National News

Video Remote Interpreting

Great news for the Deaf community! The Video Remote interpreting (VRI) service is now available in a lot of new places around New Zealand. VRI is a free service available for Deaf NZSL users when they have a meeting with hearing staff at government agencies. VRI uses computer video technology to access a qualified NZSL Interpreter on screen.

In the last few weeks we have been training staff at Work and Income (WINZ), Child Youth and Family (CYF) and ACC offices around New Zealand so Deaf people can use VRI for meetings or appointments with their staff.

VRI is now available in these places:-
  • Whangarei: ACC and Ministry of Social Development
  • New Plymouth: Ministry of Social Development
  • Dunedin: Ministry of Social Development
  • Tauranga: Child Youth and Family
  • Invercargill: ACC and Child Youth and Family
In Wellington and Christchurch VRI is only available to use at Ministry of Social Development Regional offices. This is because the video conferencing equipment used to connect with the interpreter is located only at these offices. This means that if you want to use VRI for an appointment your meeting will take place in the Region office rather than at the local Community Link, Work and Income or Child Youth and Family office.

If you want to book with Work and Income using VRI, you can contact the Deaf Link service:-
  • Deaf Link free-fax: 0800 621 621
  • TTY: 0800 111 113
  • Text: 029 286 7170
  • Email:
To find out more about VRI and view a list of locations where VRI is available on the VRI website.

Tutors wanted for NZSL Week Taster Classes!

We need more wonderful tutors to teach Taster Classes during NZSL Week around NZ! Is this you?

If you were a tutor last year, there will be changes for this year.

Schools, Health and Business are the focus for NZSL Week 2014. Kindergarten and Primary School Taster Classes content will be dramatically changed, if you recall last years’ Taster Class, we did ‘Old MacDonald had a Farm’ song which will be replaced to signing an exciting story time session.  For the Primary School classes, there will be a story time and a little bit of teaching of animals and colours.

For the Health and Businesses Taster Classes, they will be similar as last year but with some changes.

If you are confident in delivering our wonderful Taster Classes, please be in touch with your local Community Relations Officer as soon as possible, don’t leave it for later.

Help us to make a successful NZSL Week!

You will be paid for your teaching time and there will be training before NZSL Week across NZ so you will feel confident and ready to deliver a positive Taster Class.

Annual report on implementation of NZ Disability Strategy

"Towards an inclusive and non-disabling New Zealand" was written by the Minister of Disability Issues as part of her annual reporting on the implementation of NZ's Disability Strategy.

This looks back at what happened during 2013 in making New Zealand a more accessible country for everyone.

Do watch the report in NZSL to find some examples of how Deaf people have more access.

Job advertisement

Do you want an exciting leadership opportunity within government and the disability sector?

After almost 11 years, the first Director of the Office for Disability Issues has taken up a new role. This provides a unique leadership opportunity to improve outcomes for disabled people in New Zealand.

The Office for Disability Issues is the focal point within government for the implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This role is a critical linking role between government agencies and the sector. The successful person will have established networks within the disability sector or a proven ability to form effective working relationships with a complex set of groups. They will also need to have experience of working in government and providing advice and support to Ministers.

Deadline for applications is 28th February at 5:00 pm. For more information, to get the job description, or find out how to apply for the job, have a look at the advertisement on MSD's website.

St. Dominic's School for the Deaf 70th Jubilee Reunion

When? Queen's Birthday Weekend, Saturday 31st May
Where? Palmerston North

Please fill in the form and return it to David Loving-Molloy as soon as possible if you are intending to come to the celebrations.

Don’t forget to put your name(s) on the form when you return it, whether by email, fax, or post.

The motel option is filling up quickly so if you want to stay at the motel with other Deaf you must let me know in the next week.

RSVP to David Loving-Molloy by 9th May:-
Fax: 06 355 0398
Catholic Deaf Centre
Private Bag 11012
Palmerston North 4442

Want to learn to be a Swim Teacher?

Swimming New Zealand provide training to upskill and qualify swim teachers. They would love to see more people with disabilities become swim teachers. Through funding from Halberg Disability Sport Foundation they are able to do this.

