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National

Women with Disabilities’ Barriers and Enablers to Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening

Do you have a physical or hearing or sight disability?
Or are you Deaf?
Are you aged between 20 – 69 years of age?
 
It does not matter if you have had screening or not, your answers are important to us.
 
Why this study? There is no information about New Zealand Deaf and disabled women’s use of cervical and breast screening. This survey aims to find out more.
  
We are looking for 300 women from throughout New Zealand who:
have a physical, hearing, or sight impairment, or are Deaf, are aged between 20 – 69 years
 
What is involved?
Answering an online survey to gather information about you and your use (or non-use) of cervical and/or breast screening in New Zealand.
 
The questionnaire is accessible: its font can be changed and the questions are also in New Zealand Sign Language.  It is also available as a Word or paper copy.
Unless you decide when you have filled in the survey to go into the draw for the Westfield vouchers, no one will know your name.
 
All the information collected will be stored securely and will only be used for this study.    
 
Click here to connect to more information about the survey or copy and paste this address into your webserver finder.
https://aut.au1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_23j4h4BZy9gUh81
 
If you would like to use another computer, you may visit your local Deaf Aotearoa NZ office.
 
If you have any issues accessing the survey and for further information about the study or other versions of the questionnaire please contact:
Deborah Payne
Phone: 09 921 9999, extn 7112
Email: dpayne@aut.ac.nz
 
Agnes Terraschke
Email: agnes.terraschke@aut.ac.nz.
 

Announcement from Mark Berry

Deaf Mental Health Mini Conference - Healthy Deaf Minds 

A one day mini-conference focusing on the mental health needs of the Deaf Community, and the tools required to deliver equitable mental health care for this linguistic community will be held in Auckland (20th November has been extended to 3rd November), Wellington (24th November), and Christian (30th November)
It will feature international expert Dr Brendan Monteiro, Consultant Psychiatrist at specialist Forensic Rehabilitation Services in the UK. Brendan has dedicated his career to developing Deaf mental health services to meet local community needs across the UK and Northern Ireland.
The conference program has been designed to meet the needs of 3 groups:
 

  • The Deaf Community
  • Mental Health/Health Clinicians, and staff working across the Justice Sector
  • Service Commissioners

 
Conference Outcomes
A conference with a Deaf mental health focus is a very rare event here in New Zealand. It will have many benefits including supporting the much needed development of Deaf mental health services and in connecting all those involved with this highly specialist area of practice including service users and practitioners.  
 
Below are some of the main benefits for those thinking about attending:
·         Increase awareness of factors which impact upon Deaf development, mental illness and recovery, including the place of communication in attaining positive treatment outcomes.
·         Develop understanding of the unique approach required when working with Deaf clients and their family/whanau
·         Provide an introduction to some of the tools which will assist in delivering positive outcomes for Deaf clients including links to ongoing resources for professional support
·         Identify training needs
·         Develop collaborative partnerships with the Deaf Community through which pathways to enhancing sector capability can be identified and further explored
 
What is CDMHP?
Voluntary group, The Coalition of Deaf Mental Health Professionals (CDMHP) will be your hosts for this event. CDMHO is a group of Deaf and hearing practitioners with experience in Deaf mental health service deliver, policy and practice. CDMHP formed following specialist service closures in the Central Region in 2010.
 
CDMHP provides advice and cultural consultation to key stakeholders on the need to develop a national network of signing fluent Deaf mental health services, to support cultural capability across the health sector and beyond. 
 
For more information including the Flyer, Program, and pre-registration form please visit CDMHP website: www.cdmhp.org.nz (Please note that the Deaf community evening event will no longer be taking place).
 
Enquiries: dmhworkshop2015@cdmhp.org.nz 

Captioning for Question Time

There’s a new way to follow question time in Parliament, thanks to captioning of the question time video on-demand service.
 
The new service is available on-demand throughwww.inthehouse.co.nz. It’s been running since 16 September. It’s part of our effort to improve accessibility for the more than 200,000 people who use captioning services in New Zealand.
 
Parliament is also currently exploring options to provide live captioning on Parliament TV as it happens.
 
For more information please visit here: http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/features/00NZPHomeNews201509281/captioning-service-offers-new-way-to-follow-question-time

Vacancies for Northern Region 

The Northern Region currently has a vacancy for:

  • 1 Full time Community Support worker in Northland
  • 1 Part time Community Support worker in Northland
  • 1 Community Support Coordinator in Auckland
  • 1 Senior Coordinator in Northland

 These are all for the Youth and Adult teams.
 
