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New Zealand Sign Language Awards 2016 ~ Saturday, 14th May 2016

It is the 10th anniversary since NZSL became an official language!

It is our 10th NZSL Week!

Exciting announcement: We are hosting World Federation of the Deaf Board, who will have their 110th Board meeting during NZSL Week!

10 times the celebration, so come and join us to celebrate!




Message From Northland Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group (CDEM)

Northland CDEM Group has moved to a new alerting technology for severe weather, tsunami and other civil defence emergencies: the Hazard app for smartphones.

The Hazard app replaces the text-based OPTN system for alerts, which is no longer being used by the Northland CDEM Group.

Developed internationally by Red Cross, the Hazard app is being used by a growing number of official agencies, including MetService and GNS Science, as well as other New Zealand CDEM groups.

It is downloadable at no cost from Google Play (for Android phones) or the Apple iTunes/App Stores (for iPhones).

Please note that the Hazard app replaces only the OPTN system for Northland CDEM – the other forms of communication which are in place with you are not changing at this time.


Hazards – Red Cross

By New Zealand Red Cross

Open iTunes to buy and download apps.


Earthquake, Tsunami or flood -- the official Hazard App by New Zealand Red Cross gives you instant access to the information you need to know to prepare for and respond to the impact of these hazards. Through an alert system feature receive official watches and warnings from alerting agencies, the Hazard app allows users to prepare their homes and families for disasters, find help, and let others know they are safe.
• Receive geo-targeted notifications for a range of hazards.
• Monitor your current location and 5 others
• Monitor the locations of friends and family
• Practical and useful information for a range of hazards
• I am safe message
• Access to in app information anytime, anywhere even without reception or an internet connection 
• Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and colleagues. 
• Toolkit with additional features e.g. torch, strobe, siren

NZSL Week Taster Classes

New Zealand Sign Language Week is coming soon!

May 9th – 15th 2016


This year marks the special 10 year celebration.

Deaf Aotearoa is offering free 45 minute Taster Classes to the Northland Community throughout the entire month of May.

Is there a business, organisation, or service in your community you would like to learn basic NZSL?


Tell Glennis at Deaf Aotearoa and we will organise a Taster Class for them.


Farmers’ Markets

Parnell Farmers’ Market, Jubilee Building, Parnell Community Centre, 545 Parnell Road, Auckland
Time: Every Saturday 8:00am to 12:00pm
Admission: Free


Where: Hobsonville Point Farmers’ Market, The Landing, Hobsonville Ferry Terminal, Hobsonville
Time: Every Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Admission: Free Website:

Hobbies Fair

Freeman’s Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn Road, Auckland
When: Saturday 16th April
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission: $5 per person; primary school child free if accompanied by adult. After 2:00pm free entry
Fair is the largest collectors fair for die cast model, model trains, collective toys, model train layouts, sci-fi collectibles, dolls & bears, postcards, magazines, so on.

West Art Gallery

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Auckland
Opening hours: 10:00am to 4:30pm
Photography exhibition: Faces of Jerusalem (ends on 1st May 2016)
Admission: Free
Aucklander Ilan Wittenberg provides us his photographs of the Old City of Jerusalem, which occupies less than one square kilometer. The images show people from across all four quadrants of the Old City: the Muslim Quarter, the Jewish Quarter, the Armenian Quarter and the Christian Quarter.

Deaf Outdoor Adventure Club

Tramping in Whatipu on Sunday, 17th April.
We will meet at the Whatipu carpark at 9:00am before we start the tramp at 9:30am.
The walk is about 6.6km and the total circular track will be a 5 hour walk.
You will need good walking shoes/boots with sun cream, hat, and bottle of water, raincoat, and towel (we will have stream crossings). Bring snack and lunch.
Dogs are allowed on a lead.
See the following link for directions to Whatipu:
If you are interested or want to go, please do email Lynx:

South Auckland

NZSL Week Is Coming Soon!

When:  9th - 15th May
Check out the flyer for all the information about NZSL Week events! 
Come and join the fun!


Out And About Amazing Race

When: Monday 18th till Thursday 28th April
Where: any local park close to your home
Cost: Free
Suitable for all ages.



‘Signing At The Cook’ - NZSL Social Catch Up

Come along and join in a New Zealand sign language (NZSL) social catch up. Enjoy using, learning and practicing nzsl with others. 

This month is a general social catch up which will be down stairs in the restaurant area.

Date: Friday 22nd April

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where: The Cook Café and Bar (table booked downstairs)

Address: 7 Cook Street, Hamilton East 

Cost: Free


All welcome; Deaf, hearing, Hard of Hearing - Everyone!  Children welcome if with an adult.

