National News

New Zealand Deaf Games

The New Zealand Deaf Games 2014 will be held in Christchurch during Labour Weekend. We have not finalised the timetable yet.

We are not sure if there are enough teams or athletes for each sport. That is why it it important that you contact your Regional Sports Zone and let them know you are interested to play sport. The deadline for this is 1st May 2014. After the 1st of May, the Regional Sports Zones will contact Deaf Sports New Zealand and let them know how many teams and athletes for each sport. Then we can confirm a timetable with the Host Committee.

Registration Fees are to paid in August/September.

Fundraising For WFDYS Children's Camp In Washington, D.C.

Zoe and Jemma have been chosen to represent New Zealand at the World Federation of the Deaf Children's Camp at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. Candice will be attending as a youth leader and Bridget as a volunteer interpreter.

The children's camp theme is "Imagination".

The campers will be involved in activities and workshops to develop leadership and advocacy skills through arts, film making, writing and signing.

The camp enables new friendships and the development of self-worth and pride in being Deaf.

These skills will benefit NZ Deaf youth on their return.

They are fundraising up to $8,000 for their trip. To support them, go to and make a donation.

The NZSL in Action Awards Gala tickets are now on SALE!!
Tickets include dinner, drinks package and entertainment.
Where: Te Papa (Te Marae, Level 4)
When: Saturday 17th May
Time: 6:30pm until 11:30pm

Buy your tickets from Eventfinda!

Te Papa Highlights Tour

Where: Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington
When: Sunday 18th May
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Cost:      Adult:  $10   (Standard price $14)
Children:  $5    (Standard price $7)
Interpreters will be provided.
Come and explore a selection of Te Papa’s exhibitions on this informative and engaging tour. 
The objectives of these tours are to:
  • Introduce the main exhibits and exhibition spaces in Te Papa
  • An overall orientation of the museum to allow people to explore on their own
  • Natural History: earthquakes, volcanoes, animal and plant life
  • Social and cultural history: first arrivals (Māori), the Treaty of Waitangi and colonisation and migration
  • And much more
If you are going to the New Zealand Sign Language In Actions Awards Gala on Saturday 17th May, you can come to this tour as well!  Just book your flight back home on Sunday afternoon.

Northland News

Anzac Day services

“Old soldiers never die, they just fade away”. General Douglas MacArthur (1951).
Whangarei service is held at 5am in Laurie Hall Garden by Farmers.

Kamo service is held at 10am at Kamo War Memorial Hall, corner of Boswell and Grant Streets.

RSAs will be open after the services.
Everything will be closed on Anzac Day. Some shops will reopen after 12pm.

Holland Festival

When: Saturday 26 Apr, 12:00pm
Where: Quarry Arts Centre, 21 Selwyn Ave, Whangarei

Entry is free when you wear something orange, otherwise you can buy something orange at the door for only $2.

Koningsdag (King’s Day: celebrating the Dutch King's birthday) is a national holiday in the Netherlands (Holland). It is one of the most extraordinary and colourful events in the world: literally a whole country turns orange and parties!

Come and see the kids' market: find out what the kids have for sale, play one of their games, or see them busk. Enter the traditional games competition, games for children and adults!

There will be live music, performance, story telling and Dutch food stalls.

Queensland Fruit Fly update

Biosecurity has cancelled the restrictions.

No other Queensland fruit fly has been found in last three weeks.

You are now free to move around.

Auckland News

Chocolate And Coffee Show

When: Saturday 3rd May 2014 to Sunday 4th  May 2014, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Where: The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland
Phone Sales: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)
Dark, delicious  chocolate and coffee is a food match made in heaven.

Visitors can indulge their love of chocolate and coffee with cooking demonstrations, tastings and live entertainment - a magnificent menu of things to see, taste and buy.

Chocolate in all its forms will be presented for your pleasure – including drinking chocolate, cooking chocolate, handmade truffles, cupcakes, sauces, gateaux, chocolate dipped fruit, chocolate bars and many other temptations.

Coffee from all over the world is roasted and blended in New Zealand by artisan coffee roasters.

New Electric Trains

On Monday 28th of April, the first of our new electric trains will be rolled out on the Onehunga Line. This marks a defining moment for the future of Auckland.