See their website for more information about the course that they are offering. This course is available throughout NZ. Throughout the process they will receive the level of support that they need in order to gain the qualification.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in becoming a swim teacher then please let Alannah Jury from Swimming New Zealand know or give them his contact details. His email address is
Northland News

Queensland fruit fly
Biosecurity restrictions has been lifted

Biosecurity found zero Queensland fruit fly in the Zone A and B. 

Restrictions are over so you are free to buy or move fruit around.


YoiFest - Kaitaia Storytellers Festival

Where? Te Ahu Centre, Corner Matthews Avenue and South Road, Kaitaia
When? Saturday 15 February from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Join us for a free afternoon's feast of stories for adults and teens, told by local storytellers from many cultures. Immerse yourself in stories designed for 'people past childhood' told in Te Reo Maori, Hindi, Gaelic, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and more! Each half-hour performance starts with a summary in English, followed by the storytelling in the storyteller's mother tongue.

Alana Best will be telling a story in New Zealand Sign Language.

A formal opening for YoiFest will be held at 1pm in front of Te Ahu Centre, and the closing will be at 5pm in the Atrium. Enticing ethnic foods will be on sale from 3:00pm to 3:45pm. Entry is free and koha welcome.


Full Moon, Wine and Nibbles

Where? Planetarium, Maunu, Whangarei
When? Friday 14th February from 8:30pm to 9:45pm
How much? Tickets $45.00 each person

A very special cosmic Valentine’s Day for you and your loved one. Full moon rising as you arrive with a complimentary Longview Wine of your choice. 5,000 stars and a special appearance from the Zodiacs. Jupiter brings his four moons along for the evening.


Auckland News

Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan

  • Do you know what this is?
  • Want to have your say?
The vision for Auckland is to become the world’s most liveable city, and to turn that vision into reality, the Unitary Plan has been drafted for proposal.

This proposal was released in November 2013, and currently Auckland Council are receiving submissions for this, with Friday 28th February 2014 being the closing date.

This is an important stage of the Plan: to ensure your future participation in submissions and hearings, you must make a submission in this stage. If you do not participate now, you miss your opportunity to participate in future stages of refining the Unitary Plan.

For more information watch the video in NZSL or read about it.

Information about New Lynn and Middlemore have already been translated into NZSL. If you want information about your area you can contact Seeflow at or 022 DEAFRADIO (0225 332 372).

Submissions can be made in NZSL

South Auckland Deaf Club

When? Friday 28th February from 7:00pm to 2:00am

Papatoetoe Tui Clubroom
183 Great South Road
Hunters Corner

Theme night

Wear some form of sporting outfit
Maybe your favourite team jerseys
Face paint

Reminder of dress code:

No shorts, jandals or hoodies please
Children must leave the premises by 9.00pm

McLaren Park Community Day

Where? Bruce McLaren Intermediate School, Bruce McLaren Road, Henderson
When? Saturday 22nd February from 10:00am to 3:00pm
How much? Free

Emergency services and local community groups will be putting on displays. Come along and find out more about the emergency services and local community groups in your area. AUT students will be volunteering on the day – come and say hello! There will also be lots of fun activities and yummy food.

Mamma Mia: Limited seats, get in early for your tickets!

When? Tuesday 11th March at 7:30pm
Where? The Civic, Queen Street, Auckland
How much? $45.00 for Deaf people and their companions
Interpreter: Kelly Hodgins

Seats with great view of the interpreter and the stage have been saved for Deaf people.

The story unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives!
Tickets are available for purchase now, either through the Ticketmaster website (see instructions below) or by calling the Group booking line on 09 970 9745.

To book online please use this link and make sure to enter the password SIGNED in the code box – this makes the sign language interpreted seats available - and then tick the box indicating the signed price.

TEC Budgeting Course

Where? Boardroom, Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral
When? 26th February from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
How much? Free

Do you need help managing your money?
On a benefit?

Learn about benefit rates and what you can earn on the benefit.
Learn general tips on managing money and setting up a budget.

Please book your place before Friday 21st February. If there is not enough people coming we will have to cancel this course. Contact Debbie to book your place.
Fax: 09 820 5039

AT HOP: Bus changes

Which buses? All Howick & Eastern buses
When? Sunday 16 February 2014.

