CommUNITY Weekly News

Hello <<First Name>>, here is your CommUNITY Weekly newsletter from Deaf Aotearoa's <<Your local Office>> office.


Deadline extended: Tutors for NZSL Week taster classes

Applications now open until Friday 30th January 2015. Apply now!

We are looking for people who are:

  • Confident giving public presentations
  • Fluent in NZSL or use NZSL on a regular basis
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, interpreters, families of Deaf children, etc
  • Passionate about Deaf culture, NZSL Week and teaching NZSL
  • Available during the month of May 2015

As a NZSL Week tutor you will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain work experience
  • Earn some extra money
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun being part of the biggest week of celebrations in 2015

How do I apply?

Complete the easy online form.

If you did not teach taster classes last year you will need to complete the online form then send us your CV and a NZSL video explaining why you want to be a tutor. The video is for us to assess your NZSL skills. Contact your local Community Relations Officer for assistance.

Tutors will be required to attend unpaid training sessions between March and April.

For more information or any questions contact your local Community Relations Officer or email:

Ministry of Education e-books in NZSL

The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Deaf Aotearoa, have seven e-books available in NZSL. They are great resources for keeping your children entertained over the holidays!

National Deaf Rugby Championships

When: Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th April
Where: Christchurch Park, 250 Westminster Street, Mairehau, Christchurch
Cost: Free entry (gold coin donations)


  • Good Friday (3rd April) - Southern vs Central
  • Easter Saturday (4th April) - Southern vs Northern
  • Easter Sunday (5th April) - Northern vs Central
All matches kick off at 1:30pm.

Sign up to receive Able newsletters

Able has a weekly newsletter about their captioning service. If you are interested in joining their mailing list you can go here and click on "Click here" in the last bullet point.

Can you beat the Sign Ninja high score?

Currently the high score of 22,265 is held by Shadow. Wow!

Can you beat his high score? You can play Sign Ninja online from your PC, tablet or smartphone!

Deaf Development Fund grants for WFD Congress

The Deaf Development Fund invites applications for grants to attend the XVII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf in Istanbul in July 2015.

A maximum of $21,000 is available for distribution. The amount per grant will depend on the individual situation and merits of the application.

Applications close Monday 9th February. Applications will not be accepted after this date. 

You can find the application form here:

For any enquiries please email

NZ Deaf Blacks vs Australia Silent Knights

When: Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June
Where: Christchurch Park, 250 Westminster Street, Mairehau, Christchurch

Programme (TBC)

Friday: Welcome TBC
Saturday: Open night TBC
Sunday: Kick off 1pm; Social event TBC

Japan Deaf Rugby vs NZ Deaf Blacks

When: Autumn (Novemeber) 2015 (TBC)

There will be two tests. More information to come later this year.



CCS workshop for disability rights

Free workshop about New Zealand law and legislation.
Where: CCS Disability Action, 291 Kamo Road, Whangarei
When: Wednesday 28th January
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm (lunch provided at 12.30pm)
Cost: Free
Important: Are you interested? Please let me know so interpreters can be organised.
Text me on 021 540 191 or email

TEC workshops

Christmas is finished, are you ready for 2015 TEC workshops?

Are you interested but can't make it because of work?

Please let me know if you would like to attend and I’ll try and organise different times.
Text: 021 540 191

New Zealand's best waterslides!

Great summer fun — cool down in the water.

Don't forget to bring cash if you want to buy lunch.
Where: Town Basin
When: Every day until Wednesday 21st January
Cost: $8 for one hour (buy tickets next to the waterslide)

Happy New Year!

Yay for a fresh start for 2015!

Happy new year from Deaf Aotearoa Auckland and South Auckland offices.

We have a exciting year to look forward to with NZSL week coming in May.

Deaf Aotearoa staff are looking forward to delivering excellent service.

Please remember to contact us to make an appointment to see a staff member. Or you can come into the office and a staff member will make appointment for you on a later date. You can see a service coordinator, employment consultant, youth worker, Māori development officer, community relations officer or another staff member.

