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Christmas Message from Deaf Aotearoa

We’re now coming to the end of the year, looking back it’s been a really busy but very successful year. There’s been lots of changes and these have been really positive changes.

I’d like to thank you for your support through it all, your support has been really good.

I’d like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Safe travels and enjoy the good kiwi summer!


Deaf Aotearoa Office Holiday Closure

Christmas is near! That means the Northland office will be closing very soon! Deaf Aotearoa will be closed for three weeks from the 18th of December. It will reopen on 11th January 2016.

Whangarei Christmas Festival

When: Saturday 12th December 2015
Time: 4:30pm
Where: Northland Events Centre (Toll Stadium), Okara Park, Okara Drive, Whangarei
Restrictions: All Ages
Admission: Free
The annual Christmas Festival is being held on Saturday 12 December at Toll Stadium from 5.30pm. Gates open at 4.30pm so you can come earlier and bring your picnic blanket to reserve a good spot.
Bring a Gift along to put under the Christmas tree for The Salvation Army Christmas Hamper collection.
Our entertainment line-up will include some awesome home grown talent. As the evening draws to an end Santa and Mrs Claus will make their special appearance and the night will finish with the Fireworks finale.
Plus there will be bouncy castles and face painting, street theatre, airbrush tattoos and animal balloons. Glow sticks and Santa hats will be for sale. Santa's Elves will be there to greet you on your arrival and give you a candy cane if you've been good.
A great selection of food and beverage will be available for sale.


Deaf Aotearoa Office Holiday Closure

Christmas is near! That means the office will be closing very soon!
Deaf Aotearoa will be closed for three weeks from the 18th of December.
It will reopen on 11th January 2016.
If you need to see someone, or wish to book an appointment, please do so as soon as possible.

Christmas in the Park 

For many years the Deaf community likes to get gather and watch Coco-Cola Christmas at the park.  Two New Zealand Sign Language interpreters will be provided.
When: Saturday 12th December
Where: Auckland Domain Park
Time: 7:30pm (it is advised to get their earlier to secure a good seat)

Surf | Street | Skate Clothing & Shoes Pop Up Sale

Last Season is hosting its first ever Surf, Street & Skate clothing and shoe Pop Up Sale in Auckland! With up to 90% off a massive range of top brands, there will be something for everyone. You don't want to miss out on this! 
When: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December
Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Where: ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Auckland
South Auckland

Coca-Cola Christmas In The Park

When: Saturday 12th December

Where: Auckland Domain Park

Time: 7:30pm (it is advised to get their earlier to secure a good seat)


For many years the Deaf community likes to get gather and watch Coco-Cola Christmas at the park.  Two New Zealand Sign Language interpreters will be provided.


When: Saturday 12th December
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where:  Level One Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland Office
All Deaf and hearing community members are welcome to get together and have some fun with Christmas themed NZSL activities.
See the attached the attached flyer for new dates.

Christmas Lights

After something for the family to do? Check out the link below for the top 10 Christmas light displays in Auckland. You are welcome to drive through or even take a walk through all the different lit up streets.



Hamilton Office Opening Hours Changed

Deaf Aotearoa Hamilton office has changed it’s opening hours. We will now be open Monday-Thursday from 9-4 for appointments and enquiries. Friday’s will be open only if have booked appointment.
Monday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: Open for appointment only
If you want to use the community computer you must make a booking. Book how? Text, email or visit Deaf Aotearoa.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Text: 021 526 399

Hamilton Office Christmas Closedown Period

This Christmas time Deaf Aotearoa will be closed from Friday 18th December until Monday 11th January.
If you contact (text or email) Deaf Aotearoa during this time then please wait for response when we reopen in January.
If you have any questions please contact us:
Text: 021 516 399
Merry Christmas!

No Closed Caption Movies At Chartwell Over Christmas Holidays

This Christmas holidays there will be no closed caption movies at Chartwell movies. They will start again in February next year. Sorry for inconvenience.
If you want to go to movies over Christmas time, HOYTS movies have Captiview system. You can attach to your seat and read words as watching movie on big screen.
If you want more info about CaptiView please contact Deaf Aotearoa.
Text: 021 516 399

At The End Of My Hands - School Matinee (Day Time Performance)

Equal Voices invites your school to the matinee performance of; At the End of My Hands - A bilingual performance in New Zealand Sign Language & English
When: Thursday February 11th, 2016
Time: Performance time: 11:00am – 11:50am
NZSL Interpreted Question and Answer session: 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Where: Playhouse Theatre, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
Free parking off Knighton Road, Hillcrest (Gate 2b)
Tickets are by koha at door, but bookings essential.
Numbers are limited, so get in fast to secure your tickets.
Bookings email:
(email contact name, school, and number ages of students attending)


