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Announcing New Office Opening Hours

We have been told that some of you find it annoying when you come to our offices and there is nobody there to help you because the staff are out on appointments or already have someone with them. We understand this and agree that you should be able to come to our offices to see the staff and know that there will be someone there to help you.

We have now asked the staff to make sure that the offices are open for set hours so that you know you can call in at any time during those hours without an appointment to use the community computer or for enquires and there will be someone who can help you.

It is really important that if you need to see someone for a specific service, like a Service Coordinator or an Employment Consultant you should always make an appointment to make sure that they are there and have the time to help you. The staff will all have some time which is appointment only so that they can make time to see everyone.

Some offices will not be open for as many hours each week, but that is only because the staff will be working on booked appointments. We are not reducing any hours for staff and we hope that by organising our time better, staff will have more time to spend with you and you can see staff without having to wait a long time.

These new hours start in all offices on Monday 13th October, so please make sure that you know when your local office is open, and check with your Community Relations Officer if you want to know when to book an appointment.

We think that this will make our service to you better and we hope that you support us in making this change. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Northland, Auckland, South Auckland, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch offices:
Office open for enquires and appointments on Monday to Thursday.
Office hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Office closed for appointment only on Friday.

Hamilton office:
Office open for enquires and appointments on Monday to Thursday.
Office hours are 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
Office closed for appointment only on Friday.

Hawkes Bay office:
Office open for enquires and appointments on Monday to Wednesday.
Office hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Office closed for appointment only on Thursday and Friday.

Taranaki office:
Office open for enquires and appointments on Monday to Wednesday.
Office hours are 9:00am to 2:00pm.
Office closed for appointment only on Thursday and Friday.

Nelson office:
Office open for enquires and appointments on Tuesday.
Office hours are 9:00am to 2:30pm.
Office closed for appointment only on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Dunedin office:
Office open for enquires and appointments on Monday to Thursday.
Office hours are 9:00am to 3:30pm.
Office closed for appointment only on Friday.

Invercargill office:
Office open for enquires and appointments on Tuesday and Thursday.
Office hours are 9:00am to 2:00pm.
Office closed for appointment only on Wednesday.

Magnet’s Monthly Update

Deaf Aotearoa’s Youth Services have just shared their September Monthly Update.

The Monthly Update is a summary of what the Magnet team has been up to each month. The update is typed out, and also signed in New Zealand Sign Language by our Youth Workers.

Please subscribe if you want to be updated with what is happening in the Youth Section at Deaf Aotearoa.

New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children

NZFDC have launched some new Awards in recognition of our Year 1 - 8 children.  

If you have a Deaf or Hearing Impaired child, or know of a child, from Years 1 - 8 who had achieved great personal success this year, please nominate them for the NZ Federation for Deaf Children Excellence Medals.
We would love to recognise the extra hard work that our amazing kids put in to their schooling, and hold them up to others as role models.

Down load your application and post or email it in. Applications for the Years 1 - 8 will close on the 31st October 2014.

Contact details:

Free phone: 0800 332 324 (President)
Mobile: 027 214 6901 (Text) (President)


Stoptober is a 31 day quit smoking challenge designed to help thousands of kiwis kick the smoking habit for good. Already successful in the UK, it’s the first time Stoptober has been held in New Zealand. It begins on 1st October.

To help people quit smoking habit, there are free daily texts, emails, a free mobile app plus social media, television and fun events.

Find out more on


School Holiday Fun

When: Saturday 27th September to Sunday 12th October
Where: Kiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park, 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Adults $15.00
Seniors & Adult Students $10.00
School children $5.00 (under 5 years free)
Family Pass 2 adults & 3 paying children or 1 adult & 4 paying children $35.00

Door sales only.
Something for everyone! Museum filled with amazing exhibitions, fun programmes with Kiwi North educator, live kiwi, tuatara and geckos, parklands and native bush, train and tractor rides and much more! More information...

Let’s Make More!

