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National

Weekend hui for parents of Deaf children

When: From Friday 10th April 2015 at 5:00pm to Sunday 12th April 2015 at 2:00pm
Where: Living Springs, 218 Bamfords Road, Governors Bay, Lyttelton
Deadline: Extended to Friday 21st November

The New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children with support from the Ministry of Education is hosting a weekend hui for parents and whānau of Deaf and hard of hearing children aged 0-5. The weekend is an opportunity for parents from across New Zealand to spend a few days sharing and gaining information, ideas and skills. It will also be an opportunity to enjoy the company of other parents. The programme includes participation of people who are skilled and experienced in raising Deaf and hard of hearing children and supporting their language and social development.

For more information see the New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children's website.

Magnet monthly update for October

Magnet's monthly update for October is now online or watch the video below.

Did you know about the www.healthed.govt.nz website?

This website has free access to a wide range of health information.

The following information have been translated to New Zealand Sign Language.

  • Ageing Well: How to be the best you can be
  • Cervical Smear Test: What women need to know
  • Breast Screen Aotearoa
  • Immunise Your Child on Time
  • Get checked for prostate cancer: Quick guide for men and their families and whanau
  • Prostate Cancer: More Information for men and their families and whanau
  • Time to Quit: Smoking
  • Body piercing and Tattooing: Protecting your Health.

Please let your friends and family know about this great website.

AA Roadservice app

An article in the recent AA Directions magazine said that Deaf people are making good use of their new AA Roadservice smartphone app.

The app allows AA members to request help when their vehicle breaks down. It includes an option to tell the AA that you are Deaf so they can communicate with you easily.

For more information about the Roadservice app, watch this NZSL video or visit their website.

Tutors wanted for NZSL Week 2015 taster classes

What we're looking for:-

People who are:-

  • Confident giving public presentations
  • Fluent in NZSL or use NZSL in everyday use
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, interpreters, families of Deaf children, etc.
  • Passionate about Deaf culture, NZSL week and teaching NZSL
  • Available for the month of May 2015

What you'll get:-

As a NZSL Week tutor you will have the opportunity to:-

  • Gain work experience
  • Earn some extra money
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun being part of the biggest week of celebrations in 2015

How to apply?

If you are a new tutor:-

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Email your Curriculum Vitae
  3. Email a NZSL video signing why you want to be a tutor (this is so that we can assess your sign language skills)

If you were a NZSL Week tutor in 2014:

  1. Complete the online application form

Applications close Friday 5th December.

Tutors will be required to attend unpaid training sessions between March and April.

For more information or any questions contact your local Community Relations Officer or email: nzsign@deaf.org.nz.

Northland

New Community Relations Officer

Hi, my name is Tanya Davis. I’m excited about my new job as Community Relations Officer.

I was born in Fiji but moved to New Zealand and grew up on the North Shore.

In the past I have worked at New Zealand Post and the North Shore Hospital.

I will soon be moving closer to Whangarei. I look forward to meeting you.

Phone contact details

To contact the Employment Service for Northland call or text 021 641 178
To contact the Service Coordinator for Northland call or text 021 641 178

For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail national@deaf.org.nz
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail info@vri.govt.nz
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

Where is Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) available in Whangarei?

Ministry of Social Development

Text: 029 286 7170
Free fax: 0800 621 621
Email: MSD_Deaf_Services@msd.govt.nz

Northland Regional Office 2nd Floor
49-53 James Street
Whangarei

ACC

Email: WHGContact@acc.co.nz
Phone: 09 4379500

13-15 Walton Street, Whangarei

How to use VRI in 2 easy steps

Tell the government agency at least two working days before your appointment that you require VRI and they will book the interpreter with the VRI service.
 
Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to allow enough time to ensure the meeting room is arranged to suit your communication needs.It’s really simple!

Whangarei Lions Club fireworks spectacular

When: Saturday 8th November
Where: Northland Events Centre (Toll Stadium), Okara Park, Okara Drive, Whangarei
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: Adult $10.00 - Child $5.00 - Family $25.00
 
Buy tickets at the door. Come and enjoy a family night of spectacular fireworks display.
 