Our offices are open on Monday to Thursday and closed on Friday. You can contact us to make an appointment to see a staff member on a Friday if you have a good reason why you can not come on another day.

Movies in Parks

When: Saturday 10th January to end of March

Movies in Parks have fantastic programmes of free movies and entertainment.

It happens every Friday and Saturday evening all over Auckland. There is something for everyone, with everything from blockbusters to animation movies to home-grown flicks. Please check the age restriction if you are bringing children.

Movie starting times depend on sunset times. So come early to secure your spot in some of Auckland's most stunning parks.  Have a picnic there.

Check their website, Facebook and Twitter for the nearest location and more information. If the weather is dodgy check their Facebook page for updates.

Splash break-away Holiday Programme – January 2015

When: 14th, 15th, 20th, 21th and 22nd January
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Massey Park, 2 Ron Keat Drive, Auckland

Free pool-based fun and learning for 11 to 17-year-olds to help them strengthen swimming skills and learn how to keep themselves and their mates safe around water. Previous water experience not required. Activities include water polo, snorkelling, learn to swim, aquatic games, surf safety and water safety, delivered by qualified and experienced instructors. Lunch included.  Registration is essential. Attend any date of your choice or all dates.

For more information please email

There are similar events at different venues:
  • Point Erin Pool Reserve: Shelley Beach Road, Auckland
  • Franklin Sport Swim and Fitness: 29 Franklin Road, Auckland

Interested in learning how to dive?

Dive With Sly is a specialised diving programme for people with disabilities, including Deaf people.

There are some free 'try dive' sessions available in January and February in Auckland.

There are also diving courses available. It may be possible to have courses fully funded at no cost to participants.

If you are interested in finding out more you can contact Sly ( or see their website (

South Auckland

Keeping healthy: Labtests presentation

A representative from Labtests will come and give presentation about how to understand your blood screening test results. The presentation will last two hours and will include time for questions and answers.

You may have low iron, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc and want to understand more about it.

When: Wednesday 4th February
Time: 10:00am to 12:00am
Where: Friendship House, 20 Putney Way, Manukau City

For more information, please contact

Please RSVP before 30th January if you are coming.

Stir it Up (this Saturday)

This is a reminder that this Saturday we are organising our Stir It Up event again. It is a great opportunity for all hearing people who want to refresh their sign language. Bring your friends, family or whānau.

When: Saturday 17th January
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where:  Deaf Aotearoa, Level 1, Westfield Mall, Manukau

See flyer for more upcoming dates and information.


Dates to book in your calendar

  • Friday 30 January: NZSL Week tutor applications close
  • Tuesday 10 February: Stir It Up
  • Wednesday 11 February: Visit to Raglan… Cuppa and catch up
  • Monday 16 February: Setting up a budget TEC course

Welcome Back - 2015 Vision for Deaf Aotearoa Hamilton

Kia ora and welcome to a new year: 2015!

We hope everyone had a great holiday! Thank you to those of you that have already come in to the office to share your news about where you have been and what you have been doing. Some Deaf have been travelling far, some been working hard at home, some visiting friends and eating and drinking, some swimming and sun tanning, and some camping and fishing. Great news!

I hope the excitement can continue as we look forward to our 2015 events together.

So what’s happening? What is Deaf Aotearoa's Hamilton office planning for 2015?

We have a fresh start to our TEC courses…  For example:
  1. Budgeting: Maybe you have debts that you would like to get rid of, so you can finally start saving money. Then this course will be great for you! It will help you to set up a budget that works for you and your family.
  2. Driving licences: People have been interested in getting their learners licence or their motorbike licence. Or how about getting your passport done so you can travel overseas? What do you think?
  3. Technology: This year I will be out and about promoting the Video Remote Interpreter (VRI) technology to many schools, healthcare providers and other government agencies. But first, I would like to share this important information with Deaf so you can see the benefits and then encourage different places that you visit, to have it set up there.
Also, we have NZSL Week to look forward to during 4th to 10th May. I hope more of you will apply to be tutors. I will need some volunteers for our many workshops that we will be running for the week.