See you there.

NZSL Week Event: Waitomo Glowworm Cave 

There are only a few spaces left - make sure you book your spot!

Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of glow worms and learn more about the caves on this tour. The walk in the caves is about 40 minutes and the boat ride is about 5 minutes.

NZSL interpreters provided.

When:  Sunday 8th May

Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm

Cost: Adult - $24.50

                Child (4-14) - $11.00

                Child (0-4) - Free

Where: Waitomo Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Otorohanga


To book your space, please contact Marissa Lessing:


Text: 021 516 399

See flyer for more information.

NZSL Week Event: Waikato River Cruise 

Relax on a popular cruise on Waikato River and enjoy the views.

NZSL interpreters provided.


When: Sunday 15th May

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Cost: Adult - $30

         Senior (65+) - $25

         Child (5-14) - $25

         Child (0-5) - Free

Where: River Jetty, Waikato River Explorer, Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive, Gate 1


To book your space, you must book and pay by 22nd April so be quick, please contact Marissa Lessing:


Text: 021 516 399

See flyer for more information.

Monday Closed Caption Movie

There is no closed caption movies for the next two weeks due to school holidays.
Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Come And Cheer On Waka Ama Team: Tangata Turi

Come and support team Tangata Turi, a Waka Ama team with Deaf paddlers in it. They will be racing at Raglan in the ‘Whaingaroa Hoe 2016’ in a 8km race.
When: Saturday 23rd April
Time: 9.00am
Where: Raglan Harbour
A great day for friends and whanau to come and enjoy a day in Raglan at the beach.

Bay of Plenty

NZSL Week Events in the Bay of Plenty

There are three events for everyone to attend and have fun!
It’s your opportunity to have a guided tour on the two with NZSL interpreters for access to interesting information.
Click on the flyers for more information and contact Colina to put your name down soon to avoid disappointment.


Waitomo Caves – NZSL Week guided tour

For those who have booked their names down to attend the Caves event, do you need a ride/transport?
One Deaf person from Tauranga is happy to give you a lift there and back, sharing petrol costs. Room for 6 people.
Let Sue Lessing know and I will pass your name and text number to the Deaf person.
Text: 021 920 675

Merivale Community Hall

Where: Kesteven Avenue, Merivale
When: Saturday 16th April
Time: 3:00pm till 7:00pm
There will be free bouncy castle, sausage sizzle, games, fun, prizes and lots more.
Bring the family along and enjoy the local community. 


Anzac Day – NZSL Interpreter

Where: Cenotaph, Memorial Park, Corner 11th Avenue and Fraser Street,  Tauranga
When: Monday 25 April, 9:00am
Anzac Day Memorial Service to be held at the address above.
NZSL interpreters available.
Please do contact Luke Schroder to reserve a seat.
Email: / NZRelay 07 577 7000


EIF Funding

Where: Wesley Church (lounge room), 100 13th Avenue, Tauranga
When: Wednesday 4th May
Time: 6:00pm till 8:00pm
Manawanui InCharge will be having a 2nd networking gathering for families and people with EIF funding.
NZSL interpreters will be provided.
Please text Maureen Baker on 021 540 194 before the 27th April to book your name down.
If no names are registered, NZSL interpreters will be cancelled.


Merrilands Brownies “My Community” Badge

A story below from Vicki Frewin, Brownie Leader

I am one of the Leaders at Merrilands Brownies in New Plymouth.  We are doing the "My Community" Badge and one thing we did for this was the girls made a coin trail as a big ear when we did some basic activities on deafness etc.  We raised just over $35 for your organisation and I would like to invite you along one Thursday evening to talk to the girls about what you do (at Deaf Aotearoa) and what being Deaf means to children etc and what the girls could do to make any Deaf or hearing impaired classmates' lives easier at school. 


Lisa Master went along and here is her story

I talked about me was born Deaf.  Grown up normal life, happy being Deaf, using sign language as my first language.

Explained about hearing dogs, New Zealand Sign Language week and providing taster classes.

News and Views – Korero Mai April Issue

NZSL Week Events in Taranaki – Please See Flyers

Hawkes Bay

Incorrect News Last Week – iSign Roadshow

Please be advised that the information given in last week’s newsletter is incorrect. We will let you know when this workshop about “working with interpreters” will be available
Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Kat.
Mobile: 021 920 023 

Mass in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)

Where: St Peter Chanel Church, 817 Gordon Road, Hastings
When: Sunday 17th April
Time: 10:00am
Restrictions: All ages
Cost: Free
You are warmly invited to join David Loving-Molloy and the Catholic Deaf Community for Mass in NZSL. Mass will be followed by a cup of tea, Please bring some food to share for the cuppa.

