CommUNITY Weekly News

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


Deaf Film Camp

When: Sunday 26th July to Friday 7th August (falls during Term 3 for 2 weeks)
Where: Old Forge, New York, United States
Cost: Approx. NZ$1,835 (scholarship and financial assistance may be available)

There’s a fantastic opportunity coming up for Deaf children aged between 13 to 16 years old who are interested in filmmaking. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Brent MacPherson and Rachel Coppage think that the campers would be able to learn a lot not just about how to make a film in sign language but also about themselves. This would help them increase their own self-esteem and confidence. We would like them to return home and share their experiences with other Deaf Youth here. They may have the potential to participate in the biennial Deaf Short Film Festival.

Please don’t hesitate to contact them if you would like to know more about the camp:

Arts Access Awards 2015: Nominations now open

Arts Access Aotearoa are excited to announce that nominations are now open for the Arts Access Awards 2015, which will be held at Parliament on Wednesday 1st July.

The Arts Access Awards are the key national awards in New Zealand celebrating the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations working to enhance the artistic lives of people with limited access to the arts.

The deadline for nominations to be received is 5pm Monday 2 March.

For more information and to make a nomination please see their website.


Deaf Aotearoa is thrilled to be part of Kiwi Karma. At you can compare and book accommodation at the same rates as the best sites, but with one special advantage: Kiwi Karma donates 3% of the cost of your room to Deaf Aotearoa at no extra cost to you.

The site is 100% New Zealand owned and has over 3,100 listings covering the full range of accomodation from backpackers to luxury lodges. You may even save on your travel costs as Kiwi Karma has no booking or credit card fees.

So next time you or your friends and family are taking a holiday or business trip, book with and you’ll enjoy an even better night’s sleep.

Competition: Pamper your partner in Taupo!

You can enter their latest competition where you can enjoy two nights of relaxed indulgence with your partner at Whakaipo Lodge and be pampered with superb food, fine wine and luxurious body treatments in a stunning, private King Suite with our Indulgence Package worth $1,295.


  • Two nights' accommodation in our luxuriously appointed and secluded Tongariro King Suite
  • A chilled bottle of French Champagne awaits your arrival in your suite
  • One hour of indulgence for two (your choice of facial or massage in your private suite)
  • Wairakei Terraces Thermal Hot Springs entry for two
  • Breakfast, afternoon tea or gourmet coffee, evening drinks and canapés on each day of your stay
  • Dinner for two, including wine, at Whakaipo Lodge on one night of your stay

Please note: does not include flights or transfers. Only one entry per person please. Prize redeemable Sunday to Thursday, and not available on public holidays and during school holidays, and subject to availability.


Volunteer position in Bhutan (Asia) for Deaf Education Teacher

Breathtaking views, village lifestyle and the chance to help deaf children learn and succeed at school – this is the ultimate role for a passionate special education teacher. You will support staff at Bhutan’s only school for the deaf to strengthen their sign language skills and adapt the curriculum to meet students’ needs.

Applications close: Wednesday 18th February 2015
See more:

For any queries, please contact Noreen McGrath (International Volunteer Partner):
Address: 155 Pelham Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: +61 3 9345 1885


Māori culture workshop

Last Wednesday we had the Māori culture workshop.

We learnt new waiata, te reo vocab and also how a marae represents the human body.

A big thank you to Richard Peri, Manaia PHO and to the Deaf community for supporting this.

I’m sure everyone enjoyed it.

Hopefully we will see another presentation from Richard this year on the Treaty of Waitangi.


Richard taught us this beautiful waiata last week at the workshop.

Health and Disability Discussion

Remember Anna Dubbelt is coming to the Deaf Aotearoa office.

She will be discussing your rights and what to do if you aren’t happy with a health provider.

Where: Deaf Aotearoa office
When: Wednesday 18th February at 4:00pm

Community Computer

The community computer is now working. You’re welcome to come and use it.


