National News

Annual Deaf Rugby Tournament

Hataitai Park, Wellington

When? Easter Weekend
Game 1: Friday 18th April at 1:00pm
Game 2: Saturday 19th April at 1:00pm
Game 3: Sunday 20th April at 1:00pm
Social Dinner: 20th April from 6:00pm to 12:00am

How much?
Social dinner $45.00 or come after dinner (9pm) for $15.00. Deadline for tickets is 31st March.

This year’s National Annual Deaf Rugby Tournament, held during Easter Weekend, will be hosted in Wellington. See the flyer with full details of kick off times and the Social Evening dinner function.

Central, Northern and Southern Zones will come together to steal 2014’s National Deaf Inter-Zonal Rugby Championship shield. Come along and support your zone!

For more details about the tournament or to book tickets, please email Central Zone Deaf Rugby Union.

St. Dominic's School for the Deaf 70th Jubilee Reunion

When? Queen's Birthday Weekend, Saturday 31st May
Where? Palmerston North

Please fill in the form and return it to David Loving-Molloy as soon as possible if you are intending to come to the celebrations.

Don’t forget to put your name(s) on the form when you return it, whether by email, fax, or post.

The motel option is filling up quickly so if you want to stay at the motel with other Deaf you must let me know in the next week.

RSVP to David Loving-Molloy by 9th May:-
Fax: 06 355 0398
Catholic Deaf Centre
Private Bag 11012
Palmerston North 4442

NZSLTA training sessions

The New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association will have two NZSL tutor trainings sessions during Term 1. The first one will be held in Christchurch on Saturday 29th March (9.00am to 5.00pm) and Sunday 30th March (9.00am to lunch time). The second one will be held in Auckland Saturday 5th April for full one day from 9.00am to 5.00pm. We will have two classes, one for Level 1 and the other for Level 2.  We will focus on NZSL grammar.
If you would like to participate in these training sessions, please see our website for information on how to register.

St Dominic's Desf ex-pupils 50th Birthdays

Saturday 31st May from 7:00pm to 1:00am

Manawatu Deaf Society, 55B Totara Road, Awapuni, Palmerston North 

How much?
$20.00 (including food, cake, etc)

RSVP before 9th May to Jackie Overall.

See flyer for more information.
International News

2014 WDFYS Childrens Camp in Washington, D.C.

There will be a World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section’s camp in Washington D.C for the Children’s section which covers ages 9-12 years old on 1st to 8th August 2014.

The theme will be "Imagination". From signing, filming, art, writing, the children will be able to create different possibilities and gain self-worth from the deaf community, deaf culture, and sign language.

Each Ordinary Member (Deaf Aotearoa is the Ordinary Member of World Federation of the Deaf for New Zealand) is allowed to send up to four participants, ideally two girls and two boys with a leader who has to be between the ages of 21 to 30.

This camp is a very valuable experience for all participants as they learn more about the Deaf community all over the world, to gain better awareness of their Deaf identity and to make a difference in their own communities.

This is a call for expressions of interest for this camp before selecting the next New Zealand ambassadors. Further details will be shared with the successful applicants.

If you are interested, please send a video of you signing or a letter answering the following questions:-
  • What do you think you will benefit from this camp?
  • What do you hope to learn?
For the interested leaders – please answer the following:-
  • What is your experience with international Deaf people?
  • Why do you want to be a leader?
  • What do you hope to achieve from this?
Please send your applications by 14th March at 5pm to Lachlan Keating.

Successful applicants will be contacted by 21st March 2014.

To see more information about this exciting camp, please visit:

Miss/Mister Deaf World and Europe 2014

When? 11th to 27th July
Where? Prague, Czech Republic

Download the following documents for more information:-
Northland News

Pecha Kucha Night Whangarei

When? Wednesday 26th February at 7:00pm
Where? Old Library, Whangarei
How much? $5.00 entry

It’s Seaweek so it’s the theme for the night!  

See you there!

Dargaville Fields Day 2014

When? 27th February to 1st March from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Where? Dargaville
Ticket costs are up this year so get ready to pay $15 per adult and $5 for under 16.

Our Community Relations Officer, Alana Best, will be there on Thursday. See her at the Tiaho Tent in in Rural Pavilion 1!