Get crafty and make something different each day.  It’s free – no need to book.
Where: Whangarei Central Library, 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
  • Tuesday 30th September – Puppet Play
  • Wednesday 1st October – Bug Bonanza
  • Thursday 2nd October – Fabric Fun
  • Tuesday 7th October – Diorama Drama
  • Wednesday 8th October – Wick Wire Winding
  • Thursday 9th October – Clay Creations
 This is for school aged children, however pre-schoolers are welcome to come along and watch. All children under 11 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Bay of Islands Farmers’ Market

When: Thursday 9th October
Where: Village Green, 60 Marsden Road, Paihia
Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Cost: Free!
Paihia Farmers’ Market is a place where you can buy fresh food, grown or produced from the grower or producer. Buy it fresh from their gate to your plate. Every Thursday afternoon, rain or shine!

iSign interpreter funding

Come and learn about iSign’s interpreter funding.

James and Jane will tell you how, when, and where to use our interpreters for free.

When: Friday 3rd October
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, Balmoral Road
Time: 8:30pm

Mixed indoor netball

Simon Holt has set up a weekly mixed indoor netball game every Sunday for Deaf Community Members to join if they are interested. There are only two more indoor netball games currently left – please come along and join.

When: Every Sunday, ending 12th October
Where: Indoor gym at 164 Balmoral Rd (behind Auckland Deaf Society)
Time: Starts at 1:00pm
Cost: $30.00 per team

Forklift course

We are seeking people who have their full drivers licence and are interested to do a forklifting course.

The course is normally completed in 1 full day, but can extend to 2 days for less experienced operators (8am – 4pm)

You are able to learn during the week or on Saturday only.  From participating in this course, you will get an Operator’s Certificate as well as an Operator’s card.

Please email Rachel at if you are interested.

Mini Deaf Kitchen Rules

Six teams of two will compete to make the best course.

Only the most creative and tasty dishes will impress the judges.

Prizes for the winners of each course, plus a fantastic prize for the overall winner!

When: Friday 10th October
Where: Auckland Deaf Society Clubroom
Time: 7:30pm

All food for the competition is provided.

NZSL public speeches

When: Friday 10th and 17th October
Where: Auckland Deaf Society,164 Balmoral Road, Auckland 
Kia Ora, the sign language section staff at AUT University would love you to join them in watching second year students of interpreting and Deaf studies majors presenting their NZSL public speeches.

They look forward to seeing you there!

The Sound of Music: Sign Language Interpreted performance

Auckland Live are very pleased to announce a sign language interpreted performance of The Sound of Music on Thursday 16th October at 7:30pm live at The Civic, in Auckland.

Trained interpreters, Kelly Hodgins and Noreen Smith, situated on the right hand side of the stage, will interpret the performance into NZSL. For more information about the sign language interpreted performances, click here.

There are seats reserved for this unique performance that give a clear view of the stage and the interpreters. Tickets for these seats are $65.00 (service fees apply).

There will be an introduction in NZSL for Deaf patrons and their companions in the Safari Room of the Civic at 6:30pm.

How to book a ticket to this performance:

  • Discounted tickets are available in the stalls with a good view of the Interpreter.
  • To book online, click here to visit the Ticketmaster webpage for bookings for this performance.
  • In the “enter offer code” field, please enter the special code SLISOM to access the special price.
  • To book over the phone, call the Ticketmaster Group Bookings line on 09 970 9745.
  • To book via email email the Ticketmaster Group Bookers on

NZSL Coffee Club

When: Saturday 4th October from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral
Entry: Free

The Coffee Club is a monthly, casual and interactive event for students, families, friends and supporters who know or do not know any NZSL. It's also a great place to practice your NZSL skills with an experienced NZSL tutor.

For more information email

South Auckland

Understanding Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)

When: Saturday 11th October from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Friendship House, 20 Putney Way, Manukau City
Cost: Free
  • 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
This presentation is designed for the Deaf community. It is important that you understand about VRI and how it works.

Don’t miss out! Everyone is welcome.

For more information, please contact your local Community Relations Officer:

VRI is now available at Frith and Laird Optometrists

Frith and Laird Optometrists are now trained and knows how to use VRI. You can make appointment for an eye test and use VRI service there.

They are located on the first floor, above Manurewa Medical Centre.  Unlimited free parking at the back of building off Northcrest Way.