NZSL at Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market

Where: A&P Showgrounds, Kenilworth Road, Hastings
When:  Sunday 8th May 2016
Time: 8.30am – 12.30pm
Restrictions: All Agesa
Cost: Free
Thousands of locals and visitors soak up the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of this traditional market. Visit the Deaf Aotearoa stall and collect some information about New Zealand Sign Language or join the 45 minute NZSL Taster Class at 10.30am – learning NZSL is extra fun in the outdoors, with the aroma of fresh coffee and the market’d selection of choice breakfast fare!
Let your senses take in the live music, the foodie fragrances and the sight of the produce so fresh it looks straight back at you, all while celebration NZSL Week!
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Kat.
Mobile: 021 920 023 

NZSL at Anderson Park

Where: Anderson Park, Greenmeadows, Napier
When: Saturday 14th May 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Free
Pack the family and a picnic and celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week. With a fun filled day at the park with bouncy castle, face painting, candy floss, bubble machine, BBQ and more!
Everyone is welcome to join in the celebrations, with a 45 minute NZSL Taster Class at 11am.
Please note: if it is raining or the park is too wet, the event will move to Hawke’s Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Kat.
Mobile: 021 920 023 

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club AGM

Where: HB Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale, Napier
When: Saturday 28th May 2016
Time: Doors open at 10:00am, meeting start at 10:30am and shared Lunch 1:00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Entry Free, Membership $20.00, Shared Lunch for Pizza $2.00 per person
The Annual General Meeting for the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club starts at 10.30am on Saturday 28th May 2016. Doors open at 10:00am.
If you wish to vote at the AGM you will have to pay your $20.00 membership fee and complete the application form before the meetings.
There will also be a shared lunch of Pizza and it will cost $2.00 per person.
If you have any questions or require a membership form visit the HBDC, 22 Lee Road, Taradale at Lunch time on a Wednesday or email to


Memorial Service

There is a Memorial Service for Stephen (Steve) Hooker in Wanganui for those who knows Steve.
Where: Faith City Church, 127 Springvale Road, Wanganui
When: Monday 18th April
Time: 1:30pm
It will be a celebration of a short life well lived. The family would like to see you there.


Stir It Up

Where: Deaf Aotearoa
When: Wednesday 20th April from 10am to 12noon
Contact: June Batten (Email: or Text: 021 518070)
Stir It Up event is an opportunity for anyone who wants to learn to sign. 
Let your whanau, friends, work mates and neighbours know to come for a free opportunity to have a taste in sign language. 
Coffee and Tea will be provided. 

Manawatu Events – NZSL In Foxton

Where: Foxton Township, Foxton 
When: Thursday 12th May
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Cost: $15 per person (not including lunch)
NZSL Interpreters provided
Visit Foxton’s famous landmarks, and learn about them in NZSL! This NZSL interpreted tour of Foxton includes the Dutch Oven, ‘De Molen’ - the Foxton Windmill, the Flax Stripper Museum, MAVtech (Museum of Audiovisual Technology) and a ride in the horse-drawn tram!
Lunch is at the Dutch Cafe at your own cost. At the end of the day, there’ll be a spot prize draw - four lucky people will win a free tour!
If you are interested in this trip, please book your place with Lianna by 4pm, Thursday 5th May.
For more information about this event please contact Lianna Kennedy.
Text: 021 278 8804

Manawatu Events – Celebration & Captioned Movies

Where: Downtown Cinema, 70 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
When: Friday 13th May
Time: 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Cost: Special ticket prices, Adults $11.50, Child $10.00*
          Buy your tickets at the cinema counter
         *Movie is rated PG (contains sexual references)
Enjoy a fun night at the movies, with a captioned screening of ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’! Start your evening with sparkling juice and a cupcake, before a brief presentation celebrating 10 years of NZSL’s official language status. There’ll also be a prize draw for four free tickets to the movie!
Everyone is welcome to join in celebrating NZSL’s milestones and have a laugh with a great movie!
For more information about this event please contact Lianna Kennedy.
Text: 021 278 8804

