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Community Meetings to talk about proposed changes to Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand’s constitution

Executive Board members will be there.
Tuesday 22 March 2016
1:00pm - 3:00pm and 7:00pm - 9:00pm – venue TBC

Registration for taster classes is now OPEN! 

Every May, Deaf Aotearoa promotes New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).  As part of this event, Deaf Aotearoa provides FREE 45-minute NZSL classes to businesses and organisations like education, community, Maori or healthcare service provides around the country.  Classes are limited, so sign up now!
For more information, visit Deaf Aotearoa near you or contact us on 0800 332 322.
To register, go to: 

NZDSF Volunteers


Whangarei Forum With Privacy Commissioner

Venue: St John’s Church (‘the Golden Church’), 149 Kamo Road, Whangarei

Date: Tuesday 15th March

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30 pm


Nau mai, haere mai!

Taitokerau Community Law and 155 Whare Awhina Community House are very pleased to be hosting the Privacy Commissioner in our region. We would like to invite you to an Open Forum on Privacy issues, rights and obligations.


Come and meet the Privacy Commissioner, John Edwards. Bring your questions, comments and issues.

The Commissioner will talk through some of the common concerns organisations face in handling personal information.

He will discuss consumer and citizens’ right; company and agency obligations.

Please bring a lunch to share. 155 will also offer light refreshments.


RSVP by: Friday 11th March to 

If you would like to attend and require an interpreter, please contact Glennis at 021 641 178

Community Guided Kayak Day

Where: Waikaraka

When: Saturday 13th March (Postponement date Sunday 27th March) 

Time 10:00am – 2:00pm

Come and explore our local marine reserve by kayak. Learn first-hand from marine experts about the marine life that lives there and get kayaking tuition from professionals. Fun for all ages! You will be guided through large mature mangroves and down a tidal channel where one of New Zealand's largest colonies of cormorants lives and nests. See mullet leaping clear out of the water, flounder in the shallows and the majestic royal spoonbill hiding in the mangroves if you're really lucky!

Numbers limited - registrations essential – booking forms to be completed and returned - download booking form:

Bring footwear for kayaking (boat shoes, sandshoes or booties) and a spare change of clothes in case you get wet. A hat and sunglasses recommended. Lifejackets provided. Activity recommended for 7 years and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult participant to ensure adequate ratio. Advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

To request your register form contact Samara Nicholas.

Phone: 09 433 8205 or


Facebook page:


National Deaf Rugby Championships

The National Deaf Rugby Championships will take place in Auckland this year during Easter Weekend.
Come along and support your team!
When: Northern Marlins vs Southern Zone – Friday 25th March
Northern Marlins vs Central Zone – Saturday 26th March
Central Zone vs Southern Zone – Sunday 27th March
Where: Ron Keat Drive, Papakura (Massey Park)
Time: Friday and Saturday at 2:00pm, Sunday at 1:30pm

North Shore Home & Garden Show

When:  Friday 18th March – Sunday 20th March
Where:  North Shore Events Centre
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Price: Adult $8.00, Senior Special for Friday only $5.00, under 16 free.
The Home & Garden Show is packed with all the ideas and information that you need to transform your home into the place you’ve always dreamed of. Come and be inspired!
For more information go to


Do you have a talent or a skill that you’d like to share at one of our NZSL week events?
Skills can include: knitting with your arms, jewellery making, being able to do stand-up entertainment etc.
If you think you are interested to showcase your talents, please get in touch with Rachel Berry or Catherine Greyling at: or
Further details can be given.

Daylight Saving Reminder  

Daylight saving will end on Sunday 3rd April. This means your clocks go back one hour!
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on 3rd April, than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.
Don’t forget to change your clocks back one hour on Sunday night!

Park Run

When: Every Saturday Morning 
Where: Cornwall Park
Time: 8:00am start
Price: This is a free event  

South Auckland

Stir It Up

Venue: Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland office.

Where: Level 1 Westfield Mall Manukau
When: Saturday 12th March

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

This is a great opportunity for everyone who want to learn NZSL and this is for all ages.

Bring your families and friends along


Email Natasha or Limka for more information

Auckland Night Markets – Pakuranga

When: Saturday 12th March

Where: The Warehouse Pakuranga, 1 Aylesbury Street, Auckland

Time: 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Cost: Free


The markets are free, but make sure you bring a lot of spending money, as there is plenty of food, fashion, toys and lots of interesting sights and smells to tempt the senses!