If you want more information about VRI, please go to:

Allan Brewster Leisure Centre

When: Saturday 4th October
Where: Allan Brewster Leisure Centre, Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: Free

Take your kids to Allan Brewster Leisure Centre in the School Holidays.  The Centre has lots ot offer with loads of fun activities for the whole family, including a scavenger hunt, bouncy castle, pet safari, gym workouts, fitness challenge, a sausage sizzle and more....

Little Shop

The First Sign team are collecting New World's Little Shop items. They will use them when working with 3 to 5 years old children.This will be a very useful resource for them. If you have Little Shop items you don't need, please consider donating them to your local Deaf Aotearoa office to support First Sign to have the resources to educate the young Deaf children and their families.

Thermal Fax Paper

If there are any Deaf that still use the old thermal fax paper rolls, could you please contact Susitina at the Deaf Aotearoa office (email or text 021 540 193). We have been told that there are quite a few rolls that might be available for free if any of the Deaf community members would like them.


When: Friday 3rd October to Sunday 12th October (starting from 11:00am)
Where: The Base, Te Rapa Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton

While out shopping don't forget to take a spin on the Rockin Tug Family ride or Kids only Top Gear or jump in the fun on our new bouncy castle. Open daily during the school holidays (weather dependent).

Discover Free Entertainment

When: Friday 3rd October to Friday 10th October from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Where: Westfield Chartwell, Corner Hukanui and Comries Roads, Chartwell, Hamilton      
Admission: Free!

Kids at a loose end these holidays? With an action packed line up of free entertainment, from cupcake workshops to exciting safari adventures, Westfield Shopping Centres have your October school holidays covered!

More information...

Safari Adventures

Monty the Monkey is taking the littlies on a Safari Adventure. First stop – the craft corner, where kids can create their very own photo frame and binoculars. Then on to the animal tour with fun facts from Monty himself before finishing at the Safari photo booth.

Date: Monday 6th October to Friday 10th October
Time: 10:30am to 2:30pm

Join in the parade

Westfield is a proud supporter of the Farmers Santa Parade and is offering kids the chance to go into the draw to win one of two places on the Westfield float in the parade. Enter here!
Bay of Plenty

Are You Tech Smart?


Where: Eastbay REAP, 21 Pyne Street, Whakatane
When: Thursday 30th October, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Where: Rotorua District Library, Haupapa Room, 1st Floor, 1127 Haupapa Street, Rotorua
When: Friday 31st October, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Do you understand about data, 3G, 4G, smartphones, tablets, broadband, UFB, apps and more?

Come to Chris Blum's interesting visual PowerPoint presentation! Information from NZ Relay on Internet Relay, VRS, VRI, MTR, TXT 111 and CapTel will be covered.

Bring your device/mobile along if you have one. If you don't have one, this is an opportunity for you to find out which one is the best mobile/device to buy.

There will be question and answers time.

Please share this with your Deaf friends and families.
Tea/Coffee will be provided
Contact Sue Lessing to put your name down:-
Text: 021 920 675
Fax: 07 571 5932

Western Bay of Plenty Disability Support Trust

Where: Bethlehem Baptist Church, 90 Bethlehem Rd, Bethlehem 3110
When: Friday 21st November at 10:00am. Save the date.

NZSL interpreters will be booked.

Western Bay of Plenty Disability Support Trust will be holding their sixth Disability Networking for Inclusion Seminar.

Stalls will be set up for you to find out more about what other services are provided out there in the community.

More information will be shared closer to the date.

Visit their website for more information.

World Festival of Magic

Lions Club are giving away free tickets to the less fortunate children and people. This magic show will not have NZSL interpreters and we are hoping they will provide in the future.

This show is 90 minutes long and is suitable for all ages.

Please let Sue Lessing know by Friday 10th October, if you are keen to go to the show, how many tickets you need and for which show,  4.30pm or 7pm on Saturday 15th November in Bethlehem, Tauranga.

Text: 021 920 675

Baypark Speedway

For those who like to watch the different car races, the next Speedway Event at Baypark for the 2014/2015 season will have an opening night on Saturday the 25th October.

Click here to see all the different cars and who the drivers will be.

Rotorua Museum's Collection

Where: Rotorua Museum, Government Gardens, Queens Drive, Rotorua
When: Saturday 11th October 2014 to Sunday 10th May 2015 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: Free with museum admission. Local Rotorua residents take your ID with you for free admission.

