The Storylines Festival Family Days are a breeding ground for this generation's Margaret Mahy or Joy Cowley, or indeed for the next Eleanor Catton!
But more than that, they are the place where our children and their families and our authors, illustrators and storytellers share the magic of our stories, right here and now.
There is something for everyone, young and old, with loads of activities, entertainment, competitions and more. A great day out for all the family.
Saturday 30th August, 9:30am to 2:00pm
Whangarei Central Library, 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei
Meet the local candidates - 3rd SEPT
Tiaho Trust’s 20pecent campaign is hosting “Meet the Candidates” forums.
NZSL Interpreters booked for Whangarei and Kaitaia forums. This is your chance to meet candidates and ask questions. After the forum, you will know which candidate to vote for.
Whangarei 3rd Sept, 2.30pm at Ratu Room, Manaia Health, Rust Ave
Kaitaia 4th Sept, 1.30pm at REAP, 33 Puckey Street, Kaitaia
Whangarei Office closed 4th to 23th September
Glennis will be on annual leave from 5th to 23rd September.
Alana is leaving Deaf Aotearoa
Alana’s last day will be on Friday 5th September. She has worked at Deaf Aotearoa for nearly four years and she enjoyed her time with us. She will work for Kelston Deaf Education Centre as their New Zealand Sign Language Tutor for the Northland region. Her new office will be at Manaia View School so she will still be around in Whangarei. We wish her every success in her future endeavours.
Important: Office Closed
Please make note that all staff will be attending Deaf Aotearoa’s staff conference on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th September. If you wish to see any staff members you will need to book an appointment before these days.
We will open as usual on Friday 5th September at 9:00am.
Introducing your new Community Relations Officer
Auckland/Avondale - Rachel Berry
Kia Ora, my name is Rachel Berry. I am the new Community Relations Officer based at the Avondale office. If you are wanting to see me, I am available in the afternoons of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I look forward to meeting you all.
Election Forum Invitation: My Voice Matters
Find out what the political parties have to say on the big issues that effect disabled people.
Would you like to learn more about how political parties plan to support your needs if in government?
We invite you to a free forum where you can hear directly from politicians. They will discuss:
- violence prevention
- paid family carers
engagement with disabled people.There will also be a chance for you to ask questions.
This is a chance to get the information you need to make an informed decision at this year’s General Election on 20 September 2014.
Saturday 30th August
10 am – 12.30 pm
WA Level 2, WA Building, AUT University, 55 Wellesley St E, Auckland
027 695 0320
Please let us know by 28 August if you have any support needs including NZSL interpreters. Morning tea provided.
Want to learn more?
For other opportunities to have your say, learn more about this year’s elections, or what the political parties are promising go to www.InclusiveActionEverydayLives.wordpress.com
KDEC Speech Competition
Kelston Boys High School
Wednesday 24th September
7.00pm to 9.00pm
Storytelling, research and true life stories. Community members welcome!
Research (NZSL or spoken English)
1st $100.00 – 2nd $80.00
True life stories (NZSL or spoken English)
1st $100.00 – 2nd $80.00
Westie Women Walking
Westie Women invite you to this weekend's walk - a 13km circuit around Laingholm. If you are joining us on our walk to Huia or the Walking Stars Half Marathon, this is a great time to kick your training up a gear
Saturday 30th August 2014
Lopdell House - 418 Titirangi Road, Auckland
Please let me know if you are joining us.
You'll need comfy shoes, a headlamp or torch, water, snack & something warm to wear. All fitness levels fine, we can go slow up the hills.
Text Monica on 021 073 9497
Deaf Aotearoa Office Closed
Monday 1st to Sunday 7th September
The office will be closed for the whole week, due to our Staff Conference up in Auckland.
We will have no access to emails or phones during the meeting, but if you have an urgent situation, then you will need to text us on our mobile phones.
021 792 369
021 540 193
Hearing Aid Batteries
A nice man has come into our office recently, and donated some Hearing Aid batteries in the hopes that someone can use them. He has asked that we give them away free as they have expired but they are all still in their original packaging – unused.