For more information, go to:


‘Signing At The Cook’ – Friday 18th March

The first ‘Signing At The Cook’ catch up for 2016 is here.

Come along and join in a New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) social catch up. Enjoy using, learning and practicing NZSL with others.  All welcome; Deaf, hearing, Hard of Hearing - Everyone!  Children welcome if with an adult.

Date: Friday 18th March

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

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

Address: 7 Cook Street, Hamilton East 

Cost: Free


For more information contact: Kayte Shaw - Community Development Kaituitui     


Mobile: 021 517 791 (text or call)

Phone: 07 211 4552  

Chartwell Event Cinema Closed Captions Monday Movie 

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Movie: Deadpool (R16)
Date: Monday 14th March
Time: 1:40pm, 4:00pm, 6:15pm, 8:45pm
Length: 108min
Where: Chartwell Event Cinemas, Level 2, Westfield Shopping Centre, Cnr Hukanui & Comries roads, Chartwell

Balloons Over Waikato

Balloons over Waikato is New Zealand's premier hot air balloon festival. Held annually, in Hamilton at Innes Common, Hamilton Lake and The University of Waikato grounds, this five-day icon event it is arguably the most popular event in the city. It attracts balloonists from all over New Zealand and around the world, who come to experience the fun, friendship and warmth this balloon friendly city provides and to demonstrate their skills in a range of competitive activities.
When: Wednesday 16th March – Sunday 20th March
Refer to programme click on the link:


The Zuru Nightglow 

Join us for a night full of fun and entertainment for the whole family - with live music from 4:00pm on the main stage, amusement rides, a wide range of food options to satisfy any taste bud, a fantastic hot air balloon glow show, topped with hamilton's biggest fireworks display! Don't miss Hamilton's biggest night out!
Date: Saturday 19th March
Time: 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: University of Waikato

Sunday Day Craft Dates

To crafters, my apologies for the oversight on 27th (It’s Easter). All these dates (on flyer) are secure for 2016.
The next Sunday Day Craft:
When: Sunday 20th March (Not 27th because Easter)
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Where: CCS Disability Action Building
Address: 17 Claudelands Rd, Hamilton 3216
Bring your own crafts or project along
Hot drinks and crafts provided
Contact: Karyn Palaone

Waikato Deaf River CommunityNext Meeting

Waikato Deaf River community invites you to our next community meeting.
When: Monday 21st March
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: CCS Meeting Room, 17 Claudelands Road, Hamilton
Bring: Yourself, friends in Deaf Community, gold coin for a hot drink
Facebook: Waikato Deaf River Community

Bay of Plenty

TEC - First Aid Course

There will be two First Aid courses- one in Tauranga and one in Rotorua.

The Tauranga course is full.

The Rotorua course still has some places left.


To book your name for the Rotorua First Aid course, contact Colina Hoye before 30 March.


For more information of the course and contact details, click on flyer.

If you have a question, contact Colina Hoye or visit the office. 


SPCA Pet And Family Fun Day

Where: Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga

When:  Saturday 12 March from 10:00am till 2:00pm

Cost: Entry by gold donation


Activities and fun for the whole family.  Dogs, on a lead are welcome.

Click on flyer for more information. 


Free Community Fit Club

Where: Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga

When: Every Monday 5:30pm and Tuesday 9:30am

Cost: Free


This is for anyone of all ages to join. Perfect for beginners or any fitness levels.

Do you want to join? Do you want to make new friends?


Register at building number 19 at Historic Village.

You can email/text or call to register. Click on flyer for contact details.


17th Multicultural Festival

Where: Historic Village, 17th Ave West, Tauranga

When: Saturday 19 March from 10:00am till 4:00pm

Cost: $6.00 per person, children under 12 free


A family fun day outing! There will be music, dance, food, culture, arts, crafts and more.



New Staff Member - Lisa Masters


Waka Ama Experience – written by Valerie Hastie 

What a thrilling experience it was to go out in a waka for the first time.
When I was a child I had the dubious pleasure of having to walk all the way to the beach and wade into the water to hold the boat for my father and his mates, while they went to get the tractor and trailer. Once loaded, off they would go, leaving me to walk all the way back home. There was always a "carrot" of a promise to take me out on the water, but it never eventuated. [I found out years later that my father considered it unlucky to take a female in a boat, which is why it was my brother who went, but not me.
So when the occasion arose to go out on a waka, arranged by Niki, I jumped at it.
After a lesson from Taare on land, and a karakia, asking for the wind and waves to die down....and they did....our group were given turns to go out.
It was rather daunting to know there was a possibility of tipping over and having to right the vessel and somehow clamber in again, but Niki assured me that would not happen. With the expertise of the lovely and encouraging Taare in the bow, I felt very safe.
To skim through the water when we were all in time and paddling well was surprisingly fast and smooth. The greenish water slid by, worries and stress disappeared, and it was over all too soon.
It was one of the best experiences in my life, and a big thank you to all who made it possible.
When can I go out again? 

