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Spirit of Matariki 

Come celebrate Matariki 2015
Free entry to a whole afternoon at Selwyn Park with various highlights including: 
- The Matariki market putting a variety of local produce on display. 
- The crew from Big River FM cooking a Hangi which will be for sale. 
- Different kinds of games to entertain the kids and adults alike. 
- The Dargaville Arts Association putting up some displays. 
- An open stage that will presenting a variety of local talents. 
- Circus Kumarani putting on a fire show at 6pm to finish the day.
When: Sunday 21st June
Time: 3pm – 8pm
Where: 17 Onslow Street, Dargaville, Northland
Costs: Admission is free

Market KeriKeri

For fabulous fresh food, visit The Old Packhouse Market , Kerikeri’s brand new under cover Market.
You will find good, honest, farm fresh products plus value-added produce and food, together with great coffee, breakfast, brunch, arts, crafts and much, much more. Cash Out facility is on site.
Made and Grown Locally. The market offers a wide selection of locally grown fruit and vegetables, quality meats, poultry, seafood, cheeses, flowers, wines, breads and baked goods, gourmet and deli lines, indoor and outdoor plants, plus a large variety of Northland arts and crafts.
When: Every Saturday til December 26th 2015
Time: 8am – 1.30pm
Where: The Old Packhouse, 505 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
Costs: Admission free


Maori Workshop 

Do you want to learn about Maori Culture? Want to understand the meaning of waiatas and other Maori language aspects of powhiri and whakatau?
This workshop is a great opportunity to come together and learn more about the second culture of New Zealand.
Richard Peri - Maori Deaf Development Officer from Deaf Aotearoa will be presenting.
When: Monday 22nd June
Time: 10am – 12pm
Where: Ruamoko Marae, Archibold St.
Cost: Free
NZSL Interpreter will be present.
If interested in attending, please contact Rachel Berry
Text: 021512943

Matariki Dawn Karakia 

Welcome all Maori and Deaf Community members
This year, Matariki celebrations are returning to Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) with a dawn karakia to take place on the summit. Presented by the Auckland Council. This will be supported by traditional chants to lament and commemorate our ancestors and contemporary waiata to rejoice our generations to come. 

When: Saturday 20th June 2015
Time: 5:15am –  8;30am
Where: Summit of Maungakiekie - One Tree Hill and Star dome Observatory
670 Manukau Road, Epsom
Costs: Free

Warm and waterproof clothing and a torch is required.

Transport provided up the mountain from the star dome entrance at 5.15am.
All guests will be transported back down the mountain to the star dome.

Kiwi Kampers

Message from Rachel Coppage, Co-ordinator for Kiwi Kampers:
Meghan Coppage and Adam Baillie, both from Auckland, are going to the Deaf Film Camp in the States next month as “Kiwi Kampers”.
Julia Dorsey (another Kiwi Kamper, from Oamaru), Brent MacPherson (filmmaker from Auckland), Eric Coppage (chaperone from Auckland) and Fallon Simchowitz (Communication Facilitator, Wellington) are also going.
The children will learn with 70 other adolescents from the States, Norway and France all about film making from reputed Deaf professionals and with state of art technology for 2 weeks in upstate New York. The accumulation of their work will see a musical video. Last year’s Happy hit over 400 million views!
They will return back to NZ as confident young adults and will participate in the NZ Deaf Short Film Festival with their presentations. They will utilise their skills into making their own films as an effective Deaf Awareness tool in the age of social media - to be seen and get heard.
They need to raise a lot of money to help them get into camp.
Give A Little website for online donations:
Kiwi Kampers - Facebook -
Fundraising events with the support of Auckland Deaf Society (1) Youth Evening 26th June with a movie (2) 5 km sponsored walk at One Tree Hill 19 July. More information nearer the time.
Thanks for your support,

South Auckland

South Auckland Deaf Club

Our next date for South Auckland Deaf Club will on:
Date:  Friday 26th June
Time: 7pm onwards
Where:  Clubroom – 183 Great South Road, Papatoetoe.
See you there!