- 24 x “Power One” – High Level hearing - p10, 4pk
- 3 x “Sonus” – Zinc Air – SO312, 8pk
- 1 x “Oticon” – Zinc Air Batteries – 10, 6pk
- 1 x “Oticon” ConnectLine Device – You can Google Search about this
- 18 x “Rayovac” – Extra Advanced – 10, 4pk
- 4 x “Energizer” – AAAA*, 2pk
- 9 x “Energizer Max” – AAAA2*, 2pk
*AAAA batteries are used in small devices such as: laser pointers, LED penlights, powered computer styluses, glucose meters and small headphone amplifiers.
If you can use them or know of ones that can use these batteries, then please contact me, or come into the office to pick some up. If no one comes to collect them, I will be disposing of the remaining batteries listed above on 25 September.
Parent to Parent Waikato: Babies and Tots Coffee Group
Wednesday 3 September, 10am
Jukebox Diner, 11 Railside Place, Hamilton
Coping with a baby or toddler is hard but when your baby has special needs or health issues it can add more pressures to your life that other people just don’t understand. Come, relax and have a coffee with us and meet other parents whose journey has taken them down different paths than first expected – parents who understand. There is plenty of parking, comfy couches, a small children’s play area and receive a free coffee on us!
We will have a Parent to Parent sign on our table so you know where we are seated (on the comfy couches!!)
Reminder: Deaf Aotearoa Office
Next week all Deaf Aotearoa offices in New Zealand will be closed for three days from Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th September. The staff will be at a staff conference.
Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.
- Are you ready for any emergency?
- Do you have a survivor kit pack ready?
- Do your neighbours know you are Deaf?
- Do you have a text alert?
- Do you know what to do?
- Do you have questions?
- Do you want more information?
Contact Sue Lessing on firstname.lastname@example.org
, text 021 920 675 or fax 07 571 5932
Visit this link
to watch the videos.
Alzheimers Awareness Memory Walk
Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga
Sunday 31st August at 9:00am
Join the Western Bay Memory Walk. Do you want to know the route? Click here for a map
Dementia is affecting a lot of people in New Zealand. There are about 50,000 New Zealanders who are living with dementia. By 2050 the number will triple to about 150,000.
Eleven local Alzheimers organisations are holding Memory Walk events throughout New Zealand. Click here
to find out where and when other locals will have their Memory Walks.
Don't forget to register on the website or you can phone 0800 004 001. If you have not registered its still ok to register on the morning. There will be 200 free t-shirts to those who register.
Rotorua Kennel Association Dog Show
Rotorua International Stadium, Devon Street West, Rotorua
Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August from 8:30am to 4:00pm
Gold coin donation at the gate
Pure Bred Dogs will be on show. This is an opportunity for people interested in breeds and who could be wanting to buy. This is the show to find out more and learn more about the dog breed if suitable for your home and lifestyle before buying one.
Please do not take your dog there.
Health and Disability Advocate in New Plymouth
Donna Allan, Deaf Advocate
In New Plymouth for appointments
Tuesday 2nd September and Wednesday 3rd September
You can see her to talk about your hospital experience – good or bad?
You can talk to her about anything.
Send Donna a text to make an appointment by Friday 29 August.
027 233 4905
04 570 0856
Interpreter in New Plymouth
An interpreter will be available on the following dates:
- Tuesday 2nd September
- Tuesday 9th September
- Monday 15th September
- Thursday 18th September
- Monday 6th October
- Tuesday 7th October
To make a booking contact Marissa Lessing iSign central
021 677 803
09 972 0469
Reminder to check your driver license to see if it is still active.
Sometime people forget about the driver license expired date, need to check if your card is okay or not
If you need to renew your license you need to contact the local New Zealand Transport Agency.
Check out on line http://nzta.govt.nz/licence/renewing-replacing/
If you are not sure please contact us.
Taniwha Daffodils, 3440 State Highway 2, Waipukurau
Friday 29 August to Sunday 28 September from 8:00am to 6:00pm
Free (Cost for flowers from $4.00 to $10.00, money go to CHB Plunket Society)
Beautiful daffodils available for picking, proceeds to The CHB Plunket Society. The daffodils at Taniwha, are a truly magnificent sight with the backdrop of the snow covered Ruahine Ranges.
Enjoy the site of many hundreds of daffodil varieties planted in a park-like setting of 20 acres with mature trees and ponds.
Bring a picnic or order a freshly ground takeaway coffee from The Coffee Shed during peak hours (9:30 am to 3:30pm approx most days). Tea, juice, Rush Munroe ice creams and other small treats also available.
Pick your own daffodils ($4.00 for 30 stems) or pay $7.50 to $10.00 for a pre-picked bunch when available.
