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Deaf Health Stories

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Northland

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Wills Workshop

When: Wednesday 24th August 
Where: 155 Community Law Centre, 149 Kamo Road, Kensington
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Cost: Free
Everything you need to know about making a will and how to set one up for free at the Community Law Centre. Ensure your family knows what you want to happen with the things you leave behind.
Learn about Enduring Power of Attorney. Do I need this and what does it mean? 
 
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Glennis Walkinshaw.
Email: glennis.walkinshaw@deaf.org.nz
Mobile: 021 641 178
 

Funeral Home Tour

When: Wednesday 31st August
Where: Morris and Morris, 199 Kamo Road, Kensington
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Cost: Free
 
How is a funeral organised? Take some of the mystery out of dying. This talk and tour includes lots of chances to ask questions.
 
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Glennis Walkinshaw.
Email: glennis.walkinshaw@deaf.org.nz
Mobile: 021 641 178

Auckland

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

All Blacks vs Wallabies at Deaf Club

When: Saturday 20th August
Where: ADS, 164 Balmoral Road, Auckland
Time: 9.00pm

Deaf Guests wanted for NZSL Course

Auckland Deaf Society is looking for up to 10 Deaf guests for their NZSL for Families course.
 
The presentation will be up to 30 minutes long, and you will be paid for your time.
 
If you are interested, please email Victoria Lessing.
Email: nzsl@auckland-deaf.org.nz

Community Support Worker Position - Full Time

Student (learning) Councillor in NZSL



South Auckland

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Retirement Planning and KiwiSaver Workshop

What lifestyle do you want when you retire? How much will you need? Where will your money come from? What can you do now?
 
What is KiwiSaver? How much can you save? When can you access your money? How do you join?
 
Enrol by Tuesday 23rd August. Limited to 10 people.
 
Where: Friendship House, 20 Putney Way, Manukau City
When:  29th August 2016 and 12th September 2016
Two Mondays from 6.00pm to 8.30pm
Cost:  FREE - NZSL Interpreters and refreshments provided
 
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Cheryl Spykerman.
Email: cheryl.spykerman@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 668 228
 

Men’s Health Workshop

Learn about blood pressure, height and weight ratio. Do you know what your ideal weight is? This free health course includes a free nurse check as well.
 
You will also receive information about the early signs of lung cancer, bowel cancer, gout, diabetes, prostate cancer, heart disease and skin cancer.
 
Enrol by Friday 9th September 2016. Limited to 15 people.
 
Where: Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland Office
  Level 1, Westfield Mall, Manukau, Auckland
When:  Wednesday 21st September 2016, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Cost:  NZSL Interpreters and refreshments provided
 
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Cheryl Spykerman.
Email: cheryl.spykerman@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 668 228
 

Dress for Success Workshop

Empowering women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and life.
This workshop is for women only. Limited to 10 people.
 
When: Friendship House, Te Awa Room
Level 1, 20 Putney Way, Manukau City
When: Tuesday 23rd August 2016, 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Cost: FREE - NZSL Interpreters and refreshments provided
 
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Jane Crown.
Email: jane.crown@deaf.org.nz
Mobile: 021 276 5772

Working With Interpreters

Do you want to know about working with interpreters?  Your rights when working with interpreters?  Who funds what? 
 
Come along to this workshop to understand how our new booking system works.
This workshop for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People will be presented by Kellye Bensley and Alan Wendt.
 
Where: Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland office
When: Wednesday 24th August
Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm
Cost: Free - Refreshments will be provided
 
For more information or to enrol, please contact Natasha.
Email: natasha.cloete@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 517 849

Waikato

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Signing At The Cook – NZSL Quiz Night 

Come and join in a NZSL quiz night!  All questions asked in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and also displayed on a TV screen. Prizes to win!
 