For more information on the new electric trains and for the schedule for roll-out on other lines on the network, click here
We hope to see you there!
Auckland Transport

Workshops On The Wharf - School Holiday Programme

What: Our popular Workshops on the Wharf school holiday programme will keep the kids busy these holidays! Come and play with skipping ropes, skittles, hula hoops, scavenger hunts and more.

Workshops on the Wharf are free drop-in sessions and run every day throughout the school holidays (except Saturdays) in the play space in Wynyard Quarter:

  • Friday 25 April - Come and Play: Long ropes, skipping ropes, skittles, basket balls, chalk, hula hoops and scavenger hunts
  • Sunday 27 April - Make and Take: Paper planes
  • Monday 28 April - Come and Play: Long ropes, skipping ropes, skittles, basket balls, chalk, hula hoops and scavenger hunts
  • Tuesday 29 April - Come and Play: Long ropes, skipping ropes, skittles, basket balls, chalk, hula hoops and scavenger hunts
  • Wednesday 30 April - Come and Play: Long ropes, skipping ropes, skittles, basket balls, chalk, hula hoops and scavenger hunts
  • Thursday 1 May - Come and Play: Long ropes, skipping ropes, skittles, basket balls, chalk, hula hoops and scavenger hunts
  • Friday 2 May - Come and Play: Long ropes, skipping ropes, skittles, basket balls, chalk, hula hoops and scavenger hunts
  • Sunday 4 May - Come and Play: Long ropes, skipping ropes, skittles, basket balls, chalk, hula hoops and scavenger hunts.
Where:  Wynyard Quarter, Corner of Halsey and Jellicoe Street
Cost:  Free
Website: Your Waterfront

Growing For Health - Teaching Gardens

What:  Learn how to grow your own vegetables at your local park for free.

Next courses start April 2014.

Teaching gardens are established at different parks around south Auckland to help teach residents basic gardening techniques that can be taken back to the home.

Gardening plots (5x5m in size) are established at the sites listed below and each plot will be allocated to participants to grow vegetables for a season. Participants will be taught basic gardening skills from seed germination through to growing and harvesting.  Participants will be able to keep the produce grown. Access to a gardening plot is free. Gardening tools are available and there are mentors on-site. Limited spaces - see below to register.
When:  Next courses start in April 2014 and run until September 2014
 Where:  Courses available at these locations:
  • East Tamaki Reserve, 244R East Tamaki Road, Otara
  • Middlemore Reserve, 67R Swaffield Road, Papatoetoe
  • Old School Reserve, 299R Kirkbride Road, Mangere
  • Stadium Reserve, Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe
  • Maich Park 95R Maich Road, Manurewa
  • Charntay Park, 66R Charntay Avenue, Clover Park, Otara
Cost: Free

To register please contact Stephanie McLeod - call 09 261 8137 or email

Roller Derby

What: Women on roller skates crashing into each other.
Where: YMCA, 149 Greys Ave, Auckland
When: Saturday 26th April 2014, 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Tickets: $15.00
Additional fees may apply
0800 BUY TIX (289 849)
Website: Auckland Roller Derby

Auckland Roller Derby is back for our 2014 season harder, stronger and faster than ever, and ready to take on Christchurch's Dead End Derby in their third annual season opener.

If you've never been to a roller derby game before, now's your chance to come and see the sport for yourself. Since landing in New Zealand in 2006, roller derby has gone from strength to strength.

Auckland Roller Derby's first match up of the year is against South Island battlers Dead End Derby..

Auckland Roller Derby is coming out of a 2013 season packed with excellent game play against national and international teams, ending the season with 2nd place in the finals of New Zealand's national roller derby tournament, Derby Royale.

Kids Arts Festival

When? Saturday 17th of May from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where? Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland
How much? Free!

This year Deaf Aotearoa is collaborating with other Deaf organisations to hold events during NZSL Week which we “celebrate” NZSL, Deaf culture and give Deaf and  hearing New Zealanders the opportunity to “communicate” and “connect”. One of these events is the Kids Art Festival.

Corban Estate Arts Centre is organising the Kids Art Festival and there will be lots of fun activities throughout the day.  One such activity is that children can join in and make a 3D butterfly with Deaf art tutor, Addisu Weyessa and Glenys Dowell, AUT interpreting student. Nicola Clements from Odd Sock Productions will be stage manager for an exciting line up of Deaf performances from 10:30am for ½ hour. 