Please continue to run down the stored value balance on your Howick & Eastern Ezi Pass card and use up your multi-journey trips by 15 February 2014. More information...

Waikato News

Waikato Deaf Picnic

Saturday 15th February
From 11:00am to 3:00pm

Hamilton Lake Domain
Ruakiwi Road

Come to our Waikato Deaf Picnic at Hamilton Lake near Café & Children’s Playground.

Bring your friends & families to a day out in the sun and fun.  See you there!

Summer Series 2014: Upcoming Fun Run and Walks

When? Sunday 23rd February from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Where? Pokuru School, 873 Pokuru Rd, Pokuru (off Te Awamutu)
How much? $15.00 for adults (late fee $5.00 applies to adults only after 20th Feb) or $5.00 if you are 16 or under

Event Two: Kakepuku Fun Run & Walk

6km and 14km, Walk or Run
Start: 14km Walk 8.30am All others 9am

Off road parking at Pokuru School, water stops on course, fruit pie, tea and coffee available at finish.

Finishers' certificates available.
Organised by Hamilton Marathon Clinic

Entry forms and information at

Hamilton Gardens Art Festival: Teddy Bears Picnic

Saturday 15th February
From 10:00am to 2:00pm

Rhododendron Lawn
Hamilton Gardens

How much? Gold Coin admission
BUSIT are proud to offer a free service to this event on the 29 Lake and Gardens bus between the Transport Centre, Hamilton East and the Hamilton Gardens.

Buses will be fully accessible, but please be aware it is likely prams and strollers will need to be folded.

4th International Tattoo and Art Expo

Saturday 15th February from 11:00am to 9:00pm ($20.00)
Sunday 16th February from 11:00am to 7:00pm ($15.00)
Claudelands Event Centre
Corner of Brookyn Rd and Heaphy Terrace
Live music, tattooing, skate competition, fights, roller derby much more. Including the world's best body painters, tattoo and graffiti artists, along with a wide range of other entertainments.

Child 14 and under free if accompanied by an adult. Tickets available through Ticketek.

Bay of Plenty News

English course

Where? Deaf Aotearoa Tauranga Office, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When? Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
  • 25th February
  • 4th March
  • 11th March
  • 18th March
  • 25th March
  • 1st April
  • 8th April
  • 15th April
  • 22nd April
  • 29th April
Build your English skills, continued classes for 10 weeks.

Rotorua Deaf Community Members: If you wish to join Tauranga's class please contact Sue Lessing. Kay the tutor and JJ from Rotorua is happy to give two people a lift to here and back for free in the 10 weeks.

Email or text 021 920 675 to put your name down or for more information.

BOP Deaf Club

Huka Prawn Park
Huka Falls Road
Wairakei Park

When? Saturday 22nd February at 10:30am

Adult: $26.00
Senior: $20.00
Children: $15.00 (5 to 15 years old)
Family pass: $65.00 (2 adults and up to 5 children)

Remember to renew your membership before the 1st March. Late fees apply after 1st March. Download the membership form to renew or join BOP Deaf Club.


Captioned Movies in Rotorua

Fri 14th, Sat 15th and Wed 19th: 3:30pm and 8:30pm
Sunday 16th and Monday 17th: 3:30pm

Where? Reading Cinemas, Rotorua

Which movie?
American Hustle (2013) (M) (offensive language)

Kidz Fishing and Fun Day

Where? The Reclamation, The Strand, Tauranga
When? Saturday 22nd February from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Cost? Family Fishing Ticket $10.00 (additional fees may apply)
Kidz Fishing is from 12:00pm noon to 2:00pm with prizes for the longest fish for boys and girls. Children must be under the age of 12 years. Prize Giving will be at 2:30pm

Fun day for the non-fishers starts at 10:00am with fun activities: bouncy castle, face painting and much more. There will be a sausage sizzle with sausages and steak sandwiches. Also on site a mobile coffee vendor.


Don't know what to do? Visit this website for more information on activities, events and more.


For Sale: Nokia C3-00 mobile with charger

2.0 mega pixel camera.

$100.00 or near offer considered.

Note the phone is not new. The photo of the phone is of a new phone just to give you an idea of what it looks like.

Contact Sue Lessing or text 021 920 675.