Monster Slide Festival

When: Saturday 21st February and Sunday 22nd February
Where: Alexandra Park, Corner of Green Lane West and Manukau Road
Time: Anytime between 9:00am to 6:00pm (depending on ticket)
Costs: $39.00 plus booking fee

Monster Slide Festival has come to Auckland! Monster Slide is a summertime, family-friendly slip-n-slide party event. A four-laned, 300 metre long Monster Slip 'n' Slide sat atop a three storey high and 50 metre long Monster Ramp awaits you!
Be quick, tickets sell out fast!

Auckland Council’s 10-year Budget (Long Term Plan 2015-2025)

Auckland Council is developing its next 10-year budget and need your views on what they should invest in and prioritise. This budget covers everything they do and how they will pay for it over the next 10 years. It is the most significant review of Auckland Council’s works programmes and budgets since amalgamation and aims to invest more in Auckland than any other decade while keeping rates affordable.  
They want your views on whether they have the balance right. Your feedback on transport issues will also inform the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) being developed by Auckland Transport.
The consultation period will run from Friday 23rd January through to Monday 16th March at 4:00pm.

You can provide feedback by:

  • Using the feedback form attached to the summary or available on ShapeAuckland.
  • Attending a Have your say event – Wednesday 11 March at the Fickling Centre, Three Kings.  Click on the date to register your interest in attending – there will be two sessions, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.
  • Participating in social media or one of the online forums scheduled.  See ShapeAuckland for more information.

Auckland Deaf Society

Come celebrate Chinese New Year! There will be a presentation with activities for you to participate in. The clubroom will be open early for those who want to watch the Cricket World Cup game New Zealand vs England. The bar will be open early as well.
When: Thursday 19th February
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road
Time: 5:30pm onwards

Interpreted theatre shows

There will be two interpreted theatre shows for the Auckland Arts Festival.

Tickets are $55.00 each. To book you need to email Include your name, which show you want to book, how many tickets and ask for allocated seats in the Deaf audience.


When: Sunday 8th March
Where: Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland
Website: click here

It's the 1970s and 80s in New Zealand and two generations of the Miller whānau, swept up in irreversible change, are trying to give voice to what's going on in their lives.

Husband and wife Nellie and Charlie are at odds with each other. With their family's future at stake they can't agree about whether to fight for what they believe in or forge a new future and forget past grievances. Meanwhile, their five hard-case teens, fed up with their parents' silences, secrets and quarrels pack their bags and take off in search of answers.

Hīkoi is an emotional road trip deep into the heart of our country's history and even deeper into the heart of the Miller whānau. Join the family on their journey towards love, forgiveness and discovering who they really are.

The Mooncake and the Kūmara

When: Monday 9th March
Where: Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland
Website: click here

Nearly 90 years ago in a market garden in New Zealand, two families, one Māori and the other Chinese, became part of a romance that would uproot their lives over generations. Layered with myth and fable, The Mooncake and the Kūmara is a moving story about a mixed-up, Māori-Chinese love affair that sprouts among rows and rows of potatoes. It's a story about history, duty, secrets and the delicate balance needed to grow families.

Oxfam fundraising: The Theory of Everything movie

When: Wednesday 18th February from 7:45pm
Where: Event Cinemas, Westcity, Henderson
Cost: $20.00 each

This is a captioned screening. This event is being organised by the Westie Wonderwomen. They will be walking 100km together over 24 hours in March to raise money for Oxfam's work in the Pacific.

Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, it is the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. This movie is suitable for people over 14 years of age.

For tickets contact Monica Leach by text on 021 073 9497 or email

South Auckland

Stir it up event

Reminder: The stir it up event date has been postponed from 14th February to 21st February.

If you know anyone anywhere who wants to learn NZSL, please welcome them to come to stir it up.

If you are Deaf, and you are also welcome to join Stir it up. It's a great benefit for hearing people to meet Deaf people like us.

Please see attached for more information and give it to your friends and family.

Learner licence

If you don't have a learner licence yet, you can come to our TEC course where you can learn the road code. Then after the course you can go and sit your learner licence test. 

When: Starts on 20th February for 12 weeks
(will have three weeks break in between, please see the flyer for all the dates)
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where:  Friendship House, 20 Putney Way, Manukau City

Please let me know if you are interested by 13th February.

