CommUNITY Weekly News

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This week Deaf Aotearoa received information about a letter that was sent to government. The letter was anonymous, meaning it is not possible to identify who it is from.

The letter is highly critical of Deaf Aotearoa and claims to represent the views of the Deaf community. Deaf Aotearoa do not accept this letter is written with support from the Deaf community. It appears to be from a small group of people whose actions create risks to the service provided to Deaf people.

The letter was sent to people in government departments who contract Deaf Aotearoa to provide services to the Deaf community. Government departments and Deaf Aotearoa do not accept anonymous and incorrect information.

It is obvious from the letter that some people do not understand the changes at Deaf Aotearoa and how these changes benefit service users, and the benefits for the wider Deaf community. The people who wrote the letter have not asked questions to the right people who can answer them. Some things have been put on Facebook, and now an anonymous letter has been sent to government – who don’t have the answers. Sending an anonymous letter to government does not help anyone.

Deaf Aotearoa have published lots of information about the recent changes and improvements at Deaf Aotearoa, in English and NZSL, and we will continue to do this as appropriate. If information is not clear or if people have questions, we are happy to respond to those and will try hard to ensure information is understood. However, it is not appropriate for Deaf Aotearoa to debate important issues on Facebook.

Soon, Deaf Aotearoa will be offering some TEC courses for the community, about the development of Deaf Aotearoa services and how Deaf people can contribute to improving things for themselves.

Right now, we are offering a public meeting. Deaf Aotearoa Acting Chief Executive, Jill Dean, will come to answer questions and give clarifications (Chief Executive, Lachlan Keating is currently overseas). Jill is happy to meet with anyone who has questions and Jill is happy to listen to what you want to say about Deaf Aotearoa and the recent changes. Please note, there are some things that can’t be discussed for legal reasons, such as individual employment issues. And we won’t ask about the anonymous letter.

Also attending this meeting will be Constable Debbie Leahy from Henderson Police. Debbie is happy to work with us to help make sure everyone has the chance to ask their questions. iSign will provide interpreters for this public meeting.

Whatever you want to know, please come along and have your say.

When: Monday 20th July at 10am
Where: Sturges West Community House
              58 Summerland Drive


iSign Update – July 2015

Deaf Aotearoa plans to invest heavily in iSign service improvements over the next 12 months as communicated recently on Deaf Aotearoa’s website and at recent events such as the SLIANZ conference. Deaf Aotearoa will continue to share information throughout this development phase and will provide ongoing opportunities to engage with this work going forward.
iSign Interpreter Team Leader
As a result of the opportunities created by the Deaf Aotearoa restructure, the reviews of iSign services and feedback received, Deaf Aotearoa have created a new position of iSign Interpreter Team Leader to lead the training and development of both in-house salaried interpreters and freelance interpreters.
Deaf Aotearoa received a high calibre of applicants to the position of iSign Interpreter Team Leader and are pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Wendt to this position. Alan has many years’ experience in NZSL/English interpreting, a post-graduate qualification in interpreting and experience in teaching and lecturing interpreter subjects. Alan has recently returned from almost 4 years working in London at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at the University College of London. Here, he was part of a team of in-house interpreters and taught interpreting theory and history. Deaf Aotearoa are privileged to have Alan on board and look forward to working with and supporting Alan to develop iSign interpreter services.
Alan starts on Monday 20th July and will initially be working four days per week whilst he continues to teach at AUT’s one day per week. Alan will be based in our National Office in Wellington with regular time spent in Auckland. After Alan begins in this role at Deaf Aotearoa he will take the lead in engaging with iSign interpreters.
Development and Outcomes Team Leader
As part of the Deaf Aotearoa and iSign organisation restructure, responsibility for iSign booking officers has been transferred to the Development and Outcomes Team Leader, Kellye Bensley. Kellye has worked for Deaf Aotearoa for almost three years, understands organisation systems and standards and has been studying towards a post-graduate diploma in Not-For-Profit Management. Kellye will oversee the implementation of improvements to the iSign booking system including improving booking system efficiencies, standardising the working practices of the iSign Booking Officers, ensuring confidentiality and most importantly will ensure that this service is able to meet the needs of the service users.
Deaf Aotearoa acknowledge the value in having an experienced interpreter Team Leader and a Deaf Team Leader both reporting to Victoria Manning (Communications and Strategy Manager) who form part of a team working to improve iSign services.
iSign bookings
The community can expect iSign service booking requests to continue and Deaf Aotearoa is working hard to ensure there is no disruption to iSign booking services while improvements to the system are made.
The iSign booking system will be improved to ensure booking officers can handle bookings with greater efficiencies, this includes making better use of information technologies and making sure that staff are better supported with an even spread of work and responsibilities.
ISign has retained four full-time booking officers and will look at increasing this if needed.  Booking officers working hours are being re-organised to ensure bookings can be dealt with between the hours of 8am and 6pm – this will extend our current opening times and make the service more accessible than ever before.
iSign is shifting to a new centralised booking system and a new email address for bookings, Existing and old emails addresses will continue to work in the meantime.

