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Artisans Fair

The Artisans Fair is Northland's largest and most popular arts and crafts market.

Held over summer on the Canopy Bridge in the fabulous Town Basin in Whangarei, the Artisans Fair is packed full of high quality arts and crafts created and sold by the artisans themselves, combined with lots of delicious gourmet and international food stalls and live music. The Canopy Bridge and the Town Basin alike come alive with community at each of the Artisans Fairs.

This event is well worth a visit!

When: Monday 6th April from 9:00am to 1:30pm
Where: Canopy Bridge, Whangarei Town Basin, Whangarei

More information...

Teen Breakfast Club

There is a teen school holiday programme where teens have breakfast at the library, relax with their friends, try different crafts, play games, enter competitions, share their ideas and let their colours shine.

Programme includes: Weevils (colourful insects) box weaving, melted crayon art, tie dye, and books with hidden compartments 

Where: Whangarei Central Library, 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei
When: Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th April and Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th April
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Costs: Free

Breakfast food provided: cereal, fruit and juice.

If interested, see this website for more information.


Auckland Bed Race

Auckland Deaf Society competed in the King Koil Auckland Bed Race last Sunday 22nd March. The six runners were Sonia Pivac, Simon Holt, Caitlin Holt, Rachel Walker, Adam Smith and Mike Granger. Chelsea Thomas was the person who got to sit in ‘bed’ and enjoy the view! They did extremely well considering one of their tyres blew. 

In the prize giving, Auckland Deaf Society won $5,000.00 in the charity draw. Congratulations!


Auckland Easter Show

With a massive line-up of entertainment, circus acts, rides and exhibits, plus an A&P Show that has been running for more than 160 years, the Streets Easter Show has a special place in the hearts and minds of many New Zealanders. The Auckland Streets Easter Show is New Zealand's largest and most loved family show, an annual must-see for young and old and the young at heart.

Where: 217 Greenlane West, Epsom, Auckland
When: Starts on Thursday 2nd April and ends on Monday 6th April
Time: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Costs: Free entry, although more information about costs for rides can be found here

South Auckland

TEC courses

Would you like to learn how to drive a forklift? I need six or more people or more interested in joining a forklift course before I can set it up. Or maybe you might like to learn about other things — for example healthy eating, how to talk with your bank or reading/writing English.

Please contact Natasha if you are interested in the forklift course or you have other ideas:

Māori TEC course

Please have a look the attached flyer.

Please contact Natasha by text, email or face to face if you want to come and learn more about the TEC Māori course.

When: Saturday 18th April from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland, Level One, Manukau Westfield Mall


Cancelled: Budgeting course

When: Monday 30th March from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office, Level 4, Federated Farmers Building, 169 London Street, Hamilton
Cost: Free!
Tutor: Heather Lens (Education Officer from Hamilton Budgeting Advisory Trust)

This course has been cancelled.

If you would like to attend this course in the future then please contact your local Community Relations Officer, Susitina Cook. Email, text 021 540 193 or come and visit the office.

Forklift licence TEC course

Thank you to those who contacted Susitina about doing a forklift course.

The one day course will be going ahead.

When: Tuesday 31st March from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Where: 3 Tasman Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton
Cost: The course is free, but you will need to pay $44.00 at AA to have the “F” class added to your licence

If you have either Learners or Restricted licence you are only able to attend the basic forklift licence course. But if you have a Full licence you can attend the course and get the "F” class added to your licence.

NZSL interpreters will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Reminder: 8Ball AGM

When: Saturday 28th March
Where: Hamilton Combined Returned Service (RSA), Rostrevor Street, Hamilton
Time: 5:00pm onwards
Bring: Money to buy drinks and dinner at club bar or restaurant
Please note: Only members can vote. Non-members can’t vote.

Please sign your name on the list when you arrive at the door.

For more information please email or see their Facebook page.

Insight Endometriosis

Who: Women’s ‘private group’ - Invite your friends and family.
What: Come and learn about women’s topics - Period, cysts, damage and pain, cancer.

