CommUNITY Weekly News

Hello <<First Name>>, here is your CommUNITY Weekly newsletter from Deaf Aotearoa's <<Your local Office>> office.

Happy Easter from all of us at Deaf Aotearoa!


Establishment of the New Zealand Sign Language Board

Nominations are now open for the members and chair of the New Zealand Sign Language Board.

This is being established by the Minister for Disability Issues to:

  • promote and maintain the use of New Zealand Sign Language by ensuring the development, preservation and acquisition of the language
  • ensure the rights of Deaf people and of New Zealand Sign Language users to use sign language as required by the of New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • provide expert advice to Government and the community on New Zealand Sign Language

Nominations close on 22 April 2015.

Read more about the NZSL Board and how to make a nomination...

New Zealand Sign Language Fund

The Office of Disability Issues will be making a call for applications for grants from the newly established New Zealand Sign Language Fund in the second half of April. The fund has been established to support the promotion and maintenance of New Zealand Sign Language.

If your organisation is interested in making an application to the fund, email Cliff Laird at the Office for Disability Issues with the name of your organisation and a contact person’s details. If you do that, they will send you information about the fund and the applications process when the call opens.


Uku North Potters Exhibition

The exhibition is timed to complement Uku North 2015: The Clay Experience, the New Zealand Potters conference, also happening in Whangarei.

2015 marks the NZPotter’s 56th Annual Exhibition. They will have on display work by some of New Zealand’s most talented and renowned ceramic artists. This traveling annual event is the highlight in the NZPotters calendar, bringing together ceramic artists from all over New Zealand to showcase their best work.

When: From Saturday 4th to Wednesday 22nd April (excluding Mondays)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm (some sessions are open earlier, so check the website before you attend)
Where: Reyburn House Art Gallery, 32 Reyburn House Lane, Town Basin, Whangarei

For more information...

Easter weekend

It is Easter weekend this weekend! Four days off work, which means it’s a good time for a quick holiday. If you are travelling this weekend, please remember to keep safe, follow the speed limit, and do not drink and drive.

Have an enjoyable weekend eating lots of chocolate from the Easter bunny!

New Zealand Sign Language Week

Volunteers are needed for NZSL Week. If you are interested in volunteering in some shape or form, please email Rachel at


Tinnitus support group

A support group has been set up for those who suffer from, wish to learn more about, or support others who suffer from tinnitus—a loud ringing in the ear.

The purpose of the group is to bounce tips off each other, support one another and learn more about what exactly it is.

When: Saturday 11th April from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, 1836 Great North Road, Avondale

If you are interested in attending, please email Rachel or Kaisy at or

Auckland Deaf Society

Auckland Deaf Society Clubroom will not be open tomorrow night because it is Good Friday. They will be open tonight at normal hours and normal entry costs (i.e. free for members or $5.00 for non-members).

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: From Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April (this weekend!!!)
Time: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Costs: Free entry (costs for rides can be found on

Ponsonby Baptist Church’s Easter service

When: Sunday 5th April from 10:00am
Where: 43 Jervois Road, Ponsonby

Deaf community members are warmly invited to Ponsonby Baptist Church’s Easter service.

Interpreters and food will be provided. Ponsonby Baptist Church and AUT have agreed to provide a team of four interpreting students to interpret Sunday services every two weeks for the rest of this year.
Ponsonby Baptist Church is not like other churches in many ways. Its service is different to other churches. It also has hearing gay members and would especially like to offer gay Deaf a safe and accepting place to worship.

You can text Bev on 027 331 6758 for more information or just turn up on Easter Sunday if you are interested. They would love to see you there.

South Auckland

The staff at Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland want to say...

Happy Easter long weekend and be safe wherever you are going away or staying at home and look after each other.

Don’t forget on this Sunday you need to move your clocks back one hour.

Stir it up

When: Saturday 11th April from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland office, Level One, Manukau Westfield

Please see the attached flyer for our Stir it up events.

Encourage all your friends and family to come Stir it up.  They can be Deaf, hard of hearing or hearing, and any age from babies and upwards.

This is a great opportunity to chat and learn NZSL.

Cadbury Eggstravaganza

When: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Okahu Bay (near Mission Bay and Kelly Tarlton's)

A fun filled day for the whole family. There will be a giant inflatable Easter maze, the Easter bunny, alongside the Dairy Milk paddock with a huge selection of games for the whole family. Visit the candy carnival area with a spinning wheel and eskimo toss, plus there’s face painting, a balloon twister, a fairy and a clown to entertain kids of all ages. There are delicious Cadbury Easter eggs along with food and drinks stalls on site or bring a picnic for the whole family. Come along and experience some Cadbury Easter magic—entrance is free with gold coin donation for Make A Wish.

