National News


When: Saturday 12 July 2014 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Where: Waipuna Conference Centre, 18 Waipuna Road, Mount Wellington, Auckland
Cost: $10 admission

New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association presents Storyfest 2014 in Auckland.

Groups and individuals are invited to tell a story using New Zealand Sign Language and be in to win some awesome prizes.

For more information or to register your performance please contact

Making A Difference Fund: Now Open

The Making a Difference Fund supports individuals, organisations and businesses to make communities more inclusive of disabled people. Thousands of New Zealanders have attended concerts and workshops, seen posters and exhibitions, or explored accessibility in their workplace or social environment.
All organised by people who just thought that attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people needed to change.
Making a Difference wants to reach more people around the country. They want to reach your community.
The fund is for projects that:

  • promote change within organisations and businesses
  • influence media and popular culture
  • change the beliefs of non-disabled people
  • build the capacity of disabled and non-disabled people to be change makers.

The application form is available on the Think Differently website.
Applications will be open until 4pm, Tuesday 3 June 2014.
Read more about the fund, and funded projects...

Would You Like To Adopt Boots?

My Story:

I was brought to the SPCA by my previous owner who also had my mother but was unable to manage caring for me as well. Now I’m ready to find my forever home.

About Me:

  • I am deaf so will require consistent training to get me focused.
  • I will benefit from lots of loose leash walking.
  • I can get over excited when meeting other dogs so controlled socialisation is a must.
  • I will need part-time care until I am settled and know my rules and boundaries.
  • I’ll need someone who can teach me commands through sign language.
  • I will be ok in a home with calm dog savvy children 6 years and over.
  • I will be fine in a home with a confident dog but I’m not suited to cats.
Breed: Bull Terrier C
Colour: White
Sex: Female
Age: 8 Months
Type: Medium - Large
Personality: Court Jester

Tickets include dinner, drinks package and entertainment.
Where: Te Papa (Te Marae, Level 4)
When: Saturday 17th May
Time: 6:30pm until 11:30pm

Buy your tickets from Eventfinda! Be in quick to avoid being disappointed.
Northland News

What’s Going On For NZSL Week 2014?

Monday 12th:

Grab your coffee from Coffee club van around the city.

Alana is teaching customers NZSL.

Wednesday 14th:

Pecha Kucha with a special NZSL flavour.

Friday 16th:

NZSL guided tour to:-
  • Clapham clock
  • Whangarei police station.
FREE and with free lunch!!

RVSP to Alana now!

Bump, Baby & Toddler Expo

Saturday 3 May, 9:00am to 3:00pm

How much:
Adults: $2.00, Under 15 free.

ASB Stadium, Western Hills Drive, Whangarei
Come along to Northland’s first annual Bump, Baby & Toddler Expo.

Over 50 stalls of all your favourites and new.

Be in to win one of our many spot prizes, take home some great specials and keep an eye out for freebies too.

Clapham Clock - Open Day

Can’t make it in NZSL week?  Grab your chance to visit the museum this Saturday ( 3rd May).
Free for everyone as it is Archibald Clapham’s 132th birthday.

Archibald was the owner of over 400 clocks that are still in museum today.
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Where: Clapham Clock museum, Town Basin.
(No NZSL interpreters.)

Auckland News

NZSL Week Events For Auckland – Put On Your Calendar Now!

Kids Arts Festival

When: Saturday 17th of May from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland
How much: Free!

Corban Estate Arts Centre is organising the Kids Art Festival and there will be lots of fun activities throughout the day.

One such activity is that children can join in and make a 3D butterfly with Deaf art tutor, Addisu Weyessa and Glenys Dowell, AUT interpreting student.

Nicola Clements from Odd Sock Productions will be stage manager for an exciting line up of Deaf performances from 10:30am for ½ hour.

Using art and performance, the aim of the festival is to educate children about the five senses, hearing, sight, taste, smell and touch.