Stir it up

Last month we had a fabulous NZSL month, but it has now come to end. 
If you want to learn more NZSL, come along to the Stir it up event.
See the attached flyer.
When:  Saturday 13th June
Where:  Deaf Aotearoa office South Auckland, level 1 Manukau Westfield mall.
Time:  10am-12pm
Age: Unlimited, everyone is welcome to come, from babies to oldies.

Quiz Night

Come help our great friend & SLIANZ president, Rebeccah represent SLIANZ at the WASLI conference in Turkey!
Have a look the flyer all the information about Quiz night
Date:  19th June
Time:  7pm – 10.30pm
Where:  Western Springs Community hall, 956 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland.
Please RSVP to Rebeccah and support them. 


Deaf Waikato River Community Social Dinner

When: Saturday 20th June 
Time: 7pm
Where: Cock & Bull – Traditional English Pub & Restaurant. Corner of Maui & Church St, Te Rapa, Hamilton

Eat, drink and relax. We’re letting the good times flow!
We hope to see you there!

Deaf Craft Night

When:  Monday 15th June
Time: 6:30pm – 9pm
Where:  CCS Disability Action Waikato, 17 Claudelands Rd, Hamilton
Bring your own crafts, and come and enjoy a warm room with coffee, slices and great company!
Please book to your calendar for reminder.


Helen Keller Communication Day

When: Friday 26th June
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Where: Hamilton Blind Foundation, 15 Liverpool St, Hamilton
What: Light lunch, cake and a chance to socialise.  We’ll also have our tone chimes (handbells) available, if you’d like to have a go at making music.
All people within Deafblind communities throughout NZ will attend local morning teas/ lunches to celebrate Helen Keller Communication Day.  The event will provide an opportunity to enjoy time together and empower Deafblind people.


Car Registration Fee Changes from 1st July 

On 1 July 2015 the vehicle licensing fee (rego) is going down by an average of 41% depending on your type of vehicle.
To make sure you don't pay more than necessary you may want to consider choosing a shorter licensing renewal period, for – just this month. That way you'll be ready to take full advantage of the new lower price when your vehicle licence comes up for renewal after July 2015.
For more information refer to our frequently asked questions or look on their website:
Vehicle registration and licensing fees | NZ Transport Agency.
If you would like to know more then you may need to use Video Relay Service (VRS)

Bay of Plenty

TEC – Forklift

Ten learners joined a TEC course for Forklift in Tauranga, some came from Whakatane and Rotorua.
It was a very long day learning in theory and practising driving the forklift. Thank you to the NZSL interpreters for making this possible, without you we couldn’t have gone far.

Congratulations to those who have passed and obtained their certificates and cards.They now can use the forklift at work for three years.
If any of you require a Forklift licence or any other courses, contact your local CRO Sue
Lessing on or text 021 920 675


Stir It Up

Last Saturday, there were 26 people including 3 children and two came from Rotorua to join the Stir It Up.
It was great fun having some experience learning NZSL and playing games.
Thank you to the Deaf community who also joined as it was good for those to see the difference, how we all sign and talk.
From the gatherings some interested people have taken on NZSL night classes.
The next Stir It Up for anyone of all ages, will be on Saturday 4th July starting at 10.30am.
Contact Sue Lessing on or text on 021 920 675 for more information.


Food Show

Where: ASB Arena Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
When: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June from 10:00am till 5:00pm
Cost: All day tickets $12.00 per person (from 10:00am till 5:00pm)
           Afternoon tickets $10.00 per person (from 1:00pm till 5:00pm)
Free parking for 2000 cars.
There will be 160 exhibitors and live cooking demonstrations.
When you do visit the show, there will be an entry form for to win a trip to Vin Alto Winery for you and seven family members or friends, driven to the North in luxury from door to door.


Natural Disaster

Are you ready for any natural disaster?
For a refresher, click here to watch in NZSL and captions, what to do and how to get through an earthquake, storm, floods, tsunami, volcano and landslides.

