CommUNITY Weekly News

Hello <<Preferred Name>>, here is your CommUNITY Weekly newsletter from Deaf Aotearoa's <<Your local Office>> office.


Message from Ministry of Social Development to their clients

Following the tragic events in Ashburton on Monday 1st September, the Ministry of Social Development (which provides the Work and Income and other social welfare services) are putting further security measures in place to reinforce that our staff and clients can feel safe at our offices. 

If you’re visiting one of their offices, you may be asked to show identification and need to have a specific reason for going in. The ministry encourages you to ring the contact centre on 0800 559 009. The contact centre will be able to help you with many situations over the phone and will make an appointment for you if you do need to come in.

More information...

Community Cuppa: International Week of the Deaf

To celebrate International Week of the Deaf, during Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th September, you are invited to attend our Community Cuppa in your local area.

Tell us what you want from the Government and we will take these issues to the new ministers.
  • What are the good things the Government has done for Deaf people in the past?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people in your local community?
  • What do you want the Government to do for Deaf people around New Zealand?
We want to hear from you!

Refreshments provided. Please check for date/time/venue with your local Community Relations Officer.


Whangarei office closed 5th to 23rd September

Glennis is on annual leave from 5th to 23rd September.

Auckland Deaf Outdoor Adventure Club

Where: Lower Huia Dam Circle, Huia Road, Huia, Waitakere
When: Sunday 14th September
Time: Please meet at 9:00am for a 9:30am start
Meeting point: Take Titirangi Road right through Titirangi Village to the roundabout. Take Huia Road, travel through Laingholm and Parau to Huia.
Walking track: Easy to moderate
Contact: Judy Everitt by text 021616132 or Brent Ryder on 021556489

Please let them know if you are coming and they will organise car pooling.

Make sure you bring the below items:
  • Walking boots/shoes
  • Warm clothes
  • Sun lotion
  • Waterproof coat
  • Drinks and snacks

School Holiday Programme

We have movies, art, muffins, face painting, and more to keep your child busy in the school holidays.

When: 7th and 9th October
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Costs: $5 Entry
Who: From 3 – 10 year olds

Places are limited so please register as soon as possible.

NZSL Interpreted Theatre: The Little Yellow Digger

When: Monday 29th September at 10:30am (other dates are not NZSL interpreted)
Where: The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park (off Manurere Avenue), Takapuna
Tickets: Tim Bray Productions

Based on the series of children’s picture books about The Little Yellow Digger by Betty and Alan Gilderdale.

When the little yellow digger gets stuck in the mud, a range of bigger diggers are sent to finish the other fun adventures of this tiny tenacious machine.

More information...

Job advertisement: Systems Administrator – Auckland

Telco Technology Services (TTS) are New Zealand's largest provider of trusted advice and technology, ICT hardware, service and support for primary and secondary schools, and the Ministry of Education's partner in the School Network Upgrade Project.

They are looking for a Systems Administrator. For this role, New Zealand Sign Language experience is desirable.

Please download this job advertisement for more information about this role.

[Editors note: This is a different role to that advertised in last week's newsletter.]

TEC Workshop: Are You Tech Smart?

This workshop was held at Auckland Deaf Society last Saturday and attended by over 20 people. A great turn out and we all learnt things about today's technology world. Chris Blum who led this presentation talked about the differences between 3G, 4G, UFB, broadband, why digital is growing and much, much more. We also listened to each other’s perspectives and for example, why they had mobiles contracted with different networks. Chris has also shown us the statistics and sharing information was really informative - so many things we never, never knew!!

A big thank you to:
  • Chris Blum from NZ Relay for the presentation
  • Auckland Deaf Society for their use of venue and wi-fi
  • Tertiary Education Commission and Deaf Aotearoa for supporting this workshop
More of this workshop coming soon at: New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Nelson, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and more.  Look out for dates in this newsletter.  Don't miss out!!


Newsletter Event Feedback

If anybody else is attending the events that I’m advertising in the Community Weekly Newsletter and would like to share their photos, that would be really lovely.
I have been to a few events and will be posting the pictures on the Deaf Aotearoa Facebook page. Just to show you I’m actually going to these events!

