National News

Current vacancies at Deaf Aotearoa

Community Services Manager
Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch
Applications for this position closes at 5:00pm on Friday 7th February.

Service Coordinator
South Auckland
Part-time (20 hours per week)
Applications for this position closes at 5:00pm on Friday 24th January.
Taranaki News

Tupare Garden Fair

When? Saturday 11 January from 10.00am to 3.00pm
Where? Tupare Garden, 487 Mangorei Road, New Plymouth

Relive the splendour of Tupare. Taste the fine flavours of local food and wine, live music and performances, garden art and keepsakes, plenty of family fun events on the river flat. Bring a picnic or come for lunch/brunch and sample a satay or a sizzler, a burger, hot cake or pastry. Try an organic juice, a wine or great coffee. Come for the day and have some fun.

Come early and enjoy a guided walk to the river from 8.30am.

Prices: Free
Contact: Clare Mewse
Phone: 0800 736 222

SURF: Twilight Movies In The Park: Endless Summer

Sunday 12 January from 9.00pm to 11.00pm

Fred Parker Lawn, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

As part of the Surf: Shaping Taranaki public programme, Endless Summer, the legendary 60s documentary that encouraged travel and surf lifestyle around the world, will screen at the TSB Bank Festival of Lights Twilight Movies In The Park.

Prices: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06 759 6060

Urenui Village Ramble

When? Sunday 12 January from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Where? Urenui Beach and Noel Nairn Walkway, New Plymouth

Meet: Urenui Domain Campground Store, Urenui.
Grade: Medium
Other: Wear good walking shoes.

Join us on a ramble from Urenui Beach to the Noel Nairn Walkway, and discover some of Urenui’s hidden gems. An experience with a difference!

Price: Free
Contact: 06 759 6060
Phone: 06 759 6060

ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifying Matches

Enjoy top domestic and international cricket at Pukekura Park this summer.

Kenya v Papua New Guinea

When? Monday 13 January at 10:30am
Where? Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

Next day is reserve day.

Papua New Guinea v Uganda

When? Thursday 16 January at 10:30am
Where? Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

Next day after above dates is reserve day.

Prices: Complimentary entry
Contact: Nelita Byrne
Phone: 06 759 6060

Wellington News

WADC family camp

When? 14-16 February 2014
Where? Forest Lakes Camp, Otaki

It is finally here!
Wellington Association of Deaf Children is having a Family Camp. Due to the time period, they really need your registrations/expressions of interest. Attach the form to a reply email or post to PO Box 2907 Wellington. They will respond with further details/confirmation in the new year. The camp is not just for WADC members - but open to anyone who is associated with a deaf person. They look forward to seeing you at camp!

Please see attached flier for information and contact WADC if you have any questions or information by emailing them at:

Captioned movies

Captioned movie sessions until Wednesday 15th January at Reading Cinemas.
The Book Thief (2013) (PG) (violence)
Daily: 12:30pm 3:15pm 6:00pm 8:45pm
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) (M) (violence)
Daily: 10:15am 1:30pm 4:45pm 8:00pm
Don’t forget to ask for your captioning handset when purchasing your tickets.

To be in the know of captioned sessions, join their Facebook page.

Frontrunners Fundraiser

Open Captioned movie! In New Zealand! Deaf Cinema Club (based in Melbourne, Australia) gone Trans-Tasman!

A fundraising night for Mark Berry, in partnership with the Deaf Cinema Club organised this movie at the Roxy Cinemas, in Wellington, New Zealand!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be captioned inside Roxy’s 1930’s themed cinema in Miramar, Wellington on Tuesday 14th January, starting at 8.15pm.

A photographer will be there! Like a red carpet experience so dress up and flaunt your style!! Also; a special effect employee who are involved in the filming of the Hobbit trilogy will be there too!

Tickets are $20 each! Book your tickets here online. You don't have to pay immediately as you can pay Mark Berry sometime during the week but you can reserve the seats now through the website! Please contact Mark if you have any questions or problems with your payment by emailing him at:

Perhaps you can't attend and still want to donate to the frontrunners fundraising? You can by donating at

Wellington City Council Backdoor Rubbish Collections

If you want your rubbish collected from your back door, there is a user-pays service available. For some people, the backdoor rubbish collection is free.

Paid collection

Backdoor rubbish collection is available for a fee. For $125 a year, the Council will collect up to two official Wellington City Council rubbish bags of household rubbish per week from your back door.

To request this service, complete the Paid Backdoor Rubbish Collection Form and send it with a cheque to the Council address indicated on the form.