New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival - Ticket Sales Deadline

Have you got your ticket yet? Deadline for ticket sales is on the 4th August 2015.
Deaf Short Film Festival are selling festival tickets for $80.  This include a free screening of your choice.
More information on the website:
If you need more information, please contact the committee team on


“Getting Out There” Expo

Tiaho Trust will be hosting a ‘Getting Out There – Making the Most of Living’ Expo, which Deaf Aotearoa will be part of.
This expo is for all members of the community who have an interest in health and mobility, including seniors and those who want to make the most of living!
The expo is designed to demonstrate that despite age, health or disability, everyone can make the most of life!
A fun event packed with plenty of entertainment, giveaways and opportunities to learn more about the services, support and groups geared up to enable more people to live well.
Fantastic guest speakers will be present at this expo: Mayor Sheryl Mai, Mojo Mathers (MP), Winston Peters (MP), Sonya Porter-Auld, Huhana Hickey, and more!

A NZSL interpreter will be present for all speakers.
When: Friday 14th and Saturday 15th August
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: Forum North, Whangarei
Glennis Walkinshaw is looking for volunteers to help man the stall and teach some NZSL over the two days. If you are interested, please contact Glennis at:

Art ‘n Tartan Wearable Art Awards

This year's event will be split in to three shows. A magical 'opening night' performance, followed the next day by a fantastic afternoon 'matinee performance' and finally topped off with an inspiring 'awards evening' of light and sound. 

Showcasing creative endeavours from around New Zealand. So come on, let your fancy take flight and step into a world where tradition meets fantasy!
Friday 17th July - 'Opening night' show, starts at 8pm.
Saturday 18th July - 'Matinee performance' show starts at 2pm. 
'Awards show' starts at 8pm. 
Cash bar available.
Art n Tartan is for 2 days only. A fantastic addition to Waipu's 'Waipu in Tartan' winter events. 

Entries close on 1st of May 2015
Ticket Information: 
Public tickets will be available from 19th of May 2015 through Waipu Museum and online through Eventfinda
Opening Night - $35.00 
Matinee - Adult $35.00, Child $15.00 (18yrs and under) Show not for under 5yrs 
Awards Show - $40.00 

Good luck and let your fancy take flight!
Venue: Waipu Celtic Barn


Interpreted Children’s Show 

Kelly Hodgins will be Interpreting two performances of our current production – Grandma McGarvey with Grandpa’s Slippers at The Pumphouse Theatre in Takapuna.
It really is a celebration of Grandparents and suitable for all members of the family.
Here is the YouTube link to this:
We have four complimentary tickets for those who may be interested. If you are interested, please contact Rachel at:
When: Saturday 18th July
Time: 10:30am
Where: The Pumphouse Theatre, Manurere Ave, Takapuna, Auckland 0622


Family Night 
It will be the last Friday night of the school holidays before Term 3 starts! So this is a perfect opportunity for families to come along and enjoy Family night. There will be movies for children playing in a separate room with supervisors, so parents can drop off their children to relax and socialise.
You are welcome to bring your own bean bags for your child/ren. We will be selling popcorn and yummy movie snacks.
When: Friday 17th July
Time: 7:30pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road.


Aotea Square Ice Rink

Last weekend to skate!! Get your cosy winter woollies, grab your friends and family and head to Aotea Square Ice Rink.  The ice rink is bigger and better than ever before and it has an awesome tube ride.
When: Friday 17th July – Sunday 19th July
Time: 10am – 10pm
Where: Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Cost:  Door Sales Only
Child (12 and under): $15.00
Adult: $20.00
Family (1 adult, 3 children or 2 adults, 2 children): $55.00
Ice Slide (three rides): $7.50
Ice Slide (five rides): $12.00

Kiwi Kampers

Kiwi Kampers, Meghan Coppage and Adam Baillie are attending a Deaf Film Camp for 2 weeks in New York in July to learn all about making films.
If you would like to help them with their funding, you can walk with them and get your family, whanau, community, work colleagues and friends to sponsor you.
Click the flyer for more details and click the sponsors form to download a PDF version.