It will show children what it's like to be Deaf or blind and live without being able to use one of those senses.

Don’t miss out!  Come along as early as possible, for the opening ceremony at 10:00am.

If you would like to volunteer and help with this festival please contact:

For more information about this event, please contact Rachel Coppage:

Super Hero Super Star Party

When: Friday May 16, 2014 7:00 pm 11:59 pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand

Come and celebrate NZSL week.

Get creative and make up your own super hero, with your own special costume or come as any super hero or super star that you know.

Prizes for the most creative and best dressed.

There will be games and entertainment provided.

Dominion Bar – Pop Up Cafe

Come along to the Dominion Bar for dinner and a drink, and learn to order your drinks by using NZ Sign Language.

When: Friday the 16th of May and learn some New Zealand sign Language.
Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Cost: Free

Come in and have some fun and take part in our “My Favourite Sign” campaign.

Learn about our “Learn Seven Signs in Seven Days” competition or find out how to play

“Sign Ninja” our new online game using NZ Sign Language to solve puzzles and collect points.

Drama Classes

Come along and have some fun learning some drama skills, classes available for all ages

When: Monday 12th May
Where: Auckland Deaf Club 164 Balmoral Road, Auckland
Kids (Under 15years old) 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Teenagers (13 - 20) 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Adults (Age 16 plus) 7:00pm - 9:00pm
And it is all free
Limited number so email Tracy to say if coming to the class:
or txt her on 021847729 by 9th May please.

Auckland Zoo

NZSL interpreted talks:
  • 10.45am Guided walk
  • 12 noon Elephant encounter:
  • 1.30pm NZ bird encounter
  • 3.45pm Dave Tuki from Experience Products team to do a private talk at the giraffe platform
Entry fee plus all interpreter talks for:
  • Adult (15+) $25
  • Child (4 – 14) $10
  • Infant (under 4) Free
  • Senior Citizen (ID Required) $20
  • Students (ID Required)  $20
  • Family Pass (1 Adult 2 children) $40
  • Family Pass (2 Adults 2 Children) $63

Art Exhibition By Deaf Artists

Who: Rachel Coppage and Abbie Twiss

Where: Crave Café, 25 Macdonald Street, Morningside

When: Wednesday 14th May to Monday 23rd June 2014

Come and meet the artists on Sunday 1st June at 10am-12pm.

Auckland Deaf Society Events

Turbo Trivia Night – Deaf Poker Fundraiser

What: Test your mind – Mystery Hot Topics

When: Friday 9th May 2014

Time: 8.30 pm to late

Where: Auckland Deaf Society Clubroom

Cost: $40.00 – 4 people in team ($10.00 per person)

Prize: Special gift for team with highest points

Auckland Deaf Society - Coffee Club

Where: Auckland Deaf Society-164 Balmoral Rd, Balmoral
When: Saturday 3rd May
Time: 10.30am to 12.30
Cost: Free

It’s open to everyone wanting to learn/use New Zealand Sign Language!

This Coffee Club is monthly, casual and interactive event for students, families, friends and supporters who know or do not know any NZSL to join.

It is also suitable event if anyone have learnt some NZSL or signed other sign languages in the past and wants to practice NZSL skills with experienced NZSL Tutor.


Deafradio brings you the second WOOF BRR*
(*power talk!)

When: Tuesday 6 May 2014
Time: 7-9pm (talk starts at 7.30pm)

RSVP a must! Limited seats!

For information about Deaf Community speakers, topics and to RSVP visit:-

Creative Communications For Deaf And Hearing Artists

When Term 2 - Monday afternoons
May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 9, 16, 23, 30
Time 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Venue Spark Centre, Rocky Nook Bowls Club, Fowlds Park, Rocky Nook Avenue, St Lukes, Auckland
Cost $120.00 (please note this is a subsidised fee)
Art materials provided.