South Auckland Deaf Club

When: Friday 27th February from 8:00pm
Where: Papatoetoe Clubrooms, 183 Great South Road, Papatoetoe (near Hunters Plaza)


Theatre workshops: Updated information – change of venue!

When: Tuesday 17th, 24th February and 3rd March (from 6:00pm to 7:30pm)
How much: Free
Bring: A water bottle and wear comfortable clothes
Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts (APA), University of Waikato, Knighton Road, Hamilton
Driving: Enter through Gate 2B, Knighton Road, Hamilton. Parking is free. The Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts is signposted from the carpark. It is about two minutes' walk from the lake at the University.
Buses: The Orbiter bus service stops in Knighton Road, only 150 metres from the Academy, and routes 13 University & 17 Hamilton East Uni from Hamilton Transport Centre both stop on the University campus.

Here is the website for the Gallagher APA (Academy of Performing Arts):

When you enter the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts (APA) on the evening of the first workshop, Laura Haughey (theatre studies lecturer) will be there to meet you and show you the room we will be using. 

The room that will be used is the ‘Te Where Tapere Iti’. It is close to the reception and box office at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

Here is a link to the room:

Kayte will be there as well, so just text her on 021 517 791 if it’s hard to find the building.

Deaf Waikato River Community:
First meeting for 2015

When: Wednesday 18 February from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Richo, corner of London and Anglesea Streets, Hamilton
Cost: Free

You could bring a donation to help with coffee, milk and sugar. Or bring your favourite drink, but no alcohol please.

Please come and join us. Hope to see you there!

Waikato Deaf 8 Ball Pool Club

Annual General Meeting 2015

When: Saturday 7th March from 5:00pm onwards
Where: Hamilton RSA, Rostrevor Street
Bring: Money to buy drinks and dinner at club bar or restaurant.
Note: Only members can vote. Non-members can come but can’t vote.

Please sign your name on the list when you arrive at the door.

For more information please contact or their Facebook page.

3’s Tournament 2015

1st season: 18th April
2nd season: 8th August
3rd season: 3rd October
Time: Doors opens at 11:00am and games starts 11:30am
Where: Masse Hamilton (ex Waikato Snooker & 8 Ball Club), Rostrevor Street, Hamilton
Organisers: Shaun Fahey and Hemi Hema

Information about prize-giving awards will be provided later.

For more information please contact: or their Facebook page.

NZSL Week celebration event

When: Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th May
(leave Deaf Aotearoa carpark 10:00am Saturday and return 12:00pm noon on Sunday)
Where: Pirongia Forest Park Lodge, Pirongia (near Te Awamutu)
Cost: Adults $24.00 to $28.00 and children $12.00 to $28.00 (depending on group size)

This year the Hamilton office would like to see the Deaf community join together with family and friends at the Pirongia Forest Park Lodge for our celebration event. It sleeps up to 40 people and offers a full day of activities.

We can book a guide to teach us about the native trees and plants on the way up to the top of the mountain, where we will be shown a breath-taking view of parts of the Waikato. We could have lunch at the top, or eat when we come back down.

The lodge has a confidence course, flying fox, an abseiling wall and a selection of sports equipment available for us to use. Then we can have a BBQ dinner and end the night with a few games to play indoors. It’s going to be great fun for the whole family!!!

We will need to pay some money before end of February to book the Lodge.  So if you think you’d like to book in for a night with us, then please text, email or visit the office to let me know as soon as possible! Remember, the bigger the group, the less we pay per person.

Bay of Plenty

Night Owl Cinema

Where: Mount Drury Park, Grace Avenue, Mount Maunganui
When: Saturday 14th February from 6:00pm till 11:00pm
Cost: Gold coin donation
This popular Night Owl Cinema will be showing a movie called 'The Artist'. This is a modern French silent movie with no spoken dialogue, so it's very accessible for Deaf viewers. Watch with your family and friends under the stars near the ocean. Food will be on sale.
The next Night Owl Cinema and the last one of the season will be on the 14th March. People will be cycling to supply power to show the movie! Fun!