Come and see Cheyanne’s story about her life and experience with Endometriosis. See her projector show about the “Purple Walk” and her experience.

If you are interested, contact Cheyanne McConnell

Skype: mintyc11

Date/time/place, not yet booked, need to get numbers of people first, so please let me know if you are interested.

Reminder: Beach Hop

When: Friday 27th to Sunday 29th March
Where: Main Street, Whangamata
Cost: Free entry

If you loved the 50’s and 60’s then this is the place to be! There will be a huge showcase of classic cars, bikes, caravans and dragsters that will rattle your ribcage and bring tears to your eyes.

Last year I saw at least four Deaf people there getting in amongst the action. So come on, dress up in Rock ‘n‘ Roller style and maybe even win yourself a prize!

Bay of Plenty

Deaf Aotearoa closed for Easter Weekend

The Tauranga office will be closed for the Easter Weekend including Good Friday and Easter Monday. We will open again on Tuesday 7th April. The staff wishes you all a very happy Easter and to enjoy your long weekend. Stay safe.

Stir It Up

Where: The Sugar Plum Café, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Saturday 11th April from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: Free

Come and join this fun group and have a go at learning New Zealand Sign Language. This even5 is open to anyone of all ages. Families with Deaf children, CODAs, NZSL students, whānau, friends are all welcome.

Please RSVP (including your name and how many are coming) to Sue Lessing by Monday 30th March so she can reserve tables and chairs at the Café. Thank you.

Click on the flyer for contact details and dates of future Stir It Up gatherings.

Swim school

Where: Otumoetai Community Pool, 77 Windsor Road, Bellevue (click here for map)
  • Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th April ($24.00)
  • Monday 13th to Friday 17th April ($30.00)
This is the April holiday swim session special to prepare children for water survival.

Shirl, the swim teacher, can sign. Contact her for more information:

Harbourside Carnival

Where: Omokoroa Point School, 37 Hamurana Road, Tauranga (click here for map)
When: Saturday 28th March from 3:00pm till 7:00pm
Cost: Free

A fun family outing. For more information click here...

BayTrust Rescue Helicopter Open Day

Where: BayTrust Hangar, Rotorua Hospital, Lake Road, Rotorua
When: Sunday 29th March from 10:00am till 2:00pm
Cost: Free admission 

A day out with a difference, Rotorua's Open Day will enable you to get up close and personal with the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter and crew.

Rescue demonstrations by both the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter team and local emergency services, competitions, refreshments, entertainment and the opportunity to win a helicopter flight ensure an action-packed day for the family.

New Zealand Sign Language Week taster classes

Registrations are now open for Deaf Aotearoa's free 45-minute New Zealand Sign Language taster classes for organisations such as schools, businesses, community groups, marae and healthcare providers.

Please share this link with anyone who would like to have a free taster class:

NZSL Week taster class tutor training

Thank you to the six tutors who have signed up to be NZSL Week taster class tutors for the month of May in the Naki!

The details for the tutor training session are:

When: Wednesday 8th April from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Meeting Room, Taranaki Disability Information Centre Trust

Volunteers wanted for New Zealand Sign Language Week

Your local Community Relations Officer, Niki Jenkinson, is looking for volunteers to assist with NZSL Week events. Volunteers could help with giving out information, NZSL alphabet cards, setting up of activities and other duties which may crop up.
You will get a free 2015 NZSL Week T-shirt in return for helping. If you are interested please contact or text 021 556 989 before Friday 27th March to fill in application form and police vetting form.

Promed First Aid TEC Workshop

This course will cover "Basic Emergency Care Provide Resuscitation Level 2 Standard 6402".