Using art and performance, the aim of the festival is to educate children about the five senses, hearing, sight, taste, smell and touch. It will show children what it's like to be Deaf or blind and live without being able to use one of those senses.

Don’t miss out!  Come along as early as possible, for the opening ceremony at 10:00am.

If you would like to volunteer and help with this festival please contact:

For more information about this event, please contact Rachel Coppage:

Waikato News

Anzac Day Dawn Parade

When:                  Friday 25 April, 5:30am
Where: Memorial Drive, Hamilton

Anzac Day is a day to remember all of our servicemen and women – their actions, their bravery, their sacrifice, and their ingenuity. It’s also a chance to reflect on the horrors of war and resolve to learn from the lessons and experiences of war.

Services are held at dawn and later in the morning. There is normally a march by returned and service personnel to the local war memorial where they are joined by other members of the community. Shops and bars remain closed on Anzac Day morning.   For more information, visit:

Be a part of Anzac Day commemorations on this important national day.  Find the location and time of an Anzac Day Service in your area.   Watch a collection of related videos at NZOnScreen.

Learn more about ANZACs, Gallipoli and New Zealand history at or

Inflatables In The Park

When:  Friday 2 May, 11am – 6:30pm
Where: Western Community Centre,  46 Hyde Avenue, Nawton, Hamilton
Restrictions:       All ages
Cost:      $5 per person.  Additional fees may apply.
Jump, bounce and slide on huge towering Inflatable Rides coming all the way from the Hawkes Bay, for just $5 per person to ride all day.  These rides can handle all ages so bring grandad. Just turn up and register on the day.  We also have selected fun rides for our under 5's.

This event is being organised and supported by our awesome local youth.

Thanks to the Sky City Hamilton Community Trust and the Todd Foundation for making this day possible.

Contact the centre for more info or call 8474873

Children’s Discovery Trail

When:  Friday 2 May, 12pm onwards
Where: Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive, SH1, Hamilton
Restrictions:       All ages
The Hamilton Gardens Discovery Trail will take children on a journey where they can explore an enchanting world of secret themed gardens.

Behind every door there is a magical story and a portal through time and to far-flung corners of the world. Explore a lush tropical garden, mystical ancient China or let their imaginations loose in the Renaissance Prince’s 16th century garden.

Download the free Discovery Trail sheet from the Hamilton Gardens’ website to see where the bees, hens and woodland critters are hiding.

Bay of Plenty News

Anzac Day

Anzac Day is a day to remember all of our servicemen and women - their actions, their bravery and their sacrifice. It's a chance for us all to remember the horrors of war and learn from the lessons and experiences of war.

If you want to learn more about Anzac's, Gallipoli and New Zealand history, visit or

Tauranga: Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui Dawn Service and Civic Service

When: Friday 25th April at 6:00am
Where: Cenataph, Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga (Marshall 5:50am)

Tauranga: Greerton

When: Friday 25th April at 6:00am
Where: Tauranga RSA Memorial, 1237 Cameron Road, Greerton, Tauranga

Dawn parade to assemble on Hayes Avenue at 5.45am to march off at 5.55am. Service begins at 6:00am at the RSA memorial at 1237 Cameron Road, Greerton.

All welcome.

Rotorua: Rotorua Museum

When: Friday 25th April at 7:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua

Cost: Adult $20.00, door sales only.

Following he dawn parade on Friday 25th April 2014, Rotorua Museum will open early from 7:00am.

Take time to remember those whose lives have been lost by writing a message on a poppy. These poppies can be added to their Anzac Day remembrance displays in various places around the Museum.

There will be a moving 28 Maori Battalion film which runs every 30 minutes.

Museum Cafe will be open from 9:00am for hot drinks, delicious Anzzc biscuits and all-day breakfast.

Rotorua: Energy Events Centre

When: Friday 25th April at 9:30am
Where: Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua

All welcome and its free


Dawn Service Parade from Whakatane Fishing Club and Service at Wairaka Marae.

Civic Service at the War Memorial Hall at 9:00am

BOP Deaf Club

The Family Day Out at Kulim Park for Saturday 26th April at 11:00am is cancelled due to lack of RSVP's.