Baypark Family Speedway

Where: ASB Stadium at Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
When: Saturday 14th February from 6:30pm till 10:00pm
Cost: Adults $20.00 - Children (7-16yrs) $10.00 - Seniors $10.00 - Family (2 adults and 3 children) $50.00 - Children (6 and under) free
A night of fast and furious racing.

Doors open at 5:00pm and the race starts at 6:30pm.

More information...


Where: Whakatane Ohope Beach
When: Saturday 21st February from 9:30am till 2:30pm
Cost: Free to spectators
A fun steak and sausage BBQ competition.

Have you got nothing to do? Head over and join the fun watching.
If you are a foodie and want to impress everyone with your skills, contact or 027 555 3733 for more information.

Learn to meditate (in half a day)

When: Saturday 14th February from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Community Centre, 32 Leach Street, New Plymouth

Learn the basic techniques of how to meditate and enjoy peaceful and relaxing meditations.

Buddhist nun Gen Demo will be visiting from Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Palmerston North to teach the course.

Bookings are essential. Please book online.

Prices: $30.00
Contact: Gen Demo
Phone: 06 355 3524
Booking link:

2015 New Zealand AeroPress Championship

When: Saturday 14th February from 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: Ozone Coffee Bean Store, 47a King Street, New Plymouth

Ozone Coffee Roasters are thrilled to be hosting the inaugural New Zealand AeroPress Championship. Held at Ozone Coffee's Bean Store on King Street, the event will feature professional baristas from all around New Zealand who are vying for the title of the first NZ AeroPress Champion. The winner will go on to compete at the World AeroPress Championship in Seattle in April.

The Bean Store is open to the public from 4:00pm, with the event starting at 5:00pm. The public are welcome to come and view the action, and there will be coffee, cold drinks and food available to purchase during the evening.

Prices: Free
Contact: Te Kawa Robb
Phone: 027 5255 850


When: Saturday 14th February from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth

The world's largest short film festival has arrived in New Zealand. This is a free event. Bring a picnic and settle in to watch the celebrity action on the red carpet. There will be screenings of the 16 finalist films. A panel of celebrity judges will select the winning film on the night. A $10,000 cash prize and a networking trip to Los Angeles are up for grabs.

Contact: Taranaki Arts Festival Trust
Phone: 06 759 8412

Let's Go Pancake breakfast

When: Tuesday 17th February from 7:30am to 9:00am
Location: Puke Ariki Landing, New Plymouth

Ditch the car and walk, ride or bus into Puke Ariki Landing for a free pancake breakfast on your way to work. Breakfast is served between 7:30am to 9:00am in conjunction with Marcel's Pancake Day, with coffee available from the Joe's Garage truck.

Prices: Free
Phone: 06 759 6060

Bells, stars and chimes guided walk

When: Thursday 19th February from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Sir Victor Davies Lane carpark area, New Plymouth

Starting from Sir Victor Davies Lane, we will head up Marsland Hill where you will get the chance to learn more about the carillon and see inside the observatory.

The walk will then go past the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary before concluding at the clock tower, which will be opened for people to go up.

Grade: Easy
Other: Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Prices: Free
Contact: Jill Miller
Phone: 06 759 6060
Hawkes Bay

Tremains Art Deco Weekend


Where: West Quay, 32 West Quay, Ahuriri, Napier
When: Tuesday 17 February from 9:00am to 10:00am (please be there at 8:50am)
Entry: Free

Join local Iwi, the Art Deco Trust, Napier City Council and Te Matau a Māui Voyaging Trust for a pōwhiri at Napier’s inner harbour to open the Tremains Art Deco Weekend.

The Powhiri will feature Te Matau a Māui (traditional designed Polynesian sailing waka) being welcomed into the marina by local kaumatua and kapa haka groups.

