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Deaf Aotearoa Office Closure 2016

Deaf Aotearoa offices will close on Friday 23rd December, 2016.

Offices will reopen on Monday 16th January 2017.

New Zealand Disability Strategy - New Zealand Sign Language translation.



Scam Awareness Workshop

Where: BNZ Bank, Upstairs in Board Room, Bank Street, Whangarei
When: Wednesday 14th December
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Learn how

  • Protect yourself On-Line
  • Tips on how to recognise a Scam
  • Advice what to do if you have been Scammed
  • What you can do to stay safe.
  • Interpreters and light refreshments provided

Northland Deaf Club Christmas Lunch

Where: Dickens Inn
When: Saturday 10th December
Time: 1.00pm
Alana has booked tables. Dickens Inn staff will show you where to sit.
Please bring present under $5. No names please.
See you there.


Lucky Snip with Eric Coppage

Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Auckland
When: Friday 16th December
Time: 7.00pm
Eric Coppage will lose his beard, one snip at a time!
You can pay $5 to snip a bunch of beard for the Lucky Snip Dip!
You also can guess how long it will take for Eric to shave off his beard and the one with the right time wins a prize – one of Rachel Coppage’s lovely art!
There will also be an auction for a voucher for a free hair cut!
This will help the Board Youth Rep, Meghan Coppage, to pay for flights & accommodation to attend the 6th World Federation of the Deaf Youth Leadership Camp.

DATE CHANGE – Deaf Rainbow Cocktail Party

New date: Saturday 17th December
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Auckland
Pop by and get a cocktail on arrival!

South Auckland

NZSL Story Time

Where: Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland
When: Saturday 10th December
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Come along to our monthly NZSL Story Time.
We may be grown-ups, but we are never too old for story time! These stories will be told in NZSL.
This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn NZSL: First Signs families, NZSL students, whanau and friends - all ages welcome!
For more information, please contact Natasha Cloete.
Text: 021 517 849

Dinosaurs in the Garden

Where: Auckland Botanic Gardens
            102 Hill Road Manurewa
When: Every Saturday and Sunday from now till February. There will be a break over Christmas time
If you are interested and would like to register, please visit  and search dinosaurs and you can register there.


Trees at the Meteor 2016

Where: Meteor Theatre. Corner of Victoria Street and Anzac Parade, Hamilton
When: Thursday 15th – Tuesday 20th December
Time: 7.00pm – 10.00pm each night. Plus 1.00am – 3.00pm Saturday. 
Cost: $6 per person.
$20 for a family (2 adults and 2 children under 13. Extra children under 13 are $2   each).
The price includes a hot drink.
The Meteor is hosting their 9th Trees at the Meteor Christmas tree competition.
Go and check out over 60 amazing Christmas trees created by people and groups from the Waikato, including a Waikato Deaf Team!

Stir It Up

A fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and/or learn New Zealand Sign Language for FREE.
Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at the café.
A great setting for First Sign families, NZSL students, whanau and/or friends for all ages! 
When: Tuesday 14th December
Time: 10.00am – 11.30am 
Where: Café Agora, 13B Kent Street, Frankton, Hamilton 
For more information contact Marissa Lessing. 
Text: 021 516 399

Waikato Deaf Art Exhibition 2017 - Open Night

Where: Creative Waikato HQ, 131 Alexander Street, Hamilton
When: Thursday 15th December
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Cost: Free (refreshments provided)
Come along to check out the beautiful art work created by the Waikato Deaf Community.
All welcome!
Bay of Plenty

Deaf Aotearoa Office Closure

Tauranga staff wishes to advise that the office will be closed on Friday 16th December as staff will be attending a Christmas function.
The Tauranga office will also be closed for Christmas break from 4.00pm Friday 23rd December. It will reopen 9.00am Monday 16th January 2017.
Colina will be on annual leave from 5.00pm Friday 16th December back 9.00am Monday 16th January 2017.

Mt Maunganui Beach Mat Demonstration

For the first time in New Zealand there will be a beach mat.
A beach mat creates comfortable beach access path for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers.
This event will include surfing on Saturday, and on Sunday there will be paddle boarding and waka ama.
Where: Mt Maunganui Beach (Mount Drury End)
When: Saturday 10th December
Time: 11.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: Free
Waka Ama and Paddle Boarding
Where: Pilot Bay, Mt Maunganui
When: Sunday 11th December
Time: 11.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: Free

The Historic Village People 12 days of Christmas

Where: Tauranga Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Tuesday 13th December - Saturday 24th December
Cost: Free entry to most events
The opening night will begin with a street party on Tuesday 13th December.
The Historic Village will be decorated with Christmas lights, decorations, a grotto, carols, work-shops, celebrations around the world, activity packs, Dance-a-thon, puzzle trails, exhibitions and more.
Follow the Facebook event to keep up to date with how you can help and what events are taking place:  

Christmas in Greerton Village

Where: Village Square, Greerton, Tauranga
When: Thursday 15th December
Time: 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Cost: Free
A traditional evening of Christmas Carols around the tree with Santa on his sleigh, Christmas Elf and a Christmas face painting fairy. 
Late night shopping from 7.00pm in many stores.


