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Work and Income? ACC?  Child Youth and Family? 
Do you go to parent/teacher meetings at school?  Do you visit Medical Centre?  Do you need a video interpreter for your appointment? 
It’s easy!  It’s free!  For example: ask Work and Income staff that you would like a video interpreter for your next appointment. 
Video Remote interpreting (VRI) service is available in a lot of new places around New Zealand. 
VRI is a free service available for Deaf NZSL users when they have a meeting with hearing staff at government agencies. VRI uses computer video technology to access a qualified NZSL Interpreter on screen.
To find out more about VRI you can go to the website 
There is a NZSL video which explains how to use the service.

VRI is now available in these places:

  • Child, Youth and Family – Tauranga, Invercargill
  • Ministry of Social Development – Whangarei Regional Office, Hamilton, Gisborne, Hastings, Napier,  New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Wellington Regional Office, Nelson, Christchurch Regional Office and Dunedin
  • ACC – Whangarei, Gisborne and Whanganui

Also available at:

  • Visique Glen Eden Optometrists, Glen Eden, Auckland
  • Stoke Medical Centre, Nelson
  • Kaikoura Medical Centre, Kaikoura
VRI will be available at schools and medical centres soon. If your school or medical centre does not have VRI and you would like to use VRI at these places – please ask your teacher or doctor to contact:

2014 Annual Deaf Rugby Tournament

Easter Weekend

Game 1

Date: Friday 18th April 2014
Zone: Northern vs Central
Kickoff: 2.00pm
Venue: Hataitai Park, Wellington

Game 2

Date: Saturday 19th April 2014
Zone: Southern vs Central
Kickoff: 2.00pm
Venue: Hataitai Park, Wellington

Game 3

Date: Sunday 20th April 2014
Zone: Northern vs Southern
Kickoff: 1.30pm
Venue: Hataitai Park, Wellington

Social Dinner Function

Venue: Creative Hospitality, Flax & Fern Room (onsite Massey university campus)
Address: Tussock Licensed Cafe, Entrance E, Tasman Street, Wellington
Cost per person including dinner: $45.00
Date: 20th April 2014
Time: 6pm ‐ 12am
Buffet dinner served at 7pm
After dinner entries from after 9pm
Cost per person no dinner:
Free parking, Bar facilities available, DJ
To purchase tickets please email CZDRU:

Limited tickets, so get in quick. Deadline to purchase tickets 31st March 2014

NZ Deaf Rugby Union President and Secretary Nominations

Do you know anyone interested in being the President or secretary of the NZ Deaf Rugby Football Union Inc?

Fill in the attached form and email it to or post to 31 Mahina Road, Mahina  Bay, Lower Hutt, 5013

Deadline 31st March 2014

2014 NZ Deaf Rugby Union AGM – Wellington Airport, Saturday 5th of April 2014

Call for Authors: The Deaf Studies Encyclopedia  

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to The Deaf Studies Encyclopedia, a new 3-volume reference to be published by SAGE Reference in 2015.

The topics included in the encyclopedia span Deaf History, Deaf Culture, Signed Languages, Deaf Education, Deaf Art, and more. Over
200 topics from 900-4000 words are currently available for assignment with a deadline for submissions of June 1, 2014. *Please see the list of available topics (including word counts) following this message below.

The encyclopedia will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a print and digital product available to students via the library's electronic services. The General Editors, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, are Dr. Genie Gertz and Dr. Patrick Boudreault, Gallaudet University.

If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume. Your name and affiliation will also appear in the byline of your article. SAGE Publications offers authors compensation ranging from SAGE book product credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed encyclopedia for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

If you decide you'd like to participate, please send me your selections from the list of topics and I'll confirm availability.
Please also include your CV or a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials in related disciplines. I'll provide you with the Submission Guidelines and a sample article for your review.

Thanks very much.
Lisbeth Rogers
Director of Author Management


Fundrasing For Magnet

Ursula Thynne is doing the Orewa Beach Half Marathon on 13th April and is raising funds for Magnet. She has set a fundraising goal of $1,000.00  Help her reach her goal and support Magnet!

