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NEW iSign Booking System – Coming Soon!

Deaf Aotearoa are redeveloping our iSign booking system in ways that will help us provide our iSign services more efficiently. It’s a big, complex job but we're pleased to say progress is going well.
The new iSign booking system will make use of modern technologies such as using smart phones and cloud technology, in addition to keeping the existing ways to request interpreter services, eg: by text, email, website, etc.
Over the next few weeks we will be trialling the system with a small group of interpreters and community people. Feedback from the trails will help refine the new system further. The trial will involve us giving you some fake jobs to book. If you are interested in helping us trial the new system please contact
We will keep you updated on progress, and will provide information and training on the new system.

AGM Update

I would like to share information about last weekend – it was really good and quite busy.
Last Friday, the Executive Board had their Board meeting, and then on Saturday, we held the AGM.  I was impressed with the number of people that attended the AGM in Dunedin.  We also had a number of proxy votes, that didn’t agree with the remit so will postpone the vote for a Special General Meeting (SGM).
Lachlan Keating and Robert Hewison, our President, explained clearly the recommended changes to the Constitution as outlined in the remit.  Somewhat surprisingly, most of the people who attended the AGM supported it and voted in favour.  The vote was taken and  62 voted for the remit, but the 33 proxy votes preferred to postpone the matter. The majority voted for the remit but it didn’t pass with the required 2/3 majority of the votes.
The Board was somewhat disappointed but accepted the proxy votes.
The Board is now taking a step back to review and plan, and will communicate this with the community.  There will be regular updates before the SGM. We will let you know the details soon, and will have clear information sent out to the community before the SGM.
I’d also like to say that if you are a Deaf Aotearoa member and didn’t receive any information, or are unsure whether you should have, I would like you, the community members, to contact your local Deaf Aotearoa office and ask them to check your email and postal addresses. Our membership list has some outdated postal and email addresses and they need to be updated. Please contact us to ensure we have your correct contact information.
I will post regular updates soon.
Thank you for watching and for your time.

Facilitator Positions Available

There are new facilitator vacancies available at Deaf Aotearoa.

There are positions in:

Applications close on Wednesday 2nd December at 5:00pm.

If you are interested please visit:

Attitude Live – People’s Choice Awards

The Attitude People’s Choice Award is decided solely through voting on AttitudeLive.
All 24 finalists are up for this Award. Their stories are featured on our People’s Choice page, where you can click through on an individual to read more about who they are and their achievements, as well as watch a short video about them.
To cast your vote visit:


International Day of People With Disabilities 2015 


Join us at the Canopy Bridge for a celebration of International Day of People with Disabilities. This will be an extravaganza of fun Entertainment and Activities!


This year's theme for International Day of People with Disabilities is Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for people of all abilities and we are planning a great celebration with fun activities and live entertainment at the Canopy Bridge in the Town Basin, Whangarei.


You will be able to have a go with Doug the Digger, Bunnings mini DIY workshop, sailing in the adapted yachts Kandu and Wildu, there will be yoga, other sporting activities and more.


Live entertainment will include the ever popular and talented Strongbeats Dance Crew, live music from NorthAble LYNKZ members, Ming Ming Edgar and much more!

Facilitator Position Northland Office


40 hours per week.

Application deadline Wednesday 2nd December.


For a full job description please go to


Children’s Christmas Party 

Come celebrate the end of the year with your children at the Children’s Christmas Party.
When: Saturday 5th December
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society Clubroom (downstairs)
Cost: ADS member $10 per child – under 2 years of age - $5
           Non-member $15 per child, under 2 years of age - $10
Payment options:
Internet banking 12-3067-0262615-00
Reference: Child’s surname and ‘Kid Xmas’.
Cash or Eftpos available at Auckland Deaf Society Office – Monday to Friday.
Seen events co-ordinator Julie Anne on Friday night.
To help us plan, please register by emailing
Please include your child’s/children’s name, age and whether they are a boy or girl.