More information...


Wanted: NZSL Week Volunteers

When: Tuesday 5th May from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Garden Place, Hamilton CBD

From Monday 4th to Sunday 10th May, the Hamilton community will be invited to come to our NZSL in the TRON event. But we need volunteers! We need you to come help teach people the alphabet, sign their names, colours, numbers, Māori signs, and help out with our interactive games and competitions…

You may like to support the event by creating a group that would like to show the hearing community what it’s like to be Deaf. You could create or design something that tells your story of being Deaf.

Each volunteer will receive their own NZSL Week t-shirt plus a voucher for helping out.

So if you can spare a few hours to help out, then contact Susitina Cook by email at or text 021 540 193.

Technology TEC course: Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)

This course will talk about a government funded technology for the Deaf community. It is important that you, as a Deaf community member, know about VRI and understand how it works so that you can spread the word to the other places you visit. For example: doctors, dentists, schools, Work and Income, ACC, Senior services, CYFS and health professionals.

If a face-to-face interpreter is not available, then the organisation that you are visiting can arrange for a Video Remote Interpreter to be present using this new video technology, and it’s free!

The date, venue and time for this course is to still be confirmed, but if you are interested in finding out more, then you can have a look at or contact Susitina Cook by email at or text 021 540 193.

Free after school programmes for young people with a disability

When: Term 2 (Monday 20th April to Friday 3rd July)

Sport Waikato will be providing free after school programmes during Term 2 for students with physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities.

If you know of any students between the ages of 5–21, then please forward this information on to them and their families, their schools, and the organisations or networks that they are connected with.

For any questions please contact Maioro Barton, After School Programmes Coordinator, by email at, phone 07 858 5388, fax 07 858 5389 or mobile 027 308 1486.

Deaf Advocate Anna Dubbelt

Anna would like to talk to you about your rights when receiving health or disability service. For example: going to the doctors, nurse or dentist. She will explain your rights to get fair and equal treatment when you access health services. So come along and have a confidential chat with her.

When: Wednesday 15th April from 10:00am to 11:00am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Level 4, Federated Farmers Building, 169 London Street
Cost: Free!

Want more information? Talk with Susitina Cook, your Community Relations Officer, by email at or phone/text 021 540 193.

Deaf Waikato River Community: Inflatable world

Date: Saturday 18th April from 11:00am (close at 4:30pm)
Where: 53 Duke Street, Hamilton (near corner with Aztec Place)
Prices: Over 5 years old $12.00 • Under 5 $6.00 • Under 5 and 1 parents $12.00 • Playing adult $12.00

Please bring your socks because if you don’t have socks then you can’t play.

If you forgot to bring socks, you can buy a pair for $2.50.

You are welcome to bring any food and drinks you want—but no alcohol sorry.

Bring some water with you and get hot playing in the inflatable world.

Please come join them and have great fun! They hope see you there!

Bay of Plenty

Deaf Aotearoa office closure

The office will be closed on Tuesday 7th April due to one staff member being away on training and the other staff member on annual leave. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Daylight savings fall back one hour

It’s time to put your clocks back one hour on Sunday 5th April from 3:00am to 2:00am.

It's also a good time to change your smoke alarm batteries.

Katikati Bird Gardens annual Easter egg hunt

Where: 263 Walker Road East, Katikati
When: Sunday 5th April from 12:00pm noon till 4:30pm
Cost: Family pass (2 adults and 2 children) $25.00 • Adults $9.50 • Children $5.00 • Seniors $8.50

Dozens of coloured balls will be hidden around the 10-acre gardens. At noon the children will set out to find one. There are different colours for different age groups. The children will then return their balls to the café and swap it for a chocolate Easter Egg.

There is a secret number of life-like rabbits in the gardens which the children have to find and count. Those who have counted them all correctly enter into the draw for a giant chocolate bunny egg which is drawn later in the day.

53rd National Jazz at the Village

Where: Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Monday 6th April from 12:00pm noon till 8:00pm
Cost: TECT cardholders free • Gold coin donation to Tauranga Jazz Society appreciated • Children under 14 free

The Jazz Village is a firm favourite with festival goers each and every year. There will be the usual entertainment for the little ones, delicious selection of food and the popular art and craft stalls.

At the end of the festival will be celebrated with a spectacular fireworks display.

Library school holiday programmes

Where: Tauranga, Papamoa, Greerton and Mount Maunganui Libraries
When: See flyer for dates

Different libraries in Tauranga have set up a holiday programme to keep your children from ages 3 to 12 busy.

The libraries will have stories, songs and craft.

Click on the flyer for more information. Some of them are free but the 3-D Cookie Cutter Creation Class costs $10.00 per child.


