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Asia Pacific Deaf Games

Congratulations to Santana Chapman!!
Taoyuan, Taiwan, 10th October 2015 – Santana Chapman (17) of the Coastal Wanderers Swimming Squad, Kapiti Coast, has won two Bronze Medals in the 50m and 200m Breaststroke at the 8th Asia Pacific Deaf Games in Taoyuan, Taiwan. These are New Zealand’s first ever medals at the Asia Pacific Deaf Games, which has attracted 1,500 athletes from 22 countries.
Santana has been supported by her family, Grant Campbell – swimming coach, and Daniel Harborne – President for Deaf Sports New Zealand. These Games have provided an opportunity for Santana to meet and compete with other Deaf and hard of hearing athletes. “Representing New Zealand at the Asia Pacific Deaf Games has been a great experience for me, being able to meet new friends, and of course to be able to come home with two Bronze Medals! All my hard work has paid off.”
Santana also recorded three new personal best times; 0.55 seconds off her 50m Breaststroke time to record 40.45, 0.90 seconds off her 100m Breaststroke to record 1:31.74, and 2.20 seconds off her 200m Breaststroke time to record 3:17.32.
The 8th Asia Pacific Deaf Games is Santana’s second international swimming meet, the first being the 22nd Summer Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2013. She now has her sights set on the 2017 Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey.
Daniel Harborne, Deaf Sports New Zealand President, is looking forward to sending a strong New Zealand team to the Deaflympics. “We are excited to see Santana compete again at the 2017 Deaflympics in Turkey. We hope to have another successful New Zealand team, and bring home more medals”. 
Visit Deaf Sports of NZ website for more information


Zirka Circus

Zirka Circus’ 4th tour “Cross the Ocean” takes it to whole new level of entertainment. Performing Arts, Theatre and Show Time all wrapped up in a World class performance embarking on its World Tour...
Whether you like action packed daredevil acts, or beautiful, balletic and poetic acts, there is something for everyone in this new show.
When: Saturday 31st and Sunday 1st November
Time: Times vary, look at website for selection of time slots
Where: William Fraser Memorial Park, Whangarei
Costs: Costs vary as it depends on where you wish to be seated. Look at website for selection of seats.

Hatea River Walks 

This walk travels from the Town Basin along the Hatea River in the Whangarei CBD to the gorgeous Whangarei Falls. It will take you approximately three hours one way – the perfect amount of time to immerse yourself in this beautiful environment. 
You can start at either end, with parking available at both. If you start at the Whangarei Falls end, you will be travelling mostly, gently downhill.
You also have the option of doing parts of the track, with parking, and entries and exits available at multiple points.
For more information about the walk, click here:
Always remember to pack a bottle of water, and some lunch. Wear sturdy shoes, and suitable clothing.

Collector’s Market  

Collectables of all kinds, old and new - books, china, glassware, model cars, pictures, old toys, Disney figurines, LP records, garden art, retro clothing. etc, anything people like to collect. 
When: Saturday 31st October
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Glenbervie Hall, 236 Ngunguru Road, Glenbervie, Whangarei

If you have something you would like to sell bring it along - stalls available only $5. 
If you want to add to your collection, come along, you never know what you may find. Or just come to browse and have a coffee.
To book a stall contact Elsa.
Phone: 09 437 6916



Halloween Night

Halloween Night is on at Auckland Deaf Society!
Dress up in your scariest costume! A make-up artist will be there to apply all the gory details… Those who come best dressed win a prize!
When: Friday 30th October
Time: 7:00pm onwards
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road
Costs: Non Members $5, Members free.