Taranaki News

Waka Ama Day

When? Monday 17th February from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Where? Ngamotu Beach, Ocean View Parade, Ngamotu
How much? Free

Waka Ama is about the history and traditions of the power of the Waka (traditional Maori canoe).

Come along to a special day that Taare Ruakere from Otaikokako Waka Ama Club is running for the Deaf Community.

He will talk about the Values and Tikanga (the set of beliefs associated with the practices
and procedures to be followed in conducting the affairs of our sport).

For more information or to book your place please contact Niki:
Text: 021 556 989
Fax: 06 758 0579

Taranaki Motorcycle Club and Energy Honda
NZ Cross Country Nationals: Round One

When? Sunday 16 February from 8:00am to 5:00pm (racing starts at 9:00am)
Where? 3403 Tarata Road, Purangi
How much? Free (for spectators)

The Taranaki Motorcycle Club and Energy Honda are hosting round one of the NZ Cross Country Nationals.

Junior Race 1.5 hours
Senior Race 3 hours

Contact: Carla Read (Club Administrator)
Phone: 06 759 0930 ext 709 (Tues, Wed, Thur 8:45am-2:15pm)

Into the Past on the York Road Track

When? Sunday 16 February from 10:30am to 2:00pm
Where? York Road Track, New Plymouth
How much? Free

Meet: At the end of York Road which turns off SH3 between Stratford and Tariki.
Grade: Medium
Other: You’ll need food and a drink, warm clothes in your backpack and comfortable walking shoes.

Travel back to the early 1900s and walk the track that once saw trains rumbling into the national park to pick up crushed metal for Taranaki’s roads and railways. We’ll visit the old accommodation site, see the remains of the crusher and find out how it worked. There’s a swing bridge to cross, a spot for lunch at the old railway yards and a pleasant downhill stroll back to the start. The whole walk should take no more than three hours.

Phone: 06 759 6060


When? Sunday 16 February from 6:30pm (venue opens at 5:00pm)
Where? TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth
How much? Gold coin donation

Tropfest is the world's largest short film festival. It is both an annual short film competition, open to anyone who wishes to enter, and a free, outdoor short film festival for all to enjoy. Bring a picnic and enjoy world-class short New Zealand films which will be screened and then judged by a panel of film industry and personalities. The winner will be announced on the night.

Contact: Taranaki Arts Festival Trust
Phone: 06 759 8412

Waiwhakaiho Waggy Walk – for you and your dog  

When? Wednesday 19 February from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Where? Waiwhakaiho River, New Plymouth
How much? Free

Meet: On the netball courts at the end of Raiomiti Street, off the Clemow Road roundabout, Fitzroy, New Plymouth. Parking available.
Grade: Easy
Other: Bring a doggy-doo bag and a lead

Join New Plymouth District Council's Senior Animal Control Officer Jim Aitken for a walk alongside the beautiful Waiwhakaiho River with man's best friend. This walk is a return walk with a BBQ and the chance for the dogs to have a swim.

Phone: 06 759 6060

Balsom Park Family Picnic

When? Saturday 22 February from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Where? Balsom Park, New Plymouth
How much? Free

Meet: William Street entrance, off Mangorei Road, Merrilands, New Plymouth
Grade: Easy
Other: Bring a picnic lunch and a drink. Dogs are welcome, don't forget a doggy-doo bag and lead.

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

Phone: 06 759 6060

Deaf Club New Plymouth gathering

What? Americarna Show
When? Friday 28 February, meet at 7:00pm
Where? Crowded House Bar

Friday night main street Cruise.  Meet outside the Crowded House Bar on Devon Street ... looking out for Hot American cars on the street.

Contact: Lisa Master (nee Shand), President
Text: 027 784 2589

Hawkes Bay News

TEC programmes

Last Thursday we had a session on Tikanga. We met at the Clive Park celebrating Waitangi Day. The weather wasn’t that good but it didn’t stop six people from going.

Thank you to those who did came along and we hope you all had a good time. Thank to Anthony Gilbert for giving up his one hour to assist the Deaf group on the day.  At the end of the day some of the Deaf had the opportunity to hop on the Waka and paddle along the Clive River. They really enjoyed the experience there.
Coming soon we will have the following programme: Healthy Cooking, Women Health and Tikanga.
We will be in touch with you soon.