All welcome! Deaf, hearing, Hard of Hearing, people learning NZSL, Everyone!  Come as a group, or by yourself, doesn't matter, just join in and have fun!  Children welcome if with an adult.
When: Friday 19th August 
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Where: The Cook Café and Bar (upstairs)
Address: 7 Cook Street, Hamilton East
Cost: Free
 
For more information contact Kayte Shaw - Community Development Kaituitui.
Email: kayte.shaw@deaf.org.nz    
Mobile: 021 517 791 (text or call)    


 

Parenting Toolbox Course – Building Awesome Whanau   

Building Awesome Whanau is packed full of great ideas, positive stories and useful resources to help you build a great future for your whanau. This toolbox is six sessions over six weeks for parents of 0-12 year olds. Deaf parents or parents of Deaf children are welcome.
 
Catherine Greyling will be presenting this workshop. You will receive a workbook.
 
Where: CCS Disability Action, 17 Claudelands road, Hamilton 
When: Every Tuesdays from 13th September – 18th October 
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm    
Costs: $25 per person (Normally $75 per person) 
Website: www.theparentingplace.com/event/building-awesome-whanau-toolbox-course-in-hamilton-for-parents-who-are-deaf-or-have-deaf-children/
   
Please enrol and pay by Tuesday 6th September
  
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Marissa Lessing.
Email: Marissa.lessing@deaf.org.nz 
Text: 021 516 399

Ice Skate Tour



This event is open for the general public – your child does not have to be attending the school to join in.
 
When:  Wednesday 24th August – Friday 26th August, 3.00pm – 8.00pm
             Saturday 27th August – Sunday 28th August, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Where: Morrinsville School, 17 Lincoln st, Morrinsville
Price: Kids $7
            Adults $13
 

Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle Race 



From stand up paddleboards to wakas, and everything in between, will be racing on the Waikato River!
 
Visit www.theboatshed.net.nz for an entry form. 
 
When: Sunday 18th September 
Where: Start at the Riverside Reserve in Cambridge and finish at the Waikato Sports Fishing Club in Hamilton

Epic Swim 



When:
Saturday 14th January 2017 – 8.00am
Sunday 15th January 2017 – 12.00pm 
Where: Lake Taupo, Ferry road, Taupo
 
Take the opportunity to swim alongside some of New Zealand’s best open water swimmers while enjoying beautiful Lake Taupo. 
 
Online entries for 2.5km, 5km or 10km are now open: https://regonline.activeglobal.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1871381  

 

Bay of Plenty

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Stir It Up 


A fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and/or learn New Zealand Sign Language.
 
Everyone is welcome – Deaf, hard of hearing, hearing, individuals, organisations, schools, businesses, NZSL students, families, friends.
 
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Saturday 3rd September 
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: Free
 
For more information please contact Sue Lessing
Email: sue.lessing@deaf.org.nz
Mobile:  021920 675

Mauri Ora, Whanau Ora and Wai Ora Workshop

What can you do to change your lifestyle?
Do you want to be healthy?
Stop smoking?
Exercise?
Learn more about diabetes/strokes and how they can affect you and your whanau.
 
Join this friendly presentation on Mauri Ora, Whanau Ora and Wai Ora.
 
Live longer and be there for your whanau. 
Friends and whanau welcome.
 
Where: REAP House, 21 Pyne Street, Whakatane
When: (Part 1) Thursday 25th August, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
            (Part 2) Wednesday 21st September, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Cost: Free
 
NZSL interpreters will be there.
 
For more information and to enrol, contact Colina Hoye.
Email: colina.hoye@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 923 131

Taranaki

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Stir It Up - Cancelled 

Stir It Up has been cancelled on Monday 5th September.

The next one will be on Monday 3rd October.

Health & Disability Advocates

There are two advocates within the Taranaki Region Kelly Davy and Karen Angland.
 
Kelly and Karen support people with the complaint process, who have concerns with a health or disability service.
 
They are available for education presentations - these educations are free and can be tailored to meet the needs of the group.
 
Email: Kelly.Davy@advocacy.org.nz
Phone: 06 759 2111 or 0800 555 050 (Monday – Friday)
 

Parents of Deaf Children Taranaki

Who: They are a parent lead support group and are parents of deaf or hard of hearing children based in Taranaki.
 
When: Next meeting is on Thursday 25th August at 7.00pm
Where: Disabled Citizens Centre 83 Hine Street, New Plymouth.
 
If you are interested to join please free to attend the event.
 