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)

Stroke wise people help save lives

The Stroke Foundation is launching a new website, Strokewise, for Fight Stroke Week (7-12 April). Being stroke wise is all about preventing stroke, seeing the signs of stroke and taking action to fight stroke in New Zealand.

On the site people will be able to:
  • Find out how to lower their risk and prevent a stroke
  • Learn to see the signs of stroke and act FAST
  • Take a quiz and find out just how stroke wise they are
  • Download the stroke riskometer for their smart phone

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

Hawkes Bay

Letter to a soldier

Where: Hastings War Memorial Library, Civic Square, Warren Street, Hastings
When: Wednesday 15th April
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm 
Entry: Free and open to all ages

Part of WW100: Remembering World War I — 100 years on. Write a letter to a soldier currently serving in the New Zealand armed forces and hear about how New Zealand soldiers have been involved in different wars.

All welcome. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. The library may take photographs or video recordings during events and programmes which may be used in their promotional material.

Waiwhare RD9 annual hunt and gather competition

Where: Waiwhare Community Centre, 31 River Road, Waiwhare, Hastings
When: Friday 17th to Sunday 19th April (last weekend of the school holidays)
Entry: Open section: $30.00 • Open section early bird entry: $20.00 • Children’s section (8 years and below): $10.00

Dust off the rifle, it’s time to go hunting! There are $1,000 worth of sponsored prizes.
  • Team and open section:
    Heaviest pig, deer, hare, eel and goat for the open section and team event
  • Average weight cash prize for the Average Weight Stag
  • Sweepstake cash prize for the Average Weight Bore Pig
  • Special ballot draw for Pan Pac Kaweka Blocks
  • Heaviest Eel, hare and Open section
This is fun family weekend. All hunters welcome. All proceeds from the weekend go towards running our Waiwhare Community Centre on Taihape Road. For more information and an entry form please contact Kirsty Hill by phone 027 479 4094 or email

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club Annual General Meeting

Please mark on your calendar or put this in your phone to remind you.

When: Saturday 23rd May at 1:30pm
Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale, Napier

Please bring a plate of food for shared afternoon tea.

The quorum (HBDC rules) say there must be 15 or more paid members present to start the meeting.

If you wish to vote at the AGM, you will need to fill out the HBDC membership form.

Membership is $15.00.

For a membership form, please contact HBDC email or text 027 859 3238.


Manawatu Deaf Society

There will be no club or social events this weekend, because it's a long weekend for Easter.

Good luck to all who are competing in their chosen sports this weekend. Bring back your stories and wins so we can share your news to the Deaf and wider community. Safe travels!

iSign Presentation: "Funding Mysteries"

When: Friday 17th April from 7:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North

James Bichan, manager at iSign, will be presenting about how, when and where to access free interpreters.

Come along to the presentation to find out more.

You can also ask any questions you have about iSign, funding and interpreters.

Easter Spectacular - Peter Barry Derby Car Teams Champs

When: Friday 3rd April from 6:00pm
Where: Arena Manawatu, 61 Pascal Street, Palmerston North
Cost: Adults $25.00 - Children (8-15 years) $10.00 - Family (2A + 4C) $60.00 - Under 7 years free

12 of the craziest teams go into smash mode to eliminate the opposition.

Manawatu StreetStock Champs: Falcons, Valiants, Holdens, Toyota and Lexus. All the big family sedans that you grew up with racing as if there is no tomorrow. It's not often more than half the starters ever finish a race! Including entries from Auckland to Invercargill.

Peter Barry Derby Teams Final + Easter Spectacular

When: Saturday 4th April from 6:00pm
Where: Arena Manawatu, 61 Pascal Street, Palmerston North
Cost: Adults $25.00 - Children (8-15 years) $10.00 - Family (2A + 4C) $60.00 - Under 7 years free

Easter Eggs and lollies for the kids.

You will love the Derby Car Teams Racing and the final Ace Auto Dismantlers Derby at the end of the night will have you falling off your seat with laughter.

Manawatu Midget Champs: Tonight we bring you the top speedway drivers from Western Springs and around New Zealand to race at the Robertson Holden International Speedway.

Manawatu Sprintcar Championship: Spectacular speedway action from these 800 horsepower winged monsters! The best sprintcars from around New Zealand, wheel to wheel at over 160kph so at times the racing can easily end in disaster! Will it be one of local young hot-shot drivers like Jamie Larsen or Stephen Taylor who reigns supreme?


Wellington office closed for Easter

Wellington office will be closed on Friday 3rd April and Monday 6th April for Easter.

We will open again as normal on Tuesday 7th April. We hope you all have a great holiday!!!

i-SITE Easter Egg Hunt

Where: Dowse Square, Laings Road, Lower Hutt
When: Saturday 4th April from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Bring the family down to Dowse Square for a whole lot of free Easter fun!