Please refrain from picking tight buds these will be charged at $1.00 each.
All bunches wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon.
Cash preferred but EFTPOS available when signal working.
This year they are also hosting:
Check them out on Facebook!
- 'Taniwha Through the Lense' - Photography Competition 2014
- Great prizes to be won
- Check their web site for details - coming soon
Large groups please book. Contact Esther Mabin on 06 855 8369 / 027 227 7230 / email@example.com
Cyclocross Hawkes Bay Round 6
Black Barn Vineyards, Black Barn Road, Havelock North
Sunday 31st August from 10:00am to 12:00pm
$10.00 per bike (kids ride for free)
Cyclocross Hawke's Bay invite you to come and have some muddy fun this winter in our six race series.
Race day proceeding will commence with course set up from 7:30am and registration from 9:00am.
An event waiver must be signed by each participant.
Future Stars kids race:
15mins - 10am. This includes under 8 and 8-12years.
Of course there will be a coffee cart there!
A number of spot prizes will be awarded for each race.
We welcome any bike.
10 min after the completion of each race.
10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2 (1st to 9th plus all finishers out of placing receive one point for starting).
Points will be awarded for each race, accumulated over 6 events and a East Coast Champion will be crowned at the completion of the final event, which holds double points.
We have three categories:
- A grade (riders who like riding fast),
- B grade (riders who like having fun) and the
- Future Stars Kids grade (open to any child with a bike) and compete for free!
It's a great family fun day out.
Deaf Aotearoa Palmerston North
Please note that all Deaf Aotearoa staff will be attending a staff conference on Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th September.
The Palmerston North office will be open as usual on Friday 5th September from 9:00am.
Should you wish to see Lianna Kennedy or Annette Scott, please make an appointment. Staff are often busy with meetings, appointments, paperwork and out of office.
Lianna (Community Relations Officer and Employment Consultant)
021 278 8804
06 357 5700
Annette (Service Coordinator)
06 357 5700
Wanganui Deaf Community Lunch Club
Monday 1st September
Deaf Access Centre, 28 Churton Street, Wanganui
Come along and talk to Deaf Aotearoa Staff, catch up and find out what is happening in our Deaf Community.
Bring your own lunch, we will provide hot drinks.
Manawatu Deaf Club
Friday 29th August
Manawatu Deaf Club, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Come along to watch the sports on SKY, catch up with friends, we have dart boards and pool table you can come along and play!
Manawatu Deaf Society Meeting - Policy & Procedures
Saturday 30th August
Manawatu Deaf Club, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
1:00 pm (please be there by 12:30 pm)
Afternoon tea will be provided.
This is open to all members. They will be going through this using PowerPoint. They need your feedback before they can confirm their policy.
Please go along to support and assist them during this important meeting! If you do not attend and want to bring it up later, it'll be too late!
Social Club Pool
Sunday 31st August
Manawatu Hotel, 1 Avenue Road, Foxton
Please be there before 1.00 pm.
Disability elections presentation
ASB Sports Centre, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie
Thursday 11th September 2:00pm
IHC, CCS Disability Action, People First, DPA and NZDSN are delighted to invite you and your networks to a disability election presentation.
We have been most fortunate to secure the attendance of all the political parties currently in office.
This is an amazing opportunity for us all to hear and question people whose policies in the next Government will impact on the daily lives and wellbeing of disabled people and their families.
Deaf Advocate Donna Allen
Tuesday 9th September from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor Street, Newlands
(upstairs in the large meeting room)
Donna Allen, a Deaf advocate from the Nationwide Health & Disability Advocacy Service, will be doing a presentation introducing herself to the community, what she does and what it means by having rights to receive good service from a health or disability provider.
TEC Course: Cash for Christmas
Literacy Aotearoa, Level 2, 220 Willis Street, Wellington
Saturday 13th September from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
What to bring:
ID such as passport, driving licence, etc (NZ residents and citizens only)
The course will run on Saturday afternoon for a total of 5 weeks.
