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NZSL Week 2017 Tutor Applications

Tutors Wanted for NZSL Week 2017 Taster Classes

Deadline date: Friday 3rd March 2017

Are you:
- Confident?
- Fluent in NZSL?
- Passionate about Deaf culture, NZSL Week and teaching NZSL?
- Available during May 2017?

Applications close Friday 3rd March 2017.

For more information about being a Taster Class tutor, email:

For support filling out the application form, contact your local Deaf Aotearoa facilitator.

Visit the NZSL Week website to fill out the application form:

Art Deco Ball 2017

For more information, please visit: 


Northland Officially in Drought – Total Fire Ban

All fire permits cancelled until further notice.
All fires in the open air are not allowed with the except for commercially constructed barbeques, incinerators, cooking fires such as umu, hangi and spit fires.
They must follow the rules below:

  1. They are supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
  2. A pressurised supply of water is at hand.
  3. The fire is extinguished as soon as the task is complete.
  4. A clear area of at least 10 metres is maintained around the fire.
  5. The fire is no larger than 2 x 2 metres.
  6. A warranted fire officer can request that any barbecue, incinerator or other fire be extinguished if considered a danger.

People responsible for fires may be held liable for all costs associated with control of that fire. 
Residents are asked to be wise and conserve water

Fusion Community Market

ONEONESIX, 116 Bank Street, Whangarei
When: Saturday 18th February
            Saturday 18th March
            Saturday 15th April
            Saturday 20th May
Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm
Cost: Free
This market is filled with lots of awesome products handmade by some very talented people.
Come along and support local talent!


NZSL Tours at Sculpture on the Gulf

Where: Sculpture on the Gulf Pavilion, Matiatia
When: Sunday 19th February
Time: 11.15am
Do you like art?
Do you like to walk?
Do you like to get fresh air?
There will be an NZSL tour at Sculpture on the Gulf on Waiheke Island.
If you would like to attend you must RSVP to the email below.

Op Shop Swap Shop

Where: Auckland Deaf Society 
When: Friday 17th February

Do you have clothes, shoes or gifts that you don’t use?
They might be perfect for someone else!
Bring your items to swap them!

NZSL Interpreted Art Exhibition Tour

Where: Auckland Art Gallery
When: Sunday 12th February
Time: Please meet at 10.15am. Tour will start at 10.30am
Artist Lee Mingwei will be giving a talk.
For more information visit:
Please book and pay for your ticket online.
Parking: Parking is available at the AT Victoria Street car park, corner of Victoria and Kitchener Streets – the first hour of parking is free when you get your parking ticket validated at the Gallery’s information desk.
Every hour after that is a low $2 with a maximum all day payment of just $7.50.
Meet Rachel Coppage at 10.15am at the foyer where the red sofa seats are.
Text: 021 0263 3932

Free Captioned Movie – “Calvet”

Where: Changing Minds, 762 Mount Eden Road
When: Friday 17th February
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
This film gives an interesting insight into mental health and addiction through the story of French painter, Jean Marc Calvet.
For more information, please visit:

South Auckland

Amazing Maze

Where: 833 Kingseat Road Karaka
Hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Under 16 - $10
         Student ID holder - $12 dollar
         Adult $15
         Under 3 - Free
Spend about an hour in the New Zealand's most dynamic and interactive 7-hectare corn maze with over 8 kms of paths, scenic bridge, slide within the maze, and clues. 
For more information:

Tarana Family Summer Festival

Where: Vodafone Event centre 770 Great South Road Manukau City
When: Sunday 26th February
Time: 1.00pm – 8.00pm
Cost: Free
Food stalls, trade stalls, children's amusements and entertainment.
For more information:


Signing At the Cook: February Social Catch Up

Where: The Cook Café and bar (table booked downstairs)
              7 Cook Street, Hamilton East   
When: Friday 24th February
Time: 6:30pm – 8.00pm  
Cost: Free
Come along to the warm Cook café and bar to join in a New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) social catch up. Enjoy using, learning and practicing NZSL with others. 
Meet other Deaf people, NZSL students, or others that just want to practice their NZSL skills. All welcome; Deaf, hearing, Hard of Hearing - Everyone!  Children welcome if with an adult.
Note: This month is a general social catch up which will be down stairs in the restaurant area. 
For more information contact Kayte Shaw
Mobile: 021 517 791