Asics Sports, Health And Lifestyle Expo

Where: Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua
Friday 2nd May from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday 3rd May from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: Entry free

This is a first time expo on clothes and food all related to sports. Visit this expo and find out more.

There will be a food hall with different food. Visit this link for more information.

Taranaki News

Vintage, Classic And Modern Car Show

Saturday 26 April

Time: 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Location: Stratford Showgrounds, Stratford

Presented by the Taranaki Vintage Car Club in association with the annual Maunga Moana Car Rally.

Featuring vintage, classic and modern cars, bikes, vintage machinery and swap meet.

Prices: Adults $8, family $15
Contact: Les
Phone: 06-759 1270

2014 R/C Streetstock Teams Nationals

Saturday 26 April

Time: 10.00am
Location: Old Okato Cheese Factory, 2457 South Road, Okato, Okato

Action packed 1/10th scale electric radio control streetstock teams racing at its very best. Teams from all around the country come to take on Taranaki's best. Come see the current National Teams Champions the "Stratford Scrappers" defend the title, along with the "Stratford Stormers" in team-against-team R/C racing. Based on the full sized streetstock teams racing, this event will be full on and exciting for anyone who comes to watch....suitable for all ages.

Prices: Free
Contact: Erin Young
Phone: 027 4712241

The Imaginative Life And Times Of Graham Percy

Saturday 26 April - Sunday 08 June

Time: See our opening times
Location: Puke Ariki, New Plymouth

Don't miss the charming anarchic illustrations of the well-respected but little-known Taranaki artist Graham Percy.

Percy, who was born in Stratford in 1938, illustrated over 100 children's books, including Gerald Durrell's Fantastic Flying Journey, and editions of Wind in the Willows, Aesop’s Fables and Arabian Nights.

Though Percy was based in London for most of his life until his death in 2008, the kiwi was a common character in his work.

The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy includes a series of drawings of anthropomorphised kiwis making their way around the world - in Venice in a gondola, dressed in Russian garb, and two Parisian kiwis examining a carved stone kiwi on a gothic building.

The exhibition draws on the vast body of drawings and illustrations that he left behind and pays tribute to the art of drawing, to the exquisite beauty of the hand-drawn line, to the ink pen and the lead pencil.

Prices: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06-759 6060


Monday 28 April

Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Location: Puke Ariki, New Plymouth

Experience Puke Ariki at sundown and help celebrate the opening of the TSB Bank Surf Festival!

Grab a friend, check out our current exhibition Surf: Shaping Taranaki, have a drink, socialise, try your hand at creating something or just kick back and enjoy the sounds of local band Northbound Shift.

Photo Booth Fun will be there, so grab a friend and capture the moment in a photo booth!

Cash bar available, bring your ID.

Prices: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06-759 6060

#glittertree Community Photo Gallery

Saturday 8 February - Sunday 27 July

Time: Anytime
Location: Boatshed Lawn, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

We would love you to share your experiences with Reuben Paterson's The Golden Bearing, a life-sized, gold-glittered tree sculpture that has taken root and is flourishing on the Boatshed Lawn in New Plymouth's Pukekura Park.

Taking part is easy, simply:

1. Like /GovettBrewster on Facebook
2. Capture your best photo under The Golden Bearing
3. Upload to Facebook or Twitter, tag with #glittertree

So, what did you do under the #glittertree?

Share your photos with us today



*All #glittertree images will go through an approval process before appearing on the Gallery media sites

Prices: Free
Phone: 067596060

Hawkes Bay News

Age On The Go Expo

Age on the Go Expo is organise by the Age Concern Napier.

Where;              Napier War Memorial Centre, Marine Parade Napier
When;               Thursday 8th May 10am – 2pm
Entry;               Free.
Everything you need to know about retirement living, over 50 exhibitors (stalls) with information on how to remain happy, healthy, involves and safe as we age.

This can be for you or for your parent.  Why not go out for a day and go to Napier War Memorial Hall and meet some new and wonderful people. 

You never know you might pick up some valuable and important information from there.

Deaf Aotearoa NZ will have a stall there so why not come and see us there.