Queen Street Food Tour 

Come along with us for a gentle stroll along one of Auckland’s most iconic streets while weaving in and out of the ‘Golden Mile’ discovering hidden gems, soaking in history, architecture, sights, smells, and of course, enjoying some delicious tastings as we go.
Along the way, we taste local artisan produce, baker’s delights, a taste of the orient and much more.
When: Everyday till 1st December
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Meet by ANZ Bank Corner of Queen Street & K R, 122-130 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
Costs: $125

Auckland Deaf Society’s Special General Meeting

On the 6th November at 7:00pm, there will be a special general meeting for all members. The purpose of the meeting is to change the balance date of the audited accounts from November 30 to March 31st. This involves changing our constitution. Why change the balance date?  Our accountants and finance staff recommended we have the same balance date for ‘Auckland Deaf Society Incorporated’, ‘Auckland Deaf Society Foundation Trust’ and ‘Potters Park Events Centre’.  One of the benefits of changing the balance date is that we will be able to produced consolidated accounts giving you a more accurate picture of the financial health of the organisation. I do hope you will make every effort to attend this short meeting.
We want to know what you think!
At 7:30pm – 8:30pm on the 6th November, we will have a community meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to outline the draft 2016 – 2019 strategic plan of Auckland Deaf Society.  This will be a brief presentation.  We want you to help us shape the strategic plan for your society. You can do this by bringing your ideas, priorities and vision for the future of the Auckland Deaf Society.  There will be many different ways to make suggestions including NZSL video, vision boards, suggestion box, talking to staff and board.  Please come along and share your ideas.
South Auckland

Halloween is Coming Soon

When: Saturday 31st October
A great opportunity for your families and friends to get out and have fun!
There are some events around South Auckland.  Have a look around at these websites for some ideas for your family and friends to get together.

South Auckland Deaf Club

When: 30th October
Time: 7:00pm onwards
Where: 183  Great South Road, Papatoetoe, Clubroom
Next month will be last one for this year 2015.  So come along South Auckland Deaf Club.


Watties Canned Food Festival


This event is suitable for all ages. Everyone must bring any canned Wattie’s food to the movies at the Manukau Westfield mall for free movie tickets! This is for the Salvation Army who will be helping many children at Christmas.


A great opportunity for your family and friends to have an awesome night out.


Click the links and see all the information about movies and more information in there.


When:  Monday 2nd November

Where: Manukau Westfield mall


FREE Basic Life Support (CPR) Course

Gain the skills and confidence to help someone who has stopped breathing. CPR for babies, children, and adults.
NZQA accredited, 4 hour course.
When: Monday 23rd November
Where: MediTrain Waikato, 82 Naylor Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
RSVP: Before Monday 16th November
Bring a pen and wear comfortable clothing
If you’re interested then contact Nisha Appanna at Deaf Aotearoa Hamilton office

Chartwell Closed Caption Movie - The Martian

When: Monday 2nd November
Where: Chartwell Movies
Time: 9:00pm
Don’t forget your Deaf Card. If you forget your Deaf Card then movie isn’t free.
If you don’t have a Deaf Card please contact Deaf Aotearoa Hamilton Office and we can help.
Nisha Appanna
Text: 021 516 399
Miiria Storey
Text: 021 792 369

Stir it Up November

For Stir It Up in November we will be showing all the great short films from the Deaf Film Festival held in Wellington this year. Come along and see their great work, eat some popcorn, and meet some people. We would love to have you there! And it’s Free!
When: Tuesday 10th November
Where: Deaf Aotearoa Hamilton Office
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Please Contact Nisha Appanna to let us know you are coming along.
Text: 021 516 399
Hope to see you there!

Waikato Deaf River Community  “Special AGM”

When: Sunday 15th November 2015
Time: 2:00pm - onwards
Where: 17 Claudelands Road, Hamilton in the CCS Meeting room
See flyer for agenda.
Any person who would like to have her/his name for election;
Please send your name & profile to  before AGM or write your name down at the meeting.
See you there!

Deaf Games Hui 

What: Come and chat about NZ Deaf Games on Labour Weekend in Hamilton 2016. 
When: Saturday 7th November, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Eastside Tavern & TAB
Address: Corner Of Grey Street & Cook Street, Hamilton East
Bring what: BYO meat for BBQ.
If interested, contact Hemi Hema.
Text: 027 510 5108

Bay of Plenty

Stir It Up

Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Saturday 7th November
Time: 10:30am till 12:30pm
Cost: Free
Tea/Coffee provided. Bring a plate of something small to share if you wish.
This gathering is for anyone of all ages to attend to have fun learning and/ or practising NZSL.
Click on flyer for more information and contact details. 