Love Your Bike Day

Where: Innes Common. Access to the event will be via the Queens Avenue entry to Innes Common.
When: Sunday 12th February
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Cost: Entry is free and you can register on the day or online.
This aims to introduce people to biking in Hamilton, make them feel safer on their bikes and encourage them to enjoy biking as a family.
The day will include games, demonstrations, bike maintenance and much more. There will be lots of great giveaways and by simply turning up you will go in the draw to win one of three bikes as part of the major prize draw.
For more information, please visit:

Sunday Day Craft

Where: CCS Disability Action Building, 17 Claudelands Road, Hamilton
When: Sunday 19th February 2017
Time: 1.30 – 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Distracted at home and have no time to get your hobbies done? Bring your own crafts.
Share and learn new skills!
Hot drinks and slices provided.
For more information, please contact Karyn.
Bay of Plenty

16th Family Fishing Competition

Where: Katikati
When: Friday 10th and Saturday 11th March
Cost: Adults $20.00, Children $15.00, limited tickets, be quick!
Tickets on sale from now to 10th March from 5:00pm till 8:00pm at:
Katikati Fire Station
KK Advertiser
Maree Finance Ltd
KK Building Supplies
The Onion Vegie Place (Growlink)
There will be prizes. Info of prize times, weigh in and other information click on flyer.
Follow on Facebook – Katikati Fire Brigade Fishing Contest

Art In The Park

Where: Government Gardens, Queens Drive, Rotorua
When: Sunday 19th February
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Art in the Park is an annual festival of Arts and Music set in the beautiful Government Gardens.
Wander among the market stalls of local artists and artisans, with live demonstrations and lots to see and buy.
Bring the kids down to do a free art activity at the Arts Village Kids Club stall.
Take a picnic lunch or support Steiner Kindergarten who run a delicious pop up cafe at the Te Runanga Tearooms.

Women Triathlon – 4th Year Running

Where: Pilots Bay, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga
When: Sunday 26th February
Time: Race starts at 8.30am
Cost: $45 for individuals, $70 for teams of 2-3, $80 for Mother/Daughter(racing as individuals)
Age: 11years up
Race: 400m Swim, 10km cycle, 4km run/walk
This event is for all women of all ages from 11year onwards and on any fitness level.
For individual, 2 or 3 person team or Mother / Daughter category
This is designed to encourage the ‘have a go’ philosophy and participation will be made up of women of all ages and fitness levels.
Free photos for all participants available to download after the event.
Big spot prizes worth thousands of dollars to give away, be there to claim. Prizes include big TV / Avanti bike.
For more information, map of the race and contacts click here
Not taking participation, head to Mt Maunganui to watch and support.



Where: TSB Bowl of Brooklands
When: Saturday 18th February
Time: 6.00pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Event Venues Team NPDC
Phone: 06 759 6060
Tropfest is the world’s largest short film festival.

The festival at TSB Bowl of Brooklands will feature the finalist films at the stunning outdoor venue. The films are viewed by an audience of around 8,000 people and celebrity judges, who select the winning film which is announced on the night.

In the past two decades, Tropfest has become recognised as one of the world's most exciting launch pads for emerging filmmakers.

Bring a picnic and settle in to see the red carpet action. Winning film announced on the night.

Oakura Boardriders Halberg Surf Day

Where: Oakura Beach, Tasman Parade, Oakura, Taranaki
When: Saturday 25th February
Time: 9.00am – 12.00pm
Register now to experience the thrill of surfing! For physically disabled New Zealanders.
To register contact Halberg Disability Sport Adviser John Sigurdsson.
Mobile: 021 190 4881
Bring along wetsuits and swim gear.
Wetsuits provided if you don’t have one.
Free BBQ for all participants and volunteers. Siblings are welcome.
Interested in volunteering on the day?  Contact John Sigurdsson for more information.

NZSL Interpreted - Govett-Brewster Sense Art

When: Monday 27th February
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Cost: Free
Hearing and sight dogs welcome too.
Join in for a descriptive touch and New Zealand Sign Language interpreted tour of the current exhibitions All Lines Converge and Len Lye: Experimental Moves.
Govett-Brewster host tours for people with hearing and vision impairments, at the start of new exhibitions.
For more information visit their website:

Hawkes Bay

Health Hawke’s Bay – Patient Portal

Where: Health Hawke’s Bay, Ground Floor, 205 Hastings Street South, Hastings
Restrictions: 16 years or older
Contact: 06 871 5646 or email:
With the Patient Portal you can manager your health online.
Would you like to be able to:

  • See your recent medical records, test results, immunisations and allergies?
  • Ask for a repeat prescription
  • Make non-urgent appointments
  • Send and receive emails to your doctor or nurse?
  • Update your personal details\
  • Share your health information with other health professionals if you want to

If you are interest, talk to your doctor or nurse to see what services they offer, and what fees may apply to certain services. 