The Museum storerooms have lots of beautiful old treasures collected over the years and they will be on display for the public to view.

Community Law Workshops

When: Monday 6th October and Tuesday 7th October
Times: 10:00am to 12:00pm, with a break for lunch, then 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Disability Information Centre meeting room, 28 Young Street, New Plymouth
Bring: Your lunch for your hour break


  • Introduction to Community Law   
  • Relationship Property
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Discrimination


  • Buying on Credit
  • Dealing with Debt
  • Tenancy


World Festival of Magic

When: Sunday 7th December
Cost: Free
Where: New Plymouth Girls High School
Time: 6:00pm
Deaf Aotearoa New Plymouth have once again been offered free tickets to the show hosted by Lions Club New Plymouth Egmont called World Festival of Magic.
The World Festival of Magic is a spectacular family show, starring internationally acclaimed magician Chuck Jones whose mastery of Grand Illusion always amazes and astounds their audiences. This is a dynamic and memorable performance designed to help lift the spirits and bring some well-needed joy to children with disabilities and their families.
If you would like tickets please email me the number of tickets you would like for your family

New Zealand Sign Language Classes for Term 4

Location: New Plymouth
Level: 1B
When: Sunday 12th October, every Sunday for 8 weeks
Where: New Plymouth Library
Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Waitara
Level: 1B
When: Thursday 16th October, every Thursday for 8 weeks
Where: Waitara Library
Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Level: 1A for new students
When: Saturday 25th October, every Saturday for 8 weeks
Where: Waitara Library
Time: 10:00am to 11:30pm
Tutor: Lisa Masters
Mobile: 027 7842589 (text message only)
Cost: $90.00 for eight week of sessions
Welcome to one of New Zealand's three official languages. Have fun and a challenge, meet new people!
These courses run for eight weeks and are 1.5 hour sessions each week.

Understanding Video Remote Interpreting Road Show

  • 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
If you are interested please email with preferred days. We can do the workshop on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, during the morning, afternoon or early evening. Or we could do it on a Saturday afternoon.

Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club garage sale and sausage sizzle

Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
When: Saturday 11th October from 8:00am to 2:00pm
Entry: Free

There will be household and outdoors items for sale including garden pots, cooking items, cane baskets, electrical items plus more. We will also have sausage sizzles so come and have your lunch at the HBDC, $1.50 per sausage.

All proceeds will go toward Hawkes Bay Deaf Club's operational costs.

If you have any saleable items (items that is good for the garage sale), please drop them at the Deaf Club before 11th October. Please text the Deaf club on 027 859 238 if you have any items or wish to help volunteer on the day.

ITM Cup: Magpies v Southland

Where: McLean Park, Latham Street, Napier
When: Saturday 11th October from 5:35pm to 7:35pm
Entry: From $5.00 to $30.00 per person

The Magpies take on Southland in the last home ITM Cup round robin fixture of the 2014 season.

Colour Dash

Where: Hawke's Bay A&P Showgrounds, Kenilworth Road, Hastings
When: Sunday 12th October from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Entry: From $25.00 to $40.00 per person (see price list here)

The Colour Dash is a 5km fun run, walk (or even crawl!) for people of all ages, shapes and sizes with participants being splashed with special colourful dust along the way. Every Colour Dash in 2014 will be raising both awareness and colourful cash for Ronald McDonald House.

Simply by registering, 50% from your payment will go directly to this great cause. Every registrant gets: a free t-shirt, a bag of colour and an explosion of fun!

And for every Dash Down under event in 2014 you’ll be entertained at the start and finish line!


Manawatu Deaf Society

Club night

When: Tonight, Friday 3rd October
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: 7:30pm

Come along to catch-up with your friends and other Deaf Community members, watch Sky Sports, play pool/darts.

Policy and procedures

When: Tomorrow, Saturday 4th October
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: 9:30am

Bring your own lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.

Social club pool

When: Sunday 5th October
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: 1:00pm

We will be having a home game playing against Palmerston North RSA. If you wish to participate please bring a hot plate to share.

Caccia Birch House

When: Sunday 5th and 12th October
Where: Caccia Birch House, 130 Te Awe Awe Street, Palmerston North
Time: 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Are you interested in local history and the story behind Caccia Birch House? They are opening the property for visitors to look through the house and Coach House.