Auckland News

Job vacancies at Kelston Deaf Education Centre

Kelston Deaf Education Centre are currently advertising the following roles:-

SEA show with Red Leap Theatre

When? Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th March at 7:30pm
Where? Maidment Theatre, Auckland University
How much? $15 discount for Deaf patrons and companions (type promo code WHALE in capital letters on Maidment Theatre website)

This is a visual theatre, so there is no NZSL interpretation needed. There will be a public forum with an interpreter on Friday 7th March after the show.

Auckland Deaf Senior Citizens Club AGM

When? Wednesday 26th February at 10:00am
Where? Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Mount Eden

If you have ideas for the agenda please let Colleen Norris know. Bring your own lunch.


When? Friday 28th February at 8:00pm
Where? Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Mount Eden
How much? $2.00 for four tickets

Everybody welcome!

Irish Night

When? Friday 14th March from 7:30pm to 12:00am
Where? Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Mount Eden
How much? Free for ADS members, $5.00 for non-members

Gold coin donation for NZ Deaf Lawn Bowls's trip to Ireland in 2015. There will be prizes, games and raffles. There will be prizes for best Irish outfit for male and female.

Put this in your calendar now!

Wedding Expo

When? Sunday 30th March from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where? Quality Hotel Lincoln Green, 159 Lincoln Road, Henderson
How much? Free

Getting married soon – need to plan your wedding? Then come along and check this out. Free parking!

Waikato News

Waikato Deaf 8 Pool Club

Annual General Meeting

Saturday 1st March from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

CCS Disability Action, 17 Claudelands Road, Hamilton

Coffee, tea and biscuits provided. Free onsite car park.

3's Tournament

  • 1st Season: 3rd May
  • 2nd Season: 19th July
  • 3rd Season: 11th October
If you're interested to join a member, it costs $10.00 for one year from Feb 2014 to Feb 2015. To join you need to complete the membership form and post to:-
Waikato Deaf 8 Pool Club
PO Box 12722
Hamilton 3248.

For more information email Waikato Deaf 8 Pool Club.

How to make your CV

  • Need help?
  • Struggling with English?
This approach helps if you're applying for a different type of job. Writing your CV and covering letters.
Just bring your CV if you have a problem, not enough skills or how to write your personal statement.
Please contact Miiria (text 021 792 369 or email first to make an appointment.

Kakepuku fun run and walk

Sunday 23rd February from 8:00am to 12:00pm

Pokuru School, 873 Pokuru Road, Pokuru
(off at Te Awamutu)

How much?
$20.00 for adults or $5.00 if you are 16 or under
6km and 14km, Walk or Run
Start: 14km Walk 8:30am All others 9am

Off road parking at Pokuru School. Water stops on course. Fruit pie, tea and coffee available at finish. Finishers' certificates available.
Organised by Hamilton Marathon Clinic

Entry forms and information at

Hamiton and Waikato Farmers Market

When? Every Sunday morning from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Where? 204 River Road, River Road car park, Hamilton East
How much? Free!
Just bring your shopping basket. The market has the best produce, heap of fresh fruit, vegetables, gourmet foods, including high quality cheese, loaves, honey, eggs, chutney and much more. They are grown on a farm or garden and brought to market while still 100% fresh!

There are also markets available in Cambridge and Te Awamutu. See Waikato Farmers Markets' website for more information.

Bay of Plenty News

Free English TEC classes

Where? Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When? Every Tuesday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm for 10 weeks starting 25th February

The English classes from last year will continue with more advanced English. Its fun learning and it's never too late to learn.

For more information and to put your name down contact Sue Lessing, details on flyer. If you wish to Skype Video please let Sue know.

The tutor Kay and assist tutor JJ travel from Rotorua and Kay has room in the car for two Deaf Community members who wish to join the classes here in Tauranga.

It's free transport.

Sports and outdoor events in Tauranga

  • Want to get fit?
  • Want to take part?
Have a look on the Eventfinda website for different upcoming sport/outdoor events that may interest you to take part. If you want more clarification, you are welcome to contact Sue Lessing. Email, text 021 920 675, fax 07 571 5932 or let me know if you would like to chat on Skype.

Arts in the Park - Rotorua

Where? The Arts Village, Corner Hinemoa and Hinemaru Streets, Rotorua (Government Gardens)
When? Sunday 23rd February from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Cost? Free

Click on this link for information and watch picture slides.

Taranaki News

Deaf Club New Plymouth Gathering

When? Friday 28 February at 7:00pm
Where? Crowded House Bar, 93-99 Devon Street East, New Plymouth

Look out for hot American cars on the street from the AmeriCARna show!