NZSLTA Training

NZSLTA will provide a NZSL Training on the weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March 2014.
It will be held at Canterbury WEA, 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch.
We will have Level 1 and Level 2 for one and half days commencing 9.00am on Saturday finishing at 5pm then on Sunday at 9.00am finishing at lunch time.
NZSLTA will also be providing a NZSL Training on one full day on 5th April from 9.00am to 5pm.
It will be held at Kelston Deaf Education Centre, Archibald Road, Kelston, Auckland.
We will have Level 1 and Level 2 for one full day.
If you are interesting to become NZSL Tutor or continue to learn further training, please apply the registration on the NZSLTA website and email me to  as soon at your earliest convenience.

A message from the NZSL Week 2914 Hero, Amber Tiopira-Waaka

Hi my name is Amber, I am happy to be the NZSL Week hero for 2014. I look forward to sharing my story with you all.
NZSL is a time to celebrate NZSL , Deaf Culture and history.
There are  lots of ways you can get involved:
  • Nominate a person or organisation who has shown a commitment ot NZSL and the Deaf Community for a NZSL in Action Award.
  • Volutneer to help at a NZSL Event in your area.
Come along to an event to celebrate NZSL Week.Come on! Celebrate, communicate and connect.

My favourite Sign

We want to create a social media campaign on the Deaf Aotearoa facebook page and website.

My favourite Sign is a new fun way that everyone, Deaf and hearing can get involved with NZSL Week.

It’s really easy.  Pick a word or a sign that means something to you and then video yourself signing it.

So for example: My favourite sign is Chocolate

All you have to do now is upload your video to You Tube “My Favourite Sign”.  If you video is under 10MB, you can email your video to: or if you have your own You Tube account, you can upload your video and email us the link.

Our team will check it to make sure your video is family friendly before it is released to the public. Starting from the 1st of April there will be new uploads everyday.

We already had lots of Kiwis lining up to take part.  Recently, our Deaf Aotearoa team in Otago filmed the Highlanders signing their favourite sign.  Check out pictures in Otago’s news section!

So come on, give it a go. Show us your favourite sign, and get your friends and family on video!

Nominations now open for the NZSL In Action Awards!

Deaf Aotearoa is looking for nominations and entries for the New Zealand Sign Language In Action Awards 2014. The awards acknowledge the significant contribution made by businesses, organisations, schools and individuals throughout the country in supporting both NZSL and the New Zealand Deaf community.

Some examples of what we are looking for…

    A hard working person who has done good things to promote NZSL and Deaf Culture?
    An organisation that has trained their staff in NZSL and Deaf culture
    An exceptional teacher who teaches NZSL and is a wonderful advocate for the Deaf community
    A Deaf young person that has shown leadership in setting up new initiatives and encouraging Deaf youth
    An Interpreter who has really gone the extra mile to give greater access to education, work or other activities for Deaf people?
    A television programme or print publication which has promoted NZSL?

You can also think about what you have done that can be celebrated?
You can nominate yourself or nominate another person or organisation.
You can be Deaf, hard of hearing or hearing to enter or nominate someone
For more information about each award and the rules for the awards, please see our our website.

You can nominate someone by filling out our online form or by downloading a printable form. Nomination will close on Monday 31st March at 5:00pm. The winners will be announced during NZSL Week at the NZSL In Action Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday 17th May.
International News
Northland News

Race Relations Day and the Baha’i New Year

International food for sale from different countries. Dance, music, arts and crafts from around the world.  “I am Aoteaora” is the theme this year.
Race Relations Day coincides with the Baha’ i New Year so it celebrates all cultures and communities all over the world.

Forum North, Saturday 22nd March, 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Acrobatic Show on a Sailboat

Circus, dance and theatre on a sailboat! They are using the mast, boom, rigging and other parts of their sailboat as a stage to show their acrobatic prowess.
First show “Sailors”  is a story of navigational manoeuvres that pokes fun at the mishaps of maladroit navigators and second show “Between Wing and Island” is a duet story.
March 28th and 29th 
Starting 7:00pm, 30th starting 1:00pm and 3:00pm.
At Town Basin, Whangarei.