Also enjoy the spring flowers. If the weather is fine you are free to bring your picnic and blanket for the front lawn! Also enjoy a walk through to Centennial Lagoon to feed the ducks.

If you want to find out more about Caccia Birch house, their website is

ATC community market - Feilding

When: Tomorrow, Saturday 4th October
Where: Manchester Square, Manchester Street, Feilding
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm

Come along and check out the community market, you can start your Christmas shopping early if you like!

Also if you are thinking of having a garage sale or fundraiser, why not try a stall at this market. You can contact Marina 06 323 9656 or Lynne 021 606 423.


Video Remote Interpreting presentation

Where: Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor Street, Newlands, Wellington
When: Wednesday 15th October from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: Free!
Come along for a free presentation about Video Remote Interpreting.

Learn what it is and how it can help you and the Deaf Community.

See flyer for details or contact Natalie King:-
Phone: 021 545 288

NZ Water Ski Racing Series Round 1 & 2

Where: Evans Bay, Evans Bay Parade, Wellington
When: Saturday 4 October 2014, From 9:00am and Sunday 5 October 2014, From 9:00am
The first two rounds of the NZ Water Ski Racing Series. New Zealand's best water ski racers are looking for points in the New Zealand series and some are also looking to be selected for the New Zealand team that will be competing in the 2015 World Water Ski Racing Championships to be held in Oriental Bay and Evan's Bay in Wellington from 9th to 19th April 2015.

Fashion and Accessories Market

Where: Frank Kitts Underground Car park, Under Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay, Wellington
When: Saturday 27th September from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Our Fashion and accessories market is our biggest market of the year and is now over 3 weekends Saturday and Sunday with over 100 stalls.

A one stop shop for gorgeous local designer clothing and beautiful, unique jewellery and accessories.

To coincide with World of Wearable Arts we are offering you new and wonderful objects and finely hand crafted pieces.

This is the one market you don't want to miss whether you are a local or visiting from out of town.

Wellington Phoenix Family Day

Where: Waitangi Park, 107 Cable Street, Wellington
When: Sunday 5th October at 11:00am
The Wellington Phoenix season starts a week early this year!

Come along and have a kick around with the 2014/2015 squad, learn some skills with Capital Football, pick up your 2014/15 membership pack and enjoy plenty more fun and games.

Don’t miss out. Entry is free!

School Holidays Activities: Mad Science Mysteries

Where: Cummings Park Library, 1 Ottawa Road, Ngaio, Wellington
When: Thursday 9th October to 11:00am to 12:00pm
Get mad about science fun! During the October school Holidays at participating Wellington City Libraries.

Grab your test tubes, clipboards and lab coats and get ready for mad science mysteries these school holidays! With hands on science experiments and stories that are perfect for 7-12 year olds.

These fun events are free, bookings not required - just turn up!

Go to the website or contact your local library for details.

Spring is in the air

The blossom is looking beautiful at the Miyazu Japanese gardens on Atawahai Drive in Nelson.

There is no cost to walk around the Japanese gardens, an ideal location for a picnic.


TEC course: Are you Tech Smart?

A big thank you for all those that came to the workshop on 25th September. Lots of useful information was given and learnt. Chris Blum was simply great. Hope you like these photographs.

Nelson Deaf Incorporated invite you to meet our Deaf Visitors.

Where: Café Affair, 295 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
When: Saturday 18th October at 6:00pm

We have some Deaf visitors touring around the top of the South Island they would like to meet our Deaf community, so hope you are able to join us.

Nelson Home and Garden show

Where: Saxton Field Sports Complex, Saxton Road East, Stoke Nelson
When: Friday 10th Saturday, 11th, Sunday 12th October 10.00am-5.00pm daily
Cost: Adults $6.00 Senior Special Friday only $3.00 Under 16 Free

Enjoy huge variety from a multitude of exhibitors offering the latest in home and garden products/services. Save with massive show- only specials, go in the draw to win a fabulous show prize, listen to free daily seminars, preview the hottest trends and innovations, gather expert advice. All under one roof.

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology: Open day

Where: 322 Hardy Street, Nelson
When: Saturday 18th October from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Come along to Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology's open day.