Taranaki Multi Ethnic Extravaganza

When: Saturday 12th March
Time: 10:00am
Where: Pukekura Racecourse Function Centre, New Plymouth

Taranaki Multi Ethnic Extravaganza is back. Please come and join us for the day of fun, food and entertainment. It's only a gold coin donation entry.
Cost: Gold Coin
Contact: Pallak Manan Singh

Palm Sunday Mass in New Zealand Sign Language

When: Sunday 20th March
Time: 10:15am
Where: Immaculate Conception Church, 90 Miranda Street, Stratford
You are warmly invited to join David Loving-Molloy and the Catholic Deaf Community for Palm Sunday Mass in New Zealand Sign Language.  Followed by a cup of tea.
David and the Deaf Catholic community would love to see you there; bring some food to share for the cuppa.

Taranaki Deaf Youth and Parents of Deaf Children 

When: Sunday 3rd April
Time: 11:00am
Where: Aquatic Centre, 8-16 Tish Ave, New Plymouth
Bring your own packed lunch, togs and waterproof ears if you have any.  If you are a financial family from Taranaki Parents of Deaf Children your entry will be $5 per family. If not, you will need to bring enough money to pay for your entrance and hydro slides.
RSVP to Madi Davy by 29th March.
Mobile: 021 238 0454

Taranaki Anniversary Day – Monday 14th March

The office will be closed on this day and will reopen on Tuesday 15th March.


Hawkes Bay

Logo Design Contest 

Where: HB Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale, Napier
When: Entry Closes Thursday 31st March 2016
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Free

To enter you must create a logo in a 5cm by 5cm box. (Logo must be in this box please). Maximum of three (3) designs can be submitted per person. Create and save logo design in jpeg or PDF format. Please email or post your entry form and design/s to HBDC, 22 Lee Road, Taradale or email to
HBDC committee will look at designs and will choose 3 top designs to put forward to HBDC AGM in May 2016 where the full attendance at the AGM will choose the best logo for HBDC Inc to use. We hope the people who did the top 3 designs will be at the May AGM so that the winner will be announced.

Lindisfarne College Gala

 Lindisfarne College, 600 Pakowhai Road, Hastings

When: Sunday 13th March 2016

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Restrictions: All ages

Cost: Free


Fun day for all the family and lots of bargains.

St Joseph’s Maori Girls College Gala

Where: St Joseph's Maori Girls' College Gala is on at the College, 25 Osier Road, Greenmeadows

When: Saturday 12th March 2016

Time: 8:30am

Restrictions: All Ages

Cost: Free entry

Contact: 06 844 8461


Food and produce stalls, crafts, kapa Haka performance, raffles, spin the wheel, hangi and more


If you have any white elephant, jumble or plants you wold like to donate to the college just phone the college office on 06 844 8461

Maraekakaho Country Market Day

 Maraekakaho Sports Grounds, Cnr SH 50 and Kereru Rd, Hastings, Hastings

When: Saturday 19th March 2016

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Restrictions: All Ages

Cost: Free entry

Website: Facebook, Maraekakaho Country Market Day.


We pride ourselves on the unique quality and variety of stallholders from not just Hawke’s Bay but from around New Zealand. What a fantastic way to showcase what exciting things are being made, grown, developed and designed in NZ! We will have activities and events throughout the day to make it an entertaining day out. Bring out the family and spend some time in lovely Maraekakaho!

Beneful Bark in the Park

 Anderson Park, Kennedy Road, Taradale, Napier

When: Sunday 20th March 2016

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Restrictions: All Ages

Cost: Free entry

Website: Facebook, Beneful Bar in the Park


Napier, Bark in the Park is coming to you!

The Beneful truck is packed full of goodies and we are gearing up for a woofing great day out at Anderson Park.

We have so many exciting activities planned including our famous agility course, doggie dress-ups, fun photo opportunities, GoPro courses and more..

And if that wasn't enough, we also have spot prizes, treats, giveaways, tennis balls, free samples, tennis balls and more tennis balls!