Pecha Kucha at Butterbank Factory

Wednesday 26th March. $5 entry.
Starting 6.30pm.
Come and listen about arts!


Auckland News

Art Auction

15th May 2014
Time: 6:30pmk
Where: Kelston Deaf Education Centre
3 Archibald Road, Kelston
If you have art that you are will can donate please drop it into the Kelston Deaf Education Centre Reception (remember to put your name on it)
All proceeds go towards a new Marae and for the students to go to Japan this year
Contact: Sarah Cameron

Fundraising for Deaf Marlins - Mosaic Art

When: Weekends/Wednesdays
Time: 12pm – till you finish
Where: Grey Lynn, 2 Sefton Ave
Cost: $50 (if you cant afford this but still interested then contact Pia)
Contact: or 0212538541
What: You will learn how to make Mosaic art for beginners only
You can make a gift for you family or friends
This is funding for the Deaf Marlins

OPEN ARTS DAY 2014 – Corban Estate

A full day of arts action, all free!
When: Saturday 29th March
Time: 10am – 10pm
Cost: Free
Corban Estate Arts Centre flings open the doors of our thriving arts hub for just one day. Lots to see, hear, do, excite and enjoy. Performance groups, Pacific Arts and Culture,  Open Artist Studios, Artists working in their studios, art exhibitions, films and movies, artists’ market and the Coffee Studio cafe.

There will be an interpreted talk at 11am by a glass artist, Galia Amsdel and to meet 3 onsite artists

More Information

Rachel Coppage (021 0263 3932) will be onsite all day and be happy to show you around the Centre.

Watch the space for more information next week about performance groups that will happen in the afternoon.

Tonight - ADS community meeting

When: Friday 21st March
Where: ADS boardroom.
Time: Starts at 7:30pm,
What: Explore the possibility of changing our trading name (Auckland Deaf Society Inc).
Why should we? Come along and discuss! All welcome.
Any question please contact: Sonia Pivac ADS Chairperson

3rd Auckland Deaf Poker Tournament

When: 21st June 2014
Time: 12:30pm start
Where: Sky City Casino, Sammy’s place,
Main Casino Floor, Corner of Federal and Victoria Street
How much? $100.00 buy in ($85.00 plus $15.00)
  • 15,000 stack, 20min levels
  • Age limit: 20+
  • Cash prizes
  • Bar/food available
  • Supporters welcome
Cash Prizes. Bar Food Available. Supports Welcome
Please remember to be responsible
For more information contact Ben Clifford

Exciting Things To Do At MOTAT!

Where? 805 Great North Road, Western Springs
When? Every day from 10:00am to 5:00pm
How much? Check website for prices

Tactile Dome

The Tactile Dome is an all time MOTAT favourite. In total darkness you can explore tunnels inside a purpose built dome using only your sense of touch and direction - a real challenge! Check out other MOTAT favourites like the cool Mirror Maze and see if you can find your way through the baffling labyrinth.

Clue Busters Weekend Experience

Baron Von Schultz, nefarious cat burglar and collector of Antiquities is up to no good ... and only you can stop him in this exciting new trail. Become a Secret Agent for the day as you track down clues and use your wits to solve riddles and stop the Baron's dastardly plan!

Clue Busters is a fun trail suitable for the whole family. The trail runs weekends and is free with your normal MOTAT admission. No Bookings necessary.