South Auckland

EECA Energywise – Free Insulation for Homeowners

Please have a look this website at the Smart Energy Solutions website below:
Make your home healthier, warmer and save more energy with the addition of insulation.    
How to get free insulation for homeowners?
If your house was built before 2000 you can apply if you have community services card and live with either:
  • Children under 17 years old
  • Someone aged over 65 years old
  • Someone with high risk health.
BUT if a homeowner doesn’t meet the Warm Up New Zealand criteria, they can still have their home insulated by Smart Energy Solutions.  They have good competitive prices on insulation for your home.
To get a free home assessment – visit their website for more information.
Tenants - if you meet all the criteria for free insulation – tell your landlord as they may be able to access a subsidy to cover up to 90% of the insulation costs for your home.  These subsidies are limited and some areas aren’t eligible but it is still worth trying.
Landlords – There are excellent subsidies available for making improvements to rental properties, with insulation subsidies up to 90% depending on your tenant and the region you live in.  If you are a landlord contact Smart Energy Solutions to find out more.

South Auckland Deaf Club

When: Friday 31st July
Time: 7pm onwards
Where: 183 Great South Road, Papatoetoe Clubroom.

Home Show at Vodafone Events Centre

Have no plans next weekend on 24th, 25th or 26th July?
This is a good opportunity to go South Auckland’s Vodafone Events Centre and see if you can find anything to decorate your home.
When: 24th, 25th and 26th July
Time: 10am - 5pm
Where: Vodafone Event Centre in South Auckland.
Have a look their website for more information:


Next Week! Signing at the Cook - Quiz Night!

Come and join in a Quiz Night for Deaf and hearing people.
All questions asked in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and also displayed on TV screen. Come as a group, or by yourself, doesn't matter, just join in and have fun!
When: Thursday, 23rd of July, 2015
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Where: The Cook Café and Bar (The Quiz is upstairs, on mezzanine floor)
Address: 7 Cook Street, Hamilton, (opposite Steele Park).
Who: All welcome. Deaf, hearing, Hard of Hearing - Everyone! Children welcome if with an adult.
Come along for your chance to win some prizes!

Waikato Deaf 8 Pool Club – 3’s Tournament 2015

When: Saturday 8th August 
Time: Doors open 11am - Game starts 11:30am.
Where: Masse Hamilton (ex Waikato Snooker and 8 Ball club)
Address: Rostrevor Stn
If you’re interested or want to find out more information:
Visit their Facebook page:

Matariki in the City – Hamilton Garden Place 
This is a big whanau flagship event. Come and join in on all the fun and performances: Stage performers, market and kai stalls, face painting, finger nail painting, and tamoko stencils and in Central Library manu aute making (traditional kites), storytelling and an inflatable planetarium.
When: Saturday 18th July, 2015
Time: 9am – 3pm
Where: Garden Place Library, 9 Garden Place, Hamilton Central City  
Cost: Free

Plus! Winner of X Factor NZ, Beau Monga will be there, performing at 1pm, on the stage!


Matariki Festival of the Stars

A feast of food and whanau – everyone is welcome!
When: Saturday 25th July
Time: 10am - 2pm
Where: Twin Rivers Art Centre, Ngaruawahia
Address: 4 Market St, Ngaruawahia (next to RSA)
Cost: Free entry!
For more information email:

Chartwell Event Cinemas  - Closed caption movies on Mondays 

Just letting you all know that the closed caption movies on Mondays at Chartwell Event Cinemas start again on Monday the 27th of July. They have had a break over the school holidays and next week. We will let you know what movie is on Monday the 27th in next week’s community weekly.

When: Will start again on Monday 27th of July.
Where: Chartwell Event Cinemas
Address: Level 2, Westfield Shopping Centre, Cnr Hukanui & Comries Rd, Chartwell.
Remember: You must have your ‘I am Deaf” ID card.

Bay of Plenty


Click here to visit the emergency status page

Tauranga Eastern Link

Do you want to know more information about the Eastern Link motorway around Papamoa area?
Do you want to know how will the Toll work?
Do you want to know how to pay?

