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Office Closure - Queen's Birthday 

Deaf Aotearoa offices will be closed on Monday 6th June due to Queens Birthday long weekend.
Business resumes Tuesday 7th June from 9:00am.

4th National Deaf Youth Camp

The date for the 4th National Deaf Youth Camp has been set!
Auckland Deaf Youth Group is hosting the camp in Hunua Falls, Auckland in January next year.
This camp is open to 18 – 30 year olds with any form of deafness.
For more information on how to register, please email the camp organizing committee:



Community Day Dargaville - Maori New Year (Matariki)

Selwyn Park, Cnr Jervois St and Carrington St, Dargaville
When: Sunday 12th June
Time: 2.00pm – 7.00pm
Cost: FREE 

Te Wairua o Matariki

Te Wairua o Matariki - Spirit Of Matariki is a community day for the whole whanau celebrating Matariki and the Maori New Year. Spend the day enjoying the market atmosphere with an open stage, workshops, food and kite flying. Then be wowed as the sun goes down and Circus Kumarani put on their amazing fire show 

Kiwi North Special Winter Discount for Senior Citizens

Tickets are now only $5 every day until Friday July 10th.
This covers entry into the kiwi house, museum and all exhibits.
Also includes entry to Heritage Park, 25 hectares of park, bush walks and historical buildings.
Where: Kiwi North
              State Highway 14, Maunu
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
For more information, visit website


4th National Deaf Youth Camp

The date for the 4th National Deaf Youth Camp has been set!
Auckland Deaf Youth Group is hosting the camp in Hunua Falls, Auckland in January next year.
This camp is open to 18 – 30 year olds with any form of deafness.
For more information on how to register, please email the camp organizing committee:


TEC Course – Computing for Seniors

When: Thursday 16th June and Thursday 23rd June
Time: 10.00am – 11.00am
Where: Avondale Library, 93 Rosebank Road
Do you want to learn how to use computers like a pro? Learn how to use Skype, Facebook or TradeMe? Then come along to this TEC course. Numbers are limited so please contact Tom.
Email: tom.o’
Text: 021 445 676


“A Deaf script development workshop series”
An opportunity for members of the Deaf community to create a new theatre script with some of New Zealand’s leading Deaf and Hearing writers, storytellers, and directors.

Contact email: to register your interest

Your Rights when Using Health and Disability Services

This workshop covers your rights to access health or disability services. When you visit your GP or dentist, what can you do if you are not happy with their services? How can you speak up? How to make your complaint?
You have a right to make a complaint if you are unhappy. This introduction to the Health and Disability Commission Act will explain what the rights mean to you as a consumer, and why we use the Act.Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland
When: Thursday 23rd June
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Cost: FREE
Refreshments provided
Contact: Cathy Greyling
Text: 021 518 709 

What Are Consumer Rights?

When you buy brand new goods, i.e. vacuum cleaner or computer and they don’t work, what can you do? What are your rights as a consumer?
A guest speaker from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) will explain Consumer Rights under NZ law, i.e. Consumer Guarantees Act and Fair Trading Act.
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland
When: Thursday 23rd June
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Cost: FREE

South Auckland

Stir It Up

When: Saturday 11th June on Saturday
Where: Level 1 Westfield Mall Manukau, In our office
Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Cost: Free
Tea/Coffee provided
This is a great opportunity for anyone of all ages to join this gathering and learn a bit of NZSL, find out more about NZSL, Deaf culture and more. This is a wonderful opportunity for those attending NZSL classes to come and practice here.

Please email Natasha with your confirmation.

Improve Your English Workshops

Grammar and Punctuation
Do you have difficulty writing in English? What is the difference between NZSL and English grammar? How can we understand written English better? Do you want to improve your basic grammar and punctuation skills? This course will help you improve your basic knowledge of English grammar and punctuation. You will learn nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions and conjunctions.