Contact: Lisa Master by text 027 784 2589

Waka Ama Day

On Monday 17th February Deaf Aotearoa New Plymouth provided a workshop on “Working body and mind” and took the Wakas out at Ngamotu Beach. We had the most beautiful conditions, with the Otaikokako Waka Ama Club saying they had not been out on waters like this for over 12 years. It was so clear and still waters, such perfect conditions we could all see right down to the sea bed. The club may now have a new recruit with Rangi Komene acknowledging he would like to sign up as a member of the club.


Baldrick's Big Day Out

When? Saturday 22nd February from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where? Victoria Park, Regan Street, Stratford
How much? Free entry

Join in Stratford's biennial medieval market day. Another fairly stupendous medieval family fun day out! Stalls, jousters, street performers, turnip tossing, minstrels, sword fighters and more!

Come dressed up and support your team. Competitions for the Best Baldrick, Sauciest Wench, or Raggediest Urchin costume competition. More information...

Methanex Family Fun Ride and Mayoral Challenge

When? Sunday 23 February at 9:00am
Where? Ngamotu Beach, New Plymouth
How much? Gold coin

Bring your family and friends and join the Mayor on his bike for a fun morning of cycling and prize giveaways. Register at Mitchell Cycles and get a free bike and helmet check anytime over February. Parents please accompany the little 'uns. Don't forget your helmets!

Contact: Let's Go
Phone: 06 759 6060

Frocks on Bikes 'Crazy About Butterflies' Ride

When? Sunday 23 February from 1:45pm to 4:00pm
Where? East End Skating Rink, New Plymouth
How much? Free (but don't forget to bring something for the shared afternoon tea)

Frocks on Bikes is a friendly group of happy women who enjoy riding their bikes looking dazzling in pretty dresses. Join them for a leisurely one hour ride on Te Henui Walkway before sharing an afternoon picnic tea at East End Reserve. Go crazy, there will be prizes for the most fun outfit and decorated bike/helmet with a butterfly theme as well as spot prizes.

Contact: Let's Go
Phone: 06 759 6060

More FM Ride In Movies

When? Friday 28 February from 8:30pm to late
Where? The Hatchery Lawn, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

Cycle powered cinema screening at the Hatchery Lawn. The admission fee is you and your bike, we need pedal power for the outdoor screening. Feel free to turn up early and picnic on the lawn. Screening will start as soon as it's dark enough (around 9pm). Supported by Allied Pickfords (these guys are bringing the cinema to New Plymouth from Christchurch for free!),, Bike Barn New Plymouth and More FM.

Contact: Let's Go
Phone: 06 759 6060

Hawkes Bay News

Deaf Advocate visiting Hawkes Bay

  • Tuesday 25th February
  • Wednesday 26th February
Donna Allan from Wellington will be visiting Hawkes Bay.

If you wish to see Donna while she is in Hawkes Bay, please contact her for date and time.

Her contact details are:-

TEC programmes

Programme coming up in next few months.  Please mark on your calendar.

Tikanga – second session

When? Wednesday 12th March from 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Healthy Cooking – 1st session

When? Wednesday 23rd April from 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Healthy cooking – 2nd session

When? Wednesday 30th April from 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Women Health – 1st session

When? Saturday in July (date to be confirmed) from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Women Health – 2nd session

When? Saturday in August (date to be confirmed) from 9:00am to 5:00pm

All programmes will be held at the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club.

Lee will send out another reminder, remember if you are keen to come along any one of these programme, please let Lee know.

111 TXT service

One Deaf person would like to share her experience using the 111 TXT service.

A few weeks ago, Silena and her Deaf partner were relaxing at home when they saw the neighbours playing with slug gun. They thought that it was dangerous having a slug gun in the neighbourhood area. Silena decided to text 111 about this. Five minutes later a police car arrived to find out what was going on there. The Police resolved the problems and then went back to their station.

They were there straight away which is good to see. We think this is a wonderful story and we would like to say many thanks for the 111 TXT service supporting and assisting the Deaf community.

Thank you, Silena, for sharing your story.

If you are Deaf and have not yet registered with the 111 TXT service, please visit the 111 TXT website or visit your local Deaf Aotearoa office for more information.

Manawatu News

Manawatu Deaf Society

No events on this weekend as there is a function in Hawkes Bay celebrating 50 years.

Palmerston North Lunch Club

When? Monday 24th February at 12:00pm
Where? Deaf Aotearoa, Level 2, United Building, 74 The Square, Palmerston North

Come along and catch-up with staff and the community, bring your own lunch. We will provide coffee and tea.