Deaf Aotearoa will invite a presenter from NZTA to do a PowerPoint presentation in Tauranga, Whakatane and Rotorua.

To go ahead with the TEC programme, I need a minimum of 4 people for each town.
Tauranga, Whakatane and Rotorua and nearby surrounding areas contact Sue Lessing the Facilitator at Tauranga Deaf Aotearoa Office to have your name put down. 

Share with your family, friends and hearing people are welcome to join.

Watch this space for further information.

Last Week’s Tsunami Open Day

Last week there was an open day for the public to visit and read all the information of what happens and what to do when a Tsunami comes.

The information on the board was very visual. A remote NZSL interpreter was set up on Skype. A local NZSL interpreter was unavailable and Civil Defence organised a remote NZSL interpreter on Skype. It worked well. Deaf Aotearoa thanks Civil Defence for organising the NZSL interpreter to make the event accessible for the Deaf community.


Katikati Adult and Community Education – Beginners NZSL Classes

Where: Katikati Community Resource Centre, 45 Beach Road, Katikati
When: Term 3,  Every Saturday from the 25th July till 19th September (no class on 15th  August) 
             Term 4, Saturdays from 24th October till 12th December
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: $35.00 for 8 week course
Beginners Extension – The venue, duration, cost and dates are the same as above but classes are from 1pm till 3pm
For more information and to book your name, Call: 549 0399 or Email:  or register on line, visit:

Matariki Lantern Parade

Where: Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
When: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July from
Time: 4:30pm - 7:30pm.
A fun, free family outing! Come and join the celebrations. BYO lantern and pop along and say hi to Carol and Co at the Stone Soup food van.

Hot food, stalls, crafts, arts and entertainment on both nights.


Taranaki International Arts Festival 2015

The Mooncake and the Kumara

What: Interpreted Show
When: Saturday 22nd August
Where: Theatre Royal Suite, TSB Showplace, 92-100 Devon Street West
Time: 7:30pm
Set in a time when racism is rife in New Zealand, two cultures collide in a tale of love and honour, history and secrets.
Rich with myths and fables, music and song, this story is about a Māori-Chinese love affair that will uproot the lives of two families for generations to come.
Directed by Taranaki’s own Katie Wolfe, The Mooncake and the Kumara is set 90 years ago in a market garden, where romance blooms among the vegetables. 
Click on link below for more details
Cost: Premium $42.00
A Res $38.00  
Service fees apply
Purchase the tickets AT THE BOX OFFICE USING the password ACCESSIBLE
Seats available: 8 for $40                
   17 for $44               
   25 tickets in total available
The password is set up for the Deaf community, the password is Accessible.
It will be available online on the main page, just type in Accessible next to the yellow lock and then choose the yellow circle seats.  You can also purchase from the TSB Showplace box office if the customer quotes or shows the password.


Best In Show

When: Saturday 18th July - Friday 22nd January
Time: During opening hours
Location: Lane Gallery, Level 2, Puke Ariki Library, New Plymouth
Taranaki truly loves its dogs! More than 11,000 of them are registered in the New Plymouth district alone. What better way to celebrate our four-legged friends than by proudly displaying Puke Ariki’s canine collections?
Pride of place in this exhibition is the Swainson/Woods Collection of photographs, which reflects Taranaki’s love for dogs throughout the 20th Century. These beautiful, charming images are accompanied by objects drawn from the social history and taonga Māori heritage collections, all with a canine twist!

Price: Free!
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06 759 6060


Familiarisation Tours for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre
When: Wednesday 22nd July 2015
Time: 11am – 12pm
Blind Foundation, Deaf Aotearoa, NPDC Accessibility Working Party and support people
Guided familiarisation tour, focussing on mobility pathways, Health and Safety, hearing loop circuit

Opening Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Everyone’s welcome for this weekend of contemporary art, community, and music to celebrate the opening of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.
Experience New Zealand’s first example of destination architecture linked to contemporary art and only art museum dedicated to a single artist.
When: Saturday 25th July
What: 9am - Powhiri/Welcome
10am to 6pm - Galleries open
8pm to Late - Art after Dark party, the Mayfair
Tickets to their official opening after-party Art After Dark on Saturday night, are selling quickly so get yours here now