Did we mention we had tennis balls?

This year, Beneful is proud to be supporting the charity BARK NZ. BARK NZ is a charity dedicated to supporting our communities by providing education to children on how to be safe, and have positive experiences around dogs. Ask your human to consider bringing along a gold coin donation to support this paw-some cause!

We can already hear those tails wagging!


Wanganui Deaf Community Lunch Club 

On Monday 9th March we had our Wanganui Deaf Community Lunch Club at the Deaf Access Centre, today was such a lively day with a lot of humour along with sharing what has been happening, what will be happening as well as events that are coming up, Celebrate NZ Sign language week and many more!  Because of the lively atmosphere we took a few photos but decided as a team to show this photo!  They get together every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month and everyone is welcome to join! Whether you are a local or Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Hearing/Visitors anyone is welcome! We look forward to our fortnightly meets!


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Stir It Up Next Wednesday

When: Wednesday 16th March
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, 74 the Square, Level 2 United Building, Palmerston North
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Contact June Batten.
Text: 021 518 070

Everyone is welcome to come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at Deaf Aotearoa, whether they are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing, Individuals, businesses, organisations, Everyone is Welcome. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Volunteers For Our 10th Anniversary NZ Sign Language Week 

We are still seeking more volunteers for NZ Sign Language week, it’s the 10th anniversary since it became one of NZ’s official Language, such a proud achievement.
We seek more people to help us at the Family Fun day in the Park (if raining it will be held at the Library Event Room) on Saturday 14th May 2016, it’s going to be a fun event and we need many volunteers on hand to assist with various different activities/games/stalls etc.
If you are interested please download the Volunteer form and Police Vetting form which is attached to this newsletter. Please fill out pages 3 and 4 of the police vetting form and you must also supply two forms of ID. 

If you are unsure, I am happy to assist you, contact me by text 021 278 8804 or email me to setup a time to come in. If you have no printer, that is OK we have some printed out ready for you.  Hope to hear from you.



Let’s Learn about Technology TEC Course

Deaf Aotearoa is organising a TEC course: Let’s  learn about technology, this course is for the seniors (50+), we will have speaker from SeniorNet to help you understand how to use the internet. This course will describe the internet to help you understand how to work and use in your life. This introductory session will be for 1.5 hours then we can review for another session if needed.


Where: Johnsonville Community Centre, Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville

When: Wednesday 30th March

Time:  3:00pm to 4:30pm

Interpreter will be provided


Please contact Shannon to enrol this course (only for over 50 years old). You MUST enrol if you are interested.


Text: 021 545 288

Welcome Chuck, Wellington’s Newest Youth Intern! 

Hello, My name Chuck Odsey. My role is Youth Intern.
I am based at Wellington Office. I am looking forward to work with you all and I’m very keen, to be part of the team.
Thank you.

Complexity and Belonging

A dance-theatre piece from acclaimed Australian company Chunky Move, will be NZSL interpreted on Sunday 13th March.  
Complexity of Belonging is a daring and darkly humorous exploration of identity in the age of social media. Here is our NZSL interpreted video which includes a clip of the show.
We would love to extend the offer of $39 tickets to students. Simply enter in the password ACCESSNZF at this booking page and we will ensure the best seats are available for you at this heavily reduced price.

CZDRU Auction Night

Central Zone Deaf Rugby Union is having an Auction fundraiser tomorrow night at 1841 Bar & Restaurant. They are raising funds for the National Deaf Rugby Championships in Auckland during Easter weekend. 
Everyone is welcome, open from 7:00pm for 7:30pm start. 
See flyer for more details. 

Gluten Free & Allergy Free Expo

When: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 2016
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Te Rauparaha Arena
               17 Parumoana Street
                Porirua City, Wellington
FREE parking
Entry is only $10 and kids under 10 years are free. Gold Card holders receive a discounted ticket price of $8. Family passes are available for $35 (two adults and two or more children 10+ years).
Ticket sales start from 9.30am and the doors open at 10am.
Your ticket also gives you entry to free seminars where you can get advice from experts on a range of topics, such as:
• Endometriosis: the BIG picture
• Delicious paleo treats
• Positive gluten-free living
• The battle in the bowel – cereals and coeliac disease
• Understanding food allergy and intolerance

  • Tips, tricks and essential ingredients for a FODMAP-friendly life

PLUS see our new FREE food demonstration room. Watch our experts as they show you how to make some of their favourite free-from dishes. (Timetable coming soon.)
Seminars and food demonstrations run both days of the show.
There is free parking for up to 176 cars at Te Rauparaha Arena. And if you can’t find a spot in the car park, free street parking is available in the surrounding area.
See website for further details and to purchase tickets:


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 12th March.