You will get instruction in CPR and basic First Aid such as:
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Splinting (fractures, sprains etc)
  • Safety at a scene
  • Burns
  • Choking
  • Recovery position
When: Wednesday 15th April from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Taranaki Disability Information Centre Trust Meeting Room
The first 10 people to RSVP attend for free.
RSVP your attendance to

New Zealand Sign Language classes for Term Two

Welcome to one of New Zealand's three official languages. Sign up, have fun, challenge yourself and meet new people! Course runs for eight weeks with a 1.5 hour session each week. The cost is $90 for the full eight-week course.

At New Plymouth

Level 1A (for beginners)
When: Sunday 26th April
Where: New Plymouth Library
Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm noon

Level 3
When: Wednesday 22nd April
Where: New Plymouth Library
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

At Waitara

Level 1C
When: Thursday 23rd April
Where: Waitara Library
Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Tutor: Lisa Masters
Mobile: 027 784 2589 (text message only)
Hawkes Bay

More FM Big Dig

Where: Spriggs Park, Hardinge Road, Napier
When: Sunday 29th March from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Entry: There is a cost to get in

Bring the family along for a fun filled morning with a chance to win amazing prizes. Dig in the sand to find a token and claim your prize. There will be a sausage sizzle, face-painting and a bouncy castle, fun for everyone! Bring a picnic, your togs for a dip in the ocean and $5.00 for your dig. All proceeds go to the Child Cancer Foundation.

Reminder: Workshop about IRD changes and online account

When: Wednesday 1st April from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
Presenter: Glen Morton from IRD

Interpreters will be there.

Please remember to bring your IRD number if you want to register for IRD's online service.

Topics that will be covered are:
  • Changes with Child Support (very important)
  • Overpayment of Working for Families tax credits or debt with Inland Revenue
  • Overseas pensions plus other small topics
  • IRD video clips and contact details for Deaf Link
  • myIR secure online services where you can access your tax information online free anytime (e.g. check how much you pay, how much you earn, view other entitlements, check your KiwiSaver, check to see if you have a refund plus more)
To register for this course please contact Lee Bullivant ( or text 021 459 005).

School Holiday Activity

Where: MTG Hawke's Bay, 1 Tennyson Street, Napier
When: Friday 3rd to 19th April from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Entry: Free

It is all about art at MTG this school holidays! Our new exhibitions have opened, including Dick Frizzell’s fabulous artist proofs. Come along and create your own Frizzell-inspired artwork incorporating some of his famous techniques. Try your hand at matching together pieces of art in a memory game or discover the galleries with our activity trail. All activities are by donation and will run right through the school holidays. We look forward to seeing you!

Aquarium School Holiday Programmes

Where: National Aquarium of New Zealand, Marine Parade, Napier
When: Tuesday 7th April from 8:30am to 12:30pm (plus other dates too)
Entry: For children between 6–12 years old $29.00 per child per session

April Holidays at the National Aquarium!

Kids can have a jaw-some time at the Aquarium these school holidays by joining us for a SHARKS holiday programme session!
  • Week 1: Swim with the Sharks - 7, 8 and 9 April (These sessions are now fully booked)
  • Week 2: Shark Inspections! – 14, 15 and 16 April
Learn all about sharks while completing a dissection and have fun playing games around the aquarium. Touch a shark jaw, feel the rough skin and even hold a 10 million year old shark tooth!

Want to know more? Please contact the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

Phone; 06 834 1404


Palmerston North Deaf community lunch club

When: Monday 30th March at 12:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Level 2, United Building, 74 The Square

Bring your own lunch—we will provide coffee and tea. Come along and find out what events will be on during New Zealand Sign Language Week from 4th to 10th May.

Office will be closed

When: Friday 3rd and Monday 6th April

Office will be closed on these dates for Easter Weekend.

Wanganui Deaf community lunch club

When: Tuesday 7th April at 12:00pm
Where: Deaf Access Centre, Churton Street, Wanganui

Bring your own lunch—we will provide coffee and tea. Come along and find out what events will be on during New Zealand Sign Language Week from 4th to 10th May.