Auckland

Arigatou night

The students from Kelston Deaf Education Centre that went on the Japan Tour would like to say ‘Arigatou’ and present about their experiences, learnings, and impressions to the people that supported them.
 
When: Friday 7th November
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society
 
Finger food will be provided.

Phone contact details

To contact the Community Relations Officer for Auckland text 021 512 943.
To contact the Employment Service for Auckland text 021 969 237.
To contact the Service Coordinator for Auckland text 021 276 5772.
To contact the Youth Worker for Auckland text 021 512 943.

For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail national@deaf.org.nz
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail info@vri.govt.nz
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

Tutors wanted for NZSL Week 2015 taster classes

What we're looking for:-

People who are:-
  • Confident giving public presentations
  • Fluent in NZSL or use NZSL in everyday use
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, interpreters, families of Deaf children, etc.
  • Passionate about Deaf culture, NZSL week and teaching NZSL
  • Available for the month of May 2015

What you'll get:-

As a NZSL Week tutor you will have the opportunity to:-
  • Gain work experience
  • Earn some extra money
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun being part of the biggest week of celebrations in 2015

How to apply?

If you are a new tutor:-
  • Complete the online application form
  • Email your Curriculum Vitae
  • Email a NZSL video signing why you want to be a tutor (this is so that we can assess your sign language skills)
If you were a NZSL Week tutor in 2014: Applications close Friday 5th December.

Tutors will be required to attend unpaid training sessions between March and April.

For more information or any questions contact Rachel Berry at rachel.berry@deaf.org.nz.

South Auckland

Phone contact details

To contact the Community Relations Officer for South Auckland text 021 517 849
To contact the Employment Service for South Auckland text 021 668 228
To contact the Service Coordinator for South Auckland text 021 819 328
To contact the Maori Deaf Development Officer for South Auckland text 021 518 219
To contact the NZSL Facilitators for South Auckland text 021 518 709 (Karishma) or 021 517 849 (Natasha)

For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail national@deaf.org.nz
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail info@vri.govt.nz
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

Coca-Cola Christmas In The Park

When: Saturday 13th December at 7:30pm
Where: Auckland Domain
 
One of the biggest, happiest, most magical, musical extravaganzas on the kiwi Christmas calendar!
 
One of New Zealand’s biggest outdoor Christmas concerts as some of country’s top singers, dancers, musicians, choirs and bands get ready to ignite the big stage to present the 21st annual Coca-Cola Christmas In The Park.
 
Every year we have set up Deaf zone area with NZSL interpreter platform provided. NZSL interpreters will be there.
 
Book this event in in your diary or calendar so you don't miss this wonderful event!

Job opportunity: Part-time Community Support Worker

An organisation is looking for a community support worker to assist 5 adult Deafblind residents who are unable to live independently. Previous caregiver experience (e.g. experience with intellectual disabilities) preferred but not essential. It is an advantage if you know some sign language.
 
For more information see: http://www.seek.co.nz/job/27562144

You can see an Deaf Aotearoa employment consultant if you want support or for more information.

Waikato

Reminder: First aid course

If you are interested in attending this course, then you will need to send Susitina Cook your contact details by Wednesday 12th November. Email susitina.cook@deaf.org.nz or text 021 540 193. If we do not receive enough registrations, then we will have to cancel the course and interpreters.

See video or flyer for more information.

Self defence course

When: Monday 10th, 17th, 24th November from 6:30 to 7:30pm
Where: Bankwood Primary School Hall, Bankwood Road, Chartwell, Hamilton
Cost: Free

Learn the basics of self defence. Know how to read the body language of the person approaching, and know how to respond to the situation.

This course will be taught by Te Hurinui Murphy, who is the NZ President of World Organiser of Martial Arts, and his female assistant.

A certificate will be given at the end for this internationally recognised class.