If you involves in car accident or have any accidents that have damages, it doesn’t matter if it is your fault or the other person fault.
This is what you must do;
  1. If accident is serious, you wait for the Police to arrive, do not move anything.  Police will give you report of accident.
  2. If accident is not that serious but have damages; then you must;
    • Write date and time of accident
    • Ask if they have insurance, if yes what insurance are they with.
    • get the person full name (best to ask for driver license and write everything on paper what on their driver license.)
    • Get their address, contact details
    • Write their car detail, registration plate, colour, model etc
    • If you have camera, take some photos
    • If you have witnesses, get their names and address and contact details too
    • Then you must go and see your insurance as soon as possible and put your insurance claim in.
I hope this is helpful. 

Please do have pen and pad handy in your car.  If you have a camera or text phone that take photos, do have that handy with you too.

Children’s Arts Expo

Where;              MTG Hawke's Bay, 1 Tennyson St, Napier
When;               Monday 28 April 2014, 10:00am – Friday 2 May 2014, 1:00pm
Entry;               Gold coin
Creative Napier's Children's Arts Expo's Easter holiday arts and crafts activities will be run daily from the foyer at the MTG. A different arts activity will be available every day, suitable for children of all ages.
The projects are free, but a gold coin donation is very welcome to help offset the costs of the material

Havelock Handmade Market

Where;              Village Court,, 27 Te Mata Rd, Havelock North, Havelock North
When;               Every 1st Saturday of each month - Saturday 1 February 2014, 9:00am – Saturday 6 December 2014, 1:00pm
A quality handmade market, full of vibrant craftspeople who create their products with care and skill. All stall holders are Hawke's Bay locals who produce their goods themselves.

Items you will find: Children's clothing, oil paintings, lavender products, cushions, bunting, jewellery, woollen & paper accessories to name just a very few.

If you are looking for a piece that is truly unique and totally handcrafted, then this is the market for you.
Stroll through the court and chat to the locals, grab a coffee at @E's Cafe or a fresh juice from Sujus.
1st Saturday of the month. In the middle of the Village Court, Te Mata Road, Havelock North.

Manawatu News

New Zealand Sign Language Week

Check out our local events on

Two fantastic new tours organised this year - they are TUI BREWERY TOUR and GUIDED TOUR AT PUKANA MOUNT BRUCE

Check out those events on the website and contact Lianna to secure your spot on this tour!! Lets hope we get a great number of people interested and attending those events!

We are aware some of you will be working during those tours, dont let that stop you, put in your annual leave and come and join us!

It's our week, its our language, lets get together to celebrate and check out the tours as those tours will have Interpreters present!*

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Manawatu Deaf Society

When: Friday 25th April
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55a Totara Road, Palmerston North

ANZAC DAY - Yes the club is open, come along for the club night and some fun games, please bring your own drinks as the bar is not open this month.

Palmerston North Lunch Club

When: Monday 28th April
Time: 12.00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa NZ, 74 The Square, Level 2 United Building, Palmerston North

Bring your lunch and come along and mix and mingle.

We will provide Coffee and Tea. Hope to see you there

St Dominic's Deaf Ex Pupils 50th Celebrations

Saturday 31st May 2014

7.00 pm to 1.00 am

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

$20 per person includes food, cake etc, bar will be open for you to purchase your drinks

No presents please. If you wish to attend this event please complete attached flier, details are on this form.

St Dominic's School For The Deaf
70th Anniversary Reunion

Queens Birthday Weekend, Saturday 31st May

Starts at 10am

There are numerous events on this day at different locations.

For most details please see the flier attached.

Deadline for registration is 9th May, please act now!

Wellington News

Fun – Biotics

Props and imagination are all you need these holidays to create your very own robot friend. Using tin-cans, magnets and pipe cleaners you can design your own robot-themed character! Then it’s time to give your robot a personality with colour and accessories.

Start the day with a short tour of Carter Observatory and to end the workshop, enjoy the brand new Planetarium show Tilt for a great end to a very creative day.

When: Tuesday 22 April
                Thursday 24 April
                Thursday 1 May
                Friday 2 May
Time: 11.30am – 1.45pm
Where: Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Kelburn, Wellington
Cost: $20

Everyone welcome!
Ticket Information:

Per person: $20.00
Buy Tickets
Additional fees may apply


E For Everywhere – Capital E School Holiday Programme

A fun fusion of imaginative workshops across the Capital with several activities to keep kids out of boredom! Activies such as: Game On, Matiu/Somes, Fun Biotics, Totes Boats, Pinball Whizzer, Creative Brains.