Kayte also has a few things up and running with the Deaf community also.
We really want 2015 to be the year for greater things in Hamilton. So we look forward to your support, helping hands, and many warm smiling faces to come visit and share your ideas.

Deaf Theatre workshops in the Waikato

In February 2015, there will be a great opportunity for the Waikato Deaf community to get involved in free drama/theatre workshops.

There is also a chance to be selected for a live paid performance in May 2015.

Read more to find out. Very exciting! Get involved!

Signing at the Cook

Come along to the Signing at the Cook catch up!
  • When: Thursday, 26th February from 5:00pm 6:30pm
  • Where: The Cook Café and Bar, 7 Cook Street, Hamilton (opposite Steele Park)
  • Why: Enjoy chatting! Meet other Deaf people. Help others practice their NZSL skills. Be a signing role model. Promote Deaf culture in the community. Meet others learning NZSL.
  • Who: All welcome! There will be NZSL adult students there that will love to meet and sign with you.
Bay of Plenty

Deaf Aotearoa Bay of Plenty office closed

Reminder: The office will be closed on Monday 26th January due to Auckland Anniversary.

Video Remote Interpreting

Do you go to parent/teacher meetings at school? Do you visit your local medical centre or hospital? Do you go to an optometrist to get your eyes checked? Do you need a video interpreter for your appointment?

Please visit Deaf Aotearoa to pick up a request form and tell us where you would like access to a free video interpreter. Your Community Relations Officer will tell you more about VRI.

Do you want an appointment with Child, Youth and Family? Video Remote Interpreting is available at Child, Youth and Family's office at Level 1, West Plaza, 78-96 Grey Street, Tauranga.

Text: 029 286 7170
Free fax: 0800 621 621

Want to know more about VRI? Go to:

Dinner in the Domain

Hungry? Dinner in the Domain is a weekly food market with a choice of varieties that you can eat. Have a break from cooking and head down to the Domain!

Where: Papamoa Beach Domain, Papamoa Beach Road, Tauranga
When: Every Thursday until 26th March
Time: 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Bark in the Park

Do you have a dog? Do you want your dog to meet other dogs? Then go to Waipuna Park for a morning of fun! There will be a play truck, tennis balls, play course, doggie dress ups, more tennis balls, prizes, giveaways and… even more tennis balls!  

Where: Waipuna Park, Kaitemako Road, Welcome Bay, Tauranga
When: Saturday 17th January
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Awareness workshop

A programme designed to give people insight into life with a disability looking into the following three areas:-
  1. Approachability
  2. Accessibility
  3. Usability
  • Wednesday 25th February
  • Wednesday 25th March
  • Wednesday 29th April
  • Wednesday 27th May
  • Wednesday 24th June
Time: 1:00pm to 3:30pm 
Where: Taranaki Disabilities Information Centre Trust                 
Cost: Free
Please contact to register your attendance on any one of these workshops dates.

King of the Mountain

  • Saturday 17th January: Juniors and Minis
  • Sunday 18th January: Seniors, Vets and Women
Time: 7:30am to 5:00pm
Location: 566 Barrett Motorcycle Park, Barrett Road, New Plymouth

The Taranaki Motorcycle Club is holding its annual motocross signature event proudly sponsored by Mach1Yamaha. There are trophies and prize money totalling $5,000.00 up for grabs.

BBQ food and drinks available.

Come along and watch some exciting racing. A great day out for the whole family.

Entry Fee: Gold coin donation
Contact: Carla Read
Phone: 06 759 0930 ext 709

Balsom Park Family Picnic Guided Walk

When: Sunday 18th January
Time: 11.00am to 2.00pm
Location: Balsom Park, New Plymouth

Come and explore this beautiful reserve in New Plymouth, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about this hidden gem. Bring your family for a picnic lunch and a paddle in the Waiwhakiaho River.

Bring a picnic lunch and a drink. Dogs are welcome - don't forget a doggy-doo bag and lead.