Interpreter will be available.

Phone contact details

To contact the Community Relations Officer for Waikato call 07 929 4572 or text 021 540 193
To contact the Employment Service for Waikato text 021 792 369
To contact the Service Coordinator for Waikato text 021 792 369

For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail national@deaf.org.nz
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail info@vri.govt.nz
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

Deaf Waikato River Community:
Adults Christmas event

Date: Saturday 22nd November
Time: 5:30pm to 12:00am midnight
Where: Workingmen’s Club, 73 Commerce Street, Frankton, Hamilton
Deadline: Sunday 16th November
Cost: Click on flyer

If you are interested in coming to this event, please let Cushla Lindsay and Lisa Bootten know.

Email: cushysmile@clear.net.nz Text: 021 207 8401

For more information please click on the flyer.

Waikato Deaf 8 Pool Club 5th year celebration
and prize-giving awards

When: Saturday 29th November
Where: Aaron Court Motor Inn, 250 Ulster Street, Hamilton
Time: Starts at 5:30pm
Cost: $40.00 per person (see flyer for payment information)
Option: Can stay the night for $50.00 per person (see flyer for more information)
RSVP: Before Saturday 15th November
Email: waikatodeaf8pool@gmail.com

Click here to download the menu.
Bay of Plenty

Phone contact details

To contact the Community Relations Officer for Bay of Plenty text 021 920 675
To contact the Employment Service for Bay of Plenty call 07 571 5932 or text 021 923 131
To contact the Service Coordinator for Bay of Plenty call 07 571 5930 or text 021 540 194

For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail national@deaf.org.nz
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail info@vri.govt.nz
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

Western Bay of Plenty Disability Support Trust

Where: Bethlehem Baptist Church, 90 Bethlehem Road, Bethlehem
When: Friday 21st November from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Cost: Gold coin donation
 
NZSL interpreters available.
 
This will be a very interesting seminar. People with disabilities, family/whānau, organisations and representatives are invited.

Click on the agenda for more information and who the speakers will be.

Contact Gill Gardner (her details are on the agenda) to book your name and inform Gill you are a NZSL user to reserve seats at the front.

Night Owl Cinema

Where: Mount Drury Reserve, Tauranga (click here for map)
When: Saturday 8th November from 6:00pm till late
Cost: Gold coin entry
Movie: The Goonies (an adventure movie)

A family outing with friends. Pizzas, food, hot drinks and more will be on sale.

There will be DJ's there too. Watch the movie under the stars by the ocean.

Good news! The movie will be captioned!

Woodlands School trash and treasure event

Where: Woodlands School, Waiowkea Domain, Gault Road, Opotiki
When: Saturday 8th November from 8:00am

This annual event is the biggest combined garage sale.

White elephant stall, second-hand shop, craft fair, food stalls, book sales, rides for the children and more.

Pay $2.00 to go into a draw to win a picnic table or $100.00 New World voucher to win.
 

VETPlus Dogs Day Out

Where: Scion Research, 49 Sala Street, Rotorua (click here for map)
When: Sunday 9th November from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Cost: $7.00 per dog, get a dog goodie bag
 
This happens every year. A fundraiser for Rotorua SPCA.

Walk with your dog on a lead through surrounding areas and forest.

Registration starts at 9:30am and the walk starts at 10:30am.

A gold coin donation will gain your dog entry into competitions and more.

There will be a dog show too.

Taranaki

VRI roadshow

We have a very important workshop that needs to be presented. This workshop has been advertised in the community weekly several times requesting replies from my community. I am still trying to arrange a date that suits all.
 
If I have less than five people RSVP I am not funded to present this workshop for you. Thank you to my community members who have replied this week to my emails but I still do not have enough “yes I will attend” at present.
 
This workshop is designed for the Deaf community. It is important that you understand about VRI and how it works. The workshop would cover:-
  • What is VRI?
  • Who funds VRI?
  • Where can I use VRI?
  • Why do some places not have VRI?
  • How to ask for VRI?
  • Help us to help you - VRI request form
At the present I am looking at Monday 17th November. I am also looking at a Saturday afternoon.