Please visit the website for details of the above positions, and how to apply: http://www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz/regions/northern-region/vacancies

Northland

Jog With Your Dog 

Walk, Jog or run around the Hatea loop and raise money for the Whangarei SPCA! Register Online at www.whangareispca.co.nz or register in person at the SPCA or Pet Essentials.
 
Register in advance and go in the draw to win a $500 Pet Essentials Voucher!
There will be Spot Prizes, Sausage Sizzle, Raffles, Music from MoreFM, and More!
 
When: Sunday1st November                                                                                                      
 \Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Hatea Loop, Hihiaua Park, End of Lower Dent Street, Whangarei

Water Sports

Come and enjoy a day at the beach, try a range of water sports for physically disabled New Zealanders!
 
Bring along wetsuits, life jackets and thermal clothing. Some are available if you don’t have one.
 
When: Saturday 21st November
 
Paddle boarding, rowing, waka ama and sailing will be held at:
Where: Kowharewarewa Bay, Tutukaka Coast, Whangarei.
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
 
Surfing and boogie boarding will be held at:
Where: Sandy Bay, Tutukaka Coast, Whangarei
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
 
To register, please contact Halberg Disability Sport Adviser, Maia Lewis.
Phone: 021 995 951
Email: maia@halberg.co.nz

Get Smart

Knowledge to empower and guide safe decision making for you and/or your clients.
 
Every person needs to know to:
-       Increase knowledge in order to provide better and safer service to clients
-       Inform you to execute confident and safe decisions in your personal life
-       Minimize financial and welfare risks
 
When: Wednesday 18th November
Time: 9:20am – 12:00pm
Where: Salvation Army, 3 – 7 Aubrey Street, Whangarei

 

Auckland

Beautiful BSL

John Smith, visual comedian is going on a tour in NZ.
Come along and bring family and friends! Heaps of laughing!
 
When: Saturday 24th October
Time: 6:30pm onwards
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Mt Eden.

Website: https://beautifulbsl.tidyclub.com
Email: Beautifulbsl@mail.tidyclub.com 
 
If keen to purchase tickets, can go to their website and purchase tickets from there.
 

Waitakere Spooks and Sparks 


What do you get when you combine Halloween and Guy Fawkes together into one fun filled family night out? 

SPOOKS & SPARKS!

Previously known as Waitakere Fireworks, Spooks & Sparks is exploding once again at The Trusts Arena on the 7th of November (rain date 8th). 

This year's entertainment will include an exciting new mix of performances and acts to keep the family enthralled until the climatic 30min fireworks extravaganza. Rides and fun filled activities will be available. 

There'll be spot prizes and giveaways for the spookiest dressed kids (or adults) so get crazy with the makeup!

Family ticket packages will be available. 
Tickets on sale October 1st at www.thetrustsarena.co.nz
 

Women with Disabilities’ Barriers and Enablers to Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening

Do you have a physical or hearing or sight disability?
Or are you Deaf?
Are you aged between 20 – 69 years of age?
 
It does not matter if you have had screening or not, your answers are important to us.
 
Why this study? There is no information about New Zealand Deaf and disabled women’s use of cervical and breast screening. This survey aims to find out more.
  
We are looking for 300 women from throughout New Zealand who:
have a physical, hearing, or sight impairment, or are Deaf, are aged between 20 – 69 years
 
What is involved?
Answering an online survey to gather information about you and your use (or non-use) of cervical and/or breast screening in New Zealand.
 
The questionnaire is accessible: its font can be changed and the questions are also in New Zealand Sign Language.  It is also available as a Word or paper copy.
Unless you decide when you have filled in the survey to go into the draw for the Westfield vouchers, no one will know your name.
 
All the information collected will be stored securely and will only be used for this study.    
 
Click here to connect to more information about the survey or copy and paste this address into your webserver finder.
https://aut.au1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_23j4h4BZy9gUh81
 
If you would like to use another computer, you may visit your local Deaf Aotearoa NZ office.
 
If you have any issues accessing the survey and for further information about the study or other versions of the questionnaire please contact:
Deborah Payne
Phone: 09 921 9999, extn 7112
Email: dpayne@aut.ac.nz
 
Agnes Terraschke
Email: agnes.terraschke@aut.ac.nz.
 