Community Cohesion Workshop #2

When? Monday 17th March from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where? MASH Trust, 602 Main Street, Palmerston North
Theme: St Patricks Day – wear something green if you like!

Small presentation with some hands on activities – see flyer for more information.

Lunch will be provided, please let Lianna know before Monday 10th March for catering purposes.

First Aid Workshop

Who is keen to do the First Aid workshop?

We need to have eight or more people to be enrolled in this workshop before we can organise for this to happen.

If you are keen please check flyer for more details and contact Lianna before Friday 28th February.

Manawatu Gorge Walk

When? Saturday 1st March from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where? Palmerston North i-SITE, The Square, Palmerston North
How much? Transport and host $25.00

10km Manawatu Gorge Track. Enjoy the native bush, scenic views and wildlife which is only a short distance from Palmerston North. The track climbs steadily before it levels for the view high above the gorge. You will have spectacular view of the river, road, railway, reserve and nearby wind farms. This walk can be from 3 to 5 hours and finishes at the Bridge Café.

For more information check out Manawatu Waking Festival.

Wellington News

WDS family picnic and fun day

Where? Aotea Lagoon (north end near playground), Porirua
When? Sunday 2nd March from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Bring your family along for a fun picnic, to say farewell to summer. We will play games such as egg and spoon race, sack race, and have a TUG OF WAR!

Bring: Sunscreen, hats, food and drinks for your family, chairs/blankets, and outdoor games.

Visit Wellington Deaf Society's Facebook page and be in the know of their upcoming events.

Wellington Deaf Youth Group

Wellington Deaf Youth Group has launched a new Facebook group (invitation required)!

If you know any Youth in Wellington, please encourage them to join. They can be Deaf, CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), hearing impaired, anyone!

They have so many exciting events lined up for this year for Wellington Youth, they are organising something BIG in October this year…

Interested? Join their Facebook group and keep your eyes peeled for future events coming up.

Nelson News

Zumba classes

Where? Suburban Club, 168 Tahuna Drive, Nelson
When? Friday afternoons at 2:00pm and Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm
How much? $5.00 each session

Buller Festival 2014

When? February 28th to March 2nd
Where? Murchison and surrounding area, Riverview Campground

Buller Festival is a whitewater kayaking and rafting festival held in Murchison each year. It includes a boater cross kayak race, kayak slalom, rafter cross and cardboard cup events. Racing takes place on the Buller and Matakitaki Rivers at locations no more than 10 minutes out of Murchison township. More information...

Lifeline: Free face-to-face counselling

Lifeline Nelson offers up to 10 free face-to-face counselling sessions with a Lifeline Counsellor.
Identify and explore new ways to move forward

Picnic fun day

Rabbit Island

Saturday 1st March at 11:00am
Nelson Deaf Club are hosting a fun picnic day.

There will be games and a BBQ lunch.

Sausages will be provided but please bring your own drinks and food if you prefer not to have sausages.

Come and mix with young and old Deaf community members.

If it is raining the event will be cancelled.

For further information please text the secretary of NDC on 021 102 4400.

Rachel Summers birthday dinner

When? Friday 7th March at 5.30pm
Where? 623 On The Rocks, 623 Rocks Road, Tahunanui

Rachel will be 30 and would like to invite everyone to celebrate her 30th birthday dinner.

Please let Rachel know by the 2nd March if you are interested to come by 2nd March 2014.

Nelson AGM

When? Sunday 13th April at 1:00pm

Nelson Suburban Club, 168 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson

Nelson Deaf Incorporated Would like to invite you to the Nelson Deaf Annual General Meeting.

Robertson Trolley Derby

When? Saturday 15th March from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where? Upper Collingwood Street, Nelson

A great fun filled day for all the family. Join the local daredevils of Nelson race down Collingwood Street in their uniquely designed trolleys or bring the whole family to watch the antics. Challenge your school mates or get a team together to build and race a trolley on Derby Day.

Tahunanui School Gala

When? Sunday 23rd March from 11:00am to 2:30pm
Where? Tahunanui School, 69 Muritai Street Nelson

A great day out offering food, drinks, prizes, games, activities and rides that will entertain the whole family.

This year we are proud to re-run the insanely funny Mascot Race. Other fun activities include a 30m downhill water-slide, obstacle course, plate smashing, mini hot rods, ferris wheel, water walkers, chair-o-plane, horizontal bungee, dunking chair, coconut shy, hoopla, tombola, blast bouncy castles and the lucky prize wheel.