Waikato News

“Waikato Deaf 8 Pool Club – 3’s Tournament”

When: Saturday 3 May, 11am
Where: Waikato Snooker & 8 Ball Club, Rostrevor St, Hamilton   
Welcome to new player if interested.
Any queries, please contact me Rachel –

“Food And Wine Tasting” Event

When: Wednesday 14 May, 6:30pm      
Where: “The Boatshed” – 21 Amber Lane, Cambridge
Restrictions: R18
Cost: $49.00 per person  – 3 course tasting dinner + wine (additional fees may apply)
With Volcanic Hills Wine Maker Sean Beer...
Join us for a fun, informative evening with local wine maker Sean Beer. Taste a variety of beautiful wines locally produced by Volcanic Hills from carefully selected grapes from around NZ. Sean will offer an insight on the wine making process and provide some useful tips on what to look for each wine. The Boatshed has put together a stunning menu which is matched perfectly to complement the wines and of course to excite your taste buds.
Come along with a group of friends for a relaxed, interesting midweek evening out.

“12 Hours For Core Kids” Fundraiser

When: Saturday 10 May, 7am – 7pm
Where: Les Mills Hamilton, 747 Victoria Street, Hamilton
Restrictions: R15
Cost: Each team (1-12people) is $300.
Registrations close 2 May.
On 10th May 2014, Les Mills Hamilton and Novotel Tainui Hamilton are bringing 12 HOURS FOR CURE KIDS to Hamilton and we want you to join us.

At Cure Kids, the purpose is simple. Every single day they're driven to find cures for the life-threatening illnesses that affect many of our children. They focus on raising funds so that vital medical research can continue until their researchers find the cures our kids need.

The big event on the day is a 12 hour ride on stationery bikes at Les Mills Hamilton. The ride is broken down into 12 one-hour blocks. You don't have to be super fit to take part - you just have to sit on a bike and pedal!
We are looking for teams of up to 12 riders, so it's only a minimum of one hour on the bike for each member, or more if you're up for the challenge.

Our 12 hours for Cure Kids kicks off at 7am with our first 40 riders. We will have entertainment, massages, refreshments and prizes on the day to keep everyone going till 7pm, and we'll finish the night with a prizegiving to celebrate the fundraising efforts!
If you would like to make a donation to the cause, visit

Bay of Plenty News


Have you checked NZSL Week website on what's happening during NZSL Week in your area and throughout New Zealand?

Have you watched the video's of 'My Favourite Sign' from the public? Get yours in!  It's fun! Anyone can enter.

Let anyone know about Sign Ninja to learn the 7 signs in 7 days and be in to win a prize! 

All this and more is on the website - 
For Bay Of Plenty there will be two events and please let Sue Lessing know if you are coming asap.


Sunday 11th May from 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Sit and relax with a cup of coffee/tea while Kewpie Cruise takes us on an hour cruise around the harbour passing Matakana Island.

NZSL interpreter booked.

Normal price is $19.00 per person but we can go on a reduced price for $15.00 per person.
Children under 14years free with parents.

Click here to go direct to the events flyer on


Sunday 18th May from 1:00pm to 2:30pm - Join this private guided tour of Whakarewarewa Village with NZSL interpreters.

The cost which is $35.00 per person has been reduced to $28.00 per person and for children up to 15 years is $12.00 per child.

Please let Sue Lessing know if you are coming.

Please contact me if you have a question as it will be great having you with us all to celebrate NZSL Week and for the public to see everyone signing.

Click on this link to go direct to the event flyer on

50th Rotorua Marathon

Where: Government Gardens, Rotorua
When: Saturday 3rd May, starting 8:00am
There could be about 11,000 runners on the road.
Click on this link for more information

School Holiday Carnival

Where: Memorial Park, Devonport Road, Tauranga
When: Saturday 3rd May from 11:00am
               Sunday 4th May from 11:00am
Enjoy the last two days of your school holidays by having some fun on the dodgem cars, hurricane, ferris wheel, crazy circus and more. Food on sale.
Happy hour at 11am- Pay for one ride then stay on the ride for a 2nd ride free!
Open daily (weather dependent)

Car For Sale In Tauranga

Vehicle No: Nissan

Model: Primera 1.8

Year: 1990

Colour: Grey

$1800 or Near offer

Brian Turner (W) 07 579 4930 or (H)After hours 07 544 3103.