Trees at the Meteor

Come and check out the Christmas Tree created by some members of the Waikato Deaf community!! It’s in the Trees at the Meteor Competition!
When: Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th of December.
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm Wednesday – Saturday. Plus 1:00pm – 3:00pm Saturday.
Where: Meteor Theatre
Address: Victoria Street, Hamilton (cnr of Victoria and Bridge street)
Entry: $6 entry per person. Or $20 family pass 2 adults /2 kids.
Includes complimentary coffee/hot choc/chai.
Check out the website:
Check out last year’s Deaf Community tree:

Bay of Plenty

Deaf Aotearoa Office Closure

The office at Historic Village will be closed for the festive season from Friday 18th December at 4:00pm and will reopen for normal business on Monday 11th January 2016 at 9:00am.
Sue Lessing finishes today the 11th December and she will return back to work on Monday the 11th January, 2016.
Sue wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous Happy New Year. Enjoy your holidays and stay safe.
Colina Hoye and Maureen Baker will finish next week Friday 18th December and will return to work on Monday 11th January.  
Thank you for your support and looking forward to working with you next year.

Stir It Up

This was a successful event for the whole year of 2015.
People and children from all walks of life attended and it was a very casual gathering with so much fun learning NZSL. 
Click on flyer for 2016 new dates, time and venue.
If you would like more information please do get in touch with Sue Lessing.
Text: 021 920 675

Christmas Celebrations

 Tauranga Farmers Market, corner 5th Avenue and Cameron Road, Tauranga
When: Saturday 12th December
Time: 7:45am till 12:00pm.
A family morning outing with loads of fun. Santa arrives at 9:00am. There will be balloons and treats and face painting.
Tickets bought for Christmas Market Hampers will be drawn at 9:00am and 10:15am. Ticket holders must be there to claim prize. 

Carols on the Waterfront

 The Tauranga on the waterfront, 1 Second Avenue, Tauranga. Show map
When: Sunday 13 December from 5:30pm till 8:00pm
Cost: Free
A family event to attend the annual Christmas Carols on The Waterfront.
The procession starts at 5:30pm from No. 1
Carols start at 6:00pm from the Edgewater Fan. 

Te Puke Christmas in the Park

 Jubilee Park, Commerce Lane, Te Puke (Next to New World)
When: Saturday 12th December
Time: 5:30pm till 9:45pm
Cost: Free
A nice family outing to the Christmas in the Park, a celebration of Christmas for the community. There’s free food, fun and entertainment to celebrate Christmas.
Hamilton Community Gospel Choir, the Dee Street band and interactive activities for kids such as superslides, horse and buggy rides, petting zoo and fireworks.
Bring a picnic blanket and chairs.
This is an initiative of the combined churches of Te Puke.
Donations go towards Te Puke’s Community Food Bank.



MS Garage Sale and Sausage Sizzle

When: Saturday 12th December
Time: 9:00am
Where: 142 Ngamotu Road, Onuku-Taipari Domain Hall, New Plymouth

An opportunity to buy home-baking, have a yummy sausage while picking up bargains of recycled household items, small furniture and bric a brac. All proceeds will be used to support the fieldworker services for those living in Taranaki with Multiple Sclerosis. MS Taranaki is a Registered Charity that has been run by volunteers for over 30 years and we rely on the generous support by the public of our fundraising activities through the year.
Prices: Free
Contact: Cheryll Gadsby
Phone: 06 758 3210

TSB Community Trust Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 13th December
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Hatchery Lawn, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

The Devon Hotel New Plymouth Brass presents the iconic TSB Community Trust Carols by Candlelight. Bring the family, a blanket and your picnic to this iconic annual event to sing Christmas Carols.
Prices: Free
Contact: New Plymouth District Council
Phone: 06 759 6060

Festival of The Lights - Wonderland Of Lights

 13th December 2015 – 31st January 2016. (On-stage entertainment to run from 26th December – 23rd January.)
Where: Pukekura Park
Time: 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Cost: Free

Visit the TSB Bank Festival of Lights official website for more information -
At night, fluorescent pebble paths sparkle beneath excited feet, majestic trees and plants glow, and waterfalls and lakes shimmer and shine beneath thousands of lighting displays. But it's the features such as the talking giant, fire poi dancers or the parades that captivate the young and the not so young.