Comprehension and Vocabulary 
Do you have difficulty reading English? Have you always wanted to read a book and understand the story? This course will help you improve your basic reading and comprehension in English. You will learn how to become a more competent, reflective and critical reader.

When: Term 3 - 2nd August 2016 to 20th September 2016
             Term 4 - 18th October 2016 to 6th December 2016
              Every Tuesday from 7.00pm to 9.00pm (2 hours)
Where: Friendship House, Te Maunga (Level 2), 20 Putney Way, Manukau City
Cost: FREE


Working with Interpreters Workshop

Do you want to know about working with interpreters? Your rights when working with interpreters? Who funds what?
Then come along to this workshop to understand how our new booking system works. This workshop for Deaf people will be presented by Kellye Bensley and Alan Wendt.

When: Tuesday 21st June 
Where: CCS, 17 Claudelands road, Hamilton (plenty of car parking available)
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Cost: Free – light refreshments provided

To register, contact Marissa Lessing
Text: 021 516 399

Tauranga had their workshop on 24th May and feedback received was:
“The presentation, Working with Interpreters, was very interesting. It was good for all to know more about working around/with interpreters, the new booking system and what’s coming up soon. It’s worth going to, for your benefit.”

Monday Closed Caption Movie

Alice Through The Looking Glass (Pg)

Alice returns to the imaginative world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

When:  Monday 13th June

Time*:  10:20am




Length: 2hrs 10mins

Cost**: Free

Where: Event Cinemas, Level 2, Westfield Chartwell, Cnr Hukanui & Comries rds, Chartwell

*Times are subject to change without notice.

**Proof that you are Deaf may be requested. 

Sunday Day Craft

Bring your own craft or unfinished projects along and get some work done.

All are welcome to come.
When: Sunday 19th June

Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Where: CCS Disability Action Building, 17 Claudelands Rd, Hamilton East

Contact: Karyn Palaone -

Warm room, hot drinks and slices provided.

Please come and support our community, Deaf and hearing ladies are welcome!  

Signing At The Cook: July Social Catch Up

Come along to the warm cook café and bar to join in a New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) social catch up. Enjoy using, learning and practicing NZSL with others.  

Meet other Deaf people, NZSL students, or others that just want to practice their NZSL skills. All welcome; Deaf, hearing, Hard of Hearing - Everyone!  Children welcome if with an adult.

Note: Next month is a general social catch up which will be down stairs in the restaurant area. 

Date: Friday 22nd July

Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Where: The Cook Café and bar (table booked downstairs)

Address: 7 Cook Street, Hamilton East 

Cost: Free 

Contact: Kayte Shaw


Phone: 021 517 791

Bay of Plenty

Consumer Law Workshop

Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga

When: Thursday 23rd June

Time: 11:00am till 12:00pm

Cost: Free

Baywide Community Law is offering a free presentation about consumer law.

What are your rights when it comes to returning something that is broken or doesn’t fit? Do you know what you are signing with a hire purchase or layby agreement? Find out about your rights as a consumer. 

The Great New Zealand Craft Show

ASB Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga

When: Friday 22nd July from 10:00am till 5:00pm

            Saturday 23rd July from 10:00am till 5:00pm

            Sunday 24th July from 10:00am till 4:00pm

Cost: Buy tickets online, adults $9.00, child $4.00  

         Buy at the door, adults $10.00, child $5.00


See what the Kiwis can do.

Three full days of great Kiwi crafts, fabulous shopping and inspiring entertainment.

Free demos! Great shopping

Gold card holders will get $1 discount on door entry prices.