Please note: Clue Busters is not available during school holidays

Waikato News

NEW Community Relations Officer

Hello, my name is Susitina, and I am the newest addition to the family here at Deaf Aotearoa Hamilton.
As the ‘CommUNITY Relations Officer’, it is my job to assist you with things that you need from the community, and within the community; to raise awareness, and to help build your confidence further.  I am here to help however I can.
But I need to know who my Deaf community are…  So PLEEEEASE… come in to the office, introduce yourself to me, and tell me how I can help you…  “LET’S TALK”…
If you would like a one-on-one chat, you will need to make an appointment.  Thanks   J
Look forward to meeting you all eventually.
My hours are: 
Tuesday, Wednesday  9am – 4pm          
Thursday 9am – 3pm
Contact me:
Mobile  (021) 540 193 -  Fax (07) 856 2047

Balloons Over Waikato – Party On 2014

     Wed 26 Mar 2014, 7:00am–6:30pm
     Thu 27 Mar 2014, 6:00am–6:30pm
     Fri 28 Mar 2014, 7:00am–8:00pm
     Sat 29 Mar 2014, 7:00am–9:00pm
     Sun 30 Mar 2014, 6:00am–9:00am
Where:  Innes Common, Hamilton Lake and Waikato University, Hamilton.
Restrictions: All Ages
Admission: FREE!

***Please note:  The above times are only the starting times of the morning flights/events  and the finishing time of evening events.  For exact times and further information about where the balloons will be making an appearance, please visit their website at: or visit their Facebook page.
The Council is celebrating 150years, and the University is celebrating 50years, so it’s PARTY ON!!! 
If you’re an early bird, go and experience a beautiful sunrise and watch the balloons set off.  Or if you’re more of a night owl, then don’t miss Hamilton’s biggest night, the ASB Night Glow at the Waikato University, with music and fireworks!

This Festival is a well-known major event for the general public of both the Hamilton community, and the Waikato region.  So come join the fun, bring along the family and PARTY ON!!!

Waikato Deaf 8 Ball Club: Hangi

When? Sunday 6th April (pick up at 4:00pm)
Where? 46 Hukanui Road, Chartwell, Hamilton

Fundraising for Waikato Deaf 8 Pool Team's trip to Australia.

Hangi Box $10.00

• Hangi
• Drink

Hangi Combo $15.00

• Hangi
• Deep fried bread
• Curry Mussel
• Steamed Pudding
• Drink

Please pay before Wednesday 2nd April.

Contact: Hemi/Rachel (

Bay of Plenty News

NZSL Week 12th - 18th May

In the recent newsletter, a flyer of the Focus Group was sent out.
I will be holding a PowerPoint Presentation on this Focus Group meeting, one evening in the week to share new information for NZSL Week.
Watch this space next week for a confirmed date and time in Tauranga and Rotorua.

BOP Deaf Club

When? 29th March at 10:30am
Where? 1335 paradise Valley Road, Rotorua
There is a cost to this event.
This is a fun activity for the family doing a maze.
Click on flyer for more information and contact details.

EnviroFest 2014

When? Saturday 22nd March from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where? Historic Village, 17th Ave West, Tauranga
Cost? Gold coin entry for Adults. Children free
This is a family day of fun with food, games, music, activities and workshops.

Walk the Lakes

When? Saturday 22nd March, 9:00am for 10:00am walk start
Where? Recreational Oval at The Lakes, Tauriko
This walk is for free and you will not be in for prizes.
Or you can make a $10.00 donation and be in to win prizes. You have to be there to win after the dance performance.
Two options: 3km or 6km walk
11.15am there will be a Magic Show and a dance performance - Wizard of Oz Characters.
For added fun, dress up as your favourite Wizard of Oz character!
This is for everyone to attend, young, old, friendly dogs on leashes and it's pram/stroller friendly.

What's on in Tauranga

If you want to know more, click on this link

Taranaki News

Surf: Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Surf Taster

Saturday 22 March
Time: 9.00am to 11.30am
Location: New Plymouth Surfriders Club, Fitzroy Beach, New Plymouth

Puke Ariki is teaming up with Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and New Plymouth Surfriders Club to provide free surf taster lessons for people of a range of abilities. Please bring togs, towel and a wetsuit if you have one. The Club will provide boards, spare wetsuits and anything else required. Limited places available, bookings are essential, phone 06 759 6060.
Prices: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06-759 6060
[People holding powder paints to celebrate Holi (Festival of Colors) in Ahmedabad, India]

Holi - The Festival of Colours

Saturday 22 March
Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Location: East End Reserve, Fitzroy, New Plymouth

New Plymouth Indian Community invites everyone to celebrate Holi - The festival of colours, love and happiness in New Plymouth.