Structures such as the park's water wheel, fountains and historic band rotunda are flooded with lights, while illuminated wooden rowboats offer a romantic boating opportunity like no other.
Summer Scene
Summer Scene is the daytime activities and events programme that takes place throughout the New Plymouth District for children and their families. Activities include scavenger hunts, skateboarding events, magicians and much more.
On Stage
On Stage is the nightly entertainment programme that takes place in Pukekura Park over the festival. There are two stages of entertainment running throughout the festival (entertainment every night on the Hatchery Lawn and weekends only on the Fred Parker Lawn).
TSB Bank Festival of Lights Brochure
If you live in Taranaki and normally receive the North Taranaki Midweek or the South Taranaki Star you will receive a free programme in your mail box. Alternatively go to our website and download a copy. The brochure will be available from early December 2014.

Interpreter will be in New Plymouth

 When: Friday 18th December
Time: All morning till 2:00pm

Taranaki Deaf Aotearoa Office Closed
Taranaki office will be closed for the Christmas holiday period from Friday 18th December and will re-open on Monday 11th January.
Tania and Niki wish you and your families the happiest of holidays with your families and friends, travel safe and we will see you all in the new year.
Hawkes Bay

Important Contacts

Text 111
This is available for Deaf to use anywhere in New Zealand.  You need to register first – if you have not register Text 111 please contact Deaf Aotearoa.
If you have registered, please make sure that you have same text number you register on.  If you have change text number then you need to re-register again with new number.
VRI – Video remote Interpreting
This is available in both Hastings and Napier MSD (Work and Income).  Ask staff at MSD to book your appointment and contact VRI to book interpreter too.  If you use Taradale MSD and need access to VRI, you can ask them to have your case transfer to Napier MSD.  You can explain why need change because you want to access to VRI.  I am sure that staff there will understand.

Important Budget Planning

Please make sure over the Christmas and New Year holiday period you have:

  • Planned what kind of Christmas you want (it is big or small)
  • Planned what food you needs
  • Make sure you have enough foods through the holidays
  • Saved and budgeted your money

 As you may not be able to get any assistance as government agencies are closed on public holidays.
Please contact Deaf Aotearoa before 18th December if you need any information or assistance.
Lee Bullivant
Text: 021 459 005
Skype: napierhands
Kat Puna
Text: 021 920 023
Skype: katnaphb

Deaf Aotearoa Hawkes Bay Office Closure

Where: Deaf Aotearoa Hawkes Bay Office, Level 5, 215 Railway Road, Hastings 4122
When: Monday 21st December 2015 – Friday 8th January 2016
Annual closedown – December / January. All our offices will close on Friday 18th December 2015 at 4.00pm and will re-open on Monday 11th January 2016 at 9.00am.
If you have any questions before we close up please contact:
Lee Bullivant
Text: 021 459 005
Skype: napierhands
Kat Puna
Text: 021 920 023
Skype: katnaphb
Please remember we are not at work during the holidays. 
We would also like to wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
From: Kat & Lee (Hawkes Bay Team).

Stir It Up Hawkes Bay - Napier

Where: Angkor Wat Kiwi Bakery & Café
             239 Gloucester Street, Taradale, Napier 4112
When: Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 10:00am – 11:00am
           Wednesday 25th May 2016, 10:00am – 11:00am
           Wednesday 27th July 2016, 10:00am – 11:00am
           Wednesday 28th September 2016, 10:00am – 11:00am
           Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 10:00am – 11:00am
Entry: Free
A fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and/or learn New Zealand Sign Language for FREE. Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at the café. A great setting for first sign families, NZSL students, whanau and/or friends for all ages. All are welcome – Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses and organisations, everybody welcome!
For more information please contact Kat (Katarina) Puna.
Text: 021 920 023

Stir It Up Hawkes Bay - Hastings

Where: McDonalds Hastings
            626 Heretaunga Street West, St Leonards, Hastings 4120
When: Monday 29th February 2016, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
           Tuesday 26th April 2016, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
           Monday 27th June 2016, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
           Monday 29th August 2016, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
           Monday 31st October 2016, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
           Monday 12th December 2016, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Entry: Free
A fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and/or learn New Zealand Sign Language for FREE. Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at the café. A great setting for first sign families, NZSL students, whanau and/or friends for all ages. All are welcome – Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses and organisations, everybody welcome!
For more information please contact Kat (Katarina) Puna:
Text: 021 920 023