Each event are on different dates and times. There are charges for each activities. Please visit website to find out more about the events, inclusions, age restrictions, prices, date and times.

ANZAC DAY - Lest We Forget

Wellingtonians are invited to join in the Anzac Day commemorations on Friday.

The Anzac Dawn Service of Remembrance and Hope will begin with a Dawn Service at the Cenotaph, where we remember the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. The parade will assemble at the junction of Bunny Street and Lambton Quay at 5.30am. Conducted by the Wellington Returned and Services Association (RSA) the march to the Cenotaph will be at 5.40am.

Following the service, the parade will march back up to Pipitea Marae where there will be refreshments and Anzac biscuits. A vigil will be mounted at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior by a New Zealand Defence Force Catafalque Guard from dawn to dusk.

Events for the rest of the day are:
  • 9am Parade forms up in Wellington Cathedral car park on Hill Street to march to the Cathedral of St Paul
  • 9.30am Citizens Service at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul and address by the Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown
  • 10.15am Citizens wreath laying service at Cenotaph
  • 11am National Commemorative and Wreath Laying Service at Parliament Grounds
  • 2pm Wreath laying ceremony at the Atatũrk Memorial, Tarakena Bay
  • 2.30pm Organ recital by Timothy Hurd QSM, carillonist, at the National War Memorial
  • 6pm NZDF bugler playing the ‘Last Post’ at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
Please note – no service will be held at the National War Memorial in Buckle Street this year because of the construction work going on to develop the new National War Memorial Park and traffic underpass. The park, which is the Government’s key First World War centenary project, will be the venue for the Dawn Service and National Commemorative Service next year. Anzac Day 2015 will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

For more detailed information, visit: Events - ANZAC Day 2014

St Kilda v Brisbane Lions AFL Game

Last year St Kilda played the Sydney Swans in Wellington in the first regular season game of Australian rules football played outside Australia, and we are excited to welcome St Kilda back to Wellington for the second year running.

Australian Rules football is a fast-moving, high energy game, with 36 players on the field and lots of action – plenty of spectacular kicking, running and jumping.

For new spectators, it can be daunting at first, but you’ll soon be shouting advice from the stands like a born-and-bred Melbournian!

An AFL game on Anzac Day isn’t just a tradition, it has become arguably the biggest day outside the Grand Final on the football calendar.

Following the success of last year’s Anzac Day match in Wellington, the agreement between Wellington City Council and St Kilda to host the annual game has been extended to 2018.

Adult tickets are available from from just $25.

The big AFL match on Friday is just the start of a huge weekend of sport in the capital. Westpac Stadium will revert to a more familiar layout for a Super Rugby clash between the Wellington Hurricanes and the Queensland Reds on Saturday.

Nelson News

Nelson AGM

Nelson Deaf Inc. Would like to thank all those who attended the AGM on Sunday 13th April at 1pm.

Here is the new Committee for the Nelson Deaf Inc:
  • President: Robbie Robbinson.
  • Vice President: Rachel Summers
  • Treasurer: Robert Hewison
  • Secretary: Rachel Summers
  • Committee:
    • Cathy Gutschlag
    • Wendy Brydon
    • Andrew Miller

The ANZAC Experience

Friday 25th April 10am-4pm
Saturday 26th April 10am-4pm
Sunday 27th April 10am-4pm.

Where: Founders Heritage Park 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson
Cost: $5.00

A living history experience of trench warfare & life in war time, displays, children's activities, street performances & poetry readings.

From the moment you enter Founder's Heritage Park, experience total First World War immersion.

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of First World War trenches with a working field kitchen, bunk room and first aid room.

See a reconstruction of Tapawera Training Camp, complete with drill and kit inspections.

Witness a conscientious objector as he stands up to officialdom for his beliefs.

Hear street performances of original songs highlighting mothers, daughters and sisters waving their men off to war and surviving without them.