  • Are you looking for work?
  • Do you know what to do?
  • Have you got your CV type up?
  • Have you got skill for interview?
If this is you looking for work, come and see us.
We used to have Job Club every fortnight, do you want this to carry on or not?

Please see or contact Lee for more information.

Warbirds over Awatoto

Saturday 22 February and Sunday 23rd February
from 9:00am to 4.00pm

Where? Awatoto Flying Field, Waitangi Road, Napier

How much? $5.00 per car

Model Aircraft Flying Display

Reminder of what is happening over the next two weeks:

Big Art Deco Weekend starting on Wednesday 19th February finishing on Sunday 23rd February.

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary during Art Deco Weekend.

There are two Farmers markets this weekend:-
  • Napier (Clive Square) on Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Hastings (Tomoana Showground’s) on Sunday 9:00am to 1:00pm

Manawatu News

Need a place to stay?

A community member has a spare room for a boarder, either deaf or hearing, male or female.

Cost $150.00 for food, power and internet or $90.00 for the room, power and internet (no food).

Room has big bed and set of drawers.

Please text 022 639 1346 or contact Annette at Deaf Aotearoa.

Manawatu Deaf Society

Club Night

When? Friday 14th February from 7:30pm
Where? Manawatu Deaf Society

Deaf Social Club AGM (Annual General Meeting)

When? Saturday 15th February from 1:00pm
Where? Manawatu Deaf Society

BBQ and Drinks provided to Social Club Members.

Wanted Bar manager and Bar Staff

Are you interested in becoming a Bar manager and Staff

If so please apply in writing to the following address or hand in to Deaf Club bar.

Bar Manager (Stephen Jourdain)
PO Box 1975
Palmerston North

Job tasks involved are:
  • Cleaning Tables
  • Clean Glasses
  • Serve Customers
  • Tidy Stock
  • Cash Handling
They are also looking for someone to share the Managers Duties which are:
  • Staff Supervision
  • Maintaining Bar Stock
  • Rostering of Bar Staff
  • Cash Counting at the end of the evening
Please take note bar is open Friday/Saturday and Sunday depending on Events that are booked.

Aqua Zumba Pool Party

When? Tuesday 17th February from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Where? Lido Aquatic Centre, Park Road, Palmerston North
How much? Pre-sales before 18th February $15.00 or at the door on the night $18.00

A party in the pool. Suitable for non swimmers and swimmers. Come along and splash your way into shape with a low impact Zumba Aquatic Exercise! It'll be a great party. Just bring your togs, a towel and friends to join you and have some FUN!

Wellington News

Captioned movies

Captioned movie sessions until Wednesday 19th February.

Reading Cinemas, Courtenay Place, Wellington City

American Hustle (2013) (M) (offensive language)
Daily:  10:00  12:45  3:30  6:15  9:00
Grudge Match (2013) (M) (violence & offensive language)
Daily:  11:15
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) (M) (violence & offensive language)
Daily:  5:15
Winter's Tale (2014) (M) (violence & sex scenes)
Daily:  10:30  1:00  3:30  6:00  8:30

Reading Cinemas, North City Shopping Centre, Porirua

Grudge Match (2013) (M) (violence & offensive language)
Daily:  3:40
Winter's Tale (2014) (M) (violence & sex scenes)
Thu  Fri  Sat  Tue  Wed:  10:50  1:20  6:00  8:30
Sun:  10:50  1:20  6:00
Mon:  1:20  6:00

Don’t forget to ask for your captioning handset when purchasing your tickets.

To be in the know of captioned sessions, join their Facebook page.

Interpreted Play at Circa Theatre – tonight!

The show will start at 8pm tonight, you can still grab a seat!
Kings of the Gym
By Dave Armstrong
Directed by Danny Mulheron
Starring Ginette McDonald, Paul McLaughlin, Richard Dey and Acushla-Tara Sutton
NZSL interpreted performance on Friday, 14 February
Show starts at 8pm

About the show

Politically correct principal Viv Cleaver is transforming low-decile Hautapu High School. The only thorn in her side is the Phys-Ed department. Unfit Laurie Connor spends his days in the gym watching TV and gambling with his talented yet unambitious sidekick Pat Kennedy. But then student-teacher Annie Tupua arrives. Could this star netballer and born-again Christian prove to be the game-changer that Viv needs? As sparks fly and different players joust for position, the only winner on the day will be the audience. Suitable for audience members aged 15 and up.