Interpreter Available in Taranaki 

When: Tuesday 14th June - Available in Taranaki from 10.30am 
             Thursday 16th June - Available in New Plymouth after 2.30pm
             Friday 17th June - Available in the Taranaki area all day
             Tuesday 21st June - Available in Taranaki from 10.3 0am
             Tuesday 28th June - Available in Taranaki after 10.30am
To book:

Taranaki Arts Trail

Visually inspiring, the volcanic landscape of Taranaki, with its ring of wild west coast beaches, green paddocks, myriads of streams, and bush covered slopes, provides a beautiful backdrop to a fascinating weekend annual event held in June each year.
Established in 2014 the Taranaki Arts Trail provides the public with the unique opportunity to meet with over 70 artists in their studio/workshops. Ultimately, the aim of the Taranaki Arts Trail is to build a greater understanding in the community of the processes involved in and the skills required, in creating a work of art.
To assist the visitor with planning their self- guided tour of the Taranaki Arts Trail, it has been divided geographically into 5 smaller sections. These are North, East, South, West and New Plymouth. Admission is free.
The artist's studios and workshops are open from 9.30 to 4.30 on the weekend of June 11 and 12. Some artists are also open on Friday 10, details are on the individual artist's page.
 Folders with the 5 brochures for North, East, South, West and New Plymouth and accompanying maps showing the locations of the 2016 Taranaki Arts Trail artists will be available from April onwards at Information Centers, libraries,participating artists and local cafes or please contact us to receive your copy.
You can follow two Deaf community members who are exhibiting.
Geoffrey Young “My passion is the design and crafting of bespoke wooden furniture”
Where: 90 Brooklands Road

Patti Cocker “The Taranaki gardens gave me the inspiration to develop the garden art pieces and the coastal environment has also influenced my work”
Where: 34 Brookes Street, Inglewood


Bee-Man Exhibition

Friday 3rd June 2016 – Sunday 12th February 2017
Where: Level 2, Lane Gallery, Puke Ariki

This exhibition tells the story of infamous local bee-man, Edgar Roy Brewster, and commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the sale of his Norian (no right angles) property on 6/6/1966, for L~6666. (pounds).

Roy Brewster believed right angles were alien to harmonious living, and set about creating an environment which suited his philosophies.  From 1954 to the mid-60s, he and his wife Nettie saw more than a quarter of a million guests through their beehive house on Sanders Avenue, New Plymouth.

This exhibition focuses on six key aspects of Roy’s life, reflecting the six-sided hexagon he was so fond of.  It features remarkable objects and archives from the Puke Ariki heritage collection, Taranaki Aviation Transport and Technology Museum, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and private Brewster family collection.

From the exhibition; “Roy’s wife Beth died in 1941, leaving him with their six children, two of whom were profoundly deaf.  With so many mouths to feed, Roy slowly rebuilt his beekeeping business.”  These two Deaf children; Grant and Barry Brewster. 

Exhibition - Peter Peryer

What: Peryer's photographs and sculpture in the Old Bank Space
When: Sunday 29th May — Thursday 30th June
            Saturday – Tuesday; 10.00am-6.00pm (closed Wednesday to Friday)
Where: Old TSB Bank Space, 87 Devon Street West, New Plymouth

An exhibition of Peter Peryer's work in New Plymouth's old TSB Bank building
Twelve years since New Plymouth has seen a solo exhibition by Peryer, more than 20 of his works, both photographs and sculpture, will be on display.

New Plymouth’s former TSB Bank has been re-imagined as a temporary public space, with the iconic building housing exhibitions including work by renowned contemporary local artists. The first of these exhibitions will showcase the work of one of New Zealand’s leading photographers, Peter Peryer. This collection has been carefully selected to complement the architecture of the space and to capture the character of Taranaki.  
Open Sat – Tues (closed Wed – Fri) 10am – 6pm

More info about Peter Peryer and his work:
Documentary Peter Peryer: Portrait of a Photographer 
Blog by Peryer
Video interview with Peryer and Hamish McKay
Interview with Peryer and Jim and Mary Barr
Art New Zealand Q&A with Peter Peryer
Radio New Zealand Standing Room Only interview with Peryer about A Careful Eye exhibition at The Dowse Art Museum


Cyanotype-Making Workshop

Govett-Brewster hosted Cyanotype-Making interpreted workshop which was led by local artist Andrew Beck.

