napier to Brisbane.
Read this article:

ITM Cup 2015 - Magpies v North Harbour

Where: McLean Park, Latham St, Napier
When: Saturday 5th September 2015 7:35pm
Entry: Tickets for both Child and adult are from $5.00 to $30.00 each (depend where you want to sit or stand)
Will the Magpies still have the shield?  Harbour had a mixed bag of results in 2014 with some really good wins but disappointing performances mixed in. Traditional under achievers who threaten to reach their potential each season could again pose a real danger in 2015.


Want to Know More About your Rights?

Did you know that you can access this via this website which has NZSL Version as well as captions. 
Check it out

Deaf Aotearoa Annual General Meeting (AGM)

When: Saturday 21st November 2015
Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
All members are warmly invited to attend Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand Incorporated 2015 AGM.
Members can submit remits to the Chief Executive by Monday 21st September 2015 by: Email: ,
Fax: 0800 332 322 or
Post: Deaf Aotearoa National Office
PO Box 25436
Featherston Street
Wellington Central 6146
Here is the NZSL version:


Palmerston North Deaf Community Lunch Club

When: Monday 31st August
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, 74 the Square, Level 2 United Building, Palmerston North
Time: 12.00pm
Yes it’s the end of the month already, time certainly has flown. Bring your lunch, we will provide coffee/tea. Come along and share some ideas, whats been happening in the community and anything else you wish to share.
Look forward to seeing you next Monday.

Beautiful BSL

Where: Little Theatre, Lower Hutt
When: 22nd October 2015
Time: 6:30PM
John Smith, visual comedian is going on a tour in NZ.
Come along and bring family and friends! Heaps of laughing!
If keen to purchase tickets, can go to their website and purchase tickets from there.

Wellington Deaf Society

Part-Time Community Coordinator Position
Wellington Deaf Society is advertising part time job position as Community Coordinator which is a new position.
Please check the link for job description:
To apply for the job, submit your cover letter and CV to 


Help improve Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa hospital (DHB)

What was good?
What wasn’t good?
How could they improve?
Please click on link to view the video
Then fill in a Survey/Questionnaire
If you want to talk one on one or have any questions, please contact Jo Witko.

Movies with Captions Sessions for August 27th – September 2nd

EVENT Queensgate Wellington
Monday: 1:00pm, 3:40pm, 6:15pm             
READING Courtenay Wellington
Daily: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:30am, 12:50pm, 6:00pm
Sunday:  10:30am, 12:50pm, 6:10pm
Monday: 12:50pm, 6:10pm


Catch up at Suburban Club

Where: 168 Tahunanui Drive
When:  Friday 4th September and 2nd October
Time: From 5:30pm onwards.
Hope to see everyone there. Please let Rachel know if you need transport so she can organise for you.

Walk to the Centre of NZ

Where: Meet at the car park on the corner of Hardy St and Milton St.
When: 19th September at
Time: 11:00am
Please bring walking shoes and a bottle of water. After the walk we will go to a cafe for lunch. We will decide together on the day which cafe. 
If you really need transport please let Rachel know and she will organise. 
We hope to see you all there.

Ten Pin Bowling

Where: Action Entertainment Centre, 30 McPherson St, Richmond.
When: Saturday, 17th October
Time: 2:00pm. 
Price: Adult - $12.90
           Child - $9.90
Please let Rachel know by 10th October if you are coming or not. 
If you need transport please let Rachel know and she will organise for you. 

Do You Need Assistance with Employment or are You Looking for Employment?

Do you have:
  • any issues at work
  • are looking for work
 If you need some support, please visit the Christchurch Deaf Aotearoa office.

Community Support Worker Vacancy – Change of Hours 
We are working with an organisation who have a vacancy available for a support worker supporting a Deaf client. They need to have NZSL skills and relate well to people.
Hours will be between now three hours per week, the position will involve daily life routines such as trips to swimming pools, community classes, the library and other duties during the day, transport can be provided if needed.
This position need to be filled as soon as possible and if you are interested in the position, please contact Christchurch Deaf Aotearoa Office.

John Smith Visual Comedy – NZ Tour – Beautiful BSL

British Deaf comedian John Smith will be travelling to New Zealand from England to provide three events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
He is a well-known comedian in England and he will have you laughing!
When: Tuesday 20th October 2015
Time: 6.30 pm
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Avenue, Christchurch
If you would like to buy tickets now, go to:


Stir It Up

We are starting a new monthly event for the public to experience and learn New Zealand Sign Language. Come along to enjoy a monthly casual cuppa at the Excelsior Café. All Welcome – Deaf, hard of hearing, hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations.
When: Wednesday 9th September
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Where: Excelsior Café, 152 Princes Street, Dunedin
Please RSVP one week before session date.

Care and Craft Open Day

Do you have contact with a lonely, elderly or not-so-mobile person who would appreciate the opportunity to have an outing once a week? Join us for a cuppa and chat, try some craft and play a game.
When: Thursday 27th August
Time: 10:30am – 2:00pm
Where: Wakari Scout Hall Holyrood Ave, off Mayfield Ave
For more information contact Peg Makinson - 466 7407 or
Dunedin Light Party Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the Dunedin Light Party, a Halloween alternative held on Saturday 31st October. 100 – 200 volunteers are needed to staff heaps of activities happening starting at 5:00pm.
Contact Grant at if you’re interested.

Where are We?
Anna is out of office Tuesday 1st September.

The Brand Outlet

What: Brand Outlet Sale
When: 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th August, 2015
Where: CNR Spey Street and Levin Street, Invercargill (Ex Postie Plus Store)
Up to 70% off retail prices! The Brand Outlet offers products from the biggest brands in makeup, perfume, cosmetics – Check out this $1 Million Dollar Biggest Brands Event.
Grab a cheap present at Bargin Prices (Good for Christmas and birthday presents)

Glengarry Community Market

What: Community Market
When: Saturday 29th August, 2015
Where: Glengarry Shopping Centre   (Eastside Baptist Church if wet)
Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
Invercargill’s number one Community Market with 30+ stalls each month including: food, crafts, art, entertainment, free activities and more.
It occurs on the last Saturday of each Month.

NZSLTA Training Weekends 2015

Are you Deaf or Hard of Hearing and interested in teaching NZSL? Want to know more about TeachSign and NZSLTA? Check out the Flyer for more information and Registration details:

Computer Course

Rebecca is in the process of setting up a Computer Course for anyone to take part in (Beginners).
If this sounds like something you would like to do please contact Rebecca:
Mobile: 021 55 4905 or
Email: to get registered.
This Course will go for five Weeks, two days of the week through the Adult Literacy Programme.
More Information on Start Times etc will follow soon.
If there is not enough interest this will not go ahead.

Annual General Meeting Deaf Aotearoa

All members are warmly invited to attend the Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand Incorporated 2015 AGM.
When:  Saturday 21st November 2015
Where: Otago deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin.
Members may submit remits to the Chief Executive by Monday 21st September by:
Fax: 0800 332 332
Post: Deaf Aotaearoa National Office,  PO Box 25436, Featherston Street , Wellington Central 6146
Click here to view the NZSL video.