Everyone welcome!! Wet or dry, Holi will go ahead.
East end Reserve is in Fitzroy behind the Fitzroy Surf Club. Take Nobs Line from Devon Street East to get to the venue.

It will be fun day for all ages so don’t miss-out and bring everybody from your family and friends. There will be colours, music and lots of joy. Food will be available for $5 at the venue.

PLEASE please RSVP by Tuesday the 18 March to organise food and drinks for everyone.

Prices: $5 for Food
Contact: New Plymouth Indian Community
Phone: Ashwani - 0211425561, Jasleen - 7695737

ITU World Cup Triathlon Sprint

Sunday 23 March
Time: Varies
Location: Varies, New Plymouth

Watch Elite Triathletes at their best!
Keep an eye on the ITU website for more event information.

Contact: New Plymouth District Council
Phone: 06-759 6060


Breakfast with Dame Susan Devoy DNZM CBE

Friday 4 April
Time: 7.00 to 9.00 a.m.
Location: St Mary's Peace Hall, Vivian Street, New Plymouth

New Plymouth invite you to enjoy breakfast with Dame Susan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner. Breakfast proceeds to local education projects to assist vulnerable children and UN Women.
Prices: $30.00
Contact: Kathy Glass
Phone: 027 255 4412

Aotea Regional Whakataetae

Saturday 3 May
Time:  Doors open at 8.00am
Where? TSB Stadium, New Plymouth
Te Kura Matalini O Taranaki (WITT) 2014 proudly presents this years Kapa Haka Festival.
Price:  Early Bird tickets 06.03.2014 – 31.03.2014
Adults/Kaumatua                                $10
Children 5-17 years                             $5
Under 5’s free with paying Adult        Free
Price:   01.04.2014 – 03.05.2014
Adults/Kaumatua                                $15
Children 5-17 years                             $15
Under 5’s free with paying Adult        Free

MOJO MATHERS in Taranaki

Come meet MP, here at the office, 28 Young St, New Plymouth
Tuesday 25 March

Hawkes Bay News

Looking for work

Remember when you look for a job on Trade me or Work and Income Job Search, do make sure that you apply for the job straight away. 
Some time they don’t have a closing date, if some one put a good CV through, they will get a job interview straight away.  If they like that person they will give that person the job.
If you do check online every day, make sure you apply yourself or you can tell me straight away and I will apply for you.  Also do check your email every day as we may send you suitable job ads so you can decide if you want to apply or not.
Please always email me every time you have apply for a job.  I need this to put it in your folder.
always remember to record on your job search sheet.  When you have next meeting with Work and Income, you can show them what you have been doing.If you don’t have the job search sheet, let me know and I will forward you a copy.
Work and Income is asking everyone to record what they do every day so they know that they are looking for work.  It will look s good if you do this.
For more information please contact Lee.

Mark in your calendar

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club Lunch get together.

22 Lee Road, Taradale Every Wednesdays From 10.30am
Bring your own lunch and catch up with the news from the Deaf community.  Tea and coffee available for members, non members $2.00 per drink.

Lee from Deaf Aotearoa NZ works here at HB Deaf Club every Wednesday from 8am.

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club AGM22

Lee Road, Taradale
Saturday 17th May 2014
Door open 1.30pm Meeting start 2.00pm sharp.
Membership is $15.00 per member.  Membership must be paid before meeting start if you wish to vote.
Please contact HBDC for membership form.  Fax 8449980 Email
Bring donation of grocery items for our raffle prize - 1st prize big Grocery hamper and 2nd prize small Grocery hamper.
Bring plate of food for afternoon tea and supper.
After the meeting we can have a social evening to celebrates New Zealand Sign Language week.