Tauranga Trail Runner Series

You’ll come across river crossings, muddy banks, puddles in a surround of native bush. These events cater for everyone, there are Men and Ladies categories for runners and walkers.
There is also a specifically designed course for children.
There is a 10/12km or 3/5km course option.
To find out when, where and more info, click here 

Deaf Aotearoa Staff

Sue will be away on leave from Tuesday 16th June and returning to work on Monday 22nd June. She will not be able to reply to your text or email.
If you wish to book the community computer, please text Maureen Baker on 021 540 194 or Heather Goodwin (Wed and Thursday only) on 021 923 131

Thank you.

Geoffrey Young Contributing to this Weekend’s Arts Trials 

Geoffrey Young of New Plymouth fully embraces his hearing impairment.
By day he works for Glen Valley Joinery, by night he retires to his man cave where he makes creative yet functional furniture.
Working with power tools you’d expect he’s have to wear gear to protect his ears a lot.  “I don’t necessarily have to wear ear plugs or ear muffs.  I just turn my hearing aids off,” he laughs.

Click on link below for full article.


Taranaki Arts Trail 2015

When:  Saturday 13th June – Sunday 14th June
Time: 9am to 4.30pm
Where: All over Taranaki

A wonderful opportunity to meet with artists from around Te Maunga Taranaki in their workshops and studios,
Click below link for Art Trail details.

Prices: Free entry
Contact: Amanda Hewlett
Phone: 06-757 2065


Chiefs v Hurricanes


When:  Saturday 13th June
Time: 7:35 pm
Where: Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth 

The Chiefs will take on the Hurricanes in round 18 of Super Rugby on Saturday 13 June 2015. 
Tickets to the Chiefs v Hurricanes game are on sale now from the TSB Showplace Ticket Office (92-100 Devon St West, New Plymouth) or Ticket Direct: or phone 0800 224 224.
Please click this link to view the draw, seating zones, and to download the Chiefs 2015 membership forms.

Want to be a part of the action but unable to attend the games? Are you a Chiefs fan living overseas? Then the I AM Chiefs Supporter membership could be perfect for you!  

Please read the Chiefs Super XV Stadium Conditions of Entry before your visit to Yarrow Stadium.

Prices: Tickets from $20 Adult, $15 Student and $9 Child
Contact: Event Venues Team NPDC
Phone: 06-759 6060
Booking Link
Local loyalties divided ahead of Chiefs Hurricanes clash

Naki Run Amuck

When: Sunday 14th June
Time:  Noon start
Where: Urenui Domain, New Plymouth

Put on your fancy dress and get down and dirty at the fourth annual Naki Run Amuck.

Open to all 13 years and older - go solo or organise a team and enter the five or 10km events.  Great prizes and plenty of spot prizes.
Major beneficiary is Taranaki Search and Rescue.

Organised by New Plymouth North Rotary with all proceeds going back to the community.

Prices: $55.00 early bird $60.00 standard entry $30.00 student early bird $35.00 student standard
Contact: Jill Fearn
Phone: 027 491 9133
Booking Link

Taranaki International Arts Festival 2015

The Mooncake and the Kumara

What: Interpreted Show
When: Saturday 22nd August
Where: Theatre Royal Suite, TSB Showplace, 92-100 Devon Street West
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Premium $42.00          A Res $38.00   Service fees apply $2
Purchase the tickets AT THE BOX OFFICE USING the password ACCESSIBLE
Reserved seats available:  8 tickets @$38              17tickets @$42                  25 tickets in total reserved seats
Set in a time when racism is rife in New Zealand, two cultures collide in a tale of love and honour, history and secrets. 
Rich with myths and fables, music and song, this story is about a Māori-Chinese love affair that will uproot the lives of two families for generations to come
Directed by Taranaki’s own Katie Wolfe, The Mooncake and the Kumara is set 90 years ago in a market garden, where romance blooms among the vegetables. 
Click on link below for more details

The password is set up for the Deaf community, the password is Accessible.
It will be available online on the main page, just type in Accessible next to the yellow lock and then choose the yellow circle seats.  You can also purchase from the TSB Showplace box office if the customer quotes or shows the password.