Grade: Easy
Prices: Free
Contact: Jill Miller
Phone: 759 6060

Waiwhakaiho Waggy Walk Guided Walk

When: Tuesday 20th January
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Location: Meet at the Waiwhakaiho Netball courts, New Plymouth

Join New Plymouth District Council's Animal Control Officer Frank Fenton for a walk alongside the beautiful Waiwhakaiho River with man's best friend. This is a return walk with the chance for the dogs to have a swim at the turnaround point.

Grade: Easy
Other: Bring a doggy-doo bag and a lead
Prices: Free
Contact: Jill Miller
Phone: 06 759 6060

Congratulations to Rory Gardiner

In late 2014 Inglewood Primary School student Rory Gardiner was awarded the NZ Federation for Deaf Children Excellence Award in Year 7. Rory, aged 12, has moderate-severe hearing loss as a result of the treatment he received for brain cancer in 2009.

Rory wears hearing aids, and has a sound field in his classroom to help him understand the teacher. Rory is a REACH rep at Inglewood Primary, modelling the REACH values (Respect, Expect, Achieve, Communicate, Hau ora) for other students at the school.

He works hard in the class room to complete the work to the best of his ability. He has a positive attitude to learning, and a cheeky sense of humour. He is a brave and determined individual. Rory does not let his disabilities define who he is, or restricts what he can achieve.   
My inspiration is my son Rory who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009.

To read about Rory's journey go to
Written for the Deaf community newsletter by Leigh Honnor (Rory’s mother).
Hawkes Bay
Happy New Year to you all.

Deaf Aotearoa Hawkes Bay

Lee Bullivant
Community Relation Officer and Employment Consultant
Text 021 459 005

Annette Scott
Service Coordinator
Text 021 641 996

Office hours

Monday to Wednesday: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Thursday and Friday Office closed – by appointments only.

Remember we are here to support and assist you. Come and see us, have a chat with us and see what we can do for you to make your 2015 a better year.

Gypsy Travellers Fair

Where: Anderson Park, Kennedy Road, Taradale, Napier
When: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th January from 9:00am to 4.00pm
Entry: Free

The Gypsy Travellers will be back at Anderson Park in Taradale to show and sell their crafts for the weekend from 9:00am till 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

They have candy floss, paint ball, bouncy castle, clothing, entertainment, hats, readings and lots more.

Hope to see you there.

Workbridge Funding

Don’t forget to update your funding and be ready for your next meeting/training at work or maybe your next job interview.

If you are looking for work and you get a job interview, you may want to have an interpreter there.

You need to fill out the Workbridge Training Support form.

If you are already working and have ongoing meetings or training sessions, you need to fill out the Workbridge Job Support form.

For both forms, you will need:
  • a copy of your driver license or passport
  • a letter of proof that you are Deaf (you can get a letter from Deaf Aotearoa)
  • (if working, you need a letter from your employer saying how many hours you are working each week)
For more information about Workbridge funding please see their website.

Important notes:

If you need an interpreter you need to have funds available first.

If there are no funds then you can’t book an interpreter.

It is easy to get this done, but it takes about two to four weeks to get your funding approved.

Once you have your funding approved you can book an interpreter.

Please contact Deaf Aotearoa if you wish to find out more about this.

Palmerston North Deaf Aotearoa

Our office will be closed on Monday 19th January due to Wellington Anniversary Day.

Manawatu Deaf Society

Manawatu Deaf Club Night

Manawatu Deaf Society will reopen.

When: Friday 23rd January
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: 7:30pm

Bring your own drinks! We will have a great time, so everyone come along and share your holiday experience and wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Manawatu Annual Picnic Day

When: Sunday 25th January
Where: Ashhurst Domain, Ashhurst
Time: 11:00am

Ashhurst Domain has a very large open space with many different activities to suit all sorts of people, from walking the dog to playing a game of rugby.

Come along and join us at Ashhurst for a picnic, to walk the dog, or just to sit and have a drink overlooking the wetlands.

This park is used for camping, rugby, soccer, walking dogs, family picnics, etc. It has a multipurpose sports ground and conservation area. There are toilets, BBQs and play equipment.

It will be a very hot day! So bring along some ice, sunscreen, outdoor games, an umbrella (although there are trees for shade at the park). Also there is a BBQ for you to use, so bring your own food and drink.