Free course for members of the deaf community who want to improve their money management skills:
- Know your money personality
- Track your current spending
- Saving and setting goals
- Paying off existing debt
- Avoiding future debt
- Cost saving tricks
To register or need more information, please contact Natalie King:
Just Giraffe Storytelling
Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington
Saturday 23rd August to Saturday 13th September from 10:00am to 10:45am
Just Giraffe tells a diverse range of stories using the imaginative and often unexpected visual devices of puppetry and Found Object Theatre. Traditional folk and fairy tales are told playfully and truthfully with rich language and visual imagery, capturing the wonder of fantasy and storytelling. Using acoustic instruments, songs and sound effects, the company weave a musical thread through each performance, guiding the audience on a journey through the stories. With their warm and inviting stage presence, performers invite children to explore the puppets and objects of the performance in a setting that will delight both the young and the young at heart.
There will be 2 performers in each show. This workshop is designed for children between the ages of 3 - 8 years old.
Antarctica: A Year On Ice
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Friday 29th August to Friday 5th September from 7:00pm tp 8:40pm
A visually stunning chronicle revealing what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year; this is the reality for the everyday workers keeping the bases running in the harshest conditions on the planet. Antarctica: A Year on Ice unflinchingly captures what they endure, from endless winters isolated from the rest of the world, to months of unending darkness in the coldest place on Earth.
Documentary film crews usually visit Antarctica during the few short months of summer. However, this film includes footage meticulously gathered over 15 years, including 9 winters, in 24-hour darkness, and mind-numbing cold for months at a time. For the first time we get to be part of the genuine long-term human experience, experiencing the stunning visual wonders and the moving emotional journey of a year on the ice.
Nelson office will be closed
Due to a staff conference, all Deaf Aotearoa offices will be closed from Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th September. If you want to see staff on other days (i.e. Monday 1st and Friday 5th September) please make an appointment.
Nelson Provincial Museum Exhibitions World War One
Corner Trafalgar and Hardy Streets, Nelson
August 18th to October
Gold coin donation to locals
This exhibition honours the centennial of the 'war to end all wars', World War One (1914 - 1919). By the end of the war almost 2,500 men and women from the province had served overseas. Most men were enlisted in the New Zealand armed forces, but some enrolled with the Australian and British forces, and a smaller number served as nurses and chaplains. Those left behind raised funds, made up parcels, wrote letters, and kept the province running - all the time fearful of a telegraphed message bearing news of death or injury of a loved one. More information...
NZSL Practice Group
623 On the Rocks, 623 Rocks Road, Nelson
Monday 15th September from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
All welcome :)
Nelson Deaf Incorporated invite you to play Ten Pin bowling
Saturday 20th September at 2:00pm
Action Entertainment Centre, 30 McPherson Street, Richmond
$10.00 per person
Please let Cathy, Rachel or Wendy know by Sunday 13th September if you are coming or if you require transport.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Sunday 21st September from 11:30am to 2:00pm
Miyazu Gardens, Atawhai Drive, Atawhai, Nelson
A celebration of Japanese culture, music, food and the 38 year-old relationship between Nelson and our sister city Miyazu. Bring a picnic, enjoy the on-site food stalls or simply relax under the beautiful sakura (cherry blossom) trees. This free event is proudly supported by the Nelson Miyazu Sister City Association and The Nelson Japanese Society. More information...
TEC course: Are you Tech Smart?
25th September from 11:00am to 1:00pm
BNZ Business Centre Room, 226 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Why is technology growing and changing?
Understanding data, 3G and 4G smartphones, tablets, broadband, routers, cabinets and UFB.
Information from NZ relay with topics:
- Internet relay
- Video Relay Service (VRS)
- Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)
- Mobile Text Relay (MTR)
- TXT 111
- The decline of TTY
This workshop will decide which smartphone, tablet or broadband you can purchase to access the communication services of your choice.
This is an exciting course that wil make you tech smart and help you understand your devices and how they work, what to and what not to do! Bring your mobile phone or tablet. Access to WiFi available.
Happy Crafts Club
Tuesday 9th September from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Deaf Aotearoa, 96 Bristol Street, St Albans
You are invited to join us at Tuesday’s Craft Group on Tuesday 9th September. Bring your wool and knitting needles, or other crafts that you want to finish off or show us. Come along. Bring your Deaf friends.
Tea and coffee will be provided.
If you are interested please contact Victoria by Friday 5th September 2014.
before 5th September to firstname.lastname@example.org
, fax 03 379 5089 or text 021 324 828.
A School Speech made by one of Canterbury’s CODA student
As many of you already know most of my family is deaf. My mums deaf my dad’s deaf my aunty is deaf and so is my uncle. As I tell you all this I wonder what’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say that word “deaf” is it just oh that mean they just can’t hear or they use their hands to communicate because they can’t speak.