BOP Deaf Club

Where: Club Mount Maunganui, 45 Kawaka Street, Mount Maunganui
When: Saturday 14th November
Time: 5:00pm till 12:00am midnight
This is a time to get together, have a game of pool, watch sports on big screen, catch up with friends and more.
Click on flyer for more information and contact details.

Quarry Fest

Where: 108 Te Puna, Quarry Road, Te Puna Quarry Park, Tauranga
When: Sunday 8th November from
Time: 10:00am till 4:00pm
Cost: TBC
Quarry Fest is held in November each year and there will be craft and food stalls and entertainment in the amphitheatre.

Powerco Taranaki Garden Festival

Starts: Friday 30th October to Sunday 8th November
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm daily 
Location: All around Taranaki, New Plymouth

For the annual Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular 47 of the region's most glorious gardens open their gates to visitors. Along with these natural beauties are a bunch of inspiring events, many about nurturing the environment.
Prices: Varies for each garden and event
Contact: Lisa Ekdahl
Phone: 06 759 8412
Booking Link:

Pasifika Day

When: Saturday 31st October
Time: 9:00am
Location: Sanders Park, Westown, New Plymouth

Cultural entertainment, food stalls, sports, crafts and loads of fun!
Prices: Free
Contact: Joshua Robertson
Phone: 027 266 8649

Craft & Hobby Fair

When: Saturday 31st October
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Memorial Hall, Miranda Street, Stratford

Local Handcrafts Taranaki Inc are holding their annual Craft and Hobby Fair. We are inviting any person who would like to display their hobbies to contact us about having a stall at our fair.
Prices: Free Admission (for public)
Contact: Maureen Whale
Phone: 06 755 2520

Oakura Arts Trail

When: Saturday 31st October & Sunday 1st November
And: Saturday 7th November & Sunday 8th November
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Oakura

A chance to visit their talented artists in their studios around Oakura.  Enjoy the inside of every individual workspace and get the chance to meet the artists behind the art.
They have 15 artists / art studios this year including:  Felters, glass-artists, goldsmiths, painters, photographers, printmakers, potters and sculptors

For offered workshops and demonstration times visit their homepage.

Brochures including maps are available at the New Plymouth i-Site and online.

Large turquoise and yellow Bali flags will guide you to the studios during the event over two weekends.

Enjoy great art in Taranaki!

Prices: Free
Contact: Belinda

Seed Keeper - A Walk and Talk with Jodi Roebuck

When: Saturday 31 October & Sunday 1st November
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Roebuck Farm, 310 Hurford Rd, Omata, New Plymouth

Jodi Roebuck has a large bio-intensive garden focused on seed production, a flock of sheep and deep-rooted knowledge in gardening which he shares through workshops and as a consultant. Join him at his Omata farmlet where he will be focused on "season extension", which will include greenhouse production, plus bio-intensive seedling raising and transplanting.
Prices: Free event, usual garden fee applies ($8)
Contact: Lisa Ekdahl
Phone: 06 759 8412

Hawkes Bay

Polaris Presents ENZED Offroad Racing National Finals

Crownthorpe, 1910 Matapiro Road, Hastings
When: Saturday 7th November, 2015 at 10:30am and Sunday 8th November, 2015 at 10:30am
Restrictions: All Ages
Adult: $10.00 *Additional fees may apply
Polaris NZ presents the ENZED Offroad National Championship finals which are a two day event. Track is located Crownthorpe off Napier - Taihape Road. Saturday is short course racing: there will be over 20 class races held on this day, plus two all-in feature races, between 10:30am - 3:00pm. Sunday is an Enduro event where an expected 50+ cars and trucks compete together in a single 200km-250km race. The Enduro track will be across 250 hectares of rolling farm at the same venue, track length will be approx. 13km. Races are by class ranging from buggies, trucks, and mini Kiwitrucks raced by children up to the age of 15.
This event is going to be the greatest offroad racing event this year, the short course track has excellent features for both spectator and driver, with natural terrain, jumps, drop-offs and fast flat and cambered sections. The enduro track has excellent views for both spectator and driver, and most of the enduro track can be seen from the one vantage point.
Hot Food and drinks available, an excellent family day out.
No dogs please.
No Eftpos available.