Children can go swimming in the river, however this will be the parents' responsibility to supervise them.  There will be a members' raffle and lollies for children attending.

Cochlear Cup: Deaf Rugby Match

When: Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June
Where: Christchurch Park, 250 Westminster Street, Mairehau, Christchurch

The plan for the weekend is:
  • Friday 12th June – Welcome
  • Saturday 13th June – Open night
  • Sunday 14th June – Kick off at 1:00pm and social event
It has not yet been confirmed where the welcome, open night and social event will be held.

However, if you are keen to attend, now is a good time to start saving!

For more information contact

Want to learn New Zealand Sign Language?

If you or someone you know wants to learn New Zealand Sign Language, there are courses available in Palmerston North.
  • Beginners start on Thursday 5th March = $100 per person
  • Advanced start on Monday 2nd March = $100 per person
This course is being run by a qualified Deaf Tutor. The workshop will be held at Kelvin Grove Community Hall, Kaimanawa Street, Palmerston North.

To register for any one of those workshops you can email or register online at

I have small flyers available if you wish to distribute this to people you know who may be interested in learning New Zealand Sign Language.


Welcome back

Happy New Year! We here at the Wellington office are back and open as usual but don’t forget Wellington Anniversary Day is Monday 19th January so the office  will be closed. Hope you all had a great holiday season and enjoy the long weekend!

Brian Parker

It gives us great sadness to announce Brian Parker has passed away in the afternoon of Thursday 15th January at Wellington Hospital.

His funeral will take place at St Anne's Church in Northland, Wellington next Wednesday 21st January at 2pm. 

An NZSL Interpreter is being organised.

All are welcome.

Wellington Pasifika Festival

Where: Waitangi Park, 107 Cable Street, Wellington
When: Saturday 17th January from 12:00pm to 6:00pm (Rain date: Monday 19th January)
Experience the sights, sounds and flavours of the Pacific with a day of traditional and contemporary music, performances, delicious food, and activities. The annual Wellington Pasifika Festival attracts more than 10,000 people and is a standout in both the wider Wellington region and on the national events calendars.

Capital E's The Great Scavenger Hunt 2015

Where: Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington
When: Sunday 18th January from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Cost: Gold coin donation
Crack the code and complete the clues to discover the popular waterfront locations that will have fun challenges waiting for you! With each activity you complete you’ll receive a unique stamp to add to your map. Collect all the stamps and you will go into the draw to win the ultimate prize pack!

Scavengers can start hunting at any of the locations along the route between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Along the way, some of Wellington’s best actors and performers will be on hand to provide entertainment, plus don’t miss the lunchtime performances and fancy dress parade under the sails in Queens Wharf Plaza.

Wellington, water, wind, whale… Jump into the spirit of the great hunt and come along dressed up as something beginning with the letter ‘W’ and be in to win spot prizes!

Petone Settlers 175th Anniversary

Where: Petone Foreshore, The Esplanade, Petone, Lower Hutt
When: Monday 19th January from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Come and celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Petone Settlers! Bring a picnic and join us for a family day of rich history, fun games and activities and musical entertainment!
  • Free horse and cart rides by the Horse & Carriage Establishment
  • Unearth hidden settler treasures in the Big Archaeological Dig
  • Live entertainment from 12:00 to 3:00pm featuring Niko Ne Zna and the Wellington Sea Shanty Society
  • Interactive candle-making with the Learning Connexion and wooden spoke-making with The Wheelwright Shop
  • Beach cricket, sack races and a tug-o-war
  • Excess Conrad Coom’s Suitcase Show
  • Hopscotch
  • Stilts
  • Jump rope
  • Ball & Cup
  • Hoop & Sticks
  • Horse Shoes

Nelson Deaf Community social get-together

When: Saturday 17th January at 4:30pm
Where: Suburban Club, 168 Tahunanaui Drive, Nelson

Come along and catch up with all the whole community and chat about your holidays. All are welcome.