When: Sunday 26th July
What:  10am - 6pm - Community Spirited Day


Quiz Night – Fundraising for Barnardos  

When: Thursday 30th July 
Where: The Good Home, Ariki Street
Time: 7pm
Cost: $10 per person
          6 people per team

Hawkes Bay

Magpies vs Mid Canterbury

Where: McLean Park, Latham St, Napier
When: 7:35pm, Thursday 23th July, 2015
Entry: From $10.00
If the Magpies are successful again in their first two defenses, they will meet the rugged South Islanders who will come to Napier with plenty of confidence as the 2014 Heartland and Meads Cup champions. Hopefully the Magpies will have all players on deck for what many say could be the toughest Heartland opposition. Over the years Mid Canterbury have challenged for the Shield on thirteen occasions and although unsuccessful to date. They did come perilously close to claiming New Zealand’s biggest rugby prize in 1938, losing to Southland by 4 points.

Melbourne Storm v St George Illawarra Dragons

Where: McLean Park, Latham St, Napier
When: 7:30pm, Saturday 25 July, 2015
Entry: From $10.00 to $55.00 per person (see below for more costs)
Melbourne Storm welcomes you to this historic match versus the St George Illawarra Dragons. Come and see the Storm Kiwi internationals Jesse Bromwich, Kevin Proctor, Matt Duffie and Hawkes Bay local Tohu Harris go up against the Dragons Kiwi internationals Benji Marhsall, Gerard Beale and Jason Nightingale. Along with Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk, the city of Napier will be treated rugby league at its finest. These two NRL powerhouses will thrill and entertain the City of Napier through this unique opportunity to see top class rugby league in action.
With family tickets priced from $49 and team of 10 tickets from as low as $17.50 each, this is an affordable night of entertainment and NRL action.
If you haven't experienced the thrill of a rugby league game, then now is the time to come along and experience something different in Napier.
Gather your family and friends, dress up in purple or red and white and get to the game.
Club House - $75.00
Platinum (includes Admit of 10) $55.00 - $475.00
Gold (includes Admit of 4) $24.00 - $120.00
Silver (includes Admit of 4) $19.00 - $95.00
Bronze (includes Admit of 10) $14.00 - $240.00
Ga Embankment (includes Admit of 10) $10.00 - $150.00

Deaf Aotearoa CommUNITY Weekly News and Talk Hands Magazine

Every week, 13 Deaf Aotearoa offices put together weekly news that everyone can receive and see what is happening in their own local area or across New Zealand.
Deaf Aotearoa emails this out every Friday to all people who have registered.
The Talk Hands magazine is published every three months by Deaf Aotearoa.
Both CommUNITY Weekly and Talk Hands are free! If you do not receive these, why not register now by going to this link:
Alternatively you can visit the Deaf Aotearoa website and click ‘News’ to see the latest and past CommUNITY Weekly or Talk Hands magazine:

Deaf Aotearoa Palmerston North

Just a reminder for you all, if you wish to see staff at Deaf Aotearoa, please contact first to see if we are free to meet with you or to set up an appointment to avoid disappointment.
Lianna Kennedy
Mobile: 021 278 8804
Annette Scott     
Mobile: 021 641 996  


Manawatu Deaf Society

Club Night and Social Club Darts Mixed pairs Championships
When: Friday 17th July
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: 7:30pm


NZSL Week 2016

Yes I know it’s still some time away when the next New Zealand Sign Language week rolls around, but we know how quickly it comes. However we had two successful tours this year, one in Wanganui and one in Palmerston North, the Signed tours included multi visits to various locations. When we want to include the wider community at outdoor events, we always have terrible weather so next year we will need to do this indoors!
Next year I would like to maximise this even more, trying to get our wider community involved (Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing and everyone else). What/How do you think we should do this? What ideas do you have? It can be a small/medium/big event that we can manage.

We would like to hear your ideas, suggestions and anything you want to share. Flick me an email or text me to setup a time to meet 021 278 8804
Let’s make it even bigger, spread it far and wide!


Manawatu Ideal Home Show

When: Friday 17th July - Sunday 19th July
Where: Arena 2, 3 & The B&M Centre, Pascal Street, Palmerston North
Time: Friday/Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm
Cost: FREE!
Are you renovating your home? Buying? Decorating? Or just looking at new ideas and products available out there?
Whatever you are doing, the Ideal Home show is your event of the year!
Find all your renovating, DIY, building and lifestyle needs in one place in one weekend!  It is one of the biggest Home shows in New Zealand.
So what are you waiting for? It’s free, go check it out!