Manawatu News

Community Cohesion Workshops

We have had great attendance at 2 workshops we have held so far and it's been a very interactive workshop with small presentations, hands on activities, lunch and learning about Positives and Negatives in our everyday lives!  The most recent workshop we had a theme "St Patricks Day" and had participants dressing up and enjoying the workshop.  We are looking forward to the next workshop which will be held on Monday 14th April, flier for this workshop will be coming soon - the theme for the next workshop will be "Easter" this space!

REMINDER - Text 111 and VRI Workshop

Two more workshops for Text 111 and VRI coming into your area.  Lianna Kennedy will be presenting.  We will be having lunch club on the same day so pack up your lunch, we will provide Tea and Coffee!


When: Monday 24th March
Where: Community Link - Work and Income NZ,  Corner Salisbury and Durham Street, Levin
Time: 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

Palmerston North

When:  Monday 31st March
Where:  Deaf Aotearoa,  74 The Square, Level 2 United Building, Palmerston North
Time: 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Hope to see you there!

Marton Harvest Fair

When: Saturday 22nd March
Where: Marton Park, Follett Street, Marton
Time: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
Cost: FREE Entry

Jax Hamilton who was on Master Chef will be demonstrating Harvest Home recipes! There will be live entertainment, great stalls, fantastic food and family fun for all.

Festival of Culture Palmerston North

When: Saturday 22nd March
Where: The Square, Palmerston North
Time: 0.00 am to 4.00 pm

Come along to this free annual event - it promises to be more exciting and energetic as ever! This event celebrates our art, culture, lifestyle in our community and will have entertainment, food, music, arts and craft and a cultural cuisine show!

Bring along your family and friends and enjoy the festivities!

Movies by Moonlight

When: Friday 28th March to Saturday 29th March
Where:  College Street Normal School Field
Time: See Flier attached
Price: Family (2 adults, 3 children) $15.00, Single $5
Want to do something different?
Bring your picnic rug, your family and friends and enjoy an evening under the stars at the big outdoor screen cinema.  Come early to grab your spot and enjoy the pre movie entertainment.
To check weather and whether this event will go ahead please check facebook to find out or contact them on 09 307 0101.
Food drinks and tickets are available on site but only accepting CASH.

Wellington News

NZSL Week Focus Group

Have your say!

How do you want to celebrate NZSL Week in Wellington? Deaf Aotearoa is calling for people in Wellington to join a focus group to explore and share ideas about how the Deaf community in your region can make NZSL Week 2014 a celebration of NZSL and Deaf cultural pride.

Where: Wellington Deaf Society clubroom, Ground Level, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
Date: Friday 28 March 2014
Time: 7.30pm
After this Focus Group, a meeting will be organised to help plan activities and events for NZSL Week 2014. The meeting will be held outside working hours and refreshments will be provided.
The bar will be open (cash only) and pizza will be provided. Please let Shannon know if you have any dietary requirements (Gluten-free, etc).

Shannon Out of Office 

Wellington Community Relations Officer, Shannon will be away from Tuesday 25th March until 9th April. Please contact Karen or Stephanie if you need help.
They can be contacted by email or text:
Karen Pointon
021 677 453

Stephanie Ross-Smith
021 677 403
Thank you.

“Hands On” Expo

Want to be a Builder? Want to be a Social Worker? Come to this expo!

This Careers Expo is for students and the community to encourage participation and decision making about job options and other career displays.
There will be competitions and fun! Everyone is welcome.
When: Thursday 27th March 2014
Where: Te Rauparaha Arena (same area as Porirua swimming pools), Porirua.
Time: 9am – 7pm
Deaf Aotearoa will be there! Come and say hello! Please see flier for more information about this expo.

Green Recycling Bags Delivery

A new supply of green recycling bags will be delivered to your place soon – but please make sure you use the green bags for recycling, not for general rubbish. Together Wellington City residents recycle about 12,000 tonnes of materials a year.
General rubbish must go out in yellow Council bags, available from most supermarkets and dairies.