Paws In The Park - Pet Expo & Craft Market

Windsor Park, Windsor Ave, Hastings
When: Sunday 8th November, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: $2.00
Door Sales Only
Bring your pooch along for a fun day out for the whole family. 
This event celebrates the joy of pet ownership and will provide education and information on all aspects of pet care.
The talents of local craftspeople and artists will be a feature at the market offering a great pre-Christmas opportunity to purchase their work and licensed food stall holders will provide nourishment and energy for the Doggy Games, dog agility displays and events that will also be happening.
Mystery Envelopes and great raffles - all raising funds for the Hastings & Districts SPCA
We look forward to seeing you and your four legged friends!
PS: Stall Holders welcome (please visit our website for our stall holder information)

Tremains Teddy Bears Picnic

Where: Anderson Park, Kennedy Road, Taradale, Napier
When: Sunday 8th November, 2015
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
Fun day for all! Come and bring your teddy's free registration. Lots of stalls entertainment mahons rides pony rides and much more.


Manawatu Deaf Society Annual Christmas Dinner

When: Saturday 12th December
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Dinner at 7:00pm
Cost: $35 (members), $45 (non-members)
There will be no tickets sold after 9:00pm.  This will be a catered dinner and prize giving for MDS Sports Person of the Year and Stirrer of the Year.
Come and join and have some fun.
To book tickets please contact any committee members for your tickets or at the Deaf Club Bar or email:

MDS Social & Sports Prive Giving & BBQ Buffet Evening

When: Saturday 7th November
Where: Manawatu Deaf  Society, 55b Totara Road, Awapuni, Palmerston North
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: $20 (member), $30 (non Member)
Deadline: 31st October
There will be no tickets sold after 9:00pm.   Come join them for dinner and social prize giving.
To book tickets please contact any Committee members for your tickets or at the Deaf Club Bar or email:


Three Café

This is the third café opened by the owner of CO-ED and Little Café is called Three Café in Taita. They are located on Taine Street in Walter Nash Centre.  Feel free to stop by and check the place out! Bring your family and friends over!
You can also check their Facebook page and website for more details.

Wellington Deaf Society

The gathering will be at the Supply room in Paremata.
Where: 105 Mana Esplande in Paremata.
Time: 7:00pm onwards
Come out and have a chat and have a few laughs!


NDC Meet up at Nelson Suburban Club

When: Now Saturdays 7th and 21st November
Time: 5:30pm
Where: 168 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson
Come along and socialise with the Deaf community, all welcome.

Catch up and BBQ Lunch

Where: Kaiteriteri Beach. Meet at the carpark.
When: Saturday November 14th 
Time: 11:00am
Bring your own lunch, drinks and use the BBQ if you want to. If it’s raining it will be cancelled.
Please let Rachel know if you need transport.

K.I.T  Day (Keep In Touch Day)

When: Wednesday 18th November
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Tahunanui Beach on the grassed area behind the beach Cafe
There will be some fun cooperative games, followed by lunch and then down to the beach to build creative sand sculptures.
Please wear sports clothing and bring:
  • Drink
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Bucket and spade-optional

 Scam Alert TEC Course

Terry Walbran will be presenting this course.
When: Wednesday November 25th
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm or 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
Where: Hearing House, 354 Trafalgar Square, Nelson
Contact Alison Kimberley if you would like to enrol.
Mobile: 021 518 331

Deaf Children, C.O.D.A. and Families Fun Christmas Day

Where: Rabbit Island
When: Saturday December 5th 
Time: 11:00am
This will be a great day for the whole family to meet others in the Deaf Community.
Sausages and drinks will be provided for everyone or free to bring your own food, drink and sunscreen.
We would appreciate a gold coin donation to help cover costs. Parents please bring a present under $5 for Father Christmas to give your child.
If you would like to join us please contact Rachel Summers by November 28th
Text: 021 102 4400
Please specify how many children/adults and if you need transport.