Hawkes Bay

Flaxmere Matariki Festival

 Flaxmere Park, Wilson Road, Flaxmere, Hastings

When: Friday 17th June

Time: 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Restrictions: All Ages

Cost: Free

Dress up warm and come along to this popular free Māori new year family celebration that attracts thousands of delighted families. There will be singers, dancers, kapa haka, bands and hip hop dancers. Free kid’s rides and hot kiwi kai are on offer. The show ends with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.

We encourage those living within a kilometre to leave the car at home and walk to the park.

We are grateful to our major funder Trust House for their huge support as well as Te Puni Kokiri - Ministry of Maori

Development and Ngati Kahungunu Iwi. We are also grateful for support from Te Aka Charitable Trust for organising the event, Flaxmere Community Patrol, Flaxmere Māori Wardens and Geraldine Cowan-Maere.

Napier Matariki Festival

 Napier Soundshell, Marine Parade, Napier

When: Saturday 18th June

Time: 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Restrictions: All ages

Cost: Free

Come along to the free Māori new year family celebration at the Napier Soundshell, Marine Parade.

There will be singers, dancers, kapa haka, bands and more. Free kid’s rides and hot kiwi kai are on offer. Walk through the maze of candle lanterns. Sky lanterns will float skywards to give thanks for the harvest and the upcoming 'new year' planting season. The show ends with a spectacular fireworks show to Māori and Pasifika music.

We are grateful to our funders Te Puni Kokiri - Ministry of Maori Development, Infinity, Te Taiwhenua o Te Whanganui a Orotu and Ngati Kahungunu Iwi. 

Working with Interpreters Workshop Update

Thank you to Kellye Bensley & Alan Wendt for presenting the ‘Working with Interpreters’ workshop last Wednesday. We had 15 attendees, so a big thank you to all the Deaf & Hard of hearing community members who attended the workshop. We hope you have a better understanding of the new booking system and are confident in using the system when you need it. If you require assistance or have questions please see contact details below.

Kellye Bensley 


Kat Puna 


Mobile: 021 920 023

Lee Bullivant 


Text: 021 459 005 

If you would like to make a booking please email or visit the website:

New Zealand Deaf Games

Tina Brightwell who is Deaf and from Hawke’s Bay is looking for Deaf or hard of hearing people from 15 years old up who would like to play at the Deaf Games in Hamilton.  Tina is trying to make up a team to play for the Central team.
If you are interested please contact Tina.
For more information about the New Zealand Deaf Games please visit the website:

TEC 1119 Money Matters 

Where: HB Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale, Napier
When:  June, 15th June, 22nd June 2016, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Free
Contact: Kat Puna or 021 920 023
                 Lee Bullivant or text 021 459 005
Do you want to have a better understanding of money?
Understand and learn about Kiwisaver, the difference between savings and investments, how to budget your money and more. Come along, learn, and increase your financial knowledge.
This workshop will be presented by Joy Tomoana. 


Flying Services

From Sunday 31st July flights from Wanganui to Auckland and Christchurch to Blenheim will no longer be running.


NZSL Northern Camp 

Where: Moirs Point Christian Camp, 65 Estuary Drive, Mangawhai Heads
When: Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th September, 2016
Cost: $140.00
Register deadline: Friday 2nd September
A ‘Silent Camp’ has been set up in September in the North. This camp is a great get together for NZSL students of all levels.  A great chance to learn, have fun and build up your knowledge and confidence using NZSL.
For more information and register form, click on the flyer and contact the camp administrator.

Deaf Hauora Workshops

Introduction to Healthy Eating Workshop

Where: Heart Foundation

105 Queen Street, Palmerston North

When: Tuesday 28th June 2016

Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm

Cost: FREE - NZSL Interpreters provided

Common Types of Cancer Workshop

Where: Cancer Society

 504 Featherston Street, Palmerston North

When: 4th August 2016,

Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Cost: FREE - NZSL Interpreters and coffee and tea provided

Please contact Lianna Kennedy to enrol in these workshops. Details available on flyer.