Deaf Mental Health Mini Conference - Healthy Deaf Minds 

A one day mini-conference focusing on the mental health needs of the Deaf Community, and the tools required to deliver equitable mental health care for this linguistic community will be held in Auckland (20th November has been extended to 3rd November), Wellington (24th November), and Christian (30th November)
It will feature international expert Dr Brendan Monteiro, Consultant Psychiatrist at specialist Forensic Rehabilitation Services in the UK. Brendan has dedicated his career to developing Deaf mental health services to meet local community needs across the UK and Northern Ireland.
The conference program has been designed to meet the needs of 3 groups:
 

  • The Deaf Community
  • Mental Health/Health Clinicians, and staff working across the Justice Sector
  • Service Commissioners

 
Conference Outcomes
A conference with a Deaf mental health focus is a very rare event here in New Zealand. It will have many benefits including supporting the much needed development of Deaf mental health services and in connecting all those involved with this highly specialist area of practice including service users and practitioners.  
 
Below are some of the main benefits for those thinking about attending:
·         Increase awareness of factors which impact upon Deaf development, mental illness and recovery, including the place of communication in attaining positive treatment outcomes.
·         Develop understanding of the unique approach required when working with Deaf clients and their family/whanau
·         Provide an introduction to some of the tools which will assist in delivering positive outcomes for Deaf clients including links to ongoing resources for professional support
·         Identify training needs
·         Develop collaborative partnerships with the Deaf Community through which pathways to enhancing sector capability can be identified and further explored
 
What is CDMHP?
Voluntary group, The Coalition of Deaf Mental Health Professionals (CDMHP) will be your hosts for this event. CDMHO is a group of Deaf and hearing practitioners with experience in Deaf mental health service deliver, policy and practice. CDMHP formed following specialist service closures in the Central Region in 2010.
 
CDMHP provides advice and cultural consultation to key stakeholders on the need to develop a national network of signing fluent Deaf mental health services, to support cultural capability across the health sector and beyond. 
 
For more information including the Flyer, Program, and pre-registration form please visit CDMHP website: www.cdmhp.org.nz (Please note that the Deaf community evening event will no longer be taking place).
 
Enquiries: dmhworkshop2015@cdmhp.org.nz 


 
South Auckland

Learn How To Become a Stand-Up Comedian

John smith is a famous British Sign Language comedian from the United kingdom, he will share his personal experience on how he entertains and jokes with his friends and to the wider community.
 
John will be teaching you all about the art of being a stand-up comedian, how to build your confidence and engage with the audience as a local entertainer for future NZSL and comedy events.
 
When: Saturday 24th October, 2015
Time: 1:00pm till 3:00pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, Upstairs Boardroom
                164 Balmoral Road, Auckland
Cost: Free – Refreshments will be provided.

 Please make sure you email Limka and enrol in order to attend!

To enrol please contact Limka Groenewald:
Email: lgroenewald@deaf.co.nz
 
 

Halloween is Coming Soon

When: Saturday 31st October
 
A great opportunity for your families and friends to get out and have fun!
 
There are some events around South Auckland.  Have a look around at these websites for some ideas for your family and friends to get together.
 
http://www.events.nz.com/auckland/south-auckland/?specialdate=5&year=2015
 
http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/tour/2014/halloween-events
 

South Auckland Deaf Club

When: 30th October
Time: 7:00pm onwards
Where: 183  Great South Road, Papatoetoe, Clubroom
 
Next month will be last one for this year 2015.  So come along South Auckland Deaf Club.
 

Waikato

Signing at The Cook Quiz Night

Come and join in on a Quiz Night for Deaf and hearing people!
All questions are asked in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and also displayed on a TV screen. Come as a group or by yourself, doesn't matter! Just join in and have fun! And it’s FREE!

When: Thursday 26th November
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: The Cook Café and Bar, 7 Cook Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton
Quiz is upstairs on second floor

All are welcome! Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, EVERYONE! Children if with an adult.  So come test yourself and win some cool   prizes!
Click link below to find more information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/993527274021639/

Hamilton Pink Walk - Breast Cancer Awareness

What is Pink Walk? A 3.5km walk to raise awareness and fight against breast cancer. All ages welcome. Come dressed in your finest pink clothing and support! Register early online or on the day.
 
When: This Thursday 29th October
Where: Innes Common, Hamilton Lake, Hamilton
Time: Registration open at 4:30pm. Walk starts at 5:45pm
Price: Adults: $15
          Children 5 – 17 years: gold coin donation
          Under 5’s: Free
 
Link to their website is below. Come along and get involved! 
http://www.pinkwalk.co.nz/
 

Event Cinema Chartwell - No Closed Caption Movie This Week

There will be no closed- caption movie this Monday 26th October because of the long weekend. Check out next week’s CommUNITY Weekly for next week’s movie.
 