New Zealand Sign Language Week events

There are four events happening in our region during NZSL Week:-
  • Disability May Day: Friday 1st May from 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Signed tour in the Mighty Wanganui: Monday 4th May 10am to 5pm
  • Signed tour in the Mightly Turbos: Tuesday 5th May 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • NZSL in the Square: Thursday 7th May from 10:00am to 2:00pm
We will also be having a stall at Bunnings on Friday 8th May to promote NZSL Week. We will teach shoppers some signs as well as giving away spot prizes. Come along and say hello!


Deaf Aotearoa Wellington Office

This is an update from the Deaf Aotearoa Board regarding the building at 32 Marion Street, Te Aro, Wellington. For many years Deaf Aotearoa and Wellington Deaf Society have shared the building. We have worked really well together over the years and we have formed a strong relationship.

We have now sold the building. The money from the sale will be placed in the bank until Deaf Aotearoa decides what to do with it. The Deaf Aotearoa Wellington office will be moving soon, however we cannot yet confirm where the office will be moving to. Once the new location has been confirmed we will let the Wellington Deaf community know as soon as we can.

We will continue to work closely with Wellington Deaf Society for the benefit of the Wellington Deaf community.

Wellington Deaf Society's moving out auction

Where: Wellington Deaf Society, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
When: Sunday 19th April from 1:00pm

The Wellington Deaf Society building has been sold and everything has to go. Come along a buy your own piece of our western clubroom!

Food and drink provided!

See flyer for more details.

Care without Barriers information evening

Where: Tawa College, 38 Duncan Street, Tawa
When: Tuesday 7th April from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

An information evening for families caring for children and young adults with disabilities.

It will explore issues around afterschool care, holiday programmes and respite care.

Easter Fun Pace Egging

Where: Botanic Garden, Glenmore Street, Wellington 
When: Easter Sunday 5th April from 2:00pm to 4:00pm 

Free entry and prizes to be won! Best decorated boiled egg, egg rolling and the messy but fun “pace egging” raw egg throwing competition for all ages. Free entertainment courtesy of the Wellington Morris dancers.


AGM for Nelson Deaf Incorporated

When: Saturday 18th April at 10.30am
Where: Board Room at Zumo Coffee House 42 Rutherford Street Nelson 7010

All welcome, please let Rachel know if you are coming.

Email Rachel on or text on 021-1024400

Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow

When: Friday 3rd April 10am-9pm Saturday 4th April 10am- 4pm, Sunday 5th April 10am to 4pm.
Where: Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, 79 Aerodrome Rd, Blenheim.
Cost: $70 per adult per day, children free.

The airshow is held every second Easter over 3 days. Saturday and Sunday are the main shows with over 100 aircraft participating. The theme for 2015, ANZAC pioneers will allow visitors to join in a celebration of the conflict and in times of peace, while allowing us to explore some of the interesting pioneering feats in aviation history. Musical entertainment, Marlborough wine and food, stalls, a kids fun zone and an array of classic cars.

Motueka war exhibition

When: March 1st to April 30th
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm Tuesday to Friday and 10:00am to 2:00pm Sundays
Where: Motueka Museum and Muses Café, 136-138 High Street, Motueka

The Museum is proud to present the latest exhibition, which tells the story of how the War affected those living in Motueka and surrounding districts: those that went off to fight, those who didn't return and those left behind to carry on with life as best as they could. This part of the exhibition goes up to Gallipoli. It explains what was behind the outbreak of war, which countries were allies and those that were part of the Central powers and the various roles in the army.

Volunteers for NZSL Week

We have lots of exciting events coming up for NZSL Week here in the Nelson area. Susan Peters is looking for volunteers to help with these events.

If you are free anytime between Monday 4th May to Saturday 9th May, Sue would appreciate your support. You will get a free t-shirt and a voucher in return for helping. If you are interested please contact Susan by texting 021 939 415 or emailing


New Zealand Sign Language Week tutors training workshop

A tutor training workshop has been organised for Thursday 9th April from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Blind Foundation, 96 Bristol Street, St Albans. If you have applied to be a tutor for NZSL Week taster classes, please check your emails and reply to Victoria Walters as soon as possible.