For more information please contact below.
Email: podctaranaki@windowslive.com
 

Todd Energy Aquatic Centre Pool Party



When: 
Saturday 20th August
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Where: Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, New Plymouth
Cost: $5 entry

Come along to the Pool Party at the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre!
There will be unlimited hydro slides, sausage sizzle, competitions and a DJ!
 
Tickets available now from the aquatic centre reception.

Contact: Todd Energy Aquatic Centre
Phone: 06 759 6060
Email: enquiries@npdc.govt.nz
Website: http://www.newplymouthnz.com/OurDistrict/Attractions/ToddEnergyAquaticCentre 
 

Interpreted Lecture - Award Winning Nature Photographer



This event will only be interpreted if you RSVP your attendance.

RSVP: niki.jenkinson@deaf.org.nz
 
Date: Wednesday 24th August                         
Time: 6.00pm
Where: Museum Foyer, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth

Dr Westerskov is a professional nature photographer. 
 
During the lecture, Dr Westerskov will share a selection of his finest work, including his time swimming with whales in the tropics, and diving under the ice in Antarctica.
 
Cost: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06 759 6060
Emailenquiries@npdc.govt.nz
Website: http://www.pukeariki.com
 

Deaf Youth Activities at Govett-Brewster by Maddison Davy



"Taranaki Deaf Youth and Deaf Club had an awesome workshop at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery on Saturday 13th August. We all created our own artwork, using Cyanotype. We also had a NZSL interpreter there too! This was successful as Taranaki Deaf Club had funded for it."


Artwork by Joshua Trowbridge

Hawkes Bay

Havelock North & Hastings Water Contamination

You can contact Healthline if you have any concerns.
Phone: 0800 611 116 (you can use NZ Relay) for advice from a trained registered nurse.
 
You can also contact Hastings District Council for more information about the water supply.
Email: info@health.govt.nz 
Phone: 06 871 5000 (you can use NZ Relay)
 
Havelock North and Hastings have been affected by a Gastro illness. The likely cause is Campylobacter, it can’t be spread through the air but it can be spread if you swallow the bacteria.
 
This may be from contaminated water and food, or from contact with people who have been infected. Please remember to wash your hands to help avoid infection:

  • Clean under your finger nails
  • Dry hands on a clean towel
  • Before and after preparing food
  • After using the bathroom
  • When changing a baby’s nappy
  • After playing or working with animals
  • After caring for people with campylobacter
Symptoms of infection:
  • Diarrhoea
  •  Flu like symptoms
  •  Headaches
  •  Muscle pain
  • Fever
  • Feeling generally unwell 

Symptoms could last up to 10 days but would usually get better without antibiotics.
Please seek medical help if you cannot keep fluids down or if you feel you are not recovering.
  
The boil water notice for Havelock North & Hastings residents’ remains in place, however chlorination of the water supply seems to have been effective and is now throughout the Havelock North & Hastings water supply.

Office Closed for Staff Conference in September

When: Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September (Office Closed)
Contact: Kat Puna (Email: katarina.puna@deaf.org.nz or Text: 021 920 023)
                 Lee Bullivant (Email: lee.bullivant@deaf.org.nz or Text: 021 459 005)
 
The Office will re-open Thursday 8th September, as per usual.
 
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Lee or Kat.

Driver License Course

Deaf Aotearoa Hawke’s Bay is looking at a course for those who want to get their license.

  • Learner
  • Restricted
  • Full

Kat and Lee are happy to set up a course for you to achieve your goal. There will be a NZSL interpreter provided.
 
Please contact either Kat or Lee with your interest.
Kat Puna
Email: katarina.puna@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 920 023
 
Lee Bullivant
Email: lee.bullivant@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 459 005


 

Text 111 Registration

This is a reminder to register to the TEXT 111 service.
 
If you have changed your number, please update your details.
 
For more information, please visit: http://www.police.govt.nz/111-txt
 

Manawatu

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Facilitator Position in Palmerston North – Part Time

Deaf Aotearoa in Palmerston North is currently seeking a part time Facilitator.
 
The Facilitator will be primarily involved with the First Signs service.
 
For more information (NZSL version included) and to apply for this role please click here.