Free collection

Free backdoor household rubbish collection is available if the Wellington City Council has assessed and approved your application that:-
  • you have a disability / impairment and / or are frail and elderly
  • and no one in your household is able to carry the rubbish bags to the kerbside
  • and you are experiencing financial hardship - low household income. 
If you qualify for free collection, the Council will collect two official Council rubbish bags per week from your back door.

Read the information in the application form to see if you qualify.

Summer School Holiday Activities

There are weeks of fun still to come in the city these school holidays. So kids, get choosing and don’t miss out on an epic summer. Start by grabbing the list of 50 book titles and enter our libraries’ Kids Summer Reading Challenge at Wellington City Libaries's website. For every book review readers complete online, they enter a draw to win prizes including games, toys and vouchers.

Last year our five top readers were all girls, but this year the boys might fight back. There are great books of all kinds from comics to fantasy, fact and fiction, to award-winning New Zealand books. Reviews are all published online and prize-winners will be announced in February. See website about this challenge: Summer Reading Challenge.

But if action is what’s needed, then the holiday programmes at our recreation centres are packed with excitement. For the first time, they’ll all go head-to-head in the Epic Sports Tournament on Friday 24 January at ASB Sports Centre. Around 200 kids aged 5-13 enrolled at ASB, Karori, Nairnville and Tawa holiday programmes will compete in football, touch, nukemball and floorball. Kilbirnie Sports will provide trophies for the winning teams.

The fun is endless at ASB Sports Centre. There’s a Mega Inflatables Day especially for children enrolled at Tawa and Nairnville holiday programmes on Friday 17 January. Bouncy castles and all sorts of other inflatables will fill six indoor courts. The bouncy castles fun will be open to the public on Saturday 18 January.

Things get a bit spooky at ASB on Harry Potter Day on Wednesday 22 January with the Muggle version of Quidditch. Children will learn to care for ‘magical creatures’, make pet rocks and paint their own wands.

Then get ready for a massive water fight on ‘Wet and Wild’ day on Monday 27 January. Come with a water pistol, a water bottle, or soak a sponge in water and get drenched (bring togs and towel or a change of clothes).

For something different, try Pirates Day, Disney Day and Detective Day.

Holiday programmes are filling up fast, so for more information and to book see: School Holidays - Programmes and Activities.

Wellington Zoo is also running activities where children aged 5-12 can meet animals, learn zoo keeper skills and go behind the scenes. To book, go to Wellington Zoo's website.

And don’t forget Kids Magic at the Botanic Garden Soundshell. This Saturday (11 January), 11.30am-2pm, join the Teddy Bear’s Tea Party and on Wednesday 22 January, 11.30am-2.30pm, The Big Top is all the fun of the circus. For more information see: Annual Events - Summer City.

Nelson News

Zumba classes

Zumba classes starts again on Friday 17th January at 10:30am.
Where? Suburban Club, 168 Tahuna Drive, Nelson
When? Every Friday morning at 10:30am
How much? $5.00 each session

Golden Bay A & P Show

Where? Golden Bay Recreation Park
When? Saturday 18th January from 8:00am to 5:00pm
How much? Adults $10 at the gate
Contact: For further information email
The show will include Horses, cattle, sheep, poultry, goats.
Large booth with extensive photography competitions.
Good prizes in all sections. Many and varied trade stands.
Entertainment throughout the day. Shearing, wood chopping.

Mapua Makers Market

Where? Mapua Hall, Aranui Road, Mapua
When? Sunday 26th January from 10:00am to 3:00pm
The Mapua summer Market is a showcase of handmade goods, all individual and unique.

Otago News
Happy New Year from Michelle and Fi.

Sign Language Week Taster Class Tutors

We need more tutors for taster classes if you can help please contact Fi at the office.

Staff whereabouts

  • Michelle is away on the 16th and 17th of January.
  • Fi will here the 16th January.
  • The office will be closed on the 17th January.

Deaf Aotearoa Coffee Club

When?  Friday 31st January from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where? Deaf Aotearoa Office, 4th Floor, 151-155 Princes Street

Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Rally

See pre-1919 cars and motorcycles at the 60th Jubilee run.

This is the oldest rally of it’s type in the Southern Hemisphere

When? Saturday 25th January from 9:45am (cars leave at 11:00am)
Where? The Octagon
Cost? Free

Brighton Gala Day

Stalls, attractions and family fun activities

When? Saturday 25th January from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where? Brighton Domain
Cost? Free