CommUNITY Weekly News

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National

Deadline extended: Tutors for NZSL Week taster classes

Applications now open until Friday 30th January 2015. Apply now!

We are looking for people who are:

  • Confident giving public presentations
  • Fluent in NZSL or use NZSL on a regular basis
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, interpreters, families of Deaf children, etc
  • Passionate about Deaf culture, NZSL Week and teaching NZSL
  • Available during the month of May 2015

As a NZSL Week tutor you will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain work experience
  • Earn some extra money
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun being part of the biggest week of celebrations in 2015

How do I apply?

Complete the easy online form.

If you did not teach taster classes last year you will need to complete the online form then send us your CV and a NZSL video explaining why you want to be a tutor. The video is for us to assess your NZSL skills. Contact your local Community Relations Officer for assistance.

Tutors will be required to attend unpaid training sessions between March and April.

For more information or any questions contact your local Community Relations Officer or email: nzsign@deaf.org.nz.

NZDRFU positions for Physico and Treasurer

The New Zealand Deaf Rugby Football Union are looking for a physico and treasurer. Both are voluntary positions. Please see these documents for more information:-

Car registrations

Vehicle licence (rego) fees are dropping from 1 July 2015. Make sure you don’t pay more than you have to and only relicence your vehicle to a date just after 1 July.

Pricing varies based on licensing requirements. From 1 July 2015 annual motor vehicle licence levies will be reduced by an average of 45% for most vehicles (except motorcycles, mopeds, trailers and caravans).

For cars less than 40 years old, the actual reduction will vary according to the car's safety rating, calculated by ACC. The annual savings will range from $42 to $132 for petrol-powered vehicles, and $82 to $172 for diesels. The ACC tax on petrol will also fall 3 cents per litre on 1 July 2015.

See the AA website for more information...

International

Miss & Mister Deaf World 2015 and World Fashion Show 2015

When: Monday 13th to Thursday 23rd July
Where: Prague, Czech Republic

For more information and application forms please see:

Northland


Blues vs Chiefs

Sonny Bill Williams comes to town.

CCS Disability Law workshop (extra afternoon session)

CCS' Disability Law workshop now has an afternoon session.

When: Wednesday 28th January
Where: 291 Kamo Road

Morning: 9:30am to 12:30pm (lunch will be provided)
Afternoon: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Interpreters will be available for both sessions.

Māori culture workshop

When: Wednesday 4th February from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: Ratu Room, Manaia PHO, 28-30 Rust Avenue, Whangarei
Cost: Free

Do you want to learn more about Māori Culture?

Want to understand the meaning of waiatas and other Māori language aspects of pōwhiri and whakatau?

This workshop is a great opportunity to come together and learn more.

Richard Peri, Māori Deaf Development Officer from Deaf Aotearoa, will be presenting.

If you are interested, please visit the Deaf Aotearoa office and fill out a form to enrol or contact Tanya Davis:  

Auckland Anniversary Day

Just a reminder that Deaf Aotearoa will be closed on Monday 26th January for Auckland Anniversary Day. Our office will open again on Tuesday at our normal hours.

Auckland

TEC courses

Your Community Relations Officer is looking for some TEC course ideas for 2015.
  • What courses do you think would contribute to your CV?
  • What have you most wanted to learn that would be of benefit to your job or future employment?
Feel free to email Rachel at rachel.berry@deaf.org.nz to share some of your ideas.
 
Remember all learners must meet all of the following criteria
  1. Be aged 16 years or older
  2. Be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident
  3. Currently living in New Zealand
  4. Not be in enrolled in secondary school full-time
Also, TEC funding cannot be used to teach hobbies.

Light Show

Explore the many facets of light in all its different colours, shapes and forms at Light Show.

When: 11th October 2014 to 8th February 2015
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Auckland Art Gallery, corner of Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
Costs: Adults $15.00, Children (5-13 yr olds) $10.00
 
You can buy tickets here: http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2014/light-show/auckland

Auckland Anniversary Day

Just a reminder that Deaf Aotearoa will be closed on Monday 26th January for Auckland Anniversary Day. Our office will open again on Tuesday at our normal hours.

South Auckland

Keeping healthy: Labtests presentation

A representative from Labtests will come in to give a presentation about how to understand your blood screening test results. The presentation will last two hours and will include time for questions and answers.

You may have low iron, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc and want to understand more about it.