Palmerston North Office

Staff from Palmerston North office will be in Wanganui on Monday 7th December for the day, the office in Wanganui and Palmerston North will be closed.  You can still contact us via text should you need some support/make an appointment/urgent matters. 
Our office will close for the Christmas break from Friday 18th December at 4:00pm and will re-open on Monday 11th January.  During the holidays should you have any issues, please contact close friends/family.  In the event of an emergency please make sure you’re registered for TXT 111 and contact the Fire, Police or Ambulance Service. If you are not registered you can do this online , if you are not sure please contact staff to make an appointment to go through this with you. There is only two more weeks!!
Our office is currently having a big spring-clean and clean out, Our goal is to have the new layout/settings in our new office ready for us when we return in 2016, this will ensure that we provide a welcoming service so that we are the first thing you see when you come through the front door! Watch this space……

Deaf Community Christmas Lunch Get together

This year was the biggest Deaf Community Christmas Lunch get together held here! There were 33 of us…..we all got together at Breakers Café in Wanganui and had a lovely Christmas Lunch along with Secret Santa! A great lunch was had.
Thank you to Ann Hanley and Suzanne Hanson for organising the Secret Santa!
We would like to wish everyone a very safe and festive Christmas and New Year! We look forward to what 2016 will bring!

Christmas in Takaro Park

When: Saturday 12th December
Where: Takaro Park, Botanical Road, Palmerston North
Time: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: Free
Free concert and Hangi.  A great event for the whole family! Come and celebrate Christmas in the Western Suburbs of Palemrston North. The concernt will have music, dance, cultural items and free food!
Concert will include kappa haka, pasifika acts, dance, band, choir and solo music acts.  It is a SMOKE and ALCOHOL FREE FAMILY Event (No smoking or drinking)

If wet, it will be relocated to Arena 2, Pascal Street 5:00pm to 9:00pm

36th Jenny Mair Highland Square Day

When: Saturday 12th December
Where: The Square, Palmerston North
Time: 8:00am to 5:30pm
Cost: Free
This event will show a wide range of talent from across NZ and overseas! They are highland pipe bands and solo bagpipers, solo drummers and dancers of all ages.  This year will be the 36th year and has a long standing reputation as being very well run and an enjoyable fun event!
You are all welcome to come along and enjoy the atmosphere and watch the performances! There will also be stalls.

Gigantic Garage Sale & New Lounge Suite Clearance – 1 Day Only!

When: Saturday 12th December
Where: 769 Tremaine Ave, Palmerston North (opposite the Fire Station)
Time: 7:00am to 3:00pm
This is the Largest Garage Sale in Palmerston North this Year
48 New Leather Lounge Suites starting from only $150
100s of Luxury Items such as

  • Dining and Kitchenware
  • Games, Toys and Books
  • Outdoor Equipment
  • Xmas Stocking Fillers

Come and see early tomorrow and find yourself some great bargains/discounts.
Sausage Sizzle and Barista Coffee will be on sale from 8.00am onwards
There will be a delivery team happy to deliver anywhere inside Palmerston North for $40


Wellington Deaf Society Family Christmas Party

On Saturday 19th of December at Amesbury School Hall, Amesbury Drive, Churton Park. The cost is free. It begins at 4:00pm and finishes at 9:00pm.
Please bring a plate to share for supper and also a small present (nothing too expensive, gift value up to 5 dollars).
No alcohol allowed, however if you want to continue the party later on there will be a gathering at the 1841 Bar in Johnsonville. There will be children's face painting, fun and games and a Father Christmas.
All welcome!

Deaf Aotearoa Office Closure

The office will be closed between 18th December and the 11th of January. If you need to see anyone please bear this in mind.

Family Summer Picnic

When: Saturday 10th January, 2016
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Where: At Day's Bay, Pavilion Park, Eastbourne
Please bring your own food and drinks. Find us with our flying balloons.
There will be fun games of Tug of War, Jumping Sack Race and Egg' N' Spoon Race.


Scam Alert TEC Course 

Terry Walbran will be presenting this course.
When: Thursday 10th December
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm or 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Hearing House, 354 Trafalgar Square, Nelson
Contact Alison Kimberley if you would like to enrol.
Mobile: 021 518 331

Stir It Up

Come and support people in our community to learn NZSL.
When: Saturday 12th December
Time: 11:00am
Where: Upstairs at Café Affair, 295 Trafalgar St, Nelson
Any queries contact Alison Kimberley.
Mobile: 021 518 331

NDC Christmas Lunch 

When: Saturday 12th December.
Time: Drinks from 11:30am and lunch starting at 12:00pm
Where: Speights Ale House, 99 Quarantine Rd, Annesbrook.
Please let Rachel know by December 5th if you are going.
Text: 021 102 4400

NDC meet up at Nelson Suburban Club  

When: Saturday 19th December
Time: 5.30pm
Where: 168 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson
Come along and socialise with the Deaf community, all welcome.