While some of that is right but is not really what it means but I guess it’s different to everyone, it’s not just a disability nor is it someone’s ears being “broken” or that they’ve just stopped working. For some being deaf is simply a way of life. For my mum it’s who she is, her character, deaf is how she introduces herself but it does not define her or hold her back from opportunities she can do everything the same or better than everyone else. But not every deaf person sees it that way, some can see it as a closed door, shut out from things because there different or they can’t understand. Like my dad he doesn’t like the fact that he can’t hear, and surrounds his self with hearing people to make him feel somewhat normal.
Deaf is a huge part of me and my life it’s how I was raised, signing was my first language, I didn’t start speaking until the age of 1 ½ but I started signing at 9 months old. Deaf is walking through the mall having a conversation with a deaf person and having people stare at you as they walk past, it’s stomping, waving your hands around like you’re a crazy person, switching the lights or going up to them and hand having to tap them on the shoulder as the only way to get their attention.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that even though I can’t yell out to my parents if I’m in another room or I can’t ring them if I’ve forgotten something at home or even just them not being able to hear me laugh or cry I’m still very proud and grateful for deaf being a part of me and part of my identity. Thank you for listening to my speech.
NZ Theatre Federation TheatreFest 2014, Linwood College
Erica Hyde has been directing a cast of Level Two Drama students consisting of Matt Marshall, Regan Lippitt-Quested, Isabel Petratche-Briels, Fyfe Ferguson, Cian Scott-Lindfield and Holly Findlay to compete in the New Zealand Theatre Federation TheatreFest 2014.
Their play, 'The Pin Striped Suit' by Barbara Else, made it to the Regional (semi-final) competition last weekend and the cast worked exceptionally hard developing the subtle undertones of the paranoia, ironies, intricacies and hypocrisies about conforming within society.
Fyfe Ferguson and Isabel Briels were awarded 'Excellence Awards for Acting' recognising the layers of meaning they brought to their roles. The cast were also recognised for the maturity with which they presented the script.
Congratulations to the cast and their director on an outstanding performance!
Joyce and Patrick Stokell, proud parents of Fyfe Ferguson (CODA)
Halberg Family Fun Day
The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation is holding a family fun day for physically disabled children and their families to come and try out different sports:-
- Powerchair football
- Wheelchair rugby
Sunday 28th September at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Pioneer Sport and Recreation Centre, Lyttelton Street, Christchurch
Otago Rescue Helicopter Visit
Come and learn about the Otago Rescue Helicopter and all the interesting things it does.
If an emergency call comes in at the last minute it may have to be cancelled.
Thursday 11th September
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Heli Otago, Taieri Airfield, Stedman Road, Mosgiel
Please RSVP to Anna.
Otago Association for Deaf Children’s new website
Check out the Otago Association for Deaf Children’s new website!
Also, please send all email to the new email address: email@example.com
Staff will be away for training so the office will be closed.
Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th September
The office will be open again with normal hours on Monday 8th September.
Captioned Movie Update
The captioned movie list is only in the Otago Daily Times on Wednesdays and Saturdays, not everyday
Sorry for the confusion.
Dunedin’s Great War 1914-1918 Exhibition
This year we remember the thousands of citizens signed up to become soldiers.
Dunedin’s Great War Exhibition explores the horrors and honours of the war.
1st August 2014 to 3rd May 2015
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin
Admission is free
Glengarry Community Market
Yarrow Street Car Park, Glengarry, Invercargill
9:30am to 1:00pm
Come along and support the community market, arts, crafts, food, entertainment, free activities, jewellery and much more!
Rebecca will be away for staff training from Monday 1st September to Thursday 4th September.
Rebecca will be back in the office on Tuesday 9th September.
Are you Tech Smart?
Understanding data, 3G and 4G, smartphones, tablets, broadband, routers, cabinets and UFB.
Information from NZ Relay with topics:
- Internet Relay
- Video Relay Service (VRS)
- Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)
- Mobile Text Relay (MTR)
- The decline of TTY
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 smart and understand your devices and how they work and what not to do! Bring your mobile phone or tablet. Access to WiFi available.
Level 1, 84 Esk Street, Invercargill
1:00pm to 4:00pm
You will have to confirm your place on this course before 1st October.
or text 021 554 905.