I need to know which day suits most: Monday am, Monday pm or Saturday pm.
 
Please email or text me ASAP so I can continue planning this workshop.
 
Email: niki.jenkinson@deaf.org.nz
Text: 021 556 989

Phone contact details

To contact the Community Relations Officer for Taranaki call 06 758 0579 or text 021 556 989
To contact the Employment Service for Taranaki call 06 758 0579 or text 021 540 198
To contact the Service Coordinator for Taranaki call 06 758 0579 or text 021 540 198
For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail national@deaf.org.nz
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail info@vri.govt.nz
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

Free barbeque for volunteers of New Plymouth

When: Sunday 7th December
Time: 12:00pm noon to 2:00pm
Where: New Plymouth Sport Fishing and Underwater Club

If you are a volunteer make sure you have signed up for the 2014 volunteers BBQ.

You need to RSVP by Tuesday 2nd December if you want to attend.

RSVP: Heather Dodunski
Phone: 06 758 8986
Email: npvsnz@yahoo.co.nz

New community café at Taranaki Cathedral

Where: Taranaki Cathedral, 37 Vivian Street
When: Every Tuesday from 4th November
Time: 7:30am to 10:00am
Cost: 50c for each purchase!

Every Tuesday from this week the community café will be open to everyone.

Crepes with delicious fillings, fresh filter coffee, tea or milo, hot toast and famous marmalade.

Just 50c each! Best price in town.

Students – bring a friend, they eat for free. Tell your friends, or bring them along.

All proceeds to Doctors Without Borders, against Ebola in West Africa.

Contact: Cathedral 06 758 3111
Email: www.taranakicathedral.org.nz
 

Family Works Taranaki workshop

What: Say “NO” to bullying - What every parent should know
When: Thursday 13th November
Where: 51 Buller Street, New Plymouth
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm noon
Cost: Free!
Tutor: Rosie Balsom (Senior Child and Adolescent Counsellor)

Light refreshments will be provided.

Call Rae, Angela or Jennie to make a booking or to find out more information

Phone: 06 758 5037
Fax: 06 759 1431
Email: FamilyWorks-Taranaki@psc.org.nz

Hawkes Bay

Reminder: Women's health (second session)

Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
When: Saturday 15th November from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Entry: Free (bring plate of food for shared lunch)
Tutor: Sunshine Prior (Hearing)

This second session will be about:

Physical health
  • Anatomy of women
  • Health Information for certain time periods
  • Health/ screening information
Communication
  • Art of communication
  • Positive communication styles
  • Negative communication styles
We need to see as many women to go to this second session on women health.

Two interpreters will be there.

Phone contact details

To contact the Community Relations Officer for Hawkes Bay text 021 459 005
To contact the Employment Service for Hawkes Bay text 021 459 005
To contact the Service Coordinator for Hawkes Bay text 021 641 996

For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail national@deaf.org.nz
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail info@vri.govt.nz
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

Christmas high tea at the County Hotel

Where: The County Hotel, 12 Browning Street, Napier
When: Saturday 15th November, 29th November or 13th December from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Entry: $45.00 (you can visit The County Hotel and buy tickets)

Looking for something a little special this Christmas party season? This maybe a good way to finish the year with a group of women having premier high tea at the County Hotel.

Our beautiful dining room will transform into a girly girl’s dream, adorning plush pinks, fine china and floral blooms. Sweet tea aromas will fill restaurant in anticipation of your arrival. We are proud to serve only the finest of tea’s and sublime handmade gourmet goodies.

Sample menu:

  • A glass of French Bubbles on arrival
  • Selection of Finger Sandwiches
  • Smoked Salmon Pate with capers on Crostini
  • Spiced Apple Cupcakes with cinnamon whipped frosting
  • Meringue baskets with summer fruits
  • Scones with Chantilly Cream & fruit preserves
  • A full selection of Prattys teas.
Private rooms available for groups of eight or more, be quick limited space.