Stir It Up 

This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and/or learn NZSL for FREE. Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at the cafe. A great setting for First Sign families, NZSL students, whanau and/or friends for all ages! 
Venue: Deaf Aotearoa, Shop 2, 330 High Street, Lower Hutt
When: Tuesdays, 11am - 1pm
Dates: 28th July, 25th August, 29th September, 27th October, 24th November. 
RSVP: One week before session date. 
All welcome - Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations... EVERYBODY welcome! 
For more information, please contact Shannon Krogmann,, 021 545 288.

People Wanted for Disability Access Focus Group
Riah King-Wall, a Candidate for Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies needs your help to participate a focus group.
This research is being steered as part of a Victoria University of Wellington Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies thesis investigating how museums in Aotearoa New Zealand are currently engaging with their disabled community members. The results of this focus group will inform a sector-wide survey of museums and galleries around the country, the outcomes of which will be passed onto you as participants. The final published thesis will serve as a record of current accessibility, as well as a guide for museums and galleries on ways they can increase their levels of access.
If you are interested in participating, the focus group will be held at the Arts Access Aotearoa offices, Tuesday 21st July 9:30am - 11am. It will run for no longer than 90 minutes. As a token of appreciation for your time and knowledge a donation will be made on your behalf to UNICEF for the purchase of a literacy pack for children living in poverty. 
If this time does not suit but you are still interested in sharing your point of view please let Riah King-Wall know. Additionally, if you have any questions about the research or the focus group please get in touch with Riah on, or 021 130 5127.

Self Defence Course for Females
Females – are you interested in participating this course?
Self Defence is for every woman or girl regardless of age, size, fitness, mobility or strength. Every woman or girl is able to learn effective skills, techniques and strategies that will help keep her safe.
Females will learn to think confidently, speak strongly and use self defence skills when necessary.
They will learn ways of dealing with unsafe situations including:
  • How to deal with being followed
  • Obscene phone calls or texts
  • Acquaintance and stranger attacks
  • Sexual harassment
  • Getting out of grabs and holds
  • How to think their way out of threatening situations.
The course style is participatory, practical, fun and empowering. It includes discussions, games, physical sessions and role-plays.
Interested? Please let Shannon know as soon as possible.


Rainbow Ski Field, Open Now

When: Saturday 4th July
Where: Rainbow Ski Area, Rainbow Ski field Road, Rainbow 7072
Cost: Lift prices and day passes
  • Adult 18 and over
    •  Full day $75
    • Half day $53
  • Learners
    • Full day $53
    • Learners half day $38
  • Child under 7 free
  • Child over 7-17yrs
    •  Full day $35
    • Half day $25
    • Learners Full day $25
    • Learners half day $18

The Nelson Market

Where: The Nelson Market Montgomery Square Nelson
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 8am - 1pm
There is something for everyone at the Nelson Market. It is the perfect place for visitors and tourists to experience the creativity and essence of the region and the local people.
This bustling Nelson icon transforms the Montgomery Square into vibrant showcase of arts, crafts and produce, where you may find up to 200 stalls offering a colourful array of "everything under the sun"
The emphasis is on regional goods and produce, with a focus on quality. This is evident in the abundant variety of locally grown fresh and organic produce, breads, honey, cheeses, mustard, relishes, seafood's, meats, jams, cake, pastries and other delicacies.
Unique arts and crafts, woodwork, metalwork, toys, jewellery, local fashion, woollen, possum and merino wear, flowers, plants, pottery, glassware, possum fur slippers, massage therapies and more.
The aroma of fresh espresso coffee and the variety of food outlets the tasty flavours of Nelson and other ethnic cultures makes this a great place for brunch or lunch

Potluck Dinner and Games Night

NDC will be having a Potluck dinner and games night at Rachel's home, please bring a pot luck dish to share. There will be fun games too, if you require transport let Rachel know.
When: Saturday 18th July at 5pm
Where: At Rachel's home
Please contact Rachel if you would like to come
Text: 021 102 4400

NZ Sign Language Level 1B: Thursday 6:30pm - 8:30pm (8 week)

Learn more NZSL Conversation skills and develop your grammar skills. This course is designed for those who have completed 1A.
Open for adults and College students.
Tutor: Rachel Summers 23rd July – 10th Sept
Fee: $100