A comedy in two halves, Kings of the Gym looks at the really important things in life: competition, compassion, Creation … and PE teaching.
More details...
Circa is offering a discounted ticket price for the NZSL performance to members of the Deaf community aged 26 and up – tickets are $38. For people 25 years old and under, tickets are $25.  To book for the NZSL interpreted performance, email Please advise that you would like seats in the designated area in view of the interpreters and the number of seats you would like. You can pay for your ticket on the night, but you must arrive by 7:30pm to pay and pick up your ticket.

AMI Round the Bays

When? Sunday 23rd February

Come join in the buzz of Wellington’s biggest fun run and walk. AMI Round the Bays Wellington takes advantage of a picturesque setting which winds its way around Wellington’s stunning inner city harbour.

There are three different race routes, a 6.5km fun walk/fun, a 10km run and a half marathon run (21km). Please see their website for a map of all race routes.

At the finish line live music, food stalls, the Southern Cross Family Zone, corporate marquee area, spot prizes and massage tents all add to the festival atmosphere.

The 2013 event saw the event sell out for a second consecutive year, with a record field of over 13,700 runners. We have increased capacity in 2014 to 14,000 but expect it to sell out once again.

They have less than 1000 registrations available if you want to enter the buzz!

To enter or for more information, please visit:

Nelson News

Zumba classes

Where? Suburban Club, 168 Tahuna Drive, Nelson
When? Friday afternoons at 2:00pm and Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm
How much? $5.00 each session

Ben's farewell party

When? Saturday 15th February at 4:00pm

Come to Bens farewell party. He is having a BBQ at Paul Quintal's house. Please bring your own meat, salad and drinks.

For further information please text the secretary of Nelson Deaf Club on 021 102 4400.

Nelson Motor Show

Where? Tahuna Beach Holiday Park (Parkers Cove entrance)
When? February 15th to 16th from 10:00am to 4:00pm
How much? Adults $5.00, children under 15 years free
Nelsons biggest and best motor event! Come down to the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park and see the largest range of classic cars, vintage cars, hotrods, custom cars, works in progress, aircraft, automotive related stalls and children’s entertainment. Guaranteed something for all the family.

Brightwater Wine and Food Festival

When? Sunday 16th February from 11:00am to 5:30pm
Where? Greys Vineyard, Bryant Road, Brightwater
How much? Early bird $15.00 or gate sales $20.00

Celebrate sensational sounds wine, food and summer. Fantastic food and award-winning wine and beer. Set in a stunning vineyard location, a great day out.

You can buy tickets from Everyman Records, Avanti Cycles or Village Cycles.

Festival buses will be running from the main centres see

Buller Festival 2014

When? February 28th to March 2nd
Where? Murchison and surrounding area, Riverview Campground

Buller Festival is a whitewater kayaking and rafting festival held in Murchison each year. It includes a boater cross kayak race, kayak slalom, rafter cross and cardboard cup events. Racing takes place on the Buller and Matakitaki Rivers at locations no more than 10 minutes out of Murchison township. More information...

Lifeline: Free face-to-face counselling

Lifeline Nelson offers up to 10 free face-to-face counselling sessions with a Lifeline Counsellor.
Identify and explore new ways to move forward

Picnic fun day

Rabbit Island

Saturday 1st March at 11:00am
Nelson Deaf Club are hosting a fun picnic day.

There will be games and a BBQ lunch.

Sausages will be provided but please bring your own drinks and food if you prefer not to have sausages.

Come and mix with young and old Deaf community members.

If it is raining the event will be cancelled.

For further information please text the secretary of NDC on 021 102 4400.

Rachel Summers birthday dinner

When? Friday 7th March at 5.30pm
Where? 623 On The Rocks, 623 Rocks Road, Tahunanui

Rachel will be 30 and would like to invite everyone to celebrate her 30th birthday dinner.

Please let Rachel know by the 2nd March if you are interested to come by 2nd March 2014.