Manawatu

Deaf mental health workshops

  • Tuesday 25th November - Dealing to Self Stigma
  • Wednesday 3rd December - Leading our recovery
  • Tuesday 20th January - Empowering ourselves in service
  • Wednesday 21st January - Open workshop Te Pou & Health and Disability Advocacy
  • Monday 2nd February - Deaf workshop only brainstorming, feedback and next step
These free Peerzone Deaf Mental Health workshops are being provided.

There are 5 workshops for people who are Deaf and Hearing who experience mental illness/distress.

Each workshop starts at 10:30am, finishing at 2:30pm. Free morning tea and lunch.

If you wish to go to those workshops, please contact Lyneen Allen (deafmentalhealth@kites.org.nz).

Phone contact details

To contact the Community Relations Officer for Manawatu text 021 278 8804
To contact the Employment Service for Manawatu text 021 278 8804
To contact the Service Coordinator for Manawatu text 021 641 996

For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail national@deaf.org.nz
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail info@vri.govt.nz
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

Tutors wanted for NZSL Week 2015 taster classes

What we're looking for:-

People who are:-
  • Confident giving public presentations
  • Fluent in NZSL or use NZSL in everyday use
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, interpreters, families of Deaf children, etc.
  • Passionate about Deaf culture, NZSL week and teaching NZSL
  • Available for the month of May 2015

What you'll get:-

As a NZSL Week tutor you will have the opportunity to:-
  • Gain work experience
  • Earn some extra money
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun being part of the biggest week of celebrations in 2015

How to apply?

If you are a new tutor:-
  • Complete the online application form
  • Email your Curriculum Vitae
  • Email a NZSL video signing why you want to be a tutor (this is so that we can assess your sign language skills)
If you were a NZSL Week tutor in 2014: Applications close Friday 5th December.

Tutors will be required to attend unpaid training sessions between March and April.

For more information or any questions contact Lianna Kennedy at lianna.kennedy@deaf.org.nz.

Wellington

Wellington coffee morning

Where: Deaf Aotearoa Wellington Community Space, Level 1, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
When: Friday 14th November, 10:30am to 11:30am
 
Come and join us here in the Wellington office and enjoy our community space!

We have books, children’s toys and of course tea and coffee and friendly staff to chat to.

Phone contact details

To contact the Community Relations Officer for Wellington call 04 801 8965 or text 021 545 288
To contact the Employment Service for Wellington text 021 677 403
To contact the Service Coordinator for Wellington call or text 027 276 5771
To contact the NZSL Facilitator for Wellington text 021 516 767

For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail national@deaf.org.nz
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail info@vri.govt.nz
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

Mamma Mia! NZSL interpreted performance

When: Tuesday 18th November from 7:30pm
Where: St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Place, Wellington
Tickets: $39.90 per person

To book tickets before Friday 14th November, please email oddsocks.nz@gmail.com.


Family Pest-Fest

Where: Waitangi Park, 107 Cable Street, Wellington
When: Sunday 9th November from 9:00am to 3:00pm
 
Come explore pest-fest, a free event dedicated to providing information about New Zealand’s pest plant and animals. Join us for a fun-filled day of games and activities for the entire family. There will be tons of spot prizes and giveaways throughout the day.

If you bring in a pest plant, you will receive a free native plant! You may even see a few cool creatures while you're there.

Pest-Fest is an event for all ages! There are tons of opportunities to collect free stuff, play interactive games, find out about current conservation projects around Wellington, learn how trap pests in your own backyard, and get involved with local community groups. Kids can even fill out their very own "pest-port" with stickers from each booth and go into a prize draw every hour!

Pest-fest will be the closing event for Conservation Week in Wellington so come show your support!

More information...