Join the' Resistance Challenge' and try the 'Uncrackable Code Competition'. Guards demand ID papers so make sure you have your 'Lest We Forget ID papers' to hand!

children's fete, 'Walls of Remembrance' static displays, storyboards, multi-media projection, live poetry readings and much, much more.

Nayland College Community Education

Nayland Community college is offering New Zealand Sign Language classes here in Nelson.

Tuesday 13th May Level 1B
Wednesday 14th May 1A
Thursday 15th May 2A

Time:  at 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Cost: $95 for a 8 week course.
Where: Nayland College 166 Nayland Road Stoke
Tel: 03- 547 9769

Or go to the website

Canterbury News

New Zealand Sign Language Week
Canterbury/Westlands Events

Your local Community Relation Officer, Victoria Walters, is currently working on events and please do keep an eye out for our events in the next few weeks for:-
  • NZSL got Talent
  • Craft Group Fundraising

Tuesday And Saturday Craft Group

Please note that there will be no Craft Group on Saturday 3rd May or Tuesdays further notice and Della Buzzard and Victoria Walters will be in touch with the Craft Group.

Mosaic Class

When: Thursday 1st May, 6.00 to 8.00 pm (some costs involved)
RSVP to Della Buzzard, if interested  – first in first served as numbers are limited.

Deaf Men’s Shed Visit To Halswell Men’s Shed Exploration

When: Saturday 17th May, 10.30 am to 12.00 pm
RSVP to Della Buzzard, if interested for more information
Email - or text 021 276 5545 or skype Della Buzzard

School Holidays Event

Something to do with your child/ren during the school holidays at Botanic Gardens?
What: Scavenger Hunt, pick up bags from Botanic Gardens Information Centre and see how many autumn treasures your child/ren find and collect. Suitable for children aged between 3 to 12 years old.

Otago News

Deaf Social Night

When:  Friday 2nd May
Where:  Otago Deaf Centre
Time:  7.00pm – 10.00pm

Deaf Society AGM Meeting

When:  Sunday 4th May
Where:  Otago Deaf Centre
Time:  10.00am – 12.00pm

After 12.00pm there will be barbeque lunch and please don’t forget food that Nicki have ask you bring to share.

New Zealand Sign Language Week Party

When: Saturday 10th May
Where: Deaf Centre Manor Place
Time: 6.30pm
Cost: $10 per person for dinner and supper
Theme: Cowboys and Indians

Come and join us for an evening of fun, food, games and special guests

RSVP to Fi at Deaf Aotearoa Office by 30th April

Text: 021 276 5646

New Zealand Sign Language Week
Signed Tour of Speights Brewery

When: Friday 16th May
Where: Speights Brewery
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Cost: $22 per person

RSVP to Fi at Deaf Aotearoa Office by 30th April

Text: 021 276 5646

Minimum of 10 people maximum of 18 people

A fully signed tour of the revamped Speights Brewery just for the Deaf Community.

The Speight’s Brewery Tour is an award winning interactive and informative guided tour through our historic working brewery. If you like beer, you’ll love this tour. But it’s just as rewarding for history buffs or those seeking to discover a few secrets from our brewers.

On the tour you’ll see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients that go into making Speight’s beers - and of course get to sample some for yourself.

Southland News

Volunteers Needed

NZSL Week runs from 12th -18th  if you want to be a part of the Celebrations and Events and can offer some of your time , come a have chat to Rebecca at the Office .

My Favorite Sign

What’s Your Favorite Sign ?

My favorite Sign is a fun way for everyone to get involved with New Zealand Sign Language Week .

If you would like to get involved come in and see Rebecca and I can Video and Upload for you onto the website or alternatively you can submit yourself and upload onto Deaf Aotearoas NZSL Week website .

Pick a sign that means something to you, Video yourself signing it , upload…Easy .!


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Where :  Workermans Club
When:     27th April 2014
Time:       2pm –

May Day

What :        Health and Disability Expo
Where :     Workermans Club (fully accessible , lift available )
When :       Saturday 3rd May 2014
Time :         10am -3pm
Cost :           Free  Health Checks ,Blood Pressure ,Blood Sugars ,etc
                      Free Tote Bags for first 1000 visitors
                      Free competitions, prizes and giveaways .
60 Exhibitors on hand to provide health and disability assistance , info and products at this fun day out.