Nelson AGM

When? Sunday 13th April at 1:00pm

Nelson Suburban Club, 168 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson

Nelson Deaf Incorporated Would like to invite you to the Nelson Deaf Annual General Meeting.


Canterbury News

NZSL Week tutors wanted and events

NZSL Week will be celebrated from 12th to 18th May. I would love to hear from you, Deaf members, what you would like to see happening during the week in the Canterbury region. Please let your CRO, Victoria Walters, know your thoughts or pop into the office and have a chat with Victoria.

We need more NZSL tutors to teach taster classes. Is this for you? More details...
NZSL week is for you and the Deaf community to celebrate. Help us to make a successful NZSL Week for Canterbury!

Deaf Society of Canterbury event

What? Quiz Evening: Do you have a good knowledge?
When? Friday 28th February from 7:30pm
Where? Spreydon Bowling Club, 71 Domain Terrace (off Lincoln Road)


NZSL volunteer at Laura Fergusson Trust Canterbury

Laura Fergusson Trust Canterbury is looking for a NZSL volunteer to teach basic NZSL lessons for their residents and a few staff.

If you are interested, please directly contact Ava Thomas,

Summer of Fun: Free events around Christchurch

A variety of activities from bouncy castles to archery, face painting to balloon animals. The Summer of Fun events will be happening across Greater Christchurch throughout the summer.

They are funded by the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust (CEAT).
Events start today and this weekend, and will continue every weekend weekend until 23rd March. More information...

Captioned Movies

Hoyts (Northlands and Riccarton)

Please see their website

Reading (Palms)

Grudge Match (2013) (M) (violence & offensive language)
Daily: 10:50am

Otago News

Taieri Wings and Wheels

When? Saturday 22nd February from 10:00am
Where? Taieri Airfield
How much? $5.00 per person or $15.00 per car load

Check out restored aircraft, sport aircraft, crop dusters, classic and vintage aircraft and all manner of vehicles from vintage to racecars.

Helicopter and fixed wing rides will also be available.

Anything But Book Sale

When? Friday 21st February from 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Where? Regent Theatre

The Anything But Books Sale is full of delightful finds and hidden treasure where attendees can acquire anything from sheet music to DVDs, jigsaws to cassettes, random household goods to toys, CDs to magazines; a smorgasbord of bric-a-brac.

Deaf Aotearoa Office

Friday 21st February

Office closed at 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Fiona not working on Fridays and Michelle on leave.

Monday 24th February

Fiona in office from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Michelle is out office from 8.30am-4.30pm, she will be in Auckland.

Otago Deaf Social Night

When? Friday 21st February
Where? Otago Deaf Centre
What to bring? Your snacks if you are hungry and money to buy drinks.

You all welcome to play fun games: Table Tennis, Indoor Bowls, Darts and Pool.

New Zealand Sign Language Week Party

When? Sunday 10th May

A party to celebrate New Zealand Sign Language.

Keep the date free we will give you more details soon.

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May Day: Health and Disability Expo

When? May
Where? Invercargill Workingmen's Club

If anyone is interested in joining me in the stall we will have set up. More information to be given closer to the time but if this sounds like something you would like to help out in, your expertise would greatly be accepted . Get in touch with Rebecca in the office.

NZSL Week Celebration

When? Saturday 10th May
Where? Dunedin

Road trip anyone? Dunedin has kindly invited us to a party to celebrate NZSL Week with Deaf community members from Dunedin and Oamaru and of course Invercargill. There will be games, activities, dress up theme, prizes, a meal and of course a catch up with some familiar faces. Transport will be provided so numbers will have to be confirmed beforehand.

More information will be given out soon.

NZSL Week Invercargill

Please if you or anyone you know is interested in doing a few taster classes throughout NZSL Week, could you please let Rebecca know. We really need more Tutors. Training will be provided.

Visit: Deaf Aotearoa, DRC Building, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill
Text: 021 554 905

Invercargill Gold cup Day

When? Saturday 15 February from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Where? Ascot Raceway, Invercargill
How much? Free

Glaucoma New Zealand Free Public Meeting

When? Monday 24th February
Where? Kelvin Hotel, 20 Kelvin Street, Invercargill
How much? Free