When: Wednesday 4th February
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Friendship House, 20 Putney Way, Manukau City

For more information, please contact natasha.cloete@deaf.org.nz.

Please RSVP before 30th January if you are coming.

February Stir It Up event postponed

The Stir It Up event originally planned for Saturday 14th February is now postponed to Saturday 21st February.

Last Saturday's event was great! We had eight people, including children, attend. We learnt “I go to shop to buy (three things)” so we are learning new signs for what we want to buy when we go to the shop.

Something to do in summer: Silo Park

The summer has been great and it is still the school holidays. This is a great opportunity to take your family on the train or bus, or even in your own car to see Silo Park in the city.

Have a look at their website: http://www.silopark.co.nz/silo-park/about/.

Where is Silo Park?

Silo Park is situated in the Wynyard Quarter by Auckland’s waterfront, west of Viaduct Harbour and north of Victoria Park.  Watch out for two tanks, which is where Silo Park is.

Silo Park hosts night markets every (fine) Friday at 5:00pm. You can grab dinner, gifts, and art, crafts and much more plus enjoy entertainment from local and international DJs and performers. 

The market is also held on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, weather permitting.

Silo Park also offers outdoor movies projected onto a screen attached to the tanks. Please check their website for when and programme what movies will be showing. Weather permitting.

There is also a beautiful playground very close by for children of all ages.

Auckland Anniversary Day

Just a reminder that Deaf Aotearoa will be closed on Monday 26th January for Auckland Anniversary Day. Our office will open again on Tuesday at our normal hours.

Waikato

Deaf Aotearoa office closed
for Auckland Anniversary Day

Auckland Anniversary Day is a public holiday.

So our Hamilton office will be closed on Monday 26th January.

The office will be open again on Tuesday 27th January.

Deaf theatre workshops: Dates confirmed!

When: Tuesday 17th, 24th February and 3rd March from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: New Place Theatre, Waikato University, Hamilton, (entrance off Knighton Road, Hilllcrest)
Cost: Free
Who: Waikato Deaf Community

No experience needed! If you are interested, or want more information, contact: The workshops will be run by Laura Haughey, Theatre Studies Lecturer at the University of Waikato.

Stir It Up

Stir It Up is Deaf Aotearoa’s way of providing a fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to learn and/or experience New Zealand Sign Language for free while having a coffee.

It will be held every second Tuesday of the month at the Hamilton office. Check out the calendar dates below and make sure to book to your calendar now!

2015 dates are:
  • Tuesday 10th February
  • Tuesday 10th March
  • Tuesday 14th April
  • Tuesday 5th May
  • Tuesday 9th June
  • Tuesday 14th July
  • Tuesday 11th August
  • Tuesday 8th September
  • Tuesday 13th October
  • Tuesday 10th November
  • Tuesday 8th December
So stir up your friends, family, co-workers, neighbours and your local dairy man and get them to come along with you!

A great setting for First Sign families, NZSL interpreting students, whanau and/or friends for all ages!

For more information please text or email Susitina Cook:
Phone/Text: 021 540 193
Email: susitina.cook@deaf.org.nz
Visit: 169 London Street, Level 4, Federated Farmers Building, Hamilton


 
Bay of Plenty

NZSL Week (Monday 4th to Sunday 10th May)

The preparations for NZSL Week in May are underway.

Do you want to teach NZSL in our free 45 minute taster classes and earn some money? Training and resources will be given to you so you can go out and teach confidently. It's fun!

Want to join? You can register to be a tutor here on or before Friday 30th January. Please note that tutor who did taster classes last year do need to fill out the form, but they do not need to submit a video. New tutors must fill out the same form and submit a video as well so we can assess your signing.

If you do want to register but not sure of what will happen in May, it's ok to register now, then closer to the time you can tell Sue if you can't do it.

If you are not sure or you need more information, you can contact Sue Lessing by email sue.lessing@deaf.org.nz or text 021 920 675.

New Zealand Sign Language In Action Awards

Do you know of someone, an organisation, business or school that deserves an award? Or maybe you would like to nominate yourself?  There are ten awards to be given out at the New Zealand Sign Language In Action Awards this year. The awards will be held in Wellington on Saturday 9th May.

Visit this link to find out more about the awards. There are NZSL videos explaining each award.

Get your nomination form in before Friday 27th February and you will go in the draw to win the NZSL In Action Awards Gala Package. You can do it online or contact your CRO Sue Lessing for a hardcopy.