Canterbury A&P Show

Avoid the hassle of driving to and parking at this popular event by taking the Red Bus. A special service running from Central Station to the Showgrounds on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th November.
Each way - $5.00 adult, $3.00 child
Cash payment by Metrocard will be accepted (normal discount does not apply). No transfers
Thursday 12th November
Depart from the bus interchange (platform 1) every hour from 9:30pm.
Friday 13th November
Depart from the bus interchange (Platform 1) every 30 minutes from 9:30am to 4:00pm.

All Blacks vs Australia

It’s an xciting time this weekend! The Rugby World Cup final will be on this Sunday!
The Southern zone Deaf rugby Union is going to host hot breakfast at Deaf Society of Canterbury.
Time: All Blacks vs Wallabies at 5:00am
           Door opens after 4am at Deaf society of Canterbury.
           Breakfast served halftime
Cost: $10 per person for breakfast.
          Free entry to watch the game.
Remember to wear your jersey - All Blacks/Wallabies
Please contact the Southern Zone Deaf Rugby if you keen for breakfast.
Text: 027 434 0650



A fun filled evening at the Deaf Centre! Pot luck dinner and fancy dress.
When: Saturday 31st October  
Time:  Starts at 4:00pm - Dinner at 5:30pm           
Where: Deaf Centre 68 Manor Place Dunedin
Bring a plate for shared dinner.

Stir It Up

Come along to Stir it Up! This is a monthly event for the public to come along and experience and learn New Zealand Sign Language. Come along to enjoy a monthly casual cuppa at the Excelsior Café. All Welcome – Deaf, hard of hearing, hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations.  

When: Wednesday 11th November
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Where: Excelsior Café, 152 Princes Street, Dunedin

Please RSVP to Anna one week before session date.

Clutha Dunedin Job Fair

Employers will be there to do interviews – bring your CV and appropriate dress. Employers include Silver Fern Farms, Road Transport Logistics, Danone Nutricia and Calder Stewart.
When: Wednesday 4th November
Time: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Fullwood Room, Dunedin Centre, Moray Place
Please contact Dunedin Deaf Aotearoa staff if you have any questions.

Free Dental Day

Do you have dental problems but can’t seek care because of cost? Do you have a community services card? If yes, then make an appointment to get ONE dental problem sorted.
When: Saturday 7th November
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Dentistry on George Street 504 George Street, Dunedin
How: Use NZ Relay to call 0800 373 376 or contact Anna or Rebecca for support.



Stir It Up

Thanks to those who came along to Stir It Up this Week, it was another successful Day.
Next Stir it up Day is:
When: Monday 23rd November 2015 (Last one for the Year)
Where: Pyramid Café (The Museum)
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Please not coffree, tea, and food etc. is at your own costs.

Glengarry Community Market

When: 31st October 2015
Where: Glengarry Shopping Centre, Yarrow Street, Invercargill
Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
Invercargill’s number one Community Market with over 30+ stalls every month including food, crafts, art, entertainment, free activities and more. Last Saturday of every month.

Southland Deaf Community Meeting

What: Southland Deaf Community Meeting
When: Sunday 1st November 2015
Where: Invercargill Workerman’s Club
Time: 1:30pm

Southland Association for Deaf Children

Where: Conductive Education Centre, 198 Esk Street, Invercargill
When: Thursday 26th November, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Mark in your calendars, Hope to see you there.
Deaf Aotearoa will be on the move soon.
The DRC Office is still temporally closed for now, please if you need to see and make arrangements for appointments with Rebecca please contact her.
Text: 021 554 905 o