Maternity Leave

Hi everyone,
I just want to let you know that I am leaving Deaf Aotearoa on maternity leave for a year.
I will be back in 2017.
It has been great working with you all.
If you need support, please come into Deaf Aotearoa and another facilitator will support you.
Thank you.

Break Up Night

Celebrate the end of the year and catch up with your friends
When: Friday 18th December
Time: 7:00pm to late
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Avenue
Age: 16+ over

Linwood X Games 

When: Saturday 12th December
Where: Linwood Park, Linwood Avenue
Time: 12:00pm to 3:00pm
If rain: change to Sunday 13th Dec.
What happening: Skate and BMX Jam with best trick comp. Learning to skate with the skate school team.
Free gear hire available, bouncy obstacle course and Hellers BBQ.

Rose Ward Remember With Love

Rose Ward has recently passed away.  Her funeral was last week. 
The family has thank you for your love and support.

Deaf Aotearoa Office Closure

Christmas is near! That means the office will be closing very soon!
Deaf Aotearoa will be closed for three weeks from the 18th of December.
It will reopen on 11th January 2016.


NZSL Online

NZSL Online Dictionary team is collecting signs for place names in your area. If you are a Deaf NZSL signer who has lived in the Otago area for many years, please come to a meeting to video your signs for local place names. Each Deaf person who helps with this will get a supermarket voucher. 
If you are interested in being involved please email
When: Saturday 12th December
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin
Click on link below:

Christmas Pot-Luck For All! 

Peg is hosting a Festive Finger Food potluck tea for all the Deaf Community. Bring a plate of festive finger food to share.
Strawberries and ice cream, tea, coffee, fruit juice and nibbles provided. Please let Peg know by 16th December the number coming so she can make sure to have enough strawberries and ice cream!
Phone: 03 466 7407
When: Saturday 19th December
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Otago Deaf Centre

Flossy and Bossy’s Birthday Buffoonery

Fun, frills and foolery in a FAB show, Flossy And Bossy, 2 clutzy clowns (Kaitrin McMullan and Elsa May) celebrate a birthday with puppets, slapstick, dance and some NZ Sign Language.
Suitable for all ages, come along and learn a Christmas song with your hands while you exercise your laughing muscles.
When: Sunday 20th December
Time: 2:00pm
Where: Children’s Storypit, City Library, Moray Place
Deaf Aotearoa Office

Our last day in the Dunedin Office is Friday 18th December and we reopen on Monday 11th January 2016.


Office Closed For Christmas Break

The Deaf Aotearoa Office in Invercargill will be closed from 17th December for the Christmas Break.
Please if you need anything attended too please contact Rebecca before then to organise any appointments.
Reminder: Office is still temporally closed so in order to get appointment please email or text Rebecca beforehand as the DRC doors are locked.
Thank you for your patience and hopefully we will have a new office in the New Year.
Text: 021 554 905


Christmas at the Races

When: Saturday 12th December 2015
Where: Ascot Park Raceway, Racecourse Road, Invercargill
Time: 11:00am

  • General Admission: $15.00
  • Members Stand: $45.00
  • Christmas Cracker Marquee (party of 5): $475.00
  • Merry Mini Marquees (party of 10): $690.00
  • Merry Maxi Marquees (party of 20): $1,040.00

The biggest Christmas party in the South is returning to Ascot Park this year. This event has earned its place as one of the most glamourous social events on Southlands calendar. A perfect mix of terrific racing action and first class entertainment in a picturesque park setting makes for a party to remember.

We Want To See Your Christmas Tree

We want to see your Christmas tree and best indoor Christmas decorations.
Send us 2 or 3 of your best Christmas inside decorations and be into win a hamper from the Warehouse.
Entries Close: Wednesday 23rd December at 5:00pm
Winners Contacted: Thursday 24th December
1st Prize: $200 hamper
2nd Prize: $100 hamper
3rd Prize:  $50. Hamper
Send Pictures and Entries to: or post them on ‘What’s On Invers’ Facebook page.

Southern Farmers Market

When: Sunday 13th December, 2015
Where: Masonic Lodge
             Forth Street
Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm
Invercargill’s best quality and high standard of local products and seasonal produce.
Come have a look for yourself:  Jams, Chutneys, baking, flowers, fruit and vegetables and much more.