Or if you don’t like what I’m advertising and would like to share with me what you are interested in, then please feel free to tell me.
I look forward to bumping into you one day soon at some of the upcoming events

Dynamic Ceramic and Visual Art Exhibition

When: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm  
Where: Cambridge Town Hall, Corner Victoria and Queen Streets, Cambridge      
A fantastic exhibition of over 300 works from 25 ceramic artists, 40 contemporary paintings from six national artists. Daily screening of Art House films.

Taupo Fun World

When: Sunday 14th, 21st, 28th September and 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th October from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Shed B, Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park, 463 Broadlands Road, Taupo
Restrictions: All ages
Entry Cost: Kids $10.00; adults free (door sales only)
Contact: Mark (021) 280 8893 or or Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Office
Website: Taupo Fun World

They cater for kids aged one to ten to have fun. It costs only $10.00 per child to have up to six hours of bouncing around on all the bouncy castles and try out New Zealand's largest soccer ball!

There will be extra costs for face painting, food/drinks and ride-on cars.

All children must have socks on at all times please (no socks no bouncing).

Please note all children must have a parent or caregiver with them at all times because they are not a drop off centre but a fun place to take some time out and enjoy it with your kids.
Bay of Plenty

Turning Point Trust

Where: Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: First and third Thursday of every month
Time: From 9:00am to 11:30am

Awesome Clothing Sale!

Men, women, children's clothes, shoes, bags, hats, accessories, bedspreads, sheets, duvets, cushions.

You pay $2.00 for a large bag, You pick what you want. All good quality.

September/October school holiday swim course special

Where: Otumoetai Community Pool, 77 Windsor Road, Bellevue Park, Tauranga
When: Monday 29th September to Friday 3rd October and Monday 6th to Friday 10th October
Cost: $30.00 per week ($6.00 per half an hour group session)

Shirl knows some sign language.

Call 07 578 2457, text 021 292 4021, email or Facebook Kura Wai.

New! Sunday roast

Where The Sugar Plum Tree, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Sunday 14th September from 11:30am to 3:00pm
Cost: $25.00 per person (or $20.00 per person for seniors or bookings of 4 or more)

Click on flyer for menu and contact details to book your meal.

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Where: Tongariro North Domain, Tongariro Street, Taupo (click here for map)
When: Saturday 29th November from 6:00am to 6:00pm
Cost: Various
Age: All ages
  • Cycling with passion
  • Cycling with thrills
  • Cycling with the girls
  • Cycling with mates
Up to 10,000 riders from New Zealand and over 20 countries across the world take part each year.

Will you be among them in 2014?

Start training, but there is a category for those who want to enjoy the ride and support the event.

There are 15 categories for mountain bikes, cycle bikes, individuals, teams/groups, etc.

Click here for all the information and cost.


Office closed for VRI training

What: VRI Training at the TDHB for Deaf Aotearoa New Plymouth Staff
When: Monday 15th September

An introduction to our volunteer: Fiona Peters

Hearing Dogs and Parents of Deaf Children Taranaki

When: Saturday 13th September at 10:30am
Where: Hearing Dogs Training Centre, 7 Hydro Road, New Plymouth

Parents are invited to come and listen to Clare from Hearing Dogs Taranaki about a proposed trial for a companion Hearing Dog for Deaf & Hearing Impaired children and their families in Taranaki.

Are you interested in a companion hearing dog for your child and family?  If so then please do come along and have a listen to how the trial will work.  It is flexible and Clare will endeavour to answer any question you may have. 

RSVP: Thursday 11th September

For more information contact Kelly email or

Deaf Club New Plymouth Meeting

Where: New Plymouth Library
When: Sunday 14th September at 3:00pm

All welcome.

Nostalgia Concert 2014

When: Thursday 2nd October from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Plymouth Hotel, 222 Courtenay Street, New Plymouth
Price: $7.00 each person

Please book your seat at

Ample parking in and around the Plymouth Hotel parking area, care is needed.

Fully accessible for those with disabilities. Marama Simeon will be available after 1:30pm to communicate for any Deaf Community Members. From 1:00pm to 1:30pm she will be playing her guitar! She can also meet and greet with you before the concert starts.