Taranaki News

WITT Pop-up Café

When: Monday 12th May

20 Bell Street
New Plymouth

Time: 12 noon – 2.00pm

Brief: Teaching NZSL to students for ordering at a cafe.

Who: All Welcome

Round The Mountain Bus Trip

When: Wednesday 14th May

Where: Leaving from Deaf Aotearoa office

Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Who: Deaf Community Members only

Travelling around the mountain visiting various locations


Art To Lunch

When: Thursday 15th  May
Where: Govett-Brewster Office, Brougham House, Level 2, 50 Devon Street
  • 12.15pm Art to Lunch: Paul Brobbel talks about Len Lye’s Wind Wands
  • 12.45pm Depart for Wind Wand (weather dependent)
  • 1.00pm – 1.15pm Talk at the Wind Wand
  • 1.15pm Depart for Pukekura Park, meet at Boatshed Lawn
  • 1.30 – 2.00pm Picnic, curator talk and open discussion at Reuben Paterson’s The Golden Bearing (glitter tree!).
We will have some blankets available, but recommend people to bring their own blanket and picnic lunch

If raining we will have our picnic under the cover of the band rotunda.  Bring umbrella for artist talk if raining.

Who: All Welcome

Centre City Mall

When: Friday 16th May

Time: 11am– 2.00pm

Who: All Welcome

2nd Floor from street level
(outside Mall office and beside Farmers)
Ariki Street,  New Plymouth

Come and join us for a promotional event of NZSL with the general public

Hawkes Bay News

Mother's Day Gatsby High Tea

Where;              Art Deco Masonic Hotel, 2 Tennyson St, Napier
When;               Sunday 11 May 2014, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Entry;               $29.00 per person.  To get your tickets please contact 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)

Treat your Mum this Mother's Day!

Indulge her with a delightful "Gatsby Style High Tea" at the iconic Art Deco Masonic Hotel, Napier.

We'll be serving a selection of delicate sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, an assortment of sweet delights & savouries, all presented on beautiful vintage china and served with tea or coffee in fine bone china cups.

Other beverages will be available for purchase on the day.

Tickets are limited and at a cost of $29 per person they'll be snapped up fast. Be in quick and surprise your Mum with a special treat in an elegant setting.

Try Squash

Where;              Havelock North Squash Club, 28 Lispcombe Crescent, Havelock North
When;               Sunday 11 May 2014, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Entry;               Free

Voted the healthiest sport in the world... Find out why!

Free fun sessions, suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
5 - 8 years & parents 09:00 - 09:45
9 - 12 years & parents 10:00 - 10:45
13 - 17 years & parents 11:00 - 11:45
18 + years 12:00 - 13:00

Non-marking shoes required.

For more info contact:

Julie Evans

Scott Fergusson 021652360 or

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club AGM

Where;              Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road Taradale, Napier
When;               Saturday 17th May 1.30pm
Entry;               Membership $15.00 or gold coin if non member

Bring a plate of food for afternoon tea. 

After the AGM Deaf Aotearoa NZ will host a New Zealand Sign Language celebration, we will provide pizzas and cold drinks.  Please bring a plate of finger foods for share dinner.

For membership form or for more information please contact HBDC Secretary or text 027 8593238

Manawatu News

NZSL Week Palmerston North Celebrations

When: 12th May 2014
Where: Palmerston North Leisure Centre, Val Kenward Room, 569 Ferguson Street, Palmerston North
Time: 11.00 am to 2.00 pm
We will be celebrating NZ Sign Language Week in Palmerston North, come along and celebrate
Tell us your stories, ideas, hobbies and whatever you wish to share. You can also bring your own hobby/artwork you have created/made.