Stalls include wacky hair, face painting, raffles, toys, clothing, books, white elephant, cakes and sweets, craft, plants and seedlings, and the great art and leisure silent auction.

The silent auction closes at 1:30pm. All auction viewing is from 11:00am in the school library.

Food on offer includes BBQ, hot chips, nachos, hot ham sandwiches, nachos, butter chicken, cakes and sweets, desserts, sandwiches, candy floss and Pomeroy's Coffee, and much much more.

Don't miss this fantastic day - it is definitely one for the calendar!

Canterbury News

Deaf Aoteaora staff
at Barrington Big Fun

Sunday 23rd February
From 11:30am on to 2:30pm

Barrington Park
Barrington Street

Come along to Barrington Big Fun event at Barrington Park. Music and fun for the whole family. Deaf Aotearoa staff members will be there to have a stall display. Interpreters will be provided. More details...

Tape Art NZ is looking for Deaf community members

Are you interested in art or want to learn a new art skill?

Tape Art NZ is looking for Deaf members to be involved in a Tape Art workshop to learn how to work with tapes and design art work on murals with tapes.

Watch this video for more details of the Deaf Tape Art workshop in Auckland, or ask Victoria Walters at Deaf Aotearoa office.

If you are interested to attend a free workshop, please email or Please note that numbers are limited.

6th and 7th March from 1:00pm to 5:00pm both days

Deaf Society of Canterbury: Special General Meeting

When? Sunday 23rd March at 9:30am
Where? Spreydon Bowling Club, 71 Domain Terrace, Spreydon (off Lincoln Road)


Community Law Canterbury: Legal Services Forum

You are invited to a free forum for everyone to learn about the services Community Law Canterbury provides for the disabled community.

You will receive information about their organisation, services and the disability clinic that will be set up.

Afternoon tea and NZSL Interpreter provided.
Wednesday 5th March from 2.00pm to 4:00pm

Aspire Canterbury, 314 Worcester Street, Linwood

Registration? You can register online or contact Katrina (see flyer for contact details).

Canterbury Deaf Youth event

What? Games Night (Taboo, Pictionary and more!)
When? Saturday 22nd February from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Where? Blind Foundation Hall, 96 Bristol Street, St Albans
RSVP as soon as possible to

River of Flowers: Te Waitohi Maumahara

On the third anniversary of the February 2011 earthquakes, we, Cantabrians, will once have the opportunity to share their experiences and hopes for the future as apart of the River of Flowers commemoration.
On Saturday 22nd February, there will be up to 15 River of Flowers sites will be set up along the Avon, Heathcote and Liffey rivers and the estuary. The sites will be open from 8:00am to 8:00pm and will be hosted by local community groups between 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Throughout the day people are able to throw flowers into a waterway and write messages on Tree of Hope. At 12:51pm two minutes silence will be held. More details...

Otago News

New Zealand Sign Language Week party

When? Saturday 10th May

The day for our NZSL Week celebration party was wrong in the last Newsletter it should have been Saturday 10th May not Sunday 10th May. Keep the date free we will give you more details soon.

Coffee club

When? Friday 28th February
Where? Deaf Aotearoa Office

Bring morning tea to share

Trolley Derby

When? Sunday 2nd March starts at 1:00pm
Where? Manor Place
How much? Free

The Dunedin Trolley Derby is a fun, family friendly event for kids of all ages.

The Trolley Derby is all about having fun, being creative and a bit silly if you like, with some friendly competition thrown in.

Come and watch the trolleys race down Manor Place

PowerPoint from Civil Defence workshop

We have a copy of this at the Deaf Aotearoa office. If you would like a copy please ask Fi and she will email you or print it out for you.

Southland News

Lets Celebrate NZSL Week

When? Saturday 10th May
Where? Otago Deaf Centre, Dunedin

The Dunedin office has invited you to their Hawaiian themed party!
A bus will be provided from Invercargill to Dunedin.
There will be games, activities, prizes for the best dressed, a meal. Bring your own drinks.
More details to follow in the coming weeks.
It is really important to RSVP by the 31st March please. Contact Rebecca to put your name down.

SBS Bank Presents A&P Show

Where? Donavan Park and Bainfield Road
When? Saturday 1st March
How much? $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for senior citizens and free for children

Glaucoma New Zealand Free Public Meeting

When? Monday 24th February
Where? Kelvin Hotel, 20 Kelvin Street, Invercargill
How much? Free