Twilight Christmas Market - Cambridge

Need some Christmas gift ideas? Check out the Twilight Christmas Market in Cambridge! Lots of stalls selling yummy food, drinks, art, etc.
 
When: Saturday 28th November
Where: Leamington Domain, Cambridge
Time: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
 
Free to come along so go and buy all your Christmas trinkets! Link to Facebook page and map listed below. Hope to see you there! It will be a great time!
https://www.facebook.com/events/161633557517180/
 

Hamilton City Council Video

This year, Hamilton City Council made a Customer Services video to assist new staff and refresh the memories of other staff on how to appropriately assist people with disabilities when they come to any Hamilton City Council facility counter.  
 
Check out the video - it stars a Deaf person from Hamilton! Well done Fiona!
 
http://www.hamilton.govt.nz/our-city/community-development/advisoryservices/Pages/Disability-Advisory-Services.aspx
 

Bay of Plenty

Tauranga Deaf Aotearoa Office

Please note the office will be closed on Monday 26th October due to Labour weekend (public holiday)
 
The office will be closed on Tuesday 27th October due to staff attending the Employment Summit at the Mount.
 
Office opens for normal business Wednesday 28th October from 9:00am.
   

Fireworks Extravaganza and Golden Oldies Stock Cars

Where: ASB Baypark Stadium, 81 Truman Lane, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
When: Saturday 31st October
Time: 6:30pm till 10:00pm
Cost: Adults $20.00
          Children (6 – 15 years) $10.00
          Family Pass $50.00
 
The best Guy Fawkes display in Tauranga with $20,000.00 worth of Fireworks going up in smoke, make sure that you are inside the stadium to see the whole display!
  

Whakatane Light Party

Where: Whakatane War Memorial Hall, 2 Short Street, Whakatane
When: Saturday 31st October
Time: 5:30pm till 7:45pm
Cost: Gold coin entry
 
This event happens every year and it will be a fun light party for the local community.
There will be games, prizes, local entertainers, food, bouncy castles, dress-ups and lots of fun!
 
Click on flyer for more information.
 

 

Taranaki

7 Days Crew in New Plymouth

Unedited and unscripted, Kiwis can see the 7 Days crew in New Plymouth up close, in the flesh, but fully clothed, thank god!
 
Jeremy Corbett, Paul Ego, Dai Henwood, Urzila Carlson, Ben Hurley, Jeremy Elwood and Josh Thomson will hit the road bringing fans a hilarious dose of comedy gags that follow all that is popular, embarrassing and shocking in the news.
 
To kick off the night, each comedian will grace the stage, giving seven minutes of comedy gold, before unleashing a no-holds-barred game of 7 Days, including Yes Minister and a game of My Audience Member Could Draw That. 
 
Executive producer Jon Bridges says, “I was very excited to hear that the 7 Days cast will be travelling around the country for three weeks, bringing their non-stop, ceaseless, never-ending, unrelenting jokes to the nation, until I found out that I have to go with them.”
 
Where: TSB Theatre
When: Friday 4th December
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Adult $49.50       
          Concession|Group 10+ $44.50
 
http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=538a58476d56bbf10ea116ba0&id=afbcb67fb6&e=3d32776b16
 

 2015 Oceania Cup

Starts: Friday 23rd October
Time: See Match Schedule
Location: TET Multisports Centre, 62 Portia Street, Stratford

The Oceania Cup is an international hockey event which will see the Black Sticks Women and Men take on Australia, Fiji and Samoa over Labour Weekend in Stratford, Taranaki.
 
Multi Day Passes, Family and VIP tickets are on sale NOW!
 
Buy tickets

Tickets are limited.  We recommend you buy online, rather than at the gate.
The Oceania Cup has become increasingly important for the Black Sticks Men who need to beat World No.1 Australia and win the tournament to book a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Black Sticks Women have already qualified for the Rio Olympics, and will be giving it everything with valuable ranking points on the line.

Off the turf On top of the action happening on the turf, The Lady Killers will be putting on a power-packed show on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, the popular Seaside Markets are relocating from New Plymouth to Stratford to offer up some of the region’s best food, drinks and goods.

Plus, the good folk at The Good Home Bar and Restaurant have shown their support by offering a redeemable voucher to all family and multi-day ticketholders. The voucher offers two complimentary kids meal deals (kids meal and kids dessert) when two full price mains are ordered.