Palmerston North KIT Day

There is a KIT (Keeping in Touch) Day at Freyberg Deaf Centre for those who wish to build friendships, learn about Deaf culture and join in a variety of physical activities.
 
When: Tuesday 13th September
Where: Deaf Centre, Freyberg High School, Palmerston North
Time: 10.00am - 1.45pm
Cost: $2.00
 
Please see the flyer for more information and permission slip.
 
You can also contact Freyberg Deaf Centre.
Email: O'BrienT@freyberg.ac.nz
 

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 the new booking system works. This workshop for Deaf people will be presented by Kellye Bensley and Alan Wendt.
 
When: Monday 22nd August
Where: Hancock Community House, Blue room, King Street, Palmerston North
Time: 6.00pm
 
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Lianna Kennedy.
Email: lianna.kennedy@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 278 8804 
 

Content Streaming Services – Last Workshop

This will be the last workshop for this year.
 
When: Wednesday 24th August
Where: Noel Leeming, 245 Rangitikei Street, Palmerston North
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
 
Interpreters provided.



 

Wellington

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Facilitator Position in Palmerston North – Part Time

Deaf Aotearoa in Palmerston North is currently seeking a part time Facilitator.
 
The Facilitator will be primarily involved with the First Signs service.
 
For more information (NZSL version included) and to apply for this role please click here.

Learn how to use Google Drive Online Storage Workshop

Understand what Google Drive is and how to set up an account. Learn how to upload a Word document to Google Drive and share it with other people. Also, learn how to create a Google document file in the cloud.
 
Anne Huddon will present this workshop. Come along and have fun! Limited space available, please book early.
 

Where: Wellington High School, 249 Taranaki St, Wellington
Meet where: The office (CEC Office) from the main school’s carpark at 9.25am.
The class room is COM1A, inside the next right building from the office, please text Nicolette if you need help finding the room.
This course will start sharply at 9.30am, so please do not be late. 
When: Saturday 20th August
Time: 9:30am – 11: 30am
Free Interpreters provided
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Nicolette Van Vuuren.
Email: nicolette.vanvuuren@deaf.org.nz
Text:  021 677 453 

Fire Safety at Home Workshop

Learn about:
  • Different types of fires and risks
  • How to develop an escape plan for you and your family
  • Text 111 service
  • Hearing Assistive Technology
  • Fire Service Assessments 
Peter Fox from NZ Fire Safety will present this workshop.
 
Where: Johnsonville Community Centre, Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville
When: Sunday 28th August 2016
Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Cost: FREE – NZSL Interpreters provided
 
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Matthew Dower.
Email: matthew.dower@deaf.org.nz
Mobile: 021 632 336

Nelson

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.


Canterbury

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Deaf Aotearoa President in Christchurch

Where: DSC 
When: Friday 26th August
Time: 7.00pm – 10.00pm
 
Deaf Aotearoa president Oliver Ferguson will be at the Deaf Society of Canterbury. Come along and have a chat with Oliver!

With Sign Language, I am Equal

Find out more about International Week of the Deaf that is on 19th – 25th September and learn more about World Federation of the Deaf!
 
When: Friday 16th September
Time: 7.00pm
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
 
For more information, please contact Deaf club
Text: 022 323 1459
Email: events@deafsocietyofcanterbury.co.nz

NZSL Camp

There is a NZSL camp which is full of activities, games, socialising, new NZSL friends, fun, and NZSL! Come along and be involved!
 
When: Friday 16th September –  Sunday 18th September
Time: Starts on Friday at 7.00pm and finishes on Sunday at 3.00pm.
Where: Woodend Christian Camp, Woodend Beach Road, North Canterbury.
Costs: $110 per person which includes accommodation and fees.
RSVP: Friday 26th August
 
For more information contact Josje.
Email: nzslsouthern@gmail.com
Text: 027 427 2702

Deaf with Additional Disabilities Get-Together

Come along and learn how to make origami!
 
When: Wednesday 24th August
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Ave.
 