Also create some creative art with the resources we will have available to you, you're more than welcome to bring your other crafts supplies should you wish.
Lunch will be provided, however limited only to 25 people, first in first served.
If you wish to come please let Lianna know by Friday 9th May!

Guided Tour Of Pukana Mount Bruce

When: Tuesday 13th May
Where: Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, Highway 2 (between Masterton and Eketahuna) Opaki
Time: 11.00 am
Come along join just for a Signed Tour of Pukaha Mount Bruce.  One hour tour of the wildlife centre with an experienced staff member and interpreter.
See flier for more details.
We have a van that can take 10 people, a FREE shuttle trip, first in first serve! So come book your spot today. If the van gets filled then it'll be good opportunity to car pool - share travel costs.
Adults $25.00 (normally $45)
Children $12 (5 to 15 years)
Children under 5 Free
Please let Lianna know if you're wanting to come by Friday 9th May.

Tui Brewery Tour

When: Wednesday 14th May
Where: HQ Tui Brewery, State Highway 2, Mangatainoka
Come along and check out a Signed Tui tour! Something different this year and a good one off opportunity!
Cost: $15 per person includes signed tour, one beer tasting and you get the handle to take home with you. If you wish to have more beer $5 each.
We have a van that can take 10 people, a FREE shuttle trip, first in first serve! So come book your spot today. If the van gets filled then it'll be good opportunity to car pool - share travel costs.
So come on, contact Lianna to book your place today!

REMINDER Computer And Literacy Workshop

When: Thursday 15th May to Thursday 19th June 2014
Where: Stewart Centre, West Street, Palmerston North
Time: 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm
Come along and learn how to use the internet, web based email. Social Media, Using Windows, Using MS Word, English Grammar etc
If you wish to come along to this 6 week workshop let Lianna know.

Wanganui NZSL Week Celebrations

When: Friday 16th May
Where: Wanganui Community House, Ridgway Street, Wanganui
Time: 11.00 am to 2.00 pm
We will celebrate New Zealand Sign Language in Wanganui, so come along and be part of this event.
We want you to be involved and tell us your stories, ideas, hobbies and whatever it is you would like to share.
We will also have some craft resources should you wish to be creative and make something different — there are prizes up for grabs!

There will be prizes for:-
  • Showing your own artistic flair with this workshop = Creativity
  • Bringing your own hobby/artwork whatever it is you have created/made
We will also be providing some lunch, however this is limited only to 25 people, first in first served!
If you want to come to this event, you must let Lianna know before 9th May 2014.

Wellington News

Accessibility Forum

This is your opportunity to improve accessibility in Wellington City and get an update on the Council's Accessible Wellington Action Plan.
When: Tuesday 6 May
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Community Room, Mezzanine floor, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington.
To find out more, visit
NZSL interpreters will be provided. Please see flier for more information.

New Tsunami Blue Lines

Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) has recently been painting blue lines and arrows appearing in LYALL BAY and KILBIRNIE.

WREMO will be painting their Tsunami Blue Lines to indicate where people need to evacuate to after a large earthquake.

A community working group has also identified places on the flat to paint arrows indicating the direction of the nearest safe place.

Remember, if you feel a long or strong earthquake run past the blue lines!

WREMO will  be starting a community working group to look at blue lines for the Peninsula soon.
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Interpreted Comedy Show

Part of NZSL Week, the Comedy Festival show is having two interpreted shows in Wellington, come along and have some laugh!

Ben Hurley

When: Tuesday 13th May

Time: 8.30 – 9.30pm

Where: San Fran, 171 Cuba Street, Wellington

Cost: $25-$28 per adult. Book your tickets at or 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)

Children not allowed to join.

More information...

Jeremy Elwood

When: Wednesday 14th  May

Time: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Where: Foxglove Ballroom 57 Customhouse Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington

Cost: $22 - $25 per adult. Book your tickets at or 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)

Children not allowed to join.