South Auckland Deaf Club 

Enjoy your night out! There are TVs to watch sport, pool table, music and deaf people to chat to! Children are allowed in till 9:00pm.
Theme: Early Christmas Break Up
When: Friday 27th November
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Papatoetoe Clubrooms, 183 Great South Road, Auckland

The Forgotten People

A feature documentary will be screened at Auckland Deaf Society. This documentary was directed by Brent Macpherson. Roger Wyrill, Eric Coppage and Brent Ryder will talk about their experience interacting with Deaf students in Solomon Islands.
When: 27th November
Time: 8:00pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road
Costs: $10 for 11+, $5 for under 10 year olds. Also ADS entry fees, members free, non-members $5.
Tickets can be purchased by cash only, during the week or to book a ticket email Brent Macpherson at:
All proceeds go to San Isidro Care Centre (Deaf Schoo) near Honiara, Solomon Islands.
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.

Santa Parade on Queen Street

Check out the website:
This Santa Parade features all amazing, fun, surprised, colourful grand float with lots of marching and music etc. 
When: Sunday 29th November
Time: 1:00pm, (if it rains it will be postponed to Sunday 6th December)

Stir it up

When: Saturday 12th December
Where:  Level 1, Westfield Mall, Manukau
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
This is a great opportunity for family and friends to get together and learn NZSL. This will be the last one for this year before we are closing for Christmas.


Be Computer Savvy- IT Course FREE

Learn how to use Microsoft word and Microsoft excel for CV’s and Budgeting. If you are unsure on a computer this course is perfect for you! Free course so no reason not to come!
When: Friday 4th December
Where: Wintec Hamilton City Campus
Meet where: Nisbet Street by Café name Mavis and Co
RSVP: Before Friday 27th November
NZSL Interpreters provided.
For more information see flyer or contact Nisha at Deaf Aotearoa.
Text: 021 516 399
See video below for more information.

Chartwell Closed Caption Movie

About what: Movie based on book by Author Rosalie Ham. An Australian Woman
          Dressmaker move back to Australia to mend bridges and fix problems of past.
When: Monday 30th November
Where: Chartwell Movies
Time: 8:40pm
Don’t Forget “I am Deaf” card. If you forget card then movie not free. If you don’t have “I am Deaf” Card contact Deaf Aotearoa. We will help.
Enjoy the movie!
Contact: Nisha Appanna
Text: 021 516 399

Stir It Up – December

December Stir It Up is last one this year! So come along. Involves what? Representative from Organisation Life Unlimited coming to talk about their services, what they do, etc. Will be a great free talk.
When: Tuesday 8th December
Where: Deaf Aotearoa Hamilton Office on London Street
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Tea, coffee and nibbles provided.
Come along and enjoy!
For more info please contact Nisha Appanna
Text: 021 516 399

Come And Support The First Deaf Waka Ama Team!

The first Deaf Waka ama Team (name: "PÅ«rerehua", meaning butterfly in Te Reo) have been training hard, and are the first Deaf Team to enter into Waka ama Regional Races.
Come and cheer them on!
When: Sunday 6th December
Where: Lake Karapiro, Cambridge
Race Time will be in next Community Weekly News.

Community Garden Plot for Deaf Community

Over the past two weeks, a group have been preparing a garden plot at Grand View Community Garden, to grow their own vegetables. They cleared their plot, and have now planted some tomatoes, pumpkin and kumera. Come and join in and grow your own vegetables ready for 2016!

Next meeting at garden:
When: Tuesday 1st December
Time: 9:00am
Where: Grandview Community Gardens
Address: 180 Grandview road, Nawton (park on road)
Cost: Free to be a member!

Bay of Plenty

Stir It Up – Last One for the Year

Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Saturday 5th December
Time: 10:30am till 12:30pm
Cost: Free
Tea/coffee provided.
This event is open for anyone of all ages -  families, students, school, business, organisations to come and have a bit of fun to learn and to get to know more about New Zealand Sign Language.
This is a very casual event and it will be the last one for the year. This has been a great year with people coming in to have a bit of fun and make new friends.
New dates for next year will be set up and emailed out.
The first one will be on Saturday the 13th February, 2016.
On this last day 5th  December, we will be having fun, talking about what’s happening out in the community, learn signs for holiday and more.
The group wants this day to be special, bring a small plate of finger food to share.