Manawatu  Deaf  Society 54th Anniversary Dinner

Dinner at Gengy’s Mongolian BBQ Buffet

Time:  5.00pm – 7.00pm

Where:  21 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North

When: Saturday 30th July

Please confirm before Friday 22nd July.

Contact or go directly to Deaf club to confirm.

After dinner you are most welcome to head over to Deaf club for more socialising.



Theme: Wild Wild West

When: Friday 16th September – Sunday 18th September

Where: Woodend Christian Camp, Woodend Beach Road, Woodend, North Canterbury. (40Kms from Christchurch)

Costs: $110 (including accommodation food and fees)

RSVP: Sunday 28th August

Contact Josje with your confirmation.


Text: 027 427 2702


Hunt for the Wilderpeople Captioned Movie 

Wellington Deaf Society is organising a captioned movie for the whole family to enjoy!
When: Sunday, 12th June
Time: 6.00pm
Where: Light House Cuba, 29 Wigan Street, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand 6011

An adaptation of classic Kiwi novel Wild Pork and Watercress, by Barry Crump, Hunt for the Wilderpeople tells the story of misfit kid Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison). When Ricky’s foster aunt suddenly passes away, he’s left alone with his grumpy uncle Hec (Sam Neill). The unlikely duo find themselves on the run in the vast New Zealand bush, evading child services and the law. They are forced to work together to survive and despite their differences, form a bond in this hilarious and heart-felt adventure.
Directed by Kiwi favourite Taika Waititi (Eagle Vs Shark, Boy and What We Do in the Shadows).
If you are interested to attend this captioned movie, please visit Wellington Deaf Society’s event page and join or contact below.
Text: 022 5225 229

Dine Afrika

When: Saturday 18th June

Time: 6.30pm

Please RSVP before the Wednesday 15th June for bookings and information.

Deaf Club

When: Friday 10th June

Time: 7.00pm

Where: The Supply Room, Mana


Stir It Up 

This is a fantastic and fun opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and /or learn New Zealand Sign Language.
Where: Upstairs at Café Affair, 295 Trafalgar St, Nelson
When:  Saturday 11th June.
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Everyone is welcome – Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations.
For more information please contact Ali Kimberley:
Mobile:  021 518 331

Accessing Emergency Services through Technology

Two community constables will be giving a presentation on how to access emergency services through technology. This is a great chance to come and find out all you need to know about how you can keep yourself and those around you safe.
This course is specifically for those who are Deaf or have a hearing loss. There will be plenty of time to have all your questions answered and get to know your local community constables.  Light refreshments will be provided
If you are interested in doing this course, please complete an enrolment form and return to Ali at the Nelson office by Monday 20th June or email:


Taboo Night

When: Friday 24th June

Time: 7.00pm

Where: Deaf Society Of Canterbury

For more information please contact Deaf Club staff on 022 354 8801 or email

Deaf Society of Canterbury NZSL Classes

Are you interested in learning NZSL? If yes, please contact Deaf Society of Canterbury office to register your interest.

When: Saturday 18th July for eight weeks

For more information please contact Deaf Society of Canterbury.


Call: 03 379 8251

Text: 021 148 4609

Community Law Workshops

For anyone who wants to understand the law and their legal rights. Sessions will be presented by Community Law.
When: Thursday 14th July to Thursday 1st September
Where:  Deaf Society Of Canterbury
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Cost: Free eight week workshop, NZSL interpreters provided
For more information or to enrol in this workshop, please contact Hanna Deal. 


DSC Vacancy - Community & Events Coordinator

Are you looking for temporary part-time job (20 hours a week)?
Please contact DSC for an application pack.

When: Starting mid-August 2016 to end of June 2017
Text: 021 148 4609

Applications close Thursday 30th June at 5.00pm.
Interviews will be held in July 2016.

Please contact Jared at Deaf Aotearoa if you would like help making an application.