More information...

Parliament Tour – FREE!

Part of NZSL Week, Parliament has organised a tour for you all to join, there will be an interpreter provided.
When: Tuesday 13th May and Wednesday 14th  May
Time: 12.30-1.30pm
Where: Parliament Buildings, Molesworth Street, Wellington
Cost: FREE!
RSVP:    or text Shannon.
More information...

Ninja Games Night

Dress up as a Ninja and come to the Wellington Deaf Club and be in to win!
People will have to be in teams and tackle as many ninja tasks to gain their team a belt and to be in to win a prize.
The winning team will win a gift. The maximum people in each team is 6.
Snacks will be provided.
When: Friday 16th May
Time: 7.00pm onwards
Where: Wellington Deaf Society clubroom, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
Cost: Gold Coin entry
More information...

Te Papa Tour

A 60 minute Highlights Tour concentrating on the highlight exhibits as follows: Explore selected highlights of Te Papa’s exhibitions on this informative and engaging tour.

This tour will introduce you to natural environment, history, and Māori culture collections. Ideal for first-time visitors or as an introduction for a longer visit.

The objectives of these tours are to:
  • To introduce the main exhibits and exhibition spaces in Te Papa
  • Also to give an overall orientation of the museum to allow them to explore on their own.So from the description above you will see that the main areas the tour covers are:
  • Natural History: earthquakes, volcanoes, animal and plant life
  • Social and Cultural history: first arrivals (Māori), the Treaty of Waitangi and colonisation and migration.
All welcome.

If you want to come to this event, you must let Shannon Krogmann know before 9 May 2014.
When: Sunday 18th May
Time: 10.30 – 11.30am
Where: Te Papa, Cable Street, Wellington
Costs: Adults $10, Children $5 – Special price, normally $15 per adult

If you are going to the New Zealand Sign Language In Actions Awards Gala on Saturday 17th May, you can come to this tour as well!  Just book your flight back home on Sunday afternoon.
More information...

Circus Quirkus – FREE TICKETS!

Rotary Club of Wellington Central would like to give free tickets for your children and families to attend the Circus Quirkus, 90 minutes of fun for the whole family – a fantastic non-animal Circus extravaganza! 
A great family day out! Don’t miss out!
When: Saturday 17th May
Where: Riley Centre, Wellington High School, Taranaki Street, Wellington
Time:    11.00am
Cost: FREE!! LIMITED TICKETS! Please email or text Shannon to grab tickets.

Waterfront Dunnies Top List

The Kumutoto 'Lobster loos' toilets on Wellington waterfront have been voted third best public toilets in the world by the website Design Curial.
The toilets, also affectionately known as the ‘lobster loos’, beat thousands of other entries and were noted by the judges for making a strong style statement as well as being designed to be practical.
The design consists of two unisex accessible toilets sited by Foxglove Bar and Restaurant. The toilets opened in August 2011 and a year later won the public category in the NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards.
If you want to know more about the top ten toilet list, see: The World's 10 Best Public Toilets - DesignCurial

Nelson News

Nelson New Zealand Sign Language Week 2014

Come along and support us to the events below, we look forward to seeing you there.

Canterbury Quakes

When: Monday 12th May at 2pm-4pm
Where: Nelson Provincial Museum Cnr Trafalgar and Hardy Street Nelson City
The Nelson Provincial Museum have a exhibition on the Canterbury Quakes.

There is a showcase of 20 DVDs displaying the devastation of the Christchurch earthquakes in 2011.

The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake was a powerful natural event that severely damaged New Zealand’s second largest city, killing 185 people.

The magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Canterbury region in the South Island at 12.51pm on Tuesday February 2011.

The total cost to rebuild has a total estimated cost of $40 billion.

Some economists have estimated it will take the economy 50 to 100 years to complelty recover.

This is a New Zealand Sign Language interpreted tour of the exhibition.