Trustpower Christmas Parade

 Tauranga City Centre, Devonport Road through to the Strand.
When: Saturday 5th December
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
A family fun day for all to enjoy! Come and see the exciting parade/floats and there will be entertainment at the waterfront.
Take a picnic basket to stay or grab a bite to eat from one of the cafes and restaurants. 

Christmas Day Community Lunch

 Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton Street, Rotorua
When: Friday 25th December
Time: Doors open at 11:30am - lunch at 12:00pm
Cost: Free
Are you alone on Christmas Day? Not sure of what to do on Christmas Day?
Rotorua Association of Christian Churches invites you and your whanau to a free lunch at Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre.
Are you keen to go? Contact one of the below to put your name down asap.
St Johns Church – Cnr Ronalf and Victor Street
Citizens Advice Bureau – Community House, 1115 Haupapa Street
Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre – 1170 Fenton Street
Rotorua Association of Christian Churches
Text: 027 262 6096
You need to contact them to put your name down. Walking in without booking your name will not be accepted. 
Access to Water

Tauranga City Council is seeking feedback from the community on a proposal to build tidal stairs and a new pontoon and pier in the waterfront area in front of Masonic Park at the Strand.
Click on the link for more information
If you have any feedback please email: or NZRelay 07 577 7000

Stir It Up

This is the last time to gather in 2015, over a cuppa and learn NZSL.
BYO lunch. All Welcome!
Date: Monday 7th December 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Venue: WITT Café
20 Bell St
New Plymouth

Christmas At The Bowl

TSB Bowl of Brooklands
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth
Date: Sunday 20th December 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: Entry By Gold Coin Donation

Stratford A&P Show

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
Where: Stratford Show grounds, Flint Road, Stratford
Gate Charges:
Adult $10.00
Children $3.00
Children under 5 free
Family $25.00 – 2 adults and up to 4 children
For over 100 years Taranaki folk of all ages have flocked to the Stratford A&P showgrounds under the mountain to enjoy the annual show and its wide range of attractions.
There is something for everyone to appreciate and enjoy.
Trade exhibits and stall holders, Entertainment for all the family.
Hawkes Bay

Onekawa Deaf Unit History Project

Where: Van Asch Deaf Resource Centre on Barton Avenue, Marewa
When: Saturday 5th December
Time: 12:00pm for lunch and 12:45pm for history discussion.
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
If you were a student in the Onekawa Deaf Unit and would like to:

  • Meet Peter Strong again
  • Talk to other Deaf about Onekawa Deaf Unit

Please come to the meeting, lunch will also be provided. Nicki Young will be here to communicate for you and Lee will be the chairman. Rachel and David McKee (from Victoria University) will also be there. Please advise us if you are attending for catering purposes.
Juliet Clarke (Edwards)
Text: 021 258 8015

NZSL Online Dictionary

Where: Van Asch Deaf Resource Centre on Barton Avenue, Marewa
When: Saturday 5th  December
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
The team form Victoria University is collecting signs for your local place names in your area. If you are a Deaf NZS signer who has lived in Hawkes Bay area for many years, please come to the meeting. We would like to video your signs for local place names. Each person who takes part will get a supermarket voucher. 
If you can come, please RSVP Email:

Looking for Employment

Where: Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand, Tower Building Level 5, 215 Railway Road, Hastings 
When: Monday - Wednesday 9:00am – 4:00pm. Thursday and Friday by appointment
Restrictions: 16 years and up 
Are you looking for employment? We can assist you in creating and updating your CV and cover letter. We can assist you in keeping a job search diary. Registering with recruitment agencies and preparing for interviews and organising an interpreter for your interview. We can also keep in touch once you have secured employment, assist with organising an interpreter for monthly meetings or whenever you may require it. If you would like to, come in and see Kat or Lee on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Thursday and Friday by appointment.
Lee Bullivant
Text only: 021 459 005   
Kat Puna                                                       
Mobile: 021 920 023     


Deaf Aotearoa Office

Deaf Aotearoa’s last day will be on Friday 18th December and will reopen on Monday 11th January.  