Hawkes Bay

Winter Is Here!

We all know we need to use more power to heat the house up, more cooking, keeping the house dry, plus more!
Check this great website out -
Keeping your home warm.
Heat is expensive - save money by keeping cold air out and warm air in:
Windows and doors
•       Draw curtains at dusk to keep the day's heat in. The best curtains are thick and well-fitted, covering the whole window and preferably reaching the floor. A pelmet at the top is even better.
•       Double-glazing is fantastic but expensive to retrofit. Consider DIY window-film kits, which can cut heat loss through windows by half.
•       Stop draughts. Make sure your windows and doors fit into their frames, use draught stopping tape around windows and doors and draught excluders or door snakes along the bottom of doors. Even a rolled up towel will help keep in the heat.
•       There are lots of low-cost products at hardware stores for filling gaps and cracks in wooden floors to prevent draughts coming through.
•       A well-placed rug can also help cover cracks and gaps.
•       If your heater has a timer, use it rather than leaving the heater on all day.   
•       Many heaters are only big enough to heat one room. Close the doors and, once it's evening, pull the curtains.
Keeping your home dry.
Moisture and dampness constantly find ways into your home - especially when you're cooking and washing. You need to stop it at the source, or find ways to make sure it leaves the house. Otherwise, it can cause mould and mildew, leading to health problems. It also makes your home more difficult to heat properly.
•       Leaky pipes and blocked guttering can cause moisture inside your house, leading to mould and mildew. Fix any broken or leaking pipes and clear and fix guttering.
•       Lay down a moisture-proof membrane (basically, a giant piece of tarp) if there's dampness under the house.
•       Check around the outside of the house and see that all of the underfloor vents are clear of plants or anything that could be blocking them - this will help move the damp air out from under the house.
•       Cooking, showering and doing the washing all introduce moisture into your home. The best thing for this is externally vented extraction fans or vents, but if you don't have these make sure you open the windows to ventilate after cooking, showering and washing up.
•       Try not to dry clothes on airing racks indoors - all that moisture just goes straight into your home. If you can, dry clothes outside or in a vented dryer.
•       Bedding can absorb moisture over time. Air duvets, pillows, and other heavy bedding outdoors in summer.
•       Open a few windows and doors at the same time once or twice a day to air the house and let moisture escape, even in winter. Don't forget to open wardrobe and cupboard doors, too.
•       It might seem counter-productive, but sleeping with windows left open a crack to let some of the moisture that naturally accumulates in a room out is actually a good idea (only if you have security latches on your windows).
•       Don't use portable gas heaters - these introduce moisture (and noxious gases) into the home, and are actually the most expensive way to heat a home.
Saving on hot water
Heating water is also expensive, so using less hot water can have a big impact on your power bills.
•       Unless it's an especially dirty load, modern washing machines and detergents are more than up to the job of doing a good clean in cold water. A hot water wash uses 90% more power than a cold wash.
•       A 15-minute shower costs around $1, a 5-minute shower around 33c - so a family of four could be saving around $18 a week just by taking shorter showers*.
•       Using an efficient showerhead gives you a great shower, with much less water.  To check the flow rate of your shower put a 10 litre bucket under the shower, if it fills in less than a minute, your showerhead is wasting water.
Cut the cost of using appliances
Appliances left on when you don't use them waste electricity - a few new habits can help trim this:
•       Appliances that use standby power can account for 7% of your power bill. Major culprits are home entertainment appliances, like TVs, stereos and DVD players Plug them all into a multi-plug board so they can all be turned off properly with one easy flick of the switch.
•       If you have a heated towel rail, only use it when needed. By having it on for four hours a day rather than all the time, you could save $180 each year*. You can buy timers for towel rails that come on automatically at certain times of the day.
•       Got a second fridge? Chances are it's an old more inefficient one and doesn't really need to be on all the time -especially if you're just using it to keep a few drinks cold.
•       Check your fridge door seals - if the door doesn't seal properly your fridge will be using more energy than it needs to.
Saving on lighting
Lighting is probably one of the easiest places you can save electricity around the house:
•       Turn lights off when you're not using them.
•       Replace your five most used incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient ones and save around $100 a year*.