For more information please contact Kat Hickson.
Email: events@deafsocietyofcanterbury.co.nz
Text: 022 323 1459
 

Otago

Deaf Counsellor

Celia King is a Deaf counsellor who is fluent in NZSL.
She is based in Auckland but can offer counselling via Skype or will sometimes travel to other parts of New Zealand to run workshops and do counselling.
 
She has been a counsellor for 10 years and is fully qualified and registered.
Celia has recently left teaching to focus on counselling and has redesigned her business.
 
If you wish to see Celia, please contact her:
Email: deafcounsellor@gmail.com
Text: 021 170 2874
Website: www.specialisedcounselling.co.nz (NZSL videos coming soon)

Tour of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum

When: Every Sunday
Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Where: Dunedin Gas Works Museum, 20 Braemar Street, South Dunedin (near the South Dunedin Warehouse and Pak'n'Save)
Cost: $4.00 - adult
$6.00 for a family (2 adults and 2 children)
More information: http://www.gasworksmuseum.org.nz/
 
The Dunedin Gasworks Museum is in the Engine House.
 
Dunedin Gasworks was New Zealand’s first and last gasworks, operating from 1863 until 1987.
 
It is one of only three known preserved gasworks museums in the world.

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.

Storylines Dunedin Family Day

When: Saturday 27th August 
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Where: Dunedin City Library
Cost: Free
More information: Storylines
 
The popcorn machine, BBQ and balloons are all booked! The only thing missing is you guys to make the day special! 

  • Meet children’s authors and illustrators. 
  • Hear the authors tell their own stories 
  • Watch illustrators at work 
  • Get your books signed by your favourites. 
  • Get creative with the beat-the-clock craft challenge 
  • Unravel the big beak boggler 
  • Join the art-poetry mashup, black line poetry jam 
  • Design your own fashion accessories 
  • Learn about storyboarding and how to get the best from your writing. 
There will also be:
  • Storytelling from Tahu Mackenzie and Kaitrin McMullan
  • Special guests  - Orokonui Ecosanctuary
  • Live theatre
  • Face painting
  • Spot prizes
  • Lots of arts and crafts activities
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Competitions!

 
Southland

The Going Bananas Show

Watch as the mystery unfolds on stage before your eyes.
 
What: The Tropical Misadventure
Where: Southland Boys High School, 181 Herbert Street, Invercargill
When: Tuesday 23rd August
Time: 6.00pm
Costs: FREE – Tickets available at:  www.thegoingbananasshow.co.nz Email for more details.
 
A family show which is great or the kids, performed by Variety and Circus entertainers.
 
Proud Supporters of Brain Injured Children’s Trust.
 

Office Closed for Staff Conference

The office will be closed Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September due to Staff Conference.
 
The office will reopen on Thursday 8th September.
 

Sibling Support Day

Sib Support Activity Day is a fun day out for siblings aged 8 to 18 years who have a brother or sister with a disability, autism or health impairment.
 
When: Saturday 10th September
Where: Adventure Southland, 810 North Road, Lorneville.
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
 
Come along for a fun filled day with other siblings.
Test your skills on the ropes course.
 
Check out the flyer for all the information you need (what to bring, cancellations etc.)

Stir It Up

A fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and/or learn New Zealand Sign Language.
 
Everyone is welcome – Deaf, hard of hearing, hearing, individuals, organisations, schools, businesses, NZSL students, families, friends.

When: Monday 29th August 2016
Where: 172 Queens Drive (New Office)
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm 

Living Well With Hearing Loss

A FREE four week course for people who experience hearing challenges in their everyday activities and would like to improve their communication.
 
When: Thursday 11th August to Thursday 1st September
Where: Hearing Association, 126 Leet Street, Invercargill
Times:  10.00am – 12.00pm
Cost: FREE
 
All over the age 16 years welcome - with or without aids. Come and learn from each other. Places are limited to ensure an easy listening environment. Communication partners welcome.
 
Register by contacting Tracy.
Email: tracy@lifeunlimited.net.nz 
Text: 021 513 147
 

TEC Workshops 

Do you want to gain new skills? Or even refresh the skills you have now?
 
If you are interested in Health and Safety in the Workplace or a refresher First Aid Course, please get in touch with Rebecca as she in the process of setting up these workshops.
 
Email: Rebecca.petre@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 554 905