Manawatu Events – Family Fun Day In The Square

Where: The Square, Te Awe Awe Quadrant (Plaza side), Palmerston North
When: Saturday 14th May
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of New Zealand Sign Language Week and of NZSL’s official language status, at a free family fun day!
There’ll be a bouncy castle, sack races, games, free face painting and candy floss, a performance and balloon sculptures by magician Andrew Wilson at midday and a lolly scramble to finish it all off!
Play some fun NZSL games, take home NZSL learning resources and enjoy a fun, free day out with the whole family!
Note: if bad weather, it will be relocated to the Library Event Room, access at George Street entrance.
For more information about this event please contact Lianna Kennedy.
Text: 021 278 8804


Stir It Up

For everyone who wants to experience or learn New Zealand Sign Language for free. 
Come along and attend our monthly cuppa at the café.
A great for First Signs Families, NZSL Students, whanau or friends for all ages.
Where: Columbus Coffee at Mitre 10 Mega
              135 Kapiti Road
When: Sunday, 17th April
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
All welcome – Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, business, organisation…
Look at flyer of dates. See you there!
For information please contact Shannon Krogmann
Text: 021 545 288


NZSL Week At Wellington Events 

These events are organised by Deaf Aotearoa for Wellington during NZSL Week, 9th – 15th May.
There are five exciting events of New Zealand Sign Language Week, please check out the poster for more information and to see what is on.
For more information about these events and to RVSP please contact Shannon.
Text: 021 545 288


NZSL Week At Wellington Comedy Festival  

Deaf Aotearoa and New Zealand Comedy Festival are providing interpreted comedy shows during NZ Comedy Festival and NZSL Week.
There will be 7 interpreted shows, please check out the flier to see what shows are on for you to attend and have a laugh.
You need to buy ticket if you want to attend – please check NZ Comedy Show website to purchase.
For questions or clarification, please contact Shannon.
Text: 021 545 288

Roadshow For Parents

This event is organised by The Parenting Place. 
It will be great for all parents to learn about Creative Parenting: New Solutions to Old Problems, with two presenters, Petra Bagust and John Cowan.
Inspiring, guilt-free, entertaining, fun! You would need to purchase tickets ($10 per person, or $15 couples), please visit website to purchase.
NZSL interpreters will be provided. They have reserved seats for the Deaf community.
Where: Churton Park School,
             90 Churton Park, Churton Park,
When: Tuesday 17th May
Time: 7:30pm – 9pm.
Attached is a poster for more information about Roadshow Parenting. Please Julie Talia-Wong Kee if you have any enquiries.
Mobile: 022 411 7119

Wellington Deaf Society AGM (Annual General Meeting)

Wellington Deaf Society has their 2016 Annual General Meeting this Saturday, please arrive before 1:00pm start.
If you wish to be involved with their committee or to vote, please contact WDS Secretary (, if you are unable to come and wish to have your apologies in, please email the Secretary. All are welcome to join (only WDS Deaf members have voting rights).
Where: Johnsonville Community Centre, Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville
Time: 1:00pm sharp, please arrive before.
Once the AGM is done, please stay around for a cuppa and chat. Check out their website for further information or to be in touch.


Nelson Deaf Community AGM

When: Saturday 16th April

Time: 3:30pm.  Please be there at 3:00pm

Place: Nelson Suburban Club, 168 Tahunanui Drive, Tahuna, Nelson


We will stay for dinner and a catch up afterwards.  Please come along and support us.

Contact Rachel Summers.

Mobile: 021 102 4400

New Zealand Sign Language Week

This year New Zealand Sign is 9th - 15th May. It has been 10 years since Sign Language became New Zealand's 3rd official language.  Deaf Aotearoa Nelson & Bays have 3 events organised this year, please come along and support us.


Pop Up Cafe

Where: Cafe Affair, 295 Trafalgar Street, Nelson

When: Tuesday 10th May

Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm


Morning tea will be provided, purchase your own drinks.  Come along and learn some Sign Language and take part in a game or 5 of Sign Language Bingo.

Contact Jenny for more information.

Email: jenny.hennessy-o'

Text: 021 939 415


Fun at Pics Peanut Butter Factory

Where: 18 Elms Street, Wakatu Estate, Nelsopn

When: Thursday 12th May

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am


Do you like Peanut Butter?  Have you ever wanted to see how it’s made?  Come along to our interpreted tour through Pics Peanut Butter Factory.

Relax after the tour with a coffee next door at Pomeroys - The Coffee Company.

Please note:  This tour is NOT suitable if you have a nut allergy

Places are limited on the tour to 15 people.


Contact Jenny to sign up.