NZ Sign Language Level 1C: Wednesday 6:30pm - 8:30pm (8 Weeks)
Learn more NZSL Conversation skills and develop your grammar skills. This course is designed for those who have completed level 1A and 1B. 
Open for adults and College students.
Tutor: Cathy Gutschlag 5th Aug – 23rd Sept
Fee: $100

Keeping in touch KIT Day

You are welcome to come along and meet the Deaf children in our Nelson area, there will be fun activities which include skating, badminton and table tennis.
When: Tuesday 18th August time 9:30am - 2pm
Where: Motueka Recreation Centre, Old Wharf Road, Motueka


Do You Need Assistance with Employment or are You Looking for Employment?

Do you have:
  • any issues at work
  • are looking for work
 If you need some support, please visit the Christchurch Deaf Aotearoa office.

Southern Zone Deaf Rugby Union - Prize Giving Lunch

When: Sunday 19th July, 2015 
Time: 11:30am - 4pm
Where: Canterbury Deaf Society, 80 Fitzgerald Avenue
Cost: $15.00 per person, $7.50 per child/ren up to 15 years and under 5 years FREE
Deadline: 21st June 2015
Families and friends are all welcome.
See flyer for more details.

Southern Zone Deaf Rugby Union - Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Thursday 23rd July, 2015
Time: Be there at 6pm
Where: Canterbury Deaf Society, 80 Fitzgerald Avenue, Christchurch

See flyer for more details.

Deaf Short Film Festival - Tickets
Have you got your ticket yet? Deadline for ticket sales is on the 4th August, 2015.
The Deaf Short Film Festival is selling festival tickets for $80. This includes a free screening of your choice.
More information on the website:
If you need more information, please contact the committee team on - 

Toddlers' Big Day In!

Rangiora’s New Life School are having a Toddlers' Big Day In with lots of activities for everyone to join in the event.
When: Sunday 19th July from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Where: New Life School Gymnasium, Denchs Road, Rangiora
Cost: FREE entry
See flyer for more details.


Special Meeting

When: Sunday 26th July
Time: 10am (morning tea) 10:30am (Meeting starts)
Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place
Welcome to members and non-members. Please bring a plate to share.

NZ International Film Festival

The Tribe (NOT the same as the play “Tribes” we saw at Fortune Theatre)
This strange and original multi-award winner from Ukraine employs a deaf-mute cast to enact its lacerating vision of teenage prostitution and gang war brutality in a Kiev boarding school.
The censor’s classification is R18 violence, sexual violence, sex scenes, content may disturb. (In Ukrainian Sign Language NO subtitles)
When:  Thursday 13th August, 3:30pm and Friday 14th August, 8:45 pm
Where: Rialto Cinema, Dunedin
Cost: Adult $18.50
Please see flyer for more details on how to book or contact Anna with questions.


Coffee Group

When: Thursday 23rd July
Where: DRC Building, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill
Time: 10am - 11am
Hope to see you there!

N.Z Federation for Deaf Children INC

Paton Family Awards for Sport Excellence and Excellence Awards are now Open from July 1st, 2015 – and close September 20th, 2015.
These awards recognise the greatest achievements across the country, either academically or as part of the Social environment within Education, of a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Student.
If you have a child that is doing well in School or in their Sports Teams take a look at the website for more information on the Awards and for all the Forms and details visit:

Silent Leadership Challenge

Do you have a boss or colleague who would be up for the challenge?? Would you be up for the challenge?
This is to promote awareness of the Impact of Hearing Loss, on August 7th, 2015.
For further information call 0800 867 446 or click here.

Van Ash Deaf Education Centre

Invite you to attend a meeting for Parents of Deaf Children in Invercargill
When: Tuesday 4th August, 2015
Where: Ascot Community School, Invercargill
Time: 7pm - 9pm
We will be Discussing
  • IEPs
    • Best practice
    • Learning change Network
  • NZSL Project
  • Update on Student data

Otago - Southland Family Day

For all Southland pre school parents of the Deaf, save the date and come along to meet families who will share their stories. There will also be NZSL Games and a talk about Transition into Pre School and School.
When: 22nd August, 2015
Where: Balclutha – Venue TBC
Time: 10:30am - 2pm
If you would like more information and venue updates, call Rebecca at the Deaf Aotearoa Office and she can direct you to the best person. Or alternatively check out Southland Parents of Deaf Children Facebook Page.