Barnyard By The Beach

Where: Beach Base, Mt Drury at Mt Maunganui
When: Thursday 29th December
Time: 11.00am - 3.00pm
Cost: Free
The barnyard is coming to the beach this summer!
There will be a petting zoo, pony rides, live music and many more activities!


Taranaki Deaf Youth Picnic and Activity Day

Where: Lawn Outside Deaf Aotearoa Offices, 28 Young Street, New Plymouth
When: Tuesday 20th December
Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Bring food to share for a picnic!
Fun games and activities have been planned for Youth versus staff.
So make sure you bring your competitive spirit!
RSVP to Niki Jenkinson.
Text: 021 556 989

Youth Community Army – YMCA

The youth community army is a group of young people that volunteer their time to give back to the community through existing fundraising initiatives, as well as events and projects planned by the Youth community army committee.
YMCA are looking for committee members who are:

  • 15-24 years of age
  • Team players
  • Motivated
  • Able to commit to a weekly late afternoon/early evening meeting
  • Honest and Reliable
  • Able and confident to promote programmes and events
YMCA are looking for Youth Community Army volunteers who are:
  • 12-24 years of age
  • Able to commit to volunteer for one event during the year

To find out more, or register for the committee OR Youth Community Army contact Carli Rogers.
Mobile: 021 0241 9107 
Phone: 06 758 3666 extension: 839  

In an Emergency: Be Safe and Be Aware Workshop

Where: Taranaki Disability Information Centre Trust Meeting Room, 28 Young Street, New Plymouth
When: Saturday 17th December
Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm
Cost:  FREE – Refreshments provided
How can you keep yourself safe in different kinds of emergencies?
Household emergency plans, emergency and getaway kits, volcanic eruption, earthquakes, tsunami, floods, storms and cyclones, tornadoes.
Come along to this workshop and learn about all the different emergency situations and how you can be prepared and know what to do.
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Lisa Masters.
Text: 021 621 897

Hawkes Bay

What To Do In An Emergency Workshop Update

A big thank you to Deaf Community that attended last night’s presentation Civil Defence – What to Do in an Emergency.
It was the highest number of attendees we have had for any of our TEC workshops. 
The community learnt a lot and now have a better understanding of how to be prepared in an emergency.
We hope all the questions you had about being prepared for an emergency, what to do, where to go etc. have been answered. And you have been provided with the tools and resources to find the answer yourself.
Please also contact Kat or Lee if you wish to register for the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Text Service.
Kat Puna
Text: 021 920 023
Lee Bullivant
Text: 021 459 005

Stir It Up - Hastings

Where: McDonalds Hastings, 626 Heretaunga Street West, St Leonards, Hastings 4120
When: Monday 12th December 
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Free
Contact: Kat Puna or 021 920 023
A fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to learn and/or experience New Zealand Sign Language for FREE.
Come along and attend our monthly casual gathering.
A great setting for First sign families, whanau and/or friends of all ages. All welcome – Deaf, Hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations. Everybody welcome!


Manawatu Deaf Society Final Club Night

Where: Manawatu Deaf Society clubrooms.
            55b Totara Road, Awapuni
            Palmerston North
When: Friday 9th December

MDS will be open again on Friday 27th January 2017.

The management wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Manawatu Deaf Society Children's Christmas Party

Where: Manawatu Deaf Society clubrooms.
            55b Totara Road, Awapuni
            Palmerston North
When: Saturday 10th December
Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm

Christmas Concert in the Square

Where: The Event Quadrant: The Square or at the Regent on Broadway if wet.
When: Saturday 17th December
Time: 5.00pm – 9.00pm

Free children’s entertainment, a Christmas night market, food-trucks, community entertainment and a concert featuring The Rodger Fox Big Band with Santa and guests.

Children’s Christmas Cave in the Little Theatre

Where: Feilding Little Theatre Players, 21 Stafford Street, Feilding
When: Saturday 10th December – Saturday 24th December
Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: $2.00 gold coin donation
Santa will be in his cave every day from the 10th of December.
It's well worth a visit to talk to Santa and Rudolph and see the many displays. 

Dinosaur Encounter

Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
When: Wednesday 7th December – Sunday 26th February 2017
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Ticket Information: Adults $12.00
                              Children under 17 $6.00
                              Concession $10.00
                              Family pass (2 adults, 2 children) $30.00
Dinosaur Encounter brings your favourite prehistoric beasts out of time and puts them in a modern New Zealand urban environment.

The gallery will be transformed into a familiar ‘urban jungle’ through which our mighty guests will rampage, while reproductions of skeletons, skulls and fossil remains will add breadth to the experience.


Do you know some, or a lot of, NZSL?