Kids can take part in the Easter egg scavenger hunt around Dowse Square, and enjoy Zappo the Magician, a petting zoo, face painting, games and even a guest appearance by Easter Bunny.

We have competitions galore—with over $1000 worth of prizes to giveaway.

Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa opening weekend

Where: Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington
When: Saturday 11 April from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Te Papa celebrates the new season of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa with a weekend of floortalks and family fun.
  • 11:00am to 4:00pm: Join us for family-focused craft activities. Bring along images of your tūpuna (ancestors) and make your own whānau wall.
  • 12:00pm noon: Curator Sarah Farrar introduces Splash! contemporary painting in Aotearoa.
  • 1:00pm: Walk around Ngāti Toa Rangatira: He iti whetu with representatives of Ngāti Toa as they talk about their tūpuna (ancestors).
  • 3:30pm: Enjoy a tour of Tīvaevae: Out of the glory box with some of the tīvaevae makers.

Nelson office will be closed over the Easter period

When: Friday 3rd April until Tuesday 7th April at 9:00am

Happy Easter to you all have a fulfilling and joyful Easter.


Mapua Easter Fair

When: Sunday 5th April from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Mapua Domain, Aranui Road
Cost: Gold coin entry per person

The Mapua Easter Fair is considered to be one of the largest one-day events in New Zealand. It is in its 32nd year welcoming visitors to Mapua for a great day of fun, crafts, food and entertainment. Stall-holders come from throughout New Zealand, selling homemade crafts, furniture, artwork, food items and more. You will be tempted with a selection of food styles from all around the world.

All welcome, but no dogs please. There is plenty of free parking.

AGM for Nelson Deaf Incorporated

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

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

Email Rachel on or text on 021 102 4400.

NZSL night classes for Term 2

Where: Waimea College, 60 Salisbury Road, Richmond
Phone: 03 544 6099
Cost: $100.00 for each eight week course.


Dates: Thursday 7th May to Thursday 25th June
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tutor: Rachel Summers

Learn basic NZSL conversation skills and begin to understand and develop NZSL grammar. Develop the use of facial expressions and improve visual and spatial awareness.


Dates: Wednesday 6th May to Wednesday 24th June
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tutor: Cathy Gutschlag

This course is designed for those that have completed level 1A.


Dates: Tuesday 5th May to Tuesday 23rd June
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tutor: Rachel Summers

This course is designed for those that have completed levels 1A and 1B.

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 from 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


Deaf Aotearoa Christchurch office closed for Easter

Our Christchurch office will be closed on Friday 3rd and Monday 6th April for the Easter weekend and we will open again on Tuesday 7th April.

The staff wishes you all a very happy Easter, enjoy your long weekend and travel safe.

New Zealand Sign Language Week events

There are opportunities for you to attend these New Zealand Sign Language Week events in Canterbury:
  • Tuesday 5th May: Airforce Museum of New Zealand at Wigram
  • Thursday 7th May: Storytimes at South Christchurch Library
  • Friday 8th May: Mid-Canterbury McDeaf signing group in Ashburton
  • Saturday 9th May: Welcome aboard the Christchurch tram
For more details please see the flyer, thank you.

National Deaf Rugby Championship

Southern Zone Deaf Rugby is hosting the National Deaf Rugby Championship in Christchurch during Easter weekend from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th April.

The rugby matches will be held at Christchurch Football Club at 250 Westminster Street, St Albans. Please see the attached flyer attached for the timetable of matches.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact


Easter weekend office hours

The office will be closed on Friday 3rd April for Good Friday, Monday 6th April for Easter Monday and Tuesday 7th April. Have a nice Easter weekend!

Daylight savings time

When: Sunday 5th April at 3:00am

Set your clocks back one hour.

NZSL Week local events

We have three events this year during NZSL Week from 4th to 10th May. Information and a video about one event will be in the newsletter each week until NZSL Week starts. Please contact Anna for more information about any of the 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


Easter service

When: Friday 3rd April
Where: Windsor Community Church, 19 Windsor Street, Invercargill
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am

Celebrate Easter with some of the most gifted musicians in town. Free coffee and cake after the service.

Have a safe and happy Easter break.

Gypsy Fair Original

When: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th April
Where: Queens Park, Gala Street, Invercargill
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

This is a famous and popular fair that comes to town only once a year. There will be thirty Gypsy families in interesting house trucks and buses. Come and check out these fabulous homes.

Live music will play all day. You can explore over 30 stalls. Come along for a great weekend out!

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 6402Course 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 you can go to a café nearby for lunch. There is plenty of parking available.