The Gala Package offers:
  • Two tickets to the awards dinner
  • One night's accommodation, including breakfast for two (if required)
  • Return domestic air travel for two to Wellington (if required)
  • Transfers from Wellington airport to your hotel and back (if required)
To contact Sue Lessing email sue.lessing@deaf.org.nz or text 021 920 675.

NZSL Week celebration

How would you like to celebrate the end of NZSL Week? I would like to hear from you because NZSL Week is for all the Deaf community to celebrate not just Deaf Aotearoa.

Would you like a family picnic with jumping castles, face painting, fire demonstration, and stalls to sell your handmade things? Or would you like to dine out? Or would you like to have an accessible tour with NZSL interpreters? What kind of tour?

To contact Sue Lessing email sue.lessing@deaf.org.nz or text 021 920 675.

Forklift licence

Deaf Aotearoa will be organising a course for Deaf community members from Bay of Plenty including Tauranga, Whakatane, Rotorua and other nearby places. It is for Deaf people who need a forklift licence for work or those that are looking for work.

If you are interested please let Sue Lessing know. The deadline date for putting your name down is Monday 9th February. Contact Sue Lessing on sue.lessing@deaf.org.nz or text 021 920 675.

Reminder: Bay of Plenty Deaf Tenpin Bowling Club

Where: Tauranga Bowling, 13th Avenue, Tauranga (opposite Tauranga Boys College)
When: Saturday 7th March
Time: 8:30am for 9:00am start
Cost: Singles $35.00 Doubles $35.00
Register: Entries close on Friday 20th February
Contact: Vikki Wright (vmwright@xtra.co.nz)

Bay of Plenty Deaf Tenpin Bowling Club will celebrate 17 years this year!

Everyone is welcome to play or watch.

Click on the flyer for more information.

 

Auckland Anniversary Day

Just a reminder that Deaf Aotearoa will be closed on Monday 26th January for Auckland Anniversary Day. Our office will open again on Tuesday at our normal hours.

Taranaki

Interpreter available in New Plymouth

When: Every second Tuesday until further notice (3rd February, 17th February, 3rd March, etc)
Available: Any time after 1:00pm (depending on travel time to location)

There is an interpreter booked from 10:00am to 12:30pm. So any time after that is available for other people to book. However for anything urgent or with sufficient notice the current times can be moved around.

Presently the travel cost is covered, however if the interpreter is required to work long hours for the day there may be some accommodation costs to be recovered.

To book contact info@interpreting.co.nz.

Whanau Fiesta

When: Saturday 24th January (rain date: Saturday 31st January)
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Location: Waitara Central School, Waitara

Come along to the Whanau Fiesta at Waitara Central School. Enjoy live entertainment, a great big sing off and exciting team challenges.

Families can bring along a picnic, and there will be free ice blocks and burgers (children must be accompanied by an adult whanau member).

There will be spot prizes, a waterslide, and a visit from the Fifa U20 mascot, Wooliam, with an international team.

Families planning to attend are reminded to bring togs or clothes suitable for the waterslide, sunhats and drink bottles.

Prices: Free (plus free ice blocks and burgers!)
Contact: Renee Manella
Phone: 021 259 8928
Email: renee@statementmedia.co.nz

Brooklands Zoo 50th Anniversary

When: Saturday 24th January (rain date: Sunday 25th January)
Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Brooklands Zoo, New Plymouth

Come dressed as your favourite animal and join in on the games, stories and fun with the zookeepers, Grimace the Gorilla, storyteller Lesley Dowding and more!

There will be a formal portion between 11:30am and noon which includes some short speeches.

Prices: Free
Contact: New Plymouth District Council
Phone: 06 759 6060
Email: enquiries@npdc.govt.nz
Website: www.newplymouthnz.com

ITL Twilight Movie Series: Ride In Movie

When: Saturday 24th January
Time: From 8:30pm
Location: The Boatshed Lawn Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

In association with the TSB Bank Festival of Lights Twilight Movies in the park series sponsored by ITL Engineering and supported by Bike Barn, Allied Pickfords and gapfiller.org.nz.

The Cycle Powered Cinema will be screening Fire in Babylon, a documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's. We need your pedal power to run this free outdoor screening, so bring the family early and picnic on the lawn.

Prices: Sweat
Contact: Let's Go Team
Phone: 06 759 6060
Email: letsgo@npdc.govt.nz
Website: www.letsgo.org.nz

Urenui Country 'Summer' Market

When: Sunday 25th January
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Urenui School, 1 Takiroa Street, Urenui

The last of the Urenui country 'summer' Markets hosted by Maria Lempriere and Joanne Watson - with its own country flavour celebrates their unique rural and coastal lifestyles and rich bio-region. It will operate rain or shine. Throughout January they will ‘open’ every Sunday while the beach lovers are in town. Quality crafts, food, coffee, live music and loads of things for the kids to do.

Prices: Free attendance
Contact: Maria Lempriere
Phone: 027 232 5554
Email: urenuidistrict@gmail.com
Website: http://www.urenuidistrictonline.co.nz

Hawkes Bay


Waitangi in Ahuriri

Where: Pukemokimoki Marae, 191 Riverbend Road, Napier
When: Saturday 31st January from 11:00am to 2:00pm

This is a free family event which aims to raise awareness and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) through music, food, arts, crafts and interactive educational activities.

This event is proudly presented by Napier City Council, Pukemokimoki Marae and Te Matau a Maui to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

All are welcome to start the day at 11am with a mihi whakatau (official welcoming).

Live entertainment kicks off at 11am with performances by local artists.

On Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Marina there will be Te Matau a Maui waka experiences.

Free parking is available. This is a free family event, which is alcohol and smoke free and aims for zero waste.


Burger King 3X3 National Basketball Tour

Where: Napier Intermediate School, 3 Jull Street, Napier (new location)
When: Saturday 31st January from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Website: http://www.basketball.org.nz/competitions/3x3/

This event is part of the national 3X3 basketball tour, happening in 12 venues around New Zealand.

It started on 9th November 2014 and runs through to 14th March 2015.

Online registrations strongly recommended. The cost will be $36.00 per team.

Or you can register on the day between 7:30am to 8:30am. Note it will cost $50 per team (cash only).

You can choose to go along and watch or put a team in to play.

VRI – Video Remote Interpreting

Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
When: Saturday 7th February from 10:30am to 12:30pm

This is a refresher course so you can understand more about VRI.

The course will cover the following topics:
  • What is VRI?
  • Where is VRI available?
  • How to book VRI
  • How is VRI different from Video Relay Service (VRS)?
  • Understanding mobile relay services
Come along and find out more about this wonderful free service.

Today, VRI is available at Work and Income's Napier and Hastings offices.

We need to find out the best places to set up VRI so the Deaf community can easily access VRI services in future.

Manawatu

Palmerston North Community Lunch Club

When: Monday 26th January
Where: Memorial Park, Main Street East, Palmerston North
Time: 12:00pm
 
Welcome back to 2015! Come along to our lunch club, bring your own lunch/drinks as well as camping chairs/picnic rug and have a good catch-up.
 
Also please think about what kind of workshops you would like Deaf Aotearoa to deliver this year and bring your ideas with you to share with us.

Wanganui Community Lunch Club

When: Monday 2nd February
Where: Victoria Lake, Great North Road, Wanganui
Time: 12:00pm
 
Welcome back to 2015! Come along to our lunch club, bring your own lunch/drinks as well as camping chairs/picnic rug and have a good catch-up.
 
Also please think about what kind of workshops you would like Deaf Aotearoa to deliver this year and bring your ideas with you to share with us.

Manawatu Deaf Society Club Night

When: Friday 23rd January
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Avenue, Palmerston North
Time: 7:30pm
 
BYO Drinks!
 
Manawatu Deaf Club's first night for 2015! Come along and have a good ole catching up!

Manawatu Deaf Society Annual Picnic Day - Ashhurst

This is to let you know that the picnic has been rescheduled to Sunday 1st February!

Please make sure you change the dates on your diary!
Wellington

Treaty Settlement Debate at Te Papa

Where: Soundings Theatre, Level 2, Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington
When: Thursday 29th January from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Website: http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/WhatsOn
Cost: Free!
 
Healing the Past, Building a Future

Join Maori Leaders Matiu Rei, Peter Douglas, Rahui Papa, and Jamie Tuuta as they share their journey with the Treaty settlement process and their contribution in this era of settlement.
 
To register for this event contact Natalie King:
Email: natalie.king@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 545 288

NZSL City Gallery Tour

Where: Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington
When: Sunday 15th February from 3:00pm
Website: http://www.citygallery.org.nz/events/new-zealand-sign-language-tour-2
Cost: Free!

Enjoy an introduction to the current exhibition Yvonne Todd: Creamy Psychology in New Zealand Sign Language. This tour will be given by Theresa Cooper, a member of the local Deaf community. She is passionate about the arts and has been an advocate for galleries, museums and theatres to be more accessible for Deaf people for several years. She has led many exhibition tours in New Zealand Sign Language.

Bookings essential. Contact citygalleryevents@wmt.org.nz.

Meridian Kids Magic featuring Orchestra Wellington Baby Pops

Where: The Soundshell, Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington
When: Saturday 24th January from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Website: www.orchestrawellington.co.nz
 
Hey presto! It's the greatest kids' show on this summer, featuring Orchestra Wellington Baby Pops, photobooths, entertainment, face painting, fun activities and more.

Orchestra Wellington will take young listeners on a "Magic Carpet Ride", have them waving their magic wands to the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and chanting funny spells to "My Friend, the Witch Doctor".

Te Rā o te Raukura

Where: Te Whiti Park, Whites Line East, Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt
When: Saturday 31st January and Sunday 1st February (from 9:00am both days)
Website: https://www.facebook.com/teraoteraukura
 
Te Rā o te Raukura is back bigger and better for 2015 celebrating our 21st Birthday. Te Rā o te Raukura is a two day festival hosting the Wellington Māori Cultural Society Marae Haka on Saturday 31st January. Arohanui ki te Tangata (goodwill to all men) is the theme for this year.

Sunday is the festival we know and love with ADIJAH, Annie Crummer and Bella Kalolo as the premier music acts.

Every year 'Te Rā' attracts up to 20,000 people to Te Whiti Park, Waiwhetu in Lower Hutt. It's a family orientated festival with a focus on health, art, and education with kids' amusement rides, and over 100 stalls with a massive array of fine foods and crafts. This event is smoke and alcohol free.

All proceeds from stall fees will go to Te Omanga Hospice. Car parking fees on Saturday will go to Waiwhetu Marae - Waka Crew and Sunday will go to the Māori Women's Refuge.

For more information please contact Dinah on 04 569 7993 or email te.ra@atiawa.co.nz.
 
Nelson

Nelson Deaf Community
Social get together

It was so good to see so many old and new faces at the social gathering at the Suburban Club.

We would like to welcome two new Deaf community members to our region, Terry and Melody Walbran, who have just recently moved here to Nelson from Auckland.

We do hope you both will be very happy here in Sunny Nelson.



New Zealand Sign Language classes in Nelson

New Zealand Sign Language – Level 1A

When: Every Wednesday from 11th February to 1st April (eight weeks)
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tutor: Cathy Gutschlag
Fee: $100.00

Learn basic NZSL conversation skills and begin to understand and develop NZSL grammar. Develop the use of facial expressions and improve visual and spatial awareness. Open to adults and college students

New Zealand Sign Language – Level 2A

When: Every Tuesday 10th February to 31st March (eight weeks)
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tutor: Rachel Summer
Fee: $100.00

Learn more NZSL conversation skills and develop your grammar skills. This course is designed for those who have completed levels 1A to 1D. Open to adults and college students.

For any queries about either classes above please contact Jo Johnston, Community Education Co-ordinator, by phone 03 544 6099 ext 870 or email ace@waimea.school.nz.

TEC course in New Zealand Sign Language

Would you like to learn more NZSL, improve your conversation skills and develop your grammar skills? If you are interested please contact Susan Peters on susan.peters@deaf.org.nz or text on 021 939 415.

Nelson Buskers Festival

When: From Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st January

Nelson Buskers Festival brings you award-winning street performers from around the world.

Come and join us at the top of Trafalgar Street for action-packed, mind-blowing shows from Bendy Em, Becky Hoops, Pancho Libre, Eddy Eighty and Vinyl Burns.

Our festival is family focused and free to attend. Please show the performers how much you appreciate their amazing talents and skills by tipping the buskers' hats.
Canterbury

Tutors wanted for New Zealand Sign Language Week

Your local Community Relations Officer, Victoria Green, is looking for tutors for NZSL Week 2015.