The Ministry of Education has been working with Victoria University Deaf Studies Research Unit to set up an assessment tool for adults who use NZSL.
They need to practice their NZSL adult assessment skills on NZSL users, Deaf or hearing.
If you are interested and would like to know more, please visit:

Wellington Christmas Parade

Where: Lampton Quay, Wellington City.
When: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th Decemeber
Time: 12.00pm
Cost: Free



Office Closed Over Christmas Period

Deaf Aotearoa Nelson office will be closed from Friday 23rd December and will open again on Monday 16th January. 
Ali, Jenny and Fran wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Stir It Up

Where: Upstairs at Café Affair, 295 Trafalgar St, Nelson
When Saturday 10th December
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm
This is a fantastic and fun opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and /or learn New Zealand Sign Language.
Everyone is welcome – Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations.
For more information please contact Ali Kimberley.
Mobile:  021 518 331

Ideas Wanted for TEC Courses

Facilitators are starting to organise TEC courses for 2017.
These courses are designed for Deaf/Hard of Hearing People.
If you have anything that you would like to learn or learn more about, please contact Jenny.
Email: jenny.hennessy-o'
Mobile: 021 939 415


CANCELLED - Plunket and Family planning Workshop

Plunket and Family Planning workshops have been cancelled due lack of numbers.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Debra Jamieson.
Text: 021 324 828

NZSL Morning Tea

Where: Deaf Society Of Canterbury
When: Saturday 17th December
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
You are welcome to join NZSL morning tea to socialise with Deaf, hearing, CODAs and families with Deaf children.
It would be lovely to see Deaf members joining in and helping them practice their NZSL skills.
Please bring a plate to share for morning tea.
For more information, please contact Josje.
Text: 027 427 2702

Christchurch Community Meeting

Where: Meeting Room, Blind Foundation building, 96 Bristol Ave, St Albans, Christchurch
When: Wednesday 14th December
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Lachlan Keating, Oliver Ferguson and Gaye Austin will be at this meeting to discuss plans for Deaf Aotearoa's Christchurch office.
NZSL Interpreters and refreshments provided.
For further information please contact Erica Dawson.
Text: 027 309 4060

Break-Up Night

Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury 
When: Friday 16th December
Time: Start at 7.00pm
Cost: Gold coin entry
Celebrate the end of the year and catch up with your friends.
You can bring your own alcohol
This is 16+ event only.
For more information, please contact 022 323 1459

NZSL Interpreted Christmas Story

Where: Road to Bethlehem
            Christchurch Adventist School
            15 Grants Road
When: Tuesday 13th December, 7.30pm
             Wednesday 14th December, 8.00pm
Cost: The ticket is free but you need to book online:
NZSL Interpreter will be there.
Nativity is the story about the birth of Jesus.
It’s an outdoor walk-through theatrical presentation that brings to life the true story and meaning of Christmas.
The show is about 20 - 30 minutes. Anyone can go, suitable for young families.


Stir It Up

Where: Excelsior Café, 152 Princes Street, Dunedin
When: Wednesday 14th December
Time: 10.00am – 11.00am 
A fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and/or learn New Zealand Sign Language for FREE.

Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at the café.
For more information contact Rebecca Aitcheson.
Text: 021 276 5646

Christmas Get Together Lunch

Where: Deaf Aotearoa Office
When: Tuesday 20th December
Time: 11.30am – 1.00pm
Cost: Bring a plate to share
Contact and RSVP: If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Aitcheson.
                                  Mobile: 021 276 5646
Michelle and Rebecca would like to invite everyone to come along to the Deaf Aotearoa office and share some food and have a catch up before the Christmas break.
You can come anytime between 11.30am - 1.00pm. All welcome.

Moana House Annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Where: Moana House, 401 High St, Dunedin, Otago
When: Friday 9th – Thursday 22nd December
Time: 10.00am daily
Every year Moana House runs their famous Christmas Tree Fundraiser.
This is a popular fundraiser and they also supply affordable Christmas Trees to the Dunedin Community.
Trees start at $10. Sales run daily, but they are weather dependant. If you are unsure please call or drive past.
Phone: 03 477 0842

Dunedin Community Christmas Dinner

Where: Dunedin Town Hall 
When: Sunday 25th December 2016
Time: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Cost: Free
Are you expecting to be alone on Christmas Day? Please join in for a delicious free Christmas dinner and great music.
You must book first as numbers are limited.
Alcohol is not allowed and will not be served.
Free bus service is also available.
Contact Connect South for more information and to book.
Phone: 03 471 6177


Invercargill Police Tour

Where: Invercargill Police Station, 117 Don Street, Invercargill
When: Thursday 15th December
Time: 11.00am – Meet in the main entrance.
Important Reminder: You must register beforehand if you are coming – you will not be able to attend if you have not registered.
Rebecca needs to confirm numbers beforehand with the police.
For more information or to enrol, please contact Rebecca Petre.
Text: 021 554 905

Office Closed

The Deaf Aotearoa Invercargill office will be closed over the Christmas break.
Office Closed: Thursday 22nd December 2016
Office Reopens: Monday 16th January 2017 

Southland Parents of Deaf Children

What: End of Year Dinner
Where: Cobb & Co, Dee Street & Avenal Street, Avenal, Invercargill
When: Thursday 1st December
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Costs: At your own costs
An opportunity to relax without the kids!