Steam train to Otane

Where: Napier Railway Station, Munroe Street, Napier
When: Friday 20th February from 8:15am to 1:30pm
Cost: Adults $75.00 - Children $40.00

What a day it will be! A steam-powered run through the Hawke’s Bay countryside to Otane where you’ll have a 60-minute break to stretch your legs, then it’s back on board for the run home. Take a picnic hamper with you or buy your sustenance from the nearby shops in Otane.

If you can’t afford to go on the train, why not go and have a look and wave to the people going to Otane. See all the black smoke from the steam engine.

Big Sound Tonight

Where: Napier Soundshell, Marine Parade, Napier
When: Friday 20th February from 8:15pm to 11:30pm
Entry: Free

A real show-stopper. Catch all the hits from the 1930s with the Hawke’s Bay Jazz Club Big Band plus The Dave Atkin Band. Dress up and mingle with the smart crowd and vintage cars on the magical Marine Parade. If the weather is nice why not have a picnic on the lawn while you enjoy the concert?

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) service

Thank you to the Deaf community for coming to the presentation last Saturday 7th February at the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club. We all now know that VRI is available at Napier Work and Income and Hastings Work and Income.

We hope that many of you have gone home and had a think about where we can have VRI set up. Maybe at doctors' offices, schools, dentists', etc. We have a request form you can give to any organisation where VRI will be useful. They can fill out the form and send it to the VRI team who will contact them and see if it is possible set up the VRI service.

If you want to know more please contact Lee at Deaf Aotearoa or visit the VRI website


Manawatu Deaf Society club night

When: Friday 13th February from 7:30pm
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North

Bring your own drinks.

There is no club night next Friday 20th February.

Manfield fireworks spectacular

When: Friday 13th February (tonight!) from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: Manfield, South Street, Fielding
Cost: Adults $10.00, Children (5-18 years old) $5.00, Infants (up to 5 years old) Free (door sales only)

Sideshows, entertainment, drifting displays, stunt bikes, free ice-cream in exchange for your gate ticket and best fireworks show ever!

Funtime carnival

When: Friday 13th February to Sunday 15th February
Where: Railway Land Reserve, Church Street, Palmerston North
Time: Friday 13th February (from 6:30pm) and Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th Feb (from 11:00am)

The carnival is back in town! Dont miss your chance to ride the hurricane, ride the scary ghost train, enjoy a trip round and round on the carousel, or dodge your friends on the bumper cars, along with great inflatable rides plus great fairground food and carnival games.

Hosted walks through Te Āpiti-Manawatu Gorge

When: Sunday 15th February (and every Sunday after that, except for 22nd February)
Where: Meet at Palmerston North City i-SITE, The Square, Palmerston North
Time: 8:45am to 4:20pm
Costs: Adults $12.00, Children (10-16 years old) $6.00

Forest and Bird are offering hosted walks through Te Āpiti-Manawatu Gorge, taking visitors along the main 10km track. These hosted walks will link with the Te Āpiti shuttle, providing transport from Palmerston North City to the start of the walk and providing pick up and return to the other end. 

The walks are open only to children over 10 years old and adults.

They are now doing walks every Sunday (but not 22nd February). You need to book for the walks. You can visit and get your tickets from Palmerston North i-SITE in The Square.

Open captions cinema: The Imitation Game

Where: Lighthouse Cinema Cuba, 29 Wigan Street, Wellington
When: Tuesday 17 February from 6:00pm
Cost: $11.00 per person
Facebook Group: Wellington Deaf Cinema Club
In The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII.

Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal at the time.

Wellington Deaf youth presentation evening

Where: Wellington Deaf Society, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
When: Friday 27th February from 7:00pm

Free pizza!!! Come and join Deaf youth as they celebrate their overseas experiences in a presentation evening where three Deaf youth will share their stories. All ages welcome!

New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival

The organising committee is pleased to announce that the 7th Deaf Short Film Festival (DSFF) is being hosted in Wellington and will be held on 4th and 5th September 2015.

Film Screenings will be shown at Ngā Taonga (the film archives) with the awards function dinner (with a very exciting theme) in the Te Aro and Waterfront rooms at Mac’s Function Centre.