If you want to come to this event, you must let Susan Peters know

Circus Quirkus

When: Thursday 15th May 2014 at 7pm-9pm.
Where: Theatre Royal 78 Rutherford Street Nelson City
Circus Quirkus is an non-animal circus spectacular and family fun experience.
An unique showcase of the finest performers from all around the world.
Circus Quirkus is guaranteed to amuse, astound and delight both young and old.
90 minutes of circus fun and fantasy!
We have 20 complimentary tickets, which have been sponsored by local businesses to allow families to enjoy this engaging performance for free!
If you want a ticket to this event, you must let Susan Peters know

Flutterbyes And Hampden School Perform Signed Signing At The Cathedral Steps Followed By Lunch At Lambrettas

When: Wednesday 14th May 2014 at 11am
Where: Cathedral Steps Top of Trafalgar Street Nelson City
Hampden Street school the junior syndicate ages 5-6yrs, will be performing the National Anthem on the Catherdral Steps in Nelson City.
Then the Flutterbyes from Blenheim, Picton, Nelson will perform some signed signing songs.
We will walk to Lambrettas after the signed singers have performed a two minuite walk.
We will complete the event with a signed lunch at Lambrettas, the staff at Lambrettas will complete some basic NZSL to the Deaf community.
If you want to come to this event, you must let Susan Peters

Nayland College Community Education

Nayland Community college is offering New Zealand Sign Language classes here in Nelson.
When: Tuesday 13th May Level 1B
Wednesday 14th May 1A
Thursday 15th May 2A
Time:  at 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Cost: $95 for a 8 week course.
Where: Nayland College 166 Nayland Road Stoke Tel: 03- 547 9769
Or go to the website

Canterbury News

Southern Zone Deaf Rugby Union Prize giving

When: Saturday 3rd May at 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm (Lunch at 1.00 pm)

Where: Spreydon Bowling Club, 71 Domain Terrance, off Lincoln Road, Christchurch

Cost: $15 per adult, $8 children 7 to 16 years old and under 7 years old Free

RSVP: 2 May to or text 027 434 0650 (Tyson)

Everyone is welcome to join us for prize giving and raffles.

Big handwaves to the Southern Zone Deaf Rugby team that won the shield again in 2014!

Deaf Society Of Canterbury Event: BINGO!

Friday 9th May at 7 pm

Spreydon Bowling Club
71 Domain Terrance
Off Lincoln Road, Christchurch

New Zealand Sign Language Week 2014
Canterbury/Westland Events

During New Zealand Sign Language Week, there will be two events for everyone to attend

NZSL Got Talent

(Friday 17th May 7.30 to 11.30 pm) at Deaf Society of Canterbury, 71 Domain Terrace, off Lincoln Road, Christchurch

RSVP 9th May 2014

Come along and join us the fun – win prizes for best performances.

You can do:-
  • Magic show
  • Storytelling
  • Sign-singing
  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • Dancing
Anyone can take part, kids or grown-ups, students, NZLS students, etc.

(please note all performances must be suitable for a family audience.)

Please register before the event if you want to take part by 9th May.

Gold coin donation for entry. Nibbles and NZSL interpreters provided.

Craft Group Fundraising

(Saturday 1.00 to 4.00 pm) at Blind Foundation Hall, 96 Bristol St, St Albans, Christchurch

Come and see our local Deaf Craft Group display their crafts.

All the funds from the fundraising proceed will go towards to their project fund.

If you have any craft materials/projects you wish to donate, you are welcome to drop them off to Victoria Walters at Deaf Aotearoa’s Canterbury office prior the event.

We would appreciate all donations.

An afternoon tea and NZSL interpreters provided.

Deaf Men’s Shed Visit To Halswell Men’s Shed Exploration

When: Saturday 17th May, 10.30 am to 12.00 pm

RSVP to Della Buzzard, if interested for more information

Email - or text 021 276 5545 or skype Della Buzzard

Free Tickets – Circus Quirkus

Your local Community Relations Officer, Victoria Walters have some free tickets from Rotary Club of Christchurch Sunrise for families, if you are interested to get tickets, please contact Victoria.