2015 Oceania Cup Draw
Wednesday 21st October 2015
11:30am                               Australia Men v Samoa
1:30pm                                 Fiji Women v Samoa
3:30pm                                 Black Sticks Men v Fiji
5:30pm                                 Black Sticks Women v Australia
Thursday 22nd October 2015
1:30pm                                 Australia Women v Samoa
3:30pm                                 Fiji Men v Samoa
5:30pm                                 Black Sticks Women v Fiji
7:30pm                                 Black Sticks Men v Australia
Friday 23rd October 2015                  Rest Day
Saturday 24th October 2015
8:00am                                 Australia Women v Fiji
10:00am                               Australia Men v Fiji
12:00pm                               Samoa Women v Black Sticks Women
2:00pm                                 Samoa Men v Black Sticks Men
Sunday 25th October 2015 
9:15am                                 3 v 4 Play-off, Women
11:30am                               3 v 4 Play-off, Men
1:45pm                                 1 v 2 Final, Women
4:00pm                                 1 v 2 Final, Men
Nb. The final day schedule may change subject to broadcast requirements.

Prices: Various
Contact: Hockey New Zealand
Phone: 09 630 2932
Email: support@hockeynz.co.nz
Website: http://hockeynz.co.nz/Events/Full-Events-Listing/2015-oceania-cup
Booking Linkhttp://www.dashtickets.co.nz/category/sports/hockey
  

NZ Mustang Car Show

When: Saturday 24th October
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: TSB Stadium, New Plymouth

The Taranaki Mustang Club are hosting the 36th National Mustang Convention over Labour Weekend 2015 in New Plymouth, and as part of the convention there will be a show of about 140 mustang cars at the TSB Stadium on Saturday 24th October from the first 1964 model right up to the latest 2015 model.

Prices: Tickets: adults $5 and under 12 year olds are free.
Contact: Rose King, Secretary, Taranaki Mustang Club
Mobile: 021 239 1777
Website: http://www.npeventvenues.co.nz/
 
 

Stratford Press – First Flag Referendum

Below is a link to an article in the Stratford Press explaining how to take part in the upcoming referendums on the New Zealand flag.
 
The first referendum begins next month, and it’s important the New Zealanders know what to do to get ready.
 
You should have all received an information brochure in your letterbox last week – this will tell you more about what to expect.
 
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/stratford-press/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503390&objectid=11525008
  

Hawkes Bay

Splash Planet Re-Opening & Club Card 2015

Where: 1001 Grove
When: Monday 16th  November 2015
Entry: Prices Vary
Website: www.splashplanet.co.nz
 
A Club Card is a discounted card offered to all Hawke’s Bay residents from Dannevirke to Mahia and everything in between. Each season you are required to pay a one-off membership fee of $17. This then gives you and up to nine people entry into Splash Planet at the special discounted rate each time you visit! Sign up from 16th November in person at Splash Planet or do it online. 
 
If you sign up in person at Splash Planet, please bring proof that you live in Hawke’s Bay such as a rates bill, phone or power account bill etc. If you sign up online, Club Cards will only be posted to addresses in Hawke’s Bay. Purchase a Club Card and receive unlimited access to all parks, rides, slides and pools for the following discounted rates:

  • Adult Super Pass $17.00
  • Child Super Pass $11.00
  • Spectator $5.00 (only allows access to toddlers pools and train)
  • 3 years & under Free.

 By joining the Splash Planet Club Card scheme you agree to abide by the membership conditions:
 - Only one membership per household
  - The residency ID required needs to include a Hawke’s Bay address
 - Splash Planet retains the right to refuse entry to any person
 - To receive the discounted pricing the card must be sighted at entry into Splash Planet
 - Stolen / lost cards will incur a rejoining fee of $17
 - Entry is through our main ticketing area only
 - Gift vouchers are only available at General Admission prices
 - A maximum of 10 paying people per day. Abuse of this will result in the membership being cancelled
 - The joining member does not necessarily have to be the card holder on the day
 - A Club Card cannot be used in conjunction with other offers
  

Hawke's Bay Home & Garden Show 2015

When: Friday 30th October 2015 - 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 31st October 2015 - 10:00am – 5:00pm and
Sunday 1st November 2015 - 10:00am – 5:00pm.
Where: McLean Park, Latham Street, Napier
Entry: Adult $7.00
Senior Special - Friday Only $4.00 and
Under 19 Free.
Door Sales only.
Website: www.homeandgardenshow.co.nz
  

Blast in the Park Fireworks Fundraiser 

When: Saturday 31st October 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Anderson Park, Te Aute Road, Havelock North
Entry: Family two adults and two kids $25.00
Adult: $10.00
School age children $5.00
Under 3 Free.
Website: www.hnps.school.nz
 
Join Havelock North Primary School families for their 10th annual Guy Fawkes’s Fireworks Fundraiser.
 