Email: jenny.hennessy-O'

Text: 021 939 415

Motueka Sunday Market

Where: Decks Reserve Carpark, Wallace Street, Motueka

When: Sunday 15th May

Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Come down to the Motueka Sunday Market at Decks Reserve and visit the Deaf Aotearoa Stand.  Learn a sign and win a prize!  There will be resources available for you to take away.


Contact Jenny for more information.

Email: jenny.hennessy-o'

Text: 021 939 415


Bingo Night

Bingo night at the Deaf Club!  Fun game and prizes

When: Friday 15th April

Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury

Time: 7:00pm

Cost: $5.00 per player for 3 games

NZSL Morning Tea

Join in a gathering of NZSL users! Where you can practise and chat in NZSL

When: Saturday 23rd April

Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Pre-NZSL Week Fun Day

Get ready for the 10th NZSL week! Gladiator activity, movies and fish and chips!

When: Saturday 7th May

Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury

Time: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

NZSL Pop-Up Café

Get together for morning tea at McDonald’s Merivale - meet Deaf Aotearoa staff and learn some New Zealand Sign Language!

When: Tuesday 10th May

Where: Merivale McDonalds, 217 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch

Cost: Free NZSL Interpreter provided


For more information about this event and to RSVP please contact Jared Flitcroft.


Text: 021 276 5033

NZSL Talk Show

A mystery Deaf host...a mobile short film all marking 10 years of NZSL Week and 10 years of official language status! Don’t miss the fun and celebrations, starting at 1pm with the mobile film making competition! Meet at Deaf Club with your team, pick a genre out of the hat, then you’ve got three hours to shoot a short film on your mobile device. The rules? Your short film must be based on this year’s NZSL Week theme (10 years) and it must be shot in sequence - no editing!


When: Friday 13th May

Where: Deaf Society Of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Central City, Christchurch

Cost: Free- NZSL Interpreters provided

Time:  Mobile film making competition – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

            Talk Show – 7:00pm – 11:00pm


Be back at Deaf Club from 7 for the Talk Show! Find out who the mystery host is, watch the short film entries and vote for a winner! Play games, have a laugh and celebrate NZSL!

For more information about this event and to RSVP please contact Jared Flitcroft.


Text: 021 276 5033


Working Bee

When: Sunday 17th April (reserve date if wet, Sunday 1st May)
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin
The OADC is having a working bee to get some jobs done. The main focus is the roof, replacing nails with screws, guttering and painting the roof.


NZSL Taster Class for Individuals

When: Monday 16th May
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa Office, Community Room, Dunedin
This is an opportunity for individuals to come to a taster class to lean some New Zealand Sign Language to support New Zealand Sign Language Week.
To register for this please contact Rebecca Aitcheson.
Mobile: 021 276 56 46

Taieri Gorge Railway - Interpreted Tour to celebrate NZSL Week

When:  Saturday 14th May 2016
Time: 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Meet at train station at 12.00pm
Where: Dunedin Railway Station on ANZAC Square
Cost:  $25 per adult (one school-aged child free with each adult)
NZSL Interpreters provided
Bring some lunch and save some room for cake! Wooden Table is kindly making a beautiful cake for afternoon tea, to celebrate 10 years of NZSL’s official language status and the 10th NZSL Week. Everyone is welcome, just be quick to secure your seats, not many left!
For more information about this event and to book your seat.
Please contact Rebecca Aitcheson.
Mobile: 021 276 5646


NZSL at the Otago Farmers Market

When:  Saturday 14th May 2016,
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am
Where: Otago Farmers Market, Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin
Cost:  FREE
Celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week at the farmers market - with lots of fun and giveaways for kids big and small! Balloons, face painting, prizes and lollipops of finger spelling competitions, the opportunity to learn some new signs, and plenty of fun and laughter! This is a free, fun event for the whole family!

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Invercargill Deaf Community Meeting

When: Sunday 17th April 2016

Where:  Invercargill Workman’s Club

Time: 1:30pm

All apologies please let Philippa or Roger Strong Know.

NZSL Week Events

Bill Richardsons World Tour 

When: Friday 6th May 2016

Where: Bill Richardson’s, Tay Street, Invercargill.

Time: 10:30am

Come along for this exciting new Tour of one of the World’s biggest museums of its type.

If you would like to be a part of the Tour you must register before attending as numbers are limited and there is only 9 spots left.

Please contact Rebecca on 021 554 905 if you would like to come.

Please refer to Flyer for more details.

Stir It Up 

What: Casual Coffee Group – Catch Up

When: Wednesday 27th April 2016

Where: Pyramid Café, 108 Gala Street, Invercargill

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm 

Please check out the Flyer for more information.