Disco for Kids

This is a fun opportunity for Coda Families, Canterbury Parent of Deaf children and other children. There will be activities, games and prizes for best dressed. There will be café where you can purchase food and drink.
When: Friday 10th June
Where:  Deaf Society of Canterbury
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Cost: Free entry – please bring cash if you wish to buy glow sticks
For more information, please contact Debra or Maira.
Debra: 027 826 7506 (text only)
Maria: 027 323 2072 (text only)
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Everything you need to know about Insurance Workshop

When: Thursday 30th June 2016
Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Cost: Free - NZSL Interpreter and light refreshments provided
RSVP: 20th June 2016

This is a fantastic opportunity to get the information you need about insurance. This workshop will cover different types of insurance, claims, cover and much more. Come along and find out everything you need to know 
To register for this workshop or for more information contact Rebecca Aitcheson.
Mobile: 021 276 5646

Working with InterpretersWorkshop

Do you want to know about working with interpreters? Your rights when working with interpreters? Who funds what? Then come along to this workshop to understand how our new booking system works. This workshop will be presented by Kellye Bensley and Alan Wendt.
When: Tuesday 14th June, 2016
Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Cost: Free - NZSL Interpreter provided
RSVP: 10th June 2016
Light refreshments will be provided.
To register for this workshop or for more information contact Rebecca Aitcheson.
Mobile: 021 276 5646

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival

When: Saturday 18th June (postponement date Sunday 19th June)

Where: Octagon

Time: 5.30pm start

Cost: Free, koha appreciated. Lantern workshops $7 per person

Contact: 027 323 8263 or


Be mesmerised by the magical lantern procession around the Octagon accompanied by costumed dancers and musicians, giant lanterns and fireworks. Community participation is an integral part of this beautiful event. Three public lantern making workshops will be held in the lead up to the event and everyone who makes a lantern becomes part of the procession.


When: Saturday 11th and 1Sunday 12th June

Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm

Where: St Mary’s School, 6A Cromwell Street, Wakari

Bookings essential for workshops through website, like and volunteer through the Facebook page

International Rugby

When: Saturday 25th June

Where: Forsyth Barr Stadium

Time: 7.35pm

Cost: Variable

Contact: 0800 222 224,

For the first time the mighty current world champion All Blacks will take on the determined Welsh at the roofed stadium in the final of the Steinlarger Series.


Funraiser For Thomas & Ryan Mcliskey

Two local twin boys fundraising for a second implant are holding a fundraising event to raise funds for implants.

Please see attached flyers for all the information, contact details and prices.

Help support our local boys on their next Journey.


What: Rock off- Girls vs Boys

When: Saturday 18th June

Where: Invercargill Workman’s Club

Costs: $35.00

Health and Safety

Anyone who may be interested in attending a Health and Safety course in Invercargill get in contact with Rebecca at the office with your interest.
Text: 021 554 905
There are NZQA credits available for those who pass their course and is great for your CV.
Please note: in order to run any course needs to be at least 8 people, and you MUST register before the course date.
If there are enough people to attend the course you will be contacted with more information and course details.

Personal Information

A reminder that Deaf Aotearoa does not have anyone’s details/contact information unless you are actively using our services.
If you know anyone who would like to know more about workshops and events in Southland please remind them to subscribe to the Community Weekly newsletter or to like Deaf Aotearoa’s Facebook page.

Working With Interpreters Workshop

What: Working with Interpreters
When: Monday 13th June 2016
Where: Blind Foundation, 172 Queens Drive, Invercargill
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Do you want to know about working with interpreters? Your rights when working with interpreters? Who funds what?
Then come along to this workshop to understand how our new booking system works. This workshop for Deaf people will be presented by Kellye Bensley and Alan Wendt.
Contact Rebecca for more information.
Text: 0215 54 997

Southland Deaf Community AGM

When: Sunday 21st June 2016
Where: Roger Strongs, 374 Chesney Street, Invercargill
Time: 10.30am
BYO plate.
If you have any enquires please get in contact with Roger Strong or Philippa Evans.