Kristmas knack: beautiful, original, NZ made craft and design

Where: Berhampore School, 105 Britomart Street, Berhampore, Wellington
When: Friday 14th November at 6:00pm and Saturday 15th November at 9:30am
 
This year's Kristmas Knack double bill offers Wellington the chance to sort out heaps of Christmas gift buying in one relaxed and friendly spot. It's a great opportunity to purchase handmade, original craft direct from the makers. Over 50 stalls, live music, a handmade gift wrapping service, and cool stuff for the kids to do too. Betsy the cool coffee caravan is back, and we'll have super Christmas baking and authentic Indian food to enjoy at the market or take home for dinner. EFTPOS available, Ample free parking on-site.

For further information contact knack.market@gmail.com or phone Justine on 04 972 4099 or 027 381 3409.
Nelson

Video Remote Interpreting presentation in Blenheim

Where: Barnardos, 31 George Street, Blenheim
When: Wednesday 26th November at 11:00am

Have a look at the website: www.vri.govt.nz.

Come along and see the presentation. It will cover:-
  • What is VRI?
  • Who funds VRI?
  • Where can I use VRI?
  • Why do some places not have VRI?
  • How to ask for VRI?
  • Help us to help you - VRI request form

Phone contact details

To contact the Community Relations Officer for Nelson call 03 546 7650 or text 021 939 415
To contact the Employment Service for Nelson call 03 546 7650 or text 021 939 415
To contact the Service Coordinator for Nelson call 03 546 7650 or text 021 939 415

For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail national@deaf.org.nz
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail info@vri.govt.nz
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

Congratulations Paul for 15 years service award at Sealord

Congratulations to Paul Quintal on receiving his service award in recognition for 15 years of service to Sealord. It was great to be present to support/communicate the tributes paid to Paul from his work team.

All the tributes made said what a great guy and how so hard working he is. Paul is the first one to arrive to work and  the last to leave, he rarely ever has a sick day. They have all enjoyed learning NZSL and to be able to communicate with Paul.

Our Christmas dinner

Where: Speights Ale House, 99 Quarantine Road, Stoke
When: Saturday 22nd November at 5:30pm

We are having Christmas dinner at the Speights Ale house, please let the secretary Rachel know by the 15th November if you are able to come.

Text on 021 102 4400 or email nelsondeaf@gmail.com.

Christmas parade in Blenheim

Where: Blenheim Town Centre
When: Saturday 6th December at 5:00pm

The Christmas parade is being held in Blenheim.

Hilary has organised a float with large butterflies.

Children and Deaf community members will be signing songs.

If you would like to be involved in this fun event, contact Hilary on hilaryafoister@hotmail.com.
Canterbury

See The Sound:
A visual interpretation of music

Experience music in the Deaf world – listen with your eyes!

You may recall there was an article in our newsletter on 22nd August about one of our local CODAs, Phoebe Leyten. She is the child of Josje Leyten and Flip Leijten. She won CPIT’s Research Month Pitch a Project competition.

Phoebe have been working on a project for Deaf community to have the opportunity to see her project, called “See The Sound”.

You are welcome to see her visual interpretation of music which will be performed along with her band. Also featuring Josje Lelijveld and Elizabeth Kay.

Everyone is welcome!

When: Sunday 23rd November
Time: 7:00 pm doors open and 7:30 pm start
Where: Heathcote Valley School Hall, 61 Bridle Path Road, Heathcote Valley

Phone contact details

To contact the Community Relations Officer for Canterbury/Westland text 021 324 828
To contact the Employment Service for Canterbury/Westland call 03 379 6064 or text 021 540 195
To contact the Service Coordinator for Canterbury/Westland text 021 276 5033

For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail national@deaf.org.nz
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail info@vri.govt.nz
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

Canterbury Anniversary Day (Friday 14th November)

Are you planning to visit the Canterbury A&P Show during the weekend of 12th to 14th November?
And do you want to save your money or frustration about finding a car park at the show?

The Red Bus will provide bus services to the Canterbury A&P Show. If you want to avoid the hassle of driving to and parking at this popular event, you can take the Red Bus' special services running from Central Station to the showground.