This is Hastings' only public Guy Fawke's celebration. You're welcome to come a bit earlier and bring a picnic, wear comfortable shoes and dress warm. Gourmet burgers, hot dogs, chips, lollies, coffee and drinks for sale.
 
Wayne Clark, Jason Scott and their friends will be there with their amazing World War II searchlight, so check it out. 
 
No personal fireworks are allowed at this event. 
 
Tickets on sale at the school.
 
Phone: 06 877 8788.
 

Model Flying Hawkes Bay

Where: Awatoto Airfield is signposted on Waitangi Road, Awatoto near the Fertiliser works
When: Sunday 1st November starting
Time: 9.30am
Entry: Free
Website: http://www.mfhb.org.nz/joomla/index.php
 
Please contact Murray as soon as possible if you are coming to this wonderful open day:
Email: murraywhittington@icloud.com
Text: 027 235 0825
 
Organiser will be putting on BBQ at lunch time for all attendances at no cost. It is important you contact Murray say how many so they know how many meats they need.
  

Manawatu

Manawatu Deaf Society Annual Christmas Dinner

When: Saturday 12th December
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Dinner at 7:00pm
Cost: $35 (members), $45 (non-members)
 
There will be no tickets sold after 9:00pm.  This will be a catered dinner and prize giving for MDS Sports Person of the Year and Stirrer of the Year.
 
Come and join and have some fun.
 
To book tickets please contact any committee members for your tickets or at the Deaf Club Bar or email: mds@actrix.co.nz
  

Palmerston North Community Lunch Club

When: Tuesday 27th October
Where: Palmerston North Deaf Aotearoa, 74 The Square, Level 2 United Building, Palmerston North
Time: 12:00pm
 
The lunch club will be held at the Deaf Aotearoa Office as there will only be one staff on duty.  We hope in November when the weather is a lot warmer that we can have a picnic at one of Palmerston North’s beautiful parks.

MDS Social & Sports Prive Giving & BBQ Buffet Evening

When: Saturday 7th November
Where: Manawatu Deaf  Society, 55b Totara Road, Awapuni, Palmerston North
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: $20 (member), $30 (non Member)
Deadline: 31st October
 
There will be no tickets sold after 9:00pm.   Come join them for dinner and social prize giving.
 
To book tickets please contact any Committee members for your tickets or at the Deaf Club Bar or email: mds@actrix.co.nz
  

Are you with Spark? If you said Yes - Read Below

Did you know that you can chat to them live online during business hours?  If you are confident you can go through this link and click “Live Chat” http://www.spark.co.nz/contactus/
 
This has been said to be the quickest way to contact Spark compared to using a relay call whether through Skype/Internet relay and other means which normally has a very long wait.
   

Labour Weekend

This weekend is the long weekend which means for some of us that work on Monday it is a holiday, so this means our office will be closed.  For those of you travelling, travel safe, take your time, there is no hurry as you will still reach your destination.

Deaf Aotearoa Office

This is to inform you that our office will be closed on Wednesday 28th October, there are some changes happening.  Watch this space!!
 

Wellington

Office Closed Stir It Up

A reminder to the community that the Deaf Aotearoa office in Lower Hutt will be closed on 26th October as its public holiday- Labour weekend.
 
Stay safe and enjoy!
 

Stir It Up

Where: Little Café War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
When: 27th October 2015
Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at the café. Staff there are familiar
with little NZSL so you can order your cuppa in NZSL!

If you have any further queries, please contact Jake LaBerge:
Email: Jake.laberge@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 512 622


 

Deaf Mental Health Mini Conference - Healthy Deaf Minds 

A one day mini-conference focusing on the mental health needs of the Deaf Community, and the tools required to deliver equitable mental health care for this linguistic community will be held in Auckland (20th November has been extended to 3rd November), Wellington (24th November), and Christian (30th November)
It will feature international expert Dr Brendan Monteiro, Consultant Psychiatrist at specialist Forensic Rehabilitation Services in the UK. Brendan has dedicated his career to developing Deaf mental health services to meet local community needs across the UK and Northern Ireland.
The conference program has been designed to meet the needs of 3 groups:
 

  • The Deaf Community
  • Mental Health/Health Clinicians, and staff working across the Justice Sector
  • Service Commissioners

 
Conference Outcomes
A conference with a Deaf mental health focus is a very rare event here in New Zealand. It will have many benefits including supporting the much needed development of Deaf mental health services and in connecting all those involved with this highly specialist area of practice including service users and practitioners.  
 