Organised by Taranaki Disabilities Information Centre Trust in Association with the International Day of the Older Person.

Limited wheelchair space.  Please indicate any special requirements.

Supporting Erica Perry

Read this inspiring story about a young woman from New Plymouth, Erica Perry, who has Miller Syndrome but is also known within our Deaf Community with her hearing loss.
Hawkes Bay

Driver License

Last week, in our newsletter, we reminded people to check the expiry of their drivers license. Two Deaf people contacted us to say thank you because they didn’t realise their drivers licences would be expiring this month. They will be visiting the AA centre to renew their driver license.

Please do check your driver license to see if it is still active. If you need to renew your license you need to contact the local New Zealand Transport Agency.

Check out online:

If you are not sure please contact us.

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club Community Meeting

Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club
When: Saturday 1st November at 1:30pm

The HBDC committee want to set up a full Deaf Community meeting to discuss about the HBDC and our future.

The committee are concerned about many issues such as: low number of members, members not using the Deaf Club much, building conditions like painting and repairs, high insurance cost and the ongoing cost of keeping the Deaf club going.

We want to see all members come to this meeting to share your thoughts. The Deaf community will decide what is best for HBDC for the future.

Please bring a plate for afternoon tea.

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club Achiever Award

Every year the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club have an award to give out to someone who has done well or has achieved something in the past years.

Please send us the name of a person that you want to nominate and briefly tell us why you think this person should win this year's Achiever Award.

Please send to the secretary before 21st November.

Text: 027 859 3238

The winner will be announced at the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club's Christmas dinner.

Christmas Get together Dinner

Where: Napier Breakers
When: Saturday 6th December at 6:00pm

We will have the Deaf Achiever Award on this night. More information to come soon.

Prices range from $15.00. Please start saving now.

To book your place, please contact Hawkes Bay Deaf Club Secretary before 21st November.

Text: 027 859 3238


Looking for participants for a research project

My name is Olivia, and I am an Honours student in psychology at Massey University. I am looking for deaf people who might be interested in contributing to my Honors research.
As part of my Honors year I am conducting a research project that studies physiological responses during emotional situations. Unfortunately, most of what we know about emotional responses comes from studies with hearing people. For this reason I am particularly interested in studying emotional responses among the Deaf. 
Participants of the study will attend a one-hour testing session at Massey University at the Palmerston North campus. The testing will involve watching a selection of short video clips as physiological measurements are taken using non-invasive sensors attached to your face and wrists.
Volunteers who participate in the testing session will receive a $20 petrol voucher.
If you are interested in volunteering for the study, or if you would like more information, please email me You may also direct any concerns or questions about the study to my supervisor Dr Michael Philipp (
Thank you,
Olivia Williams

Manawatu Deaf Society

Club Night & Mens/Ladies Singles Pool Championships

When: Tonight, Friday 12th September
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: Club Night 7:30pm, Pool Championships 8:00pm no later

Club Night & Mixed Pairs Pool Championships

When: Friday 19th September
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: Club Night 7:30pm, Pool Championships 8:00pm no later

Information for voters

Reminder, next Saturday 20th September is Voters Day! This is the day everyone votes!

But you can vote earlier if you want. Below are the links for your areas. They show you where you can go and place your earlier votes, it also shows where you can vote on 20th September.

Click on the link for your area below and you’ll find all the information you need to make voting easy.

Interpreted Show coming to Palmerston North next month!

Did I read that right? Yes you did!!!
Guess what, there is a one-off special show coming to Palmerston North next month, there will be a New Zealand Sign Language Interpreter up on stage to translate the show!
Excited? I am... more information in next weeks newsletter... watch this space!!


Wellington Association for Deaf Children: Rock climbing

Where: Fergs Kayaks, Queens Wharf, Wellington Waterfront
When: Saturday 20th September from 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Race to the top or take it slow but come and join in the fun and try some rock climbing with Wellington Association for Deaf Children (WADC). All WADC children will be funded!

Johnsonville Plunket second hand sale

Where: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville, Wellington
When: Saturday 13th September from 9:30am to 11:30am
Cost: Gold coin entry
Johnsonville Plunket is holding their pre-loved baby/children clothes and toys sale. There will be around 20 stalls filled with loads of bargains, plus don't forget your lovely home baking.