If you have trouble remembering whether it is a green crate week, or the week you need to put out bags or wheelie bins, you can check by using our search tool - just type in the name of your street: When your search results come up, there’s also an iCalendar file that you can use to get reminders on your mobile or desk-top calendar – or a traditional-style calendar you can print.

Starting this week, we’ll be delivering packs of 52 green bags to about 26,000 Wellington City households over the next two months. The bags should be used for all recyclables except glass. As usual, properties that have a Council wheelie bin won’t receive green bags. 


TV-Takeback Offer Ends Soon

If you’ve embraced digital television and still have an analogue television set on your property that you want to dispose of responsibly, then be sure to take up the $5 TV Takeback offer that ends soon.

Drop off your old TVs for $5 - offer ends 31 March
Older television sets contain materials that can be harmful if they find their way into soils and waterways, but could have a useful second life when they are recycled.

Most of your old TV can get a second life:
Until 31 March, you can bring your old TV to the ewaste drop-off at the Southern Landfill recycling centre or the RemarkIT Solutions premises in Grenada North for just $5; after this, the $20 fee will apply.
For more information, phone Wellington City Council (04) 499 4444 or visit the website

Nelson News

MarchFest 2014

When: Saturday 22nd March 2014
Where: Founders Heritage Park 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson
Welcome to MarchFest, Nelson New Zealand's beer flavoured festival- a celebration of music, food, fun and of course.. proper beer.
The 7th MarchFest promises to be the best yet!
15 BRAND NEW LOCAL BEERS ~ MUSIC FROM IVA LANKUM, THE EASTERN, Lindon Puffin, Adam Page, Tom's Field and The Electric Fleas.
Cost: $39 at the gate.

Tahunanui School Gala

When: Sunday 23rd March, 11am- 2.30pm
Where: Tahunanui School 69, Muritai Street Nelson
A great day out offering food, drinks, prizes, games, activities and rides that will entertain the whole family.

This year we are proud to re-run the insanely funny Mascot Race. 
Other fun activities include a 30m downhill water-slide, obstacle course, plate smashing, mini hot rods, ferris wheel, water walkers, chair-o-plane, horizontal bungee, dunking chair, coconut shy, hoopla, tombola, blast bouncy castles and the lucky prize wheel.

Stalls include wacky hair, face painting, raffles, toys, clothing, books, white elephant, cakes and sweets, craft, plants and seedlings, and the great art and leisure silent auction.

The silent auction closes at 1:30pm. All auction viewing is from 11:00am in the school library.
Food on offer includes BBQ, hot chips, nachos, hot ham sandwiches, nachos, butter chicken, cakes and sweets, desserts, sandwiches, candy floss and Pomeroy's Coffee, and much much more.

Don't miss this fantastic day - it is definitely one for the calendar!

Nelson Womens Centre

Special $5 Workshop:  Personal Safety Skills for Women & Teenage Girls
Thurs 10 Apr, 9.30am-12noon
(run by Rona Sedman & a male-padded instructor from Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower Trust). 
Held at the ACC rooms, 47 Collingwood St. Ring 546 7986 to book in, or email
In the face of too-frequent attacks on women, Fullpower offers this low-cost workshop for women of all ages. It covers ways to:
   * set & protect personal boundaries                             
   * deal with sexual harassment/unwanted attention     
   * project an attitude of awareness & confidence         
   * use voice as a safety tool
   * take charge of emotional triggers
   * deal confidently with verbal aggression
   * stop aggressive confrontations before they start, with a few simple habits
   * use powerful physical self-defense skills that need little strength & no on-going practice
Please let me know if you are interested to attend this morning self defence class, an interpreter can be available.

Nelson AGM ( date for your diary)

Nelson Deaf Inc. Would like to invite you to the Nelson Deaf Annual general meeting.
When: Sunday 13th April 2014 at 1pm
Where: Nelson Suburban club 168 Tahunanui drive Nelson.

A special thanks

To all those that came to celebrate Rachel’s 3oth “Hollywood theme Party”


Canterbury News

Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service

Do you have a hospital experience – good or bad?
Want to talk about it?
You are invited to an information evening to share your stories.