Below are some of the main benefits for those thinking about attending:
·         Increase awareness of factors which impact upon Deaf development, mental illness and recovery, including the place of communication in attaining positive treatment outcomes.
·         Develop understanding of the unique approach required when working with Deaf clients and their family/whanau
·         Provide an introduction to some of the tools which will assist in delivering positive outcomes for Deaf clients including links to ongoing resources for professional support
·         Identify training needs
·         Develop collaborative partnerships with the Deaf Community through which pathways to enhancing sector capability can be identified and further explored
 
What is CDMHP?
Voluntary group, The Coalition of Deaf Mental Health Professionals (CDMHP) will be your hosts for this event. CDMHO is a group of Deaf and hearing practitioners with experience in Deaf mental health service deliver, policy and practice. CDMHP formed following specialist service closures in the Central Region in 2010.
 
CDMHP provides advice and cultural consultation to key stakeholders on the need to develop a national network of signing fluent Deaf mental health services, to support cultural capability across the health sector and beyond. 
 
For more information including the Flyer, Program, and pre-registration form please visit CDMHP website: www.cdmhp.org.nz (Please note that the Deaf community evening event will no longer be taking place).
 
Enquiries: dmhworkshop2015@cdmhp.org.nz 

Nelson

Top of the South Signing the National Anthem

Top of the South (heading towards National) event being held on:
When: Sunday 25th October, 2015
Time: 12:00pm
 
We will meet at the Nelson Cathedral steps at 11:45am, please come and join us.
 
Check out the Facebook page for more details about the event: https://www.facebook.com/NZAnthemOneVoice 
 
There has been an overwhelming positive and enthusiastic response to this event. The Mayors and local MP's of our area are in full support of this event.  
 
There will be an NZSL interpreter available.
 
We have Rebecca Curtis coming to Nelson to Interpret the NZSL board meeting so  she will be available for the Deaf community to interpret any other appointments on Thursday from 11:00am and then available all day Friday. Please book though iSign: www.isign.co.nz
 

NZSL Classes at Waimea College

NZSL Level 1A
When: Tuesdays (eight weeks)
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
 
Learn basic NZSL conversation skills and begin to understand and develop NZSL grammar. Develop the use of facial expressions and improve visual and spatial awareness. Open for adults and college students
Tutor: Cathy Gutschlag
 
NZ Sign Language Level 1D
When: Wednesdays (eight weeks)
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
 
Learn more NZSL conversation skills and develop your grammar skills. This course is designed for those who have completed 1A-1C preferably.
 
Open for adults and college students
Tutor: Rachel Summers
 
http://www.waimea.school.nz/index.php/community-education/commu...
 

K.I.T Day

When: Wednesday 18th November
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Tahunanui Beach on the grassed area behind the beach Cafe
 
There will be some fun cooperative games, followed by lunch and then down to the beach to build creative sand sculptures.
 
Please wear sports clothing and bring...
  • Drink
  •  Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Bucket and spade-optional
NDC meet up at Nelson Suburban Club
When: Saturdays 7th - 21st November
Time: 5:30pm
Where: 168 Tahuna Drive Nelson
 
Come along and socialise with the Deaf community, all welcome.
 

Nelson – NZSL Board Consultation Meeting

When: Thursday 29th October
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Hearing House, 354 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
 
NZSL Interpreter provided.
 
Canterbury

Halloween Party

A Halloween party with the Deaf Society of Canterbury and Canterbury Deaf Youth.
Dress up in your spookiest and scariest costume!
 
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
Time: 7:00pm
When: 30th October
More information, please contact DSC office or CDY.

 

Deaf Club "Deaf with Additional Disabilities Get Together"

Let’s get together to see our friends and make new friends! There will be activities!
 
When: 28th October 2015
Time: 9:30 – 11:30am
Where: At Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Avenue
 
For more information, please contact Kat:
Email: dscevent@snap.net.nz 
Text: 022 323 1459 
 

Big Science Day

Science Alive invites families back into the heart of Christchurch with the BIG SCIENCE DAY an all-day, FREE Science and Technology extravaganza.
 