Book Launch – Hearing Aid Bras and Other Stories

Where: Onekawa School Hall, 235 Kennedy Road, Onekawa, Napier 4110
When:  Saturday 11th March
Time: 2.00pm
Entry: Free
The community is invited to Juliet Clarke’s Book Launch – Hearing Aid Bras and Other Stories.
Copies of the book will be available for $30.00 and will include a DVD of photo’s.
If you would like to attend you must RSVP to Juliet Clarke by Friday 3rd March 2017.
Text: 021 258 8015
This is for catering purposes as afternoon tea will be provided after the book launch.
You can also order the book using the order form on the right.

Hastings City Night Market

Where: Albert Square Hastings, Heretaunga Street East, Hastings, Hawke's Bay
When: Thursday 16th February 2017, 5.00pm – 8.00pm 
Entry: Free
Stop by the market after work to buy dinner for the family or pic up fresh veggies. The food is diverse and full of flavour with something for everyone to enjoy.
Live music and activities for the kids encourage families to sit down and stay.

Napier Night Fiesta

 Clive Square, Napier, Hawke's Bay
When:  Friday 24th February
Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm         
Entry: Free
Meet your friends, bring your family and your picnic rug and relax at this new weekly event.


Job Vacancy for a Service Provider

Are you looking for part time work between 9.00am – 3pm during the week, 2 – 3 days per week (10 – 15 hours per week) and no weekend work?
If you answered yes, then the vacancy is based in Palmerston North  involving cleaning private homes.
You will be working alongside with a Team leader.
This job is permanent which means you will be required to work through the school holidays. 
Are you:

  • Honest?
  • Hardworking?
  • Physically fit
  • Have a full drivers licence
  • No police record
  • Can use the internet and email.

If you answered yes to all those please contact Lianna Kennedy at Deaf Aotearoa.
Text: 021 278 8804

Housie Night at MDS

Where: Manawatu Deaf Society clubrooms, Totara Road, Palmerston North
When: Friday 10th February
Time: 7.30pm
You are welcome to join in the Housie night to fundraise for a new roof.
All welcome and bring your NZSL students, CODA’s, families and friends.


Palmerston North Megafun Carnival

Where: Funtime Carnival, Railway Land Reserve, Church Street, Palmerston North
When: Thursday 9th February - Sunday 12th February
Restrictions: All Ages
Ticket Information: Door sales only
The Carnival is back in town!
Open daily, 6.30pm and 11.00am on the weekend.
This event is weather dependent. 

Royal New Zealand Air Force 2017 Air Tattoo

Where: RNZAF Base Ohakea, Pukenui Rd, Ohakea
When: Saturday 25th February - Sunday 26th February
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Ticket Information: Adult - $35
                                 Child 5-16 - $10
                                 Child under 5 - Free
The Royal New Zealand Air Force is holding a thrilling military Air Tattoo at RNZAF Base Ohakea.
There will be no sales at the gate or general parking on the Base.
Buses will be running from 6.30am.
Car parks open from 6.00am.
Gates open from 7.00am and
Air Display programme will run from 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Ground displays open from 7.00am.

Palmerston North Deaf Tot’s Playdate

Where: Terrace End Playcentre, 77 Ruamahanga Cresent, Palmerston North
When: Wednesdays (see flyer for dates)
Time: 1.30pm - 2.45pm
Cost: Gold coin donation
This is a group for deaf and hard of hearing infants, young children, their parents, caregivers and whanau.
A regular meetup that offers
·         A chance for your children to meet other children who are deaf

  • An opportunity for children to talk to each other in sign language
  • A group run by parents of deaf/hh children, for their children
  • Inputs from Advisers on Deaf Children, First Signs and other professionals
  • A safe space to air concerns, resources and knowledge

For more information contact:
Matthew Willey - 027 839 5449 or
Pip Brun - 027 699 0675