When?: Thursday 10th April
Time?: 5.30 to 7.00 pm
Where?: 38b Birmingham Drive, Addington, Christchurch
RSVP to Claire Raisin by 7th April - or text 027 289 6419, fax 03 348 6378

Arts Access Aotearoa

You are invited to Arts Access Aotearoa’s Arts for All Christchurch Network meeting to discuss accessible for all disabilities at all arts in Canterbury areas.
When?: Friday 4th April from 2.30 to 5.00 pm
Where?: Education Room, Court Theatre
RSVP to Claire Noble, email or phone 04 802 4349 by 2nd April.
If you require an NZSL interpreter, please let Claire know by Wednesday 26th March.

Deaf Society of Canterbury Event

What?: Wearable Art Dress Up
When?: Friday 28th March from 7.30 pm
Where?: 71 Domain Terrace, Spreydon
Bring your creativity skills, we will provide materials for you to use and please be there at 7.30 pm sharp.
Work in pairs teams and the audience to chose the winners!

Job Vacancy

Cotswold School – 5 hours per week
What?: Supervision one of their students who has high health needs during lunch time period at playground.
Deadline: 24th March at 1.00 pm
See attached flyer for more contact details.

Woolston Gala

Bring your family and friends along to the Woolston Gala for a fun filled day with free entertainment, free children’s rides, gumboot throwing and much more!

When?: Saturday 2nd March (if wet, postponed to Sunday 23rd March)
Time?: 11.00 am to 3.00 pm
Where?: Woolston Park, Ferry Road, Christchurch

Otago News

Thank you from the Highlanders

The Highlanders Players would like to thank the Otago Deaf Community for creating a Sign for the Highlanders

Apology from Senior Sergeant  Brian Benn

Senior Sergeant Brian Benn has apologised for having to cancel the Police Station Visit last Thursday night.
He was unexpectedly called out of town for a serious family emergency but is working with Fi to organise a new date for the visit.

iD Dunedin Fashion Week Fashion Shows

When:4th and 5th of April
Where: Dunedin Railway Station
Escape to New Zealand's underground fashion capital and celebrate iD Dunedin Fashion Week's 15th anniversary!
For more information got to

Guided Tours of First Church

When: 24th Mar 2014 10:00am-2:00pm
Where: First Church of Otago, Moray Place
Cost: Free
Contact: Anne Thomson 027 4675488
Anniversary Day guided tours of First Church, especially for Dunedin locals. Display of archives relating to Chinese in Otago.

Women’s Lifestyle Expo

When: 5th and 6th April 10:00am -5:00pm
Where: Lion Foundation Arena, Edgar Centre,
Cost: $10
With more than 140 companies involved featuring everything from jewellery and beauty to business products & information, crafts, fitness, food & wine sampling and much more!

Southland News


Training Dates Are as Follows , ALL must attend as there are some changes this Year.
What: Tutor Training
When: Thursday 27th March 2014
Time: 1-4pm
Where: DRC Building, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill


You will help plan Activities and Events during NZSL Week 2014.
Meeting will be outside Working Hours and refreshments will be served .
Contact Rebecca at the Office or

Entertainment Books

If anyone is Interested in purchasing a Entertainment Book ,Including over $20,000 worth of valuable 2 for 1 and up to 50% offers from many of the best restaurants, arts, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel and much more please contact Rebecca at the office and I can help with the link as this is a fundraiser for Fuel Fitness and kids Travelling to Show Case National Dance Competitions and Aerobics Nationals .
Thanks for your Support .


Mindy is a sweet girl and needs a very special home.
Mindy is Deaf and needs someone who has the patience to teach her with hand signals.
Mindy will be quite dependant on her new owners to guide and help her through her life .She is a Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog and is 12 months old
Mindy loves kids , is good with cats and other dogs . She is vaccinated, microchipped and registered .

If you can find it in your heart to be Mindy’s Guide through life contact Rebecca for the Details .