We are looking for people who are:

  • Confident giving public presentations
  • Fluent in NZSL or use NZSL on a regular basis
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, interpreters, families of Deaf children, etc
  • Passionate about Deaf culture, NZSL week and teaching NZSL
  • Available during the month of May 2015

As a NZSL Week tutor you will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain work experience
  • Earn some extra money
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun being part of the biggest week of celebrations in 2015

How to apply:

Are you a new tutor?
  • Complete the online application form
  • Email your Curriculum Vitae
  • Email a NZSL video signing why you want to be a tutor
    (this is so that we can assess your sign language skills)
 Were you a NZSL Week tutor in 2014? Applications close on Friday 30th January.

Tutors will be required to attend unpaid training sessions between March and April.

For more information or any questions, contact your local CRO victoria.green@deaf.org.nz.

New Video Remote Interpreter (VRI) Service
at Christchurch Public and Women’s Hospital

Christchurch Public and Women’s Hospital now have VRI available at their hospitals for patients who are NZSL users for their medical appointments.
  • You have an appointment with Christchurch Hospital?
  • Hard to book a face to face NZSL interpreter for your appointment?
You can use their VRI service.

If you wish to use VRI with your appointment, please contact the Interpreting Service at CDHB: If you have any questions or other enquiries, please contact your local Community Relations Officer, Victoria Green: For more details about VRI visit www.vri.govt.nz.

Canterbury Deaf Youth are looking for new leaders

The Canterbury Deaf Youth Group are looking for new leader(s).

If you are interested in becoming a leader, please see the video below.

If you wish to have more details, please see their Facebook page and contact them.

Ferrymead Mitre 10 for Kids

When: Sunday 1st February
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am and 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Would you like your children to attend a free Mitre 10 DIY workshop on making their own planter box? A tutor, Ben, will be facilitating the workshop because Flip will be away on holiday.

There will be two groups. The maximum number of places available in each group is 20. Please bring old clothes and one parent/caregiver to help with your children’s project.

The workshop is suitable for younger children from five years old to a maximum of 12 years of age.

Please book as soon as possible as the workshop will fill up quickly.

Visit http://www.mitre10.co.nz/kids/ for more information.

Deaf Senior Citizens Canterbury’s 25th Anniversary

Canterbury’s Deaf Senior Citizens are having their 25th anniversary during the weekend of 24th to 26th April and their programme will be sent out, soon, once it is confirmed.

If you wish to have more details, please contact your local Community Relations Officer, Victoria Green, to pass your messages onto Senior Citizen committee, thank you.

Please see their registration flyer if you would like to join their celebration.

Otago

Deaf Aotearoa Coffee Club

When: Thursday 29th January
Time: 10:00am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office

Please bring a small plate to share.

We will talk about this year’s TEC programmes, so have a think and bring ideas to tell us at coffee club!

Remember, Coffee mornings are on Thursdays this year!

February Self Defense course cancelled

The February Self Defense course has been cancelled.

The next course will be held on Thursday 5th March.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Saint James Presbyterian Church, 393 King Edward Street, South Dunedin

Tutors Wanted – Deadline!

Are you interested in being a tutor for NZSL Week taster classes?

The deadline to apply is coming soon! The deadline is Friday 30th January.

You can apply online at https://deafaotearoa.wufoo.com/forms/m1u90c5v14habbg/

If you have any questions or need help to apply, come and see Anna at the office.

Communication

The Deaf Aotearoa fax is still not working. If you want help to set up and use email please come see us.

Or you can text us:
  • Anna: 021 276 5646
  • Michelle: 021 471 033
Southland

2015: Welcome back for a new year!

Rebecca's now back in the office. Her office hours are:
  • Tuesday: 9:00am to 2:30pm
  • Wednesday: Closed (appointments only)
  • Thursday: 9:00am to 2:30pm
Rebecca is looking forward to working with you all again.

Please get in touch to make an appointment to get organised this year. Rebecca can support you with equipment, TEC courses, your work, finding work, coffee groups, meetings, support, information, NZSL Week, and anything else she may be able to assist you with.

Rebecca looks forward to an exciting new year. She hopes to see you soon!

Breast cancer information available

We have information for women about breast cancer.

Please come and have a look and take a free booklet or pamphlets to read. If you would like a booklet or pamphlet and you are unable to come to the office, please get in contact and Rebecca can send you out some information.

You can also borrow a DVD with information in NZSL.

Tutors wanted

Just a reminder to those who are able to help out this year during NZSL Week to complete your applications before 30th January. If you need support in any way please contact Rebecca at the office.

I have emailed some of you that applied last year, so please check your emails for information.

New tutors are also welcome to apply.

For more information go to the NZSL Week website: www.nzslweek.org.nz.