Information regarding the DSFF is up on their brand new website. Some information about the Short Film Competition is up on the website. Check out the sign of the week which will be updated weekly. Join their Facebook page to be kept up to date.

There is no theme for the 2015 Short Film Competition. People are encouraged to put together a team to enter the short film competition.

For any enquiries, the DSFF team can be emailed on

Chinese New Year Festival

Where: Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay, Wellington
When: Saturday 14th February from 7:00pm and Sunday 15th February from 10:30am
In the traditional Chinese calendar, the Year of the Sheep begins on 19th February 2015. Celebrate this auspicious occasion with the eagerly anticipated Chinese New Year Festival weekend, brought to you by the Asian Events Trust.

New clothes for the New Year: Fashion and dance show

When: Saturday 14th February from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Celebrate the Chinese New Year tradition of wearing new clothes at New Year with this savvy and sophisticated fashion and dance show. New clothes for the New Year combines the talents of New Zealand designers with some of Wellington's best dancers.

Chinese New Year Street Parade

When: Sunday 15th February from 2:00pm
Where: Courtenay Place

Always a crowd favourite, the Chinese New Year Street Parade features Wellington's community groups parading through the city streets in a fabulous display of colour and celebration.

Chinese New Year: Festival day and Asian arket

When: Sunday 15th February from 10:30am to 5:30pm

As the Chinese lunar calendar celebrates ‘The Year of the Sheep’ you can join in the festivities with free activities, delicious foods, crafts, and local and international entertainment.

Nelson Deaf Incorporated Lunch

When: Saturday 21st February at 11.30am
Where: Cable Bay Café, 799 Cable Bay Road, Nelson

Meet up with the community for lunch.

Race Unity Day 2015

When: Sunday 1st March from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Victory Square, Nelson

Everyone is warmly invited. Activities include world food stalls and stalls selling ethnic products, ethnic performances, celebrations and displays of traditional attire and art, as well as fun and games with cricket, spot prizes and possibly guest appearances to celebrate the ICC Cricket World cup.

Cathy will be present to communicate the speeches at lunch time.

Celebrate Debbie and Kareens birthday with a Birthday BBQ

When: Sunday 22nd March at 4:30pm

Please bring your own BBQ food and drink. For the address, please contact Rachel, secretary of NDC.

Email Rachel on or text on 021 102 4400.

Nelson Deaf Incorporated AGM

When: Saturday 18th April at 10:30am
Where: Board Room, Zumo Coffee House, 42 Rutherford Street, Nelson

All welcome, please let Rachel know if you are coming.

Email Rachel on or text on 021 102 4400.

New Zealand Sign Language Week In Action Awards

Do you wish to nominate yourself or someone to win an award during NZSL In Action Awards?

Do you know someone (such as a friend, family member, work mate, employer or NZSL interpreter) or an organisation that deserves an award for their hard work in the community?
There are 11 different award categories; see website for its categories
Nominations close Friday 27th February.

To nominate someone for an NZSL In Action Award go to and click the "nominate yourself or another person" link at the bottom of the page to fill in a nomination form. NZSL video nominations are also welcome. You can ask your local CRO, Victoria Green, to assist you with this.

Deaf Aotearoa employment consultant service

  • Do you want support for your job search?
  • Do you need assistance with application forms?
  • Do you need to apply for Workbridge funding for NZSL interpreters for interviews or training?
  • Do you need to update your CV?
Your local Community Relations Officer, Victoria Green, is supporting Ruth Coburn, our Employment Consultant Team Leader, with the employment consultant service. Please email or text 021 324 828 for an appointment.
  • Did you get a job in the New Year?
  • Do you need help with understanding your employment contract before you sign it?
  • Do you need assistance at your workplace with equipment or Deaf Awareness courses?
  • Have you applied for Workbridge Job Support funding for NZSL interpreters?
Please contact or text 021 540 195 for an appointment.