Enjoy the free BBQ and family and friends activities whilst finding out what they have to offer.
  • Meet tutors and talk to current students
  • Look around the facilities
  • Take a guided tour of the campus
  • Find out what programmes are on offer
  • Discover where a MNIT qualification can take you
  • Learn more about options to study with part-time, flexi and online
Be in to win a $2,500 Media Works scholarship – enter on the day.
Enter The Edge's selfie competition and go in to win $500 cash

Canterbury TV Survey

Did you know that Canterbury TV has a show called "News in Review" which has been interpreted into NZSL every Sunday?

Deaf Aotearoa would like to ask all members of the Canterbury Deaf community to fill out a survey. We want to find out more about whether the Canterbury Deaf community watch the show, how often and how it has improved their lives. It does not matter if you have seen the show or not, everyone is welcome to complete the survey.

Click here to go to the survey.

If you have any questions about the survey you are welcome to contact James Pole.

Happy Craft Group

When: Saturday 4th October at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, 96 Bristol Street, St Albans
Text: Victoria 021 324 828
Please bring your knitting needles, wools or other crafts that you wish to work on and show everyone.

Also please bring a plate to share for lunch, thank you.

Cricket World Cup 2015 Australia and New Zealand

There is an opportunity for you to be involved in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Christchurch. They are looking for people from organisations or groups to participate in this exciting event with the option to perform on a stage in the Fan Zone and/or on the Fan Trail in the Botanic Gardens on these dates: Friday 13th February to Tuesday 24th February and Saturday 28th February 2015.

You, your friends, workmates or groups can be perform NZSL anthem, sign songs or other ideas for the event. If you are interested, please see the attached registration form and send the form to them by Friday 31st October 2014 at 5:00pm.

Proposed Traffic Changes In Central City Streets

The Christchurch City Council is seeking your feedback on proposed traffic changes for some central city streets.

Please see below brief information about these proposed changes, which may affect the way you travel to work or how you get into the central city. 
Please go to for more information and to give them your feedback.
As part of the An Accessible City transport projects, traffic changes are proposed for:
  • Colombo Street - from Hereford Street to St Asaph Street
  • Lichfield Street - from Durham Street to Manchester Street
  • Tuam Street - from Durham Street to Barbadoes Street (including some associated changes to Manchester Street between Lichfield and St Asaph streets)
All three transport projects incorporate new ways of sharing the travel network for cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians, and are designed to meet the changing and competing demand over the next 30 years.
These proposed changes may affect the way you travel to work or how you get into the central city, and the council want to know what you think.
For the latest information on the projects visit the council's website
There is a hard copy at our Christchurch’s Deaf Aotearoa office, if you wish to view the proposed traffic changes.

TEC course: Are you Tech Smart?

When: Friday 17th October
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: BNZ Business Centre Room, Level 1, 98 George Street, Dunedin
Cost: Free

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.

Deaf Support Services Meeting

When: Thursday 9th October
Time: 4:30pm
Where: Otago Deaf Centre

What’s been happening at Deaf Aotearoa?

We had a great time learning self-defence with John Marrable last week.

We learned many ways to keep ourselves safe and practiced our moves with each other.
We also had a lovely morning celebrating International Week of the Deaf last Friday.

We wrote down heaps of feedback for the new government and enjoyed some delicious food.


Where Are We?

Michelle is away from the office Thursday 9th October all day so cannot take appointments.

Are you Tech Smart?

Understanding data, 3G and 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 savvy and understand your devices and how they work and what not to do! Bring your mobile phone or tablet.  Access to wi-fi available.
When: Wednesday 15th October
Where: Level 1, 84 Esk Street, Invercargill
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
You will have to confirm your place on this course. Please RSVP before Wednesday 8th October by emailing or texting 021 554 905.

Glengarry Community Market

When: Saturday 25th October
Where: Glengarry Shopping Centre, Yarrow Street Car Park
Time: 9:30am to 1:00pm

Diabetes NZ: Southland go blue for breakfast

When: Friday 14th November
Where: Ascot Park Hotel
Time: 7:00am to 9:00am
Cost: $25.00 per person
Phone: 03 214 2060

Support World Diabetes Day with Diabetes NZ Southland. They are organising a breakfast followed by guest speaker Jason Shon Bennett who is a best selling author.