Deaf Community Christmas Lunch

When: Monday 7th December
Where: Breakers Café Bar, Corner of St Hills & Guyton Streets, Wanganui
Time: 11:30am
Yes it’s that time again, to get together to celebrate 2015 with some cheer! Come along and join Deaf Aotearoa staff at Breakers! Have a meal/drink and share some stories whether they were good or bad or anything new that you have planned coming up!
You can check out their menu here: 
They also have special offers:
You MUST contact Lianna to book your seat before 4pm Wednesday 2nd December!
Text: 021 278 8804 or

Santa Cave at Te Manawa

When: Saturday 28th November until Christmas
Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: $2.00

This event is for all ages. Santa’s timetable is online so you can schedule in your selfie with the big man himself
For almost a century, Santa’s Cave has delighted generations of Manawatu locals.  It is now at Te Manawa, the pieces have been carefully well-looked-after and restored, it is one of the regions most loved treasures.

Palmerston North Christmas Parade

When: Sunday 6th December
Where: The Square, The Square, Palmerston North
Time: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Yes it’s that time again! There will be a lot of activities in the Square starting early in the morning until the Christmas Parade. Shop for local produce and crafts from 10:00am at the markets, enjoy entertainment on the stage from 12:00pm then line up and watch as hundreds take part in the Christmas Parade at 2:00pm
Parade will start at the Railway Land, see map attached. 

Dust Devils – 85 Years of Palmerston North Speedway

When: 24th November to 21st February 2016
Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: $5 for children and adults (under 5 free) – this does not include motorbike simulator
$2 charge and age/height restrictions applies for the simulator – can buy from the front desk only
Speedway is a very strong part of Manawatu Culture, they draw in huge crowds for many years and that is why I want to share it with you!
Dust Devils is a very new exhibition set up at Te Manawa, celebrating 85 years of engine-revving, metal-shredding action at the Arena.  Featuring the vehicles of yesteryear and today, and memorabilia, Dust Devils puts you right in the action with a motorbike simulator and trackside seats to some of the sports biggest thrills and spills!!
It is located in the Atrium and MacDiarmid galleries, Dust Devils will be a high-octane adventure for petrol heads and history buffs alike!
So what are you waiting for? Head down to Te Manawa now to check it out!


Cheaper bus fares for Christmas! 

Wellingtonians can look forward to cheaper weekend bus fares for four weeks from 28th November. The yellow Go Wellington and green Newlands buses will change to a $1 fare for one zone of travel and a $2 adult fare and $1.50 child fare for two or three zones of travel to encourage people to use this public transport option for travel into and from the central city.
This travel option is great for people who want to travel from and to the central city and don’t want to have to worry about congestion or parking time limits during the busy weekends in the run-up to Christmas.
Wellington City Council will be delighted to see more people leaving their cars at home and getting onto public transport. This service will start from Saturday 28th November (excluding all after midnight services, Airport Flyer and Valley Flyer, Mana, Newlands route 210 and Tranz Metro services), each weekend through to the last service Sunday 20th December.

Older & Wiser Seniors, Let’s Be Internet Saavy!

We are excited to be providing a TEC course for the Older & Wiser seniors about using and understanding the internet world! This introductory workshop will be presented by Grant of SeniorNet, a service providing computing, internet and technology workshops for the seniors.
When: Tuesday 8th December, 2.00 – 4.30pm
Where: Johnsonville Community Centre, Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville
RSVP by 4th December to Shannon Krogmann to enrol.
Text: 021 545 288
NZSL interpreters and light refreshments will be provided.

Deaf Expo 3

Deaf Expo 3 is coming soon, please check their flier and website if you wish to know more, be involved.


NZSL Bubs & Tots Christmas & End of Year party!

We are having a Christmas party for the whole family!
Bring your family along and join the festive fun and to wrap up 2015. Santa will be visiting too! Families to bring a plate of food to share (facilities has a kitchen if you wish to use). There is a fenced playground for the kids to roam around.
When: Saturday 5th December
Time: From 1:30pm
Where: Tawa-Linden Anglican Church, cnr Lyndhurst & Main streets, Tawa
Bring a plate of food to share, and a wrapped and named $5 present (max. $5) for your child/ren.
Please contact Shannon if needing further information.