Focus group for junior D/deaf and hard of hearing youth

  • Want to have your say?
  • Are you D/deaf or hard of hearing?
  • Aged between 12 and 17 years old?
  • Want to meet new friends?
  • Want to see more activities & groups in your area?
When: Thursday 19th February from 4:30 pm
Where: Blind Foundation, 96 Bristol Street, St Albans, Christchurch

Pizza and drinks provided! Interpreters will be provided

If you are keen to join the focus group please contact Della Buzzard:
  • Email:
  • Text: 021 295 2798
  • Skype: Della Buzzard
  • Fax: 0800 332 322 (Attention: Della Buzzard)
Note: Please ask your parents or guardians for their permission first before contacting Della.


Deaf Aotearoa Otago community announcement

Chief Executive Lachlan Keating and the Deaf Aotearoa leadership team will be here to announce more services to Otago, including First Signs, Youth/Transition and Employment Services. Afternoon tea and childcare will be provided.

When: Monday 16th February from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place

Please tell Anna or Michelle if you're coming. Contact or 021 276 5646.

Public Trust information session

Want to know more about setting up will, family trusts and power of attorney?

Come along to workshop to learn and ask questions from Public Trust Advisor.

An interpreter will be there.

When: Thursday 19th February from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Where: BNZ Business Partners Centre, Level 1, 98 George Street, Dunedin
(Same place as Tech Smart workshop last year. Please enter on Moray Place, not through the bank.)
Cost: Free

Deaf Aotearoa fax

The fax is working! Thank you for your patience. You can fax Anna or Michelle at 0800 329 332. This new number goes directly to the Auckland office and your fax will then be sent to the correct staff member. All faxes remain private and confidential.

Please remember to write:
  • Your name
  • The name of the person you want the fax to go to (Anna Hurd or Michelle Sinclair)
  • What area of NZ (Otago or Dunedin)

Coffee Club and Otago Museum tangata whenua tour

Come along to a NZSL interpreted tour at the Otago Museum to learn about the history of the Southern Māori.

We will have coffee after the tour in the museum café.

When: Thursday 26th February
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin
Cost: Buy your own food and drink in café

Please meet us at 10:00am inside the museum entrance.

Library Book Sale

When: From Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February
Time: Friday 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Dunedin City Library Car Park
Cost: Great bargains!
  • Adult books - $1.00
  • Children's books - 50c
  • Magazines - 20c
  • Speciality books, CDs, DVDs - as priced

Otago Deaf Sports

When: Sunday 29th March 2015
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Otago Deaf Centre

All welcome to the Annual General Meeting for Otago Deaf Sports.

Tutors wanted

If you would like to become a tutor during NZSL Week, please complete your registration. This is a great opportunity for Deaf community members to share their language with the wider community.

The work is paid and full training will be provided.

We do not have enough tutors in Invercargill yet so if you think this something you could do during May 2015 please fill in the online form. If you need help, make an appointment to see Rebecca in the office.

Coffee groups

I have arranged for coffee groups to be on the following dates:
  • Thursday 19th February
  • Thursday 19th March
  • Thursday 23rd April
  • Thursday 21st May
  • Thursday 25th June
  • Thursday 23rd July
  • Thursday 20th August
  • Thursday 24th September
  • Thursday 22nd October
  • Thursday 19th November
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am

You can put the above dates into your diaries for the year.

Do you have any suggestions to make the coffee groups more exciting?

Please tell Rebecca your ideas!

If the coffee group is cancelled for any reason, Rebecca will let you know well in advance.

Hope to all see you there!

Southland Rodeo

Where: Southland Rodeo Grounds, 434 Oreti Beach Road, Invercargill
When: Sunday 15th February (this Sunday!)
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Costs: Adults $15.00, Children $5.00 (door sales only)
The top cowboys and cowgirls from around New Zealand will battle it out in the Southland Rodeo arena against the clock and animals for points toward New Zealand standings.

Family day out with food vendors and kids entertainment on site.

Southern Wild Food Festival

Where: ILT Stadium Southland
When: 28th February from 10:30am to 6:00pm
Costs: Adults $25.00 Children (under 16) free (tickets sold at the door)
Enjoy the best wild food Southland has to offer plus wine, beer and terrific entertainment at the second annual Southern Wild Food Festival.

Not to be missed – mark your calendars now!