Any questions please check out their Facebook page!

All Blacks vs South Africa FanZone

Where: Civic Square, 65 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington
When: Saturday 13th September from 12:00pm to 5:30pm
Join in the entertainment in Wellington's Rugby Fanzone in Civic Square before the All Blacks and South Africa kick off at Westpac Stadium.
There’ll be something for all ages:
  • face painting
  • a portable sports turf for rugby games
  • Nua Finau from Small Blacks TV will be running some rugby skills games and the Ruggabees will be there
See performances by:
  • Highly Flammable circus performers
  • African Drummers
  • Kiwi Covers band Hashtag NZ
  • local comedians The Improvisers
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna Kapa Haka Group
  • Wellington Community Choir
Fans going to the match can join the walking parade starting in Civic Square at 5:30pm, led by Sam Manzanza and his African drummers. Or join the fan fare as it continues along Wellington’s beautiful Waterfront to Westpac Stadium, arriving in time for the big game at 7:00pm.

Curio Show

Where: Museum of Wellington City & Sea, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington
When: Thursday 18th September from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Dust off that vase that’s been sitting on your shelf for an age. Pull that unusual painting off the wall. Grab that old, slightly creepy looking china doll and bring it down to the Curio Show at the Museum of Wellington City & Sea to have it appraised by entertaining duo, Simon Manchester & Peter Wedde.

Inspired by the popular British TV series Antiques Roadshow, the Museum’s Curio Show takes a close look at the weird and wonderful curios hidden away in houses across the Wellington region for their Third Thursday. The evening will feature two one-hour sessions of appraisals with free and live entertainment between sessions.

Book your object in for a free appraisal now! Email

The Pā Boys

Where: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki Street, Te Aro, Wellington
When: Wednesday 17th September from 7:00pm to 8:30pm (more dates on website)
A road movie with heart, Danny, Cityboy and Tau are The Pā Boys, a band with ambitions to take their music all the way from Wellington to Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of Aotearoa New Zealand. But the band soon finds there’s more to this tour than the music, as questions about identity, whānau and whakapapa take The Pā Boys on unexpected journeys.

Shot in just 28 days in remote locations across the North Island, The Pā Boys captures the energy and intimacy of a band on the road, showcasing the cast’s musical talents through a script that explores the gift of friendship, the strength of family, and the importance of ancestors.

NZSL practice group

Where: 623 On the Rocks, 623 Rocks Road, Nelson
When: Monday September 15th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

All welcome. :)

Nelson Deaf Incorporated invite you to play ten pin bowling

When: Saturday 20th September at 2:00pm
Where: Action Entertainment Centre, 30 McPherson Street, Richmond
Cost: $10.00 per person 

Please let Cathy, Rachel or Wendy know by Sunday 13th September if you are coming or if you require transport.

Cherry Blossom Festival

When: Sunday 21st September from 11:30am to 2:00pm
Where: Miyazu Gardens, Atawhai Drive, Atawhai, Nelson

Annual Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of Japanese culture, music, food and the 38 year-old relationship between Nelson and our sister city Miyazu. Bring a picnic, enjoy the on-site food stalls or simply relax under the beautiful sakura (cherry blossom) trees.

This free event is proudly supported by the Nelson Miyazu Sister City Association and the Nelson Japanese Society.

More information...

TEC course: Are you Tech Smart?

When: 25th September from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Where: BNZ Business Centre Room, 226 Trafalgar Street, Nelson

Why is technology growing and changing?

Understanding data, 3G, 4G, smartphones, tablets, broadband, routers, cabinets and UFB.
Information from NZ Relay with topics:
  • Internet Relay
  • Video Relay Service (VRS)
  • Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)
  • Mobile Text Relay (MTR)
  • TXT111
  • CapTel
  • The decline of TTY
This workshop will help decide which smartphone, tablet or broadband you can purchase to access the communication services of your choice.
This is an exciting course that will make you tech smart and understand your devices and how they work and what not to do! Bring your mobile phone or tablet. Access to WiFi available.