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

Nelson Deaf Community AGM

Change of date for AGM

Please note that the AGM will be on Saturday 16th of April at 3:30pm.  Please be there at 3:00pm.  We will stay for dinner and a catch up afterwards.  Please come along and support us.

Deaf Aotearoa Youth Intern

Hello, I am Francesca Connor and I am a Youth Service Intern based in the Nelson & Bays office. I am excited to be part of the team and look forward to working with you!


Looking For Employment

Where: 96 Bristol Street, Deaf Aotearoa
When: Monday – Wednesday 9:00am – 4:00pm. Thursday and Friday by appointment.
If you are looking for a new job or are working but want a change in career.  Please contact Deaf Aotearoa and they can refer you to an assessor. Once you have been assessor, one of the appointed facilitator will work with you by updating CV, cover letters and looking for work.


Day In The Pool

Where: Jellie Park

When: Saturday 12th March

Time: 1:00pm

Price: Adult - $5.80

            Children under 16 - $3.10

Bring Kiwiable card or Community Service Card for discount


For more information please contact Canterbury Deaf Youth on

St Patrick’s Night

When: 18th March

Time: 7:00pm

Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury


Be Irish for the night and dress up in green.  Prize for best dressed.

If you want more information, please contact Canterbury Deaf Club


New Youth Intern

Hi my name is Hanna Deal and I am the youth intern for Deaf Aotearoa in Christchurch office.  

Stir It Up Christchurch

Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
When: Friday 18th March 2016
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Stir it up is a fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and/or learn NZSL for free.  Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at the Deaf Club.
A great setting for First Signs families, NZSL students, whanau and/or friends for all ages.
All welcome, Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations etc…..  EVERYBODY is welcome.
For more information, please contact Debra Jamieson
Phone: 021 324 828



Volunteers Needed

NZ Sign Language week is coming up in May from 9th – 15th May.  This year will be the 10th Anniversary when NZSL became an official language in New Zealand!


If you are able to help out at NZSL Week this year please contact Rebecca or Michelle for a volunteer application form. This must be completed by Wednesday March 16th

Invitation to a Potluck Tea

When: Saturday 12th March

Time: 4:30pm

Where: Otago Deaf Centre

              68 Manor Place, Dunedin

A special invitation is extended to ALL the Deaf Community to join with Otago Association of Deaf Children for a pot luck tea.  Bring along a plate of food to share.  Tea and coffee provided.  

Deaf Aotearoa Office Hours

A wee reminder of the Deaf Aotearoa office hours:

Office open for enquiries and appointments

Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm

All other times by appointment only. 

Dunedin Armageddon

Where: MoreFM Arena, Edgar Centre

When Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Cost: $5 and $10 (door sales only)

For more info


Check out this weekend-long event featuring sci-fi , gaming, anime, collectibles, TV, movie stars and comics – it’s a massive family-friendly event not to be missed.

TEC Feedback

Thank you to everyone who gave feedback for TEC Workshops this year.

We are going to be holding a TEC workshop on Insurance, everything you need to know about insurance policies, types of insurance, cover, excess, claims and more.

This is a 2 hour workshop. Date and time to be confirmed.


To register your interest for this workshop please contact Rebecca at the Deaf Aotearoa office.



Mobile: 021 276 5646


Surf To City

What: Surf to City Fun Run

When: Sunday 13th March, 2016

Events: Please refer to Flyer for all the entries/ or go to

Get a team together or just do it for you, a great way to meet new people and challenge yourself, a variety of Events for all ages and fitness levels.

Give it a go!

Come Play Boccia

What: Boccia (a game for people with physical disabilities and is played in a seated position.

Where: Aurora College Gym, 234 Regent Street, Invercargill

When: Every Tuesday during the school term

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Come along and join regular Boccia sessions for athletes with physical disabilities.


For more information, contact Helen Brunner on

Or refer to the flyer for more information.

NZSL Week Events

Please if anyone is interested in attending any of the events during NZSL Week 2016 Rebecca will need confirmation of numbers before the events for costing and number purposes.


You will need to contact Rebecca ASAP to book your spot as numbers are limited.

To register your interest, contact Rebecca.


Text: 021 554 905