Only on these days:

Thursday 13th November
Departs from Central Station (Platform F) every hour from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Friday 14th November
Departs from Central Station (Platform F) every 30 minutes from 9:30am to 4:00pm.

Cost $4.00 adult or $2.00 child each way. Cash payment by Metrocard will be accepted. Metrocard discount not applicable. No transfers.

For more information about the show see www.theshow.co.nz.

Otago

Phone contact details

To contact the Community Relations Officer for Otago call 03 929 1162 or text 021 276 5646
To contact the Service Coordinator for Otago text 021 471 033

For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail national@deaf.org.nz
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail info@vri.govt.nz
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

Deaf Support Services AGM

When: Thursday 13th November
Time: 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Where: Otago Deaf Centre

All Deaf community members are welcome to come along to AGM meeting. See you there!

Deaf Aotearoa Christmas lunch

Mark your calendars for our Christmas lunch at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. We’ll enjoy a delicious meal and if the weather if nice we can have a look around at the gardens afterwards.

Food includes muffins, quiches, pizzas, crepes, croques (sandwiches), salads, sausage rolls and drinks. Prices range from $5 - $15.

When: Thursday 18th December
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Where: Croque-o-Dile Cafe, Botanic Gardens, Dunedin
Cost: Buy your own food and drink

Please let Anna or Michelle know if you’re coming so we can confirm a booking.

Where are we?

Anna will be away from the office from Tuesday 18th November through to Tuesday 2nd December. She will return to the office on Wednesday 3rd December.

If you want to see Anna before she is off, the last day to have an appointment with her is Thursday 13th November.

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) is here in Dunedin

Where: Work and Income, Dunedin Community Link, Corner St Andrew and Castle Streets
When: Available on Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Please ensure you book two days before you require the service.

Have a look at the website: www.vri.govt.nz.

Thank you for coming to the VRI presentation last week. If you have any questions about VRI please contact Anna. Also, if you’ve passed out any flyers or request forms to your doctor or other locations, please tell Anna so that Deaf Aotearoa can follow up with them.

Text 021 276 5646 - Fax 03 477 1033 - Email anna.hurd@deaf.org.nz
Southland

Southland Deaf community meeting

When: Sunday 9th November
Where: Invercargill Workingmen's Club
Time: 11:00am

If you have any apologies please contact your President, Roger Strong.

Phone contact details

To contact the Community Relations Officer for Southland call 03 929 6565 or text 021 554 905
To contact the Employment Service for Southland call 03 929 6565 or text 021 554 905
To contact the Service Coordinator for Southland call 03 929 6565 or text 021 554 905

For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail national@deaf.org.nz
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail info@vri.govt.nz
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

NZ Deaf Games

Congratulations to those who took part in the New Zealand Deaf Games in Christchurch over Labour Weekend , Southern Zone Won the coveted Aotearoa Turi Shield with 34 Points. Great Work .

Staff apologies

Rebecca is currently on leave. She will be back in the office on Tuesday 18th November.
 
If you need support from Deaf Aotearoa, please contact the Auckland office.

Tutors wanted for NZSL Week 2015 taster classes

What we're looking for:-

People who are:-
  • Confident giving public presentations
  • Fluent in NZSL or use NZSL in everyday use
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, interpreters, families of Deaf children, etc.
  • Passionate about Deaf culture, NZSL week and teaching NZSL
  • Available for the month of May 2015

What you'll get:-

As a NZSL Week tutor you will have the opportunity to:-
  • Gain work experience
  • Earn some extra money
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun being part of the biggest week of celebrations in 2015

How to apply?

If you are a new tutor:-
  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Email your Curriculum Vitae
  3. Email a NZSL video signing why you want to be a tutor (this is so that we can assess your sign language skills)
If you were a NZSL Week tutor in 2014:
  1. Complete the online application form
Applications close Friday 5th December.

Tutors will be required to attend unpaid training sessions between March and April.

For more information or any questions please contact Rebecca Petre:-