Beacon Hill Shabby Chic Market

Where: Beacon Hill Estate, 205 Paton Road, Hope
When: Saturday 27th September from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: Gold coin donation

Variety of local stalls, inspiring assortments of shabby chic treasures.

Canterbury Deaf Youth

The Canterbury Deaf Youth committee are asking for suggestions and ideas from Deaf Youth members about what they would like to do for the next event this month.

These are some ideas:-
  • Dodgeball
  • Paintball
  • Inflatable World
  • Trampoline World
  • Ice Skating
If you have any suggestions or ideas, could you please send them to the Canterbury Deaf Youth committee. You can contact them by email or you can post a comment on their Facebook page.

Catholic Deaf Church

An opportunity for Catholic church members to attend a mass with New Zealand Sign Language interpreter, Jenna Gutteridge.

When: Sunday 28th September at 10:30 am
Where: Sacred Heart Church, 70 Spencer Street, Addington

If you are interested to attend masses, they will inform you of dates and time at the church.

More details, please contact:-

Signs used in the Catholic Mass

A workshop will be presented by David Loving-Molloy, Chaplain at the Catholic Deaf Centre from Palmerston North, for New Zealand Sign Language interpreters as well members of Christchurch Catholic Deaf community. Any Deaf are welcome to attend.

When: Tuesday 7th October at 9:00am to 12:00 pm
Where: Blind Foundation meeting room at 96 Bristol Street, St Albans
RSVP: Victoria Walters or text 021 324 828 to confirm your attendance

Please bring a plate of food to share for morning tea.

Any questions, please direct contact David Loving Molloy

South Island NZSL Camp: Cartoon Theme!

Want to join a fun weekend of all conversation, games in NZSL?

They will be having workshops, drama, conversation, fun games and much more!

When: Friday 19th to Sunday 21st Setpember
Where: Blue Skies Conference Camp, 12 Williams St, Kaiapoi, North Canterbury
Cost: $120.00 per person

Everyone is welcome – download information sheet for more details, enquiries and registration.

Self defence course (Part 2)

Free course for men and women.

Learn the basics of self defence and other ways to keep yourself safe.

When: Thursday 25th September
Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: St. James Presbyterian Church Hall, 393 King Edward Street, South Dunedin

Please RSVP to Deaf Aotearoa by Tuesday 23 September.

Deaf community election day vote

When: Thursday 18th September
Time: 3:00pm
Where: 82 Filleul Street

NZSL Interpreter Brydee booked

Reminder: You can choose to vote on Thursday 18th September in Filleul Street with NZSL interpreter. The interpreter will be there at 3:00pm. Or, if you want, you can vote on Saturday 20th September in your home area with no NZSL Interpreter.

MoveMe Have a Go Day

When: Sunday 14th September
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Edgar Centre, 116 Portsmouth Drive, Dunedin
Cost: Free entrance

Have a go at something new and fun! Try a new way to be active, from zumba to judo, crossfit to yoga, and everything in between. There are more than 40 different sport and recreation activities to try.

Are you Tech Smart?

Understanding data, 3G, 4G, smartphones, tablets, broadband, routers, cabinets and UFB.
Information from NZ Relay with topics:
  • Internet Relay
  • Video Relay Service (VRS)
  • Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)
  • Mobile Text Relay (MTR)
  • TXT111
  • CapTel
  • The decline of TTY
This workshop will help decide which smartphone, tablet or broadband you can purchase to access the communication services of your choice.
This is an exciting course that will make you tech smart and understand your devices and how they work and what not to do! Bring your mobile phone or tablet. Access to WiFi available.
When: Wednesday 15th October
Where: Level 1, 84 Esk Street, Invercargill
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Cost: Free

RSVP: You will have to confirm your place on this course before Wednesday 1st October.
Contact: Rebecca Petre by email or text 021 554 905.

Free workshop

When: Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September
Where: Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill
Free workshop for adult siblings and their parents.

Please refer to flyer for RSVP Details to reserve your place .

Free workshop

When: Tuesday 16th September
Where: 46 Kelvin Street at 7:30pm
Please refer to flyer with RSVP details to reserve your place .

Deaf community meeting

When: Sunday 21st September
Where: Invercargill Workermans Club
Time: 1:30pm