Matariki Festival

Where: Flaxmere Park, Wilson Road, Flaxmere, Hastings
When: Friday 19th June 2015 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Entry: Free
Dress up warm and come along to this popular free Maori new year family celebration that attracts thousands of delighted families. There's singers, dancers, kapa haka, bands and hip hop dancers. Free kiddies rides and hot kiwi kai are on offer. The show ends with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.
We encourage those living within a kilometre to leave the car at home and walk to the park.
We are grateful to our major funder Trust House for their huge support as well as Te Puni Kokiri - Ministry of Maori Development and Ngati Kahungunu Iwi. We are also grateful for support from Flaxmere Community Patrol, Flaxmere Māori Wardens, Te Aka Trust, Maaka-Morell Family Trust and Geraldine Cowan-Maere.

Food Waste Workshops

Where: Environment Centre Hawke's Bay, 809 Karamu Road, Hastings
When: Saturday 20th June 2015 10:00am – 12:00pm (another workshops in August and October)
Entry: Free (You need to register please go to this link and register now).
These workshops are held regularly throughout the year and cover the management of food waste using worm farms and bokashi composting systems.
Worm farms and bokashi are ideal for generating nutritious, free fertiliser for your garden for free from your food scraps. Learn about the Japanese system of bokashi composting, which perfectly complements composting done in a worm farm.
What your worms can't eat, your bokashi system will - including bones, meat, dairy products, oils and fats, cooked foods, garlic, onion and chillis and even avocado stones!
Keep your organic waste out of landfill and create potent and proven fertilisers for your garden using one or both of these systems. Workshops are a mixture of theory and practical to help you get the most out of your worm farm and bokashi system.
All items required to set up either system are available for sale from the Environment Centre. As an added bonus, all workshop participants receive 10% off purchases made on the day of the workshop.
These workshops are generously funded by Hastings District Council as part of their waste minimisation strategy.


Deaf Aotearoa Whereabouts

Lianna will be on leave from Tuesday 16th June and will return to work on Friday 26th June.  If you have any concerns/queries please contact Ruth by:
Email: or
Text: 021540195

Maori Weaving workshop

On 10th June, 7 participants came along to the first day of Maori Weaving workshop, today was learning about Flax and its history, Weaving with flax in today’s world and tools used for flax.  We all found this very informative and really looking forward to the start of the weaving process from the beginning.  It is not as easy as one first thought, as there is a lot of work involved in the preparation before you start weaving! We will put some progress news in the following newsletter as we work our way through the steps to making a Kete (basket).

Save Time online – Work and Income NZ

When: Thursday 2nd July
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, 74 The Square, Level 2 United Building, Palmerston North
Time: 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Do you remember those times when you had to go to the Work and Income office and wait for a very long time in the queue…..guess what….you don’t have to do this anymore!! Want to find out about the new service that can save you time? If you answered YES please contact Lianna by:
Text: 021 278 8804
Fax: 0800 329332 (please put To: Lianna, Palmerston North office)

Manawatu Deaf Society Club Night
When: Friday 12th June
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: 7.30pm
Manawatu Deaf Society have now got their Club Licence, this means from now on please do not bring your own drinks, all drinks is now available to be purchased from the bar.

Manawatu Deaf Club 53rd Birthday

When: Saturday 11th July
Where: Caroline’s Boat Shed, 181 Somme Parade, Wanganui
Time: 5.30pm to 12.00am
Come out to Wanganui to help Manawatu Deaf Society celebrate their birthday.  This will be a great night of a nice meal, fun and laughter!
If you wish to join us please contact Shona Beamsley by:
Text: 027 3953298 or

Accessibility Forum

“Engaging with the Council: Modes and Mechanisms”
Where: Community Room, Mezzanine Floor, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street
When: Friday, 19th June 2015 at 2pm – 4pm
RSVP: by Friday, 12th June
Providing updates on the WCC’s accessibility work, and how to solve problems and influence decisions.