When: Sunday 11th May
Where: Villa Maria College Auditorium Upper Riccarton
Time: 3.00 pm or 6.00 pm

Be quick! Tickets are limited.

Opawa Farmer’s Market

The market have a various of best choices of fresh local produce in Christchurch, including a large organic range from well-known and trust local growers.

Top up your vegs shop with fresh bread still warm from the oven, French style pastries, free-range eggs, locally made Italian cheeses, delicious ready-to-eat salads, baked goods and much more.

Sip on a fresh juice/smoothies or get your coffee fix while soaking up the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at this popular local market.

When: Sunday 4th May 9.00 am to 12.00 pm
Where: 275 Fifield Terrace, Opawa

Otago News

Reminder Police Station Visit With Senior Sergeant Brian Benn

When:  Friday 9th May
Where: Dunedin Central Police Station Great King Street
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Please let Fi know at the Deaf Aotearoa Office if you will be coming

Text: 021 276 5646

Sign Language Week Party

When: Saturday 10th May
Where: Deaf Centre Manor Place
Time: 6.30pm
Cost: $10 per person for dinner and supper
Theme: Cowboys and Indians

Come and join us for an evening of fun, food, games and special guests

Money needs to be paid to Deaf Aotearoa Office by the 6th May

Contact Fi if you have any questions

Text: 021 276 5646

New Zealand Sign Language Week
Signed Tour Of Speights Brewery

When: Friday 16th May
Where: Speights Brewery
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Cost: $22 per person

Money need to be paid to the Deaf Aotearoa Office by the 13th May

Contact Fi if you have any questions

Text: 021 276 5646

Minimum of 10 people maximum of 18 people

A fully signed tour of the revamped Speights Brewery just for the Deaf Community.

The Speight’s Brewery Tour is an award winning interactive and informative guided tour through our historic working brewery. If you like beer, you’ll love this tour. But it’s just as rewarding for history buffs or those seeking to discover a few secrets from our brewers.

On the tour you’ll see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients that go into making Speight’s beers - and of course get to sample some for yourself.

34th Annual Star Regent 24 Hour Book Sale

When: Friday 2nd May
Where: Regent Theatre The Octagon
Time: 12.00pm Friday till 12.00pm Saturday

Tens of thousands of books over half of them only $1

Books for all tastes from cooking and gardening to westerns and romance novels.

Southland News

Volunteers Needed

NZSL Week runs from 12th -18th  if you want to be a part of the Celebrations and Events and can offer some of your time , come a have chat to Rebecca at the Office .

My Favorite Sign

What’s Your Favorite Sign ?
My favorite Sign is a fun way for everyone to get involved with New Zealand Sign Language Week .
If you would like to get involved come in and see Rebecca and I can Video and Upload for you onto the website or alternatively you can submit yourself and upload onto Deaf Aotearoas NZSL Week website .
Pick a sign that means something to you, Video yourself signing it , upload…Easy .!

May Day

What: Health and Disability Expo
Where: Workermans Club (fully accessible , lift available )
When: Saturday 3rd May 2014  ( This Weekend )
Time: 10am -3pm

Free Health Checks ,Blood Pressure ,Blood Sugars ,etc
Free Tote Bags for first 1000 visitors
Free competitions, prizes and giveaways .
60 Exhibitors on hand to provide health and disability assistance , info and products at this fun day out.

Dunedin NZSL Week Celebration

What: Cowboy /Cowgirl themed Celebration
When: 10th May 2014
Where: Dunedin Deaf Centre, Manor Street, Dunedin
Time: 6pm Arrival
RSVP: 5 May 2014
Once all have confirmed coming , there will be a email sent with information on where to meet and time of departure will be arranged.