Suitable for families and children of all ages. 
 
With exciting displays, demonstrations, science shows and workshops the BIG SCIENCE DAY will create fun learning experiences for all ages.
 
Where: Cathedral Square, Christchurch City
When: 31st October
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Cost: Free
 
 

Deaf Mental Health Mini Conference - Healthy Deaf Minds 

A one day mini-conference focusing on the mental health needs of the Deaf Community, and the tools required to deliver equitable mental health care for this linguistic community will be held in Auckland (20th November has been extended to 3rd November), Wellington (24th November), and Christian (30th November)
It will feature international expert Dr Brendan Monteiro, Consultant Psychiatrist at specialist Forensic Rehabilitation Services in the UK. Brendan has dedicated his career to developing Deaf mental health services to meet local community needs across the UK and Northern Ireland.
The conference program has been designed to meet the needs of 3 groups:
 

  • The Deaf Community
  • Mental Health/Health Clinicians, and staff working across the Justice Sector
  • Service Commissioners

 
Conference Outcomes
A conference with a Deaf mental health focus is a very rare event here in New Zealand. It will have many benefits including supporting the much needed development of Deaf mental health services and in connecting all those involved with this highly specialist area of practice including service users and practitioners.  
 
Below are some of the main benefits for those thinking about attending:
·         Increase awareness of factors which impact upon Deaf development, mental illness and recovery, including the place of communication in attaining positive treatment outcomes.
·         Develop understanding of the unique approach required when working with Deaf clients and their family/whanau
·         Provide an introduction to some of the tools which will assist in delivering positive outcomes for Deaf clients including links to ongoing resources for professional support
·         Identify training needs
·         Develop collaborative partnerships with the Deaf Community through which pathways to enhancing sector capability can be identified and further explored
 
What is CDMHP?
Voluntary group, The Coalition of Deaf Mental Health Professionals (CDMHP) will be your hosts for this event. CDMHO is a group of Deaf and hearing practitioners with experience in Deaf mental health service deliver, policy and practice. CDMHP formed following specialist service closures in the Central Region in 2010.
 
CDMHP provides advice and cultural consultation to key stakeholders on the need to develop a national network of signing fluent Deaf mental health services, to support cultural capability across the health sector and beyond. 
 
For more information including the Flyer, Program, and pre-registration form please visit CDMHP website: www.cdmhp.org.nz (Please note that the Deaf community evening event will no longer be taking place).
 
Enquiries: dmhworkshop2015@cdmhp.org.nz 

Otago

New Staff – Rebecca Aitcheson

Rebecca Aitcheson has joined our team here at the Dunedin Deaf Aotearoa office as a facilitator. She works full-time Monday through Fridays. Rebecca is really looking forward to meeting the community!
  

Coffee Club

Come along to meet and welcome Rebecca, our new Deaf Aotearoa staff member.
Please bring a small plate to share.
 
When: Thursday 29th October
Time: 10:00am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office community room
  

A Gypsy Extravaganza

Come along over Labour weekend to a gypsy festival with market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment and kid’s shows.
 
When: Labour Weekend – Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th October
Time: Every day 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: The Oval, Princes St, Dunedin
Admission: Free
For more information visit: http://www.gypsyextravaganza.co.nz/

Where are We?

Michelle is away from the office on Friday 30th October.

Southland

Stir it Up

The next Stir It Up will now be on Tuesday 27th – Due to Monday being Labour Day
 
When: Tuesday 27th October
Where: The Pyramid Café (The Museum)
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
 
Novembers Date will remain the same.
Looking forward to it hope to see you there!

Bluff Rocks for Nepal

What: Nepal Earthquake Benefit Concert
When: Sunday 25th October, 2015
Where: Bluff Arena, Bluff
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Costs: Adults $45
Child$10
 
In April the earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. St Teresa’s School in Bluff want to do something to help the people of Nepal so come and support their benefit concert featuring The Nudge, The Eastern, Rthymonyx, Into the East, Southern Antartica, The Killer Seas and many more. There will be food stalls, a bar run by Invercargill Brewery.
 
Buses will run between Invercargill and Bluff.
 
So come and have a fabulous day of music food and fun and support a great cause!
 

Glengarry Community Market

When: 31st October 2015
Where: Glengarry Shopping Centre, Yarrow Street, Invercargill
Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
 
Invercargill’s number one community market with over 30+ stalls every month including food, crafts, art, entertainment, free activities and more. The market is on the last Saturday of every month.