Christchurch City Council's Long Term Plan

They have provided NZSL interpreted videos for you to watch, about discussing the important decisions the Christchurch City Council needs to make for its Long Term Plan.

It is really important to the Mayor Lianna Dalziel and the Council to find out what you, the community, think about the issues faced here in Christchurch.

They encourage you to find out what is proposed and make a submission to the Council. You can make a submission either online, in a letter, an email or using the form which is in the back of the Consultation Document and available separately at Council Service Centres and Libraries.

You can read more information of the Long Term Plan online:

There will be a Mayor in the Chair session in the Council Chamber where you can talk to Councillors about the Long Term Plan. There is no bookings necessary and it is open to anyone; it will run from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm on Wednesday 1st April.


New Zealand Sign Language Week taster classes

You can now register online for free 45-minute NZSL taster classes during the month of May. Visit for more information.

Please share with your families, friends, doctors, police, schools, audiologists, radiologists, support workers, banks, eye specialists, physiotherapists, workplaces and more!

Easter Weekend office hours

The office will be closed on Good Friday 3rd April and Easter Monday 6th April.

Have a nice Easter Weekend!

New Zealand Sign Language Week local events

Otago Farmers Market Awareness Stall

We will have a table and will give away NZSL resources and teach people to sign their names to go into a draw for prizes.

When: Saturday 9th May from 7:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Dunedin Railway Station
Cost: Free

NZSL in the Octagon

A family celebration with a sausage sizzle, awareness table, signed storytelling, a balloon artist, and more!

When: Sunday 10th May from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Where: The Upper Octagon, Dunedin
Cost: Gold coin donation for sausage and buy your own ice cream (ice cream truck to be confirmed)

Dunedin City Highlights Bus Tour

We will ride the Double Decker bus for a Dunedin City Highlights Tour with interpreters.

This includes a Jaffa race down Baldwin Street!

When: Sunday 10th May from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Where: Get on bus at Dunedin Visitor’s Centre.
Cost: $5 per person or $15 for a family

Police workshop

The Police Workshop was scheduled for Thursday 2nd April is now cancelled.

We will try and organise it again in about June or July. More information to come later.

First Aid Course Level 1

This course teaches the basics of effective first aid.

When you complete this course you will:
  • be able to recognise life-threatening situations
  • be able to offer vital assistance before more experienced help arrives
  • be qualified as a workplace first aid person
  • earn NZQA unit standards 6401 and 6402
Course content: Scene assessments, CPR, chest pains (e.g. heart attacks), dislocations, safety, broken bones, burns, soft tissue injury, asthma, stroke, seizures, bleeding, etc.

This is an amazing opportunity to learn practical skills in a fun and interactive learning environment.

An interpreter will be provided.

When: Monday 11th May
Where: St John, 25 Victoria Avenue, Invercargill
Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
(please arrive 10 minutes before the course starts or you may be refused entry)

Please note: You are required to bring your lunch, or go to a café nearby for lunch. There is plenty of parking available.

Glengarry Community Market

When: Saturday 28th March (held on the last Saturday of each month)
Where: Yarrow Street Car Park, Glengarry, Invercargill
Invercargill's number one community market with over 30 stalls every month including food, crafts, art, entertainment, free activities and more.

Invercargill CBD Extravaganza

When: Friday 27th March from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Invercargill CBD
Do you remember late night shopping in Invercargill? Well join them for a trip down memory lane...
The CBD Extravaganza will provide a mix of activities, shopping and fun.

Things to see and things to do and things to experience include:
  • Dressing up in your favourite era costume
  • Checking out the heritage window displays
  • Participating in scavenger hunts
  • Sending a selfie into their selfie competition
There will be vinage cars, old movie screenings, street performances, music, an antique road show, opportunities to reminisce and lots more.