First Deaf Club for 2017

Where: 1841 Bar & Restaurant, 1 Disraeli Street, Johnsonville, Wellington
When: Friday 10th February
Time:  7.00pm – 10.00pm
For more information, please contact:
Facebook event:

NZSL Family Day At The Zoo

Where: Wellington Zoo, 200 Daniell St, Newtown, Wellington 
When:  Saturday 18th February
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Costs: Free entry and lunch provided
NZSL Bubs and Tots playgroup has organised a family day at the zoo which includes NZSL interpreted guide and animal visit.
RVSP by Friday 10th February
Please include your family members’ names, their ages and any dietary requirements.
A huge thank you to the New Zealand Sign Language Fund and Wellington Association for Deaf Children for their support.

FLO – Accessible Fringe Show 

Where: BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington
When: Tuesday 21st February – Friday 25th February
Time: 8.30pm
Enter the world of FLO the florist and experience the delight of the full mask. Join FLO as she encounters a hodgepodge of characters, all trying to say it with flowers.
A magical and curious glimpse into the puzzle of life’s significant moments.
No Interpreted provides. Performance show more visual.
Please visit the website for more information and ticket costs:

New Youth Intern 

My name is Miggy. I am Deaf Aotearoa Youth Intern based at Wellington Office.
I look forward to work with you.
Thank you


Interpreter in Nelson

There will be an interpreter in Nelson on Tuesday 28th February.
For bookings, please contact iSign or contact the Nelson office for assistance.
Phone: 0800 934 683

Stir It Up

Where: Bored Room, Zumo Coffee, Rutherford Street, Nelson
When:  Saturday 11th February
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


Memorial for William McLachlan

Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
When: Friday 24th February
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm

There is a special service for William who had passed away last year.

Kiwiana Night

Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
When: Friday 24th February
Time: 7.00pm
Do you have old/new Kiwi things like Buzzy Bee, Ches'n'Dale, Kiwi polish?
Do you have any memories of good old times?
If you do, why not bring them to Kiwiana night and show to Deaf members?

Get Ready to Win Poker Night!

Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
When: Friday 10th February
Time: Registrations at 7.00pm
          Games start at 7:30pm
Cost: $5 per player
Southern Zone Deaf Rugby is hosting the poker night.
There will be prize for winner and runner up.
Everyone is welcome!

2017 New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival

The NZDSFF is back and better than ever!
Experience Deaf culture and NZSL through the medium of film on the big screen.
The bi-annual New Zealand Deaf Short film Festival will be held 8th – 10th September 2017 in Wellington.
For more information and the rules, please visit:
The deadline for submitting a film for the competition is Friday 2nd June 2017.


Otago Deaf Aotearoa Office Hours

When: Monday – Thursday
Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm
Friday is by appointment only.
If you wish to make an appointment, please contact Michelle or Rebecca.
Michelle Sinclair
Text: 021 471 033
Rebecca Aitcheson
Mobile: 021 276 5646

Thieves’ Alley Market Day

Where: The Octagon and surroundings streets
When: Saturday 11th February
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Restrictions: All ages
Admission: Free

Dunedin Night Noodle Markets

Where: Kensington Oval, Ardmore Drive, Dunedin, Otago
When: Wednesday 22nd February, 4.00pm – 10.00pm
            Thursday 23rd February, 4.00pm – 10.00pm
            Friday 24th February, 4.00pm – 10.00pm
            Saturday 25th February, 1.00pm – 10.00pm
            Sunday 26th February, 1.00pm – 10.00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Admission: Free
Food will range from $5 - $15
Cash and EFTPOS.
Night Noodle Markets comes to Dunedin in February 2017!
For five nights, a range of high-quality food vendors will offer delicious, authentic Asian meals from a hawker-style market in The Kensington Oval.

Farmers Market

Where: Railway Station
When: Saturday start 8.00am-12.30pm
Restrictions: All ages
Admission: Free


Southland Rodeo

Where: 434 Otreti Beach Road, Invercargill, Southland
When: Sunday 12th February 2017
Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Costs: Adults - $15
            Children under 16 - $5
            Door sales only
The top cowboys and cowgirls from around New Zealand will battle it out in the Southland Rodeo arena against the clock and animals for points towards N.Z Standings.

Youth Group

Are you interested in attending an after school Youth/support group for families and children?
A start date is in the process and will be confirmed soon.
If yes, please contact Rebecca.
Text: 021 255 4905