Consultation For Update of the Education Act 1989

Please click the flyers below to read the full version.



Deaf Children, C.O.D.A. and Families Fun Christmas Day

Where: Rabbit Island
When: Saturday December 5th
Time: 11:00am
This will be a great day for the whole family to meet others in the Deaf Community.
Sausages and drinks will be provided for everyone or free to bring your own food, drink and sunscreen.
We would appreciate a gold coin donation to help cover costs. Parents please bring a present under $5 for Father Christmas to give your child.
If you would like to join us please contact Rachel Summers by November 28th        
Text: 021 102 4400
Please let Rachel know how many adults/children and if you require transport.

Scam Alert Tec Course

Due to bereavement the dates for this course have been changed.  It will now be held on December 10th.
Terry Walbran will be presenting this course.
When: Thursday, December 10th 
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm or 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Hearing House, 354 Trafalgar Square, Nelson
Contact Ali Kimberley if you would like to enrol.  
Mobile: 021 518 331

Stir It Up

Come and support people in our community to learn NZSL.
Where: Upstairs at Café Affair, 295 Trafalgar Square, Nelson
When: Saturday12th December 
Time: 11:00am
Any queries, contact Ali Kimberley
Mobile: 021 518331

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.

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.

Nelson Deaf Youth Group

In mid-October a group was set up for Nelson Deaf aged 16 to 30 years.
This group had its first two gatherings in November. These went really well.
It is hoped new people will come and be included.
All in all, it’s a really exciting time.
For more information contact Lauren Baker.
Mobile: 027 829 2752
This group can also be found on Facebook by searching Nelson Deaf Youth Group.

Positive Parenting Workshop 

When: Saturday 28th November and Saturday 5th December, 2015
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch
Cost: FREE
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
More information on the flyer.

Deaf Church Christmas Service

Deaf Christians are all welcome to attend NZSL Deaf Church Service.
When: Sunday 6th December
Time:  2:00pm (Door opens at 1:30pm for a chat before service starts)
Where: City Church Christchurch
             344 Manchester Street
For more information please contact:
Karyn Mitchell – 021 110 359
Michael Waites – 021 147 2994

Christchurch Santa Parade

On Sunday 6th December 115,000 plus people will line up on both sides of Riccarton Road to view the annual Santa Parade proudly presented by the Christchurch Children's Christmas Parade Trust.
When: Sunday 6th December
Time: 2:00pm
Where: Riccarton Road

Break Up Night

Let’s 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



St Andrew’s Day

A celebration of Dunedin’s Scottishness!
When: Saturday 28th November
Time: 10:00am – 4.00pm
Where: Octagon Lawn, Dunedin
Cost: Free

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

Dunedin Santa Parade

The Dunedin Santa Parade announces the Arrival of Christmas in Dunedin.               
Exciting floats, marching, fire engines, animals, clowns and of course – Santa! The Parade is followed by a family concert in the lower Octagon.
Click the map to view the parade route.
When: Sunday 6th December
Time: 3.00pm
Where: George Street


Office Closed

The Deaf Aotearoa Office in Invercargill will be closed from 18th of 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 Door are locked.
Text: 021 554 905
Thank you for your patience and hopefully we will have a new office in the New Year.

Stir It Up

Thank you to those that have turned up and help support the public and parents who have a strong interest in NZSL.
It was the last Stir It Up for the year; sorry the turnout wasn’t better but looking forward to bigger and better things in 2016.
If you have any Ideas on how you want to make things more exciting – your input will be greatly received but otherwise check out the flyer for 2016 Stir it Up dates. See you all there in 2016!

Christmas at the Races

When: Saturday 12th December 2015
Where: Ascot Park Raceway, Racecourse Road, Invercargill
Time: 11:00am
Costs: 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
Contact: 03 218 7838
Additional fees may apply.
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.