Wellington Association of Deaf Children AGM 

Where: Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor Street 
When: Sunday 14th June 2015 at 2pm
Both the President and Secretary are stepping down, opportunity to be involved!
Family friendly – toys/games available for children during the AGM.
Afternoon tea afterwards.
Hope to see you there!


Nelson Deaf Incorporated Midwinter Christmas Lunch

Nelson Deaf Incorporated are having there Mid-Winter Christmas lunch at The Apple Shed in Mapua.
Please let the secretary Rachel if you are coming by 13th June also if you require transport.
Her contact number is:
Text: 0211024400 or
When: Saturday 20th June at 11.30am
Where: The Apple Shed Cafe  3 Mapua Wharf Mapua

Potluck Dinner and Games Night

NDC will be having a Potluck dinner and games night at Rachel's home, please bring a pot luck dish to share. There will be fun games too, if you require transport let Rachel know.
When: Saturday 18th July at 5pm
Where: At Rachel's home, please contact Rachel if you would like to come text 0211024400

Keeping in touch KIT Day

You are welcome to come along and meet the Deaf children in our Nelson area, there will be fun activities which include Skating, Badminton, Table tennis.
When: Tuesday 18th August time 9.30am-2pm
Where: Motueka Recreation Centre, Old Wharf Road, Motueka


TEC First Aid Courses

There are two courses are coming up in July 2015, these are a great opportunity to gain
the First Aid certificates for your workplace and add to your CV.

NZSL interpreters provided to both courses.

Comprehensive First Aid Course - two day course

Should I go on the course?
If you workplace has asked you to have a First Aid Certificate but you do have one, or your certificate is old and expired (out of date) then this is a great course for you!

What will I get when I finish the course?
You will receive a NZ Red Cross First Aid manual book and a NZ Red Cross First Aid certificate.

When: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July 2015
Time: Saturday - 8.30 am to 5.30 pm and Sunday 8.30 am to 3.15 pm
Where: 32 Birmingham Drive, Middleton, Christchurch
Cost: $210 pp (your work could cover the cost - please advise me to give your boss a support letter
RSVP: Friday 3rd July

First Aid Revalidation - one day course

This is a great opportunity to refresh your First Aid certificate and keep yourself up-to-date.

Should I go on the course?
You need to have a current first aid certificate or from the expiry date you have received in the mail/post that says you need to complete the refresher within 3 months.

What will I get when I finish the course?
You will receive a NZ Red Cross First Aid certificate.

When: Sunday 12th July 2015
Time: 8.30 am to 3.15 pm
Where: 32 Birmingham Drive, Middelton, Christchurch
Cost: $120 pp (you work could cover this cost - please advise me to give your boss a support letter)
RSVP: Friday 3rd July 2015


Deaf Society of Canterbury - Social Evening - TONIGHT!

Deaf Society of Canterbury is having their first social evening for the members to join a social evening to meet everyone at our brand new Deaf clubroom tonight!

Everyone is welcome to attend a social evening.

When: Friday 12th June at 7 pm onwards
Where: 80 Fitzgerald Avenue, Christchurch City

More details or enquiries, please contact Deaf Society of Canterbury Event Co-ordinator.

Deaf Craft Group - TOMORROW

You are welcome to join our Deaf Craft Group to learn new skills, projects or finish off your project and please bring your projects.
And you are welcome to bring your friend(s)!

When: Saturday 13th June
Time: 10.30 am to 1.00 pm
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch

Please bring a plate to share for lunch.
For more information, please contact or text 021 324 828

New Zealand Deaf Rugby Match - this SUNDAY!

A team of Australia Silent Knights rugby players are visiting Christchurch to play a match against our NZ Deaf Blacks on this Sunday 14th June.

Where: Christchurch Park, 250 Westminster Street, Mairehau, Christchurch
Time Kick Off: 1.00 pm

For more information or enquiries- please see flyer.

KidsFest - Christchurch's July School Holidays

Do you want to entertain for your child/ren's during school holidays between Saturday 4th to Saturday 18th July 2015?

KidsFest are having a lot of events for parents, caregivers and child/ren, more details -

It is recommend to book your choice of event(s) to avoid full booked and disappointed and also make sure you click 'like' on their KidsFest Facebook onto your Facebook to keep up the latest updates and news.

Van Asch Deaf Education Centre Drama 

Do you enjoy watching a Deaf drama in New Zealand Sign Language performance by Deaf students presents "Oliver Twist"?
When: Thursday 25th June at 7.00 pm, Friday 26th June at 1.00 pm (full booked) or Friday 26th June at 7.00 pm
Where: van Asch Deaf Education Centre Hall, off Wakefield Street entrance, Sumner, Christchurch
Cost for the tickets: $2.00 school students and $5.00 adult
Where to purchase the tickets: Dayle Campbell -, phone 03 326 6009 or fax 03 326 5346
Please see flyer for more details.


Coffee Club

When: Thursday 25th June
Time: 10:00 – 11:30am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office community room
Please bring small plate to share.

Police Workshop

A New Zealand Police officer will be coming to give us information about the new drink driving laws, demerit points, drug and alcohol safety and more. You will be able to ask any questions.
When: Thursday 25th June
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place, Dunedin
Cost: free
Please tell Anna if you’re coming!


Coffee Group 

When: Thursday 25th June 
Where: DRC, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill
Time: 10am 
Hope to see you there. 

Matariki Festival and Maori Film Festival

What: Various Activities / Screenings - See Timetable below 
When: 15th June - 21st June 2015 
Costs:  FREE - Koha/ Donation 
Times: 12pm- 7pm Daily.
To celebrate Matariki enjoy a number of events, including the annual Maori Film Festival
Matariki 2015 will be a joint venture between Venture Southland, Wairoa Maori Film Festival, The Southland Museum and Art Gallery and the Invercargill City Libraries and Archives.

80 minutes of the best in Maori short films will be shown in the SMAG Theatrette, along with forums and kapa haka performances.

The timetable is as follows: (both Saturday and Sunday, June 20th-21st)
  • 12:00pm - 1:20pm film screening
  • 1:30pm - 2:50pm film screening
    1:30pm - 1:55pm Forum on film making with an emphasis on Maori film making
  • 2:10pm - 2:45pm Kapa Haka performances (Saturday - Te Puawaitanga; Sunday - Te Wharekura O Arowhenua
  • 3pm - 4:20pm Film screening
  • 4:30pm Film screening

The films in the programme include:
  • In The Rubbish Tin - by Riwia Brown
  • Footsteps - by Lennie Hill
  • The Tohunga - by Rebecca
  • Ahi Ka - by Richard Curtis
  • Ross and Beth - by Hamish Bennett
  • Home - by Apirana Ipo Te Maipi
  • Inc'd - by Darren Simmonds

On Sunday, June 21st, at 6pm there will be a very special forum based around the work of Stephen Mulqueen, whose exhibition WHAKAMAORITANGA/Translations is currently showing at the museum and art gallery.

This is a 360-degree landscape map, which encircles the gallery walls, transporting the viewer to the top of Motupōhue/Bluff Hill. Mulqueen is the current Southland Art Foundation, William Hodges Fellow.

Short play readings will accompany the event, using Brian Friel's play, Translations.
Constellation Evening:  Southland Astronomical Society members will be giving a fascinating insight on the Matariki constellation and Dean Whaanga will share his cultural knowledge about the constellation’s relevance in the traditional Maori calendar.  The Verdon Kapa Haka Roopu will be performing at this event. 
The Southland Museum will host workshops in Harakeke (weaving).