24th Nelson Annual Summer Kite Festival

When: Saturday 17th (warm up day) and Sunday 18th January (main day) from noon to 5:00pm
Where: Neale Park, off North Road, Nelson
Parking: On North Road and at the lower end of the park

The skies above Neale Park will come alive with kites for the 24th time over the third weekend of January. Nelson is known for wonderful kite flying conditions and attracts kite fliers from all over New Zealand and beyond.

This is the longest running annual kite festival held at the best urban kite park in New Zealand. Warm up day is Saturday 17th January and the main day with kite and food stalls and all the extras on Sun 18th January.

Both days go from 12noon to 5pm, gold coin donation. This event is self funded, so please support this amazing family event.

Nelson Buskers Festival

When: Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st January

Nelson Buskers Festival brings you award-winning street performers from around the world.

Come and join us at the top of Trafalgar Street for action-packed, mind-blowing shows from Bendy Em, Becky Hoops, Pancho Libre, Eddy Eighty and Vinyl Burns.

Our festival is family focused and free to attend. Please show the performers how much you appreciate their amazing talents and skills by tipping the busker hats.

Change of venue for
Deaf Society of Canterbury picnic

There is a change of venue for our picnic on Sunday 18th January. It will now be held at The Groynes, Groynes Road (off Johns Road), Northwood.
See flyers for more details.

Click map below for link to Google Maps.

Job Vacancy: New Zealand Sign Language Student Support
(Deadline: Monday 19th January)

CPIT have a vacancy available for a person to assist a Deafblind student with reading and writing tasks assigned by the tutor.

The person will be responsible for:
  • Clarifying re instructions or vocabulary
  • Providing descriptions in NZSL if visual content is not able to be seen clearly
  • Ensuring written work is able to be completed by the student
  • Referring any concerns re the student’s welfare to Disability Services staff
The successful person will need:
  • Awareness of learning issues which may affect deaf students
  • Ability to relate well with students
  • Very good English skills with reading and writing
  • Sound communication skills in NZSL
If you wish to apply for the position, please apply online at:

You can download the original job advertisement and the job description for your information.

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources by calling 03 940 8623 or email

If you need assistance with the application, please urgently contact Victoria or text 021 324 828 to make an appointment.

New Zealand Deaf 50th Birthday 2015

Leanne Holland-Davidson would like to organise a gathering for Deaf members who turn 50 between December 1964 to December 1965 in one venue for everyone to celebrate together.
When: Saturday 30th May (during Queen’s Birthday weekend)
Venue: Deaf Society of Canterbury (TBC)
Cost: Cost for food, drink and venue hire will be shared (contributions to be discussed)
Deadline: Thursday 30th April
If you are interested, please contact Leanne by email at

52nd New Zealand Deaf Games DVD for sale

The Southern Zone Deaf Sport committee have DVDs for sale. There are over 300 photos of teams, players, social evenings during our NZ Deaf Games in Christchurch during Labour Weekend 2014.
Cost: $20.00 plus $5.00 postage
If interested to purchase please contact Leanne


Deaf Aotearoa coffee club

When: Thursday 29th January
Time: 10:00am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office

Please bring a small plate to share. Remember, coffee mornings are on Thursdays this year!

Where are we?

The office will be closed for appointments on Friday 23rd January.

Breast cancer information available

We have a new table set up with in the community room with heaps of information for women on breast cancer. Please come have a look and take a booklet or pamphlet to read. You can also borrow a DVD with information in NZSL.


Video Remote Interpreting

  • Do you go to parent/teacher meetings at school?
  • Do you visit your local medical centre or hospital?
  • Do you go to an optometrist to get your eyes checked?
  • Do you need a video interpreter for your appointment?
Please visit Deaf Aotearoa to pick up a request form and tell us where you would like access to a free video interpreter. Your Community Relations Officer will tell you more about VRI.

Video Remote Interpreting is available at the following two locations:

ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation)

Address: 120 Spey Street, Invercargill

Child, Youth and Family

Address: Henderson House, 93 Kelvin Street, Invercargill
Text: 029 286 7170
Free fax: 0800 621 621

Want to know more about VRI? Go to: