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A New Era for Deaf Aotearoa
Deaf Aotearoa has been going through some significant changes to secure the organisation’s future as the collective voice of Deaf people in New Zealand and also to improve the services we provide for Deaf people.
For more information and NZSL videos about the new structure and service model of Deaf Aotearoa, please visit: http://deaf.org.nz/news/298-a-new-era-for-deaf-aotearoa
Do your children have nothing to do in the holidays? Do they play Minecraft?
There are free Minecraft workshops for children over 10 years old during the school holidays!
Exercise their creative powers!
Registration for workshops is essential.
Required for registration:
- Your own laptop capable of running Minecraft.
- A licensed copy of Minecraft PC, Mac or Linux Edition.
Please note: Minecraft pocket edition is not supported at these workshops.
Email us with your name, age, contact details and preferred workshop date(s) to:
July, and Wednesday 15th
9am – 12pm
Whangarei Central Library, 5 Rust Avenue.
Keri Keri Markets
For fabulous fresh food, visit The Old Packhouse Market , Kerikeri’s brand new under cover Market.
You will find good, honest, farm fresh products, plus value-added produce and food together with great coffee, breakfast, brunch, arts, crafts and much, much more.
Cash Out facility is on site.
Made and Grown Locally, the market offers a wide selection of locally grown fruit and vegetables, quality meats, poultry, seafood, cheeses, flowers, wines, breads and baked goods, gourmet and deli lines, indoor and outdoor plants, plus a large variety of Northland arts and crafts.
8am – 1:30pm
Where: The Old Packhouse
, 505 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
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: Rachel.Berry@deaf.org.nz
The Pumphouse Theatre, Manurere Ave, Takapuna, Auckland 0622
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.
Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road.
RTW Endorsement Course
Demonstrate knowledge + skills for driving on a road for endorsement W (wheels) R (rollers) T (trucks).
The R endorsement is for vehicles that run on rollers.
The T endorsement is for vehicles that run on self-laying tracks.
The W endorsement is for vehicles that run on wheels that aren't forklifts, passenger vehicles, tractors, fire engines, trade vehicles or vehicle recovery service vehicles.
The course involves:
- Description of Special-Type Vehicles,
- Legal Requirements for Special-Type Vehicles,
- Vehicle Pre-Start Checks,
- Manoeuvring and Operating a Special-Type Vehicle,
- Hazard Recognition and Site Safety, and
- Parking and Securing the Special-Type Vehicle
(Must hold a minimum of a FULL Class 1 Licence to gain the endorsement(s).
NZSL Interpreter provided
Monday 3rd August
: 8am - 1pm
Unit 9, 4 Kellow Place, Manukau.
Bring your own lunch as lunch is not provided.
There were 6 spaces available, now only 3 spaces left, if interested please register now.
Contact Rachel Berry
021 512 943
Stir It Up
Great opportunity for everyone to come together and learn NZSL. See the attached flyer.
When: This Saturday 11th July
Time: 10am – 12pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland – level one Manukau westfield.
Hope to see you there!
TEC – Budget Course
Earlier this year a Budget TEC course had been created but there was not enough attendance.
Do you want the Budget TEC course to be created again? Please email Natasha.Cloete@deaf.org.nz if you want it to run again soon.
Please tell your friends, and friends of friends about the Budget TEC course and email me or pop in see me.
School Holiday Programme
Haven’t got a plan for the school holidays? You can come to Manukau Westifield to meet Monty and enjoy some activities here!
Visit the link for more information:
Deaf Waikato River Community - July Meeting information
7:30pm – 9:30pm
CCS Meeting Room, 17 Claudelands Road, Claudelands, Hamilton
Please bring your logo drawings and ideas, event planning and reports.
We will see you there!
Don’t Miss Out – It’s Next Week! Stir It Up – Enabling Good Lives Presentation
Come along to the July “Stir It Up” to learn about Enabling Good Lives (EGL). Find out how Enabling Good Lives
can support you to overcome barriers you may have and to make independent choices in your life.
Jean Masters and Vaughan Mikkelson
1pm – 3pm
Deaf Aotearoa Office, Hamilton
Federated Farmers Building, Level 4, 169 London Street, Hamilton
All welcome – Deaf, hearing and Hard of Hearing
Afternoon tea, coffee and tea provided.
Holiday Fun: Superhero & Butterfly Arts and Crafts Work Shops
Get your arts and craft skills flowing in the school holidays at Te Awa, the Base.
Create your own superhero or colourful butterfly (peg craft).
July – Friday 17th
Te Awa, The Base (shopping centre). Cnr Te Rapa Road & Avalon Drive, Te Rapa, Hamilton
11am - 2pm daily
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!
of July, 2015
5pm – 7pm
The Cook Café and Bar (The Quiz is upstairs, on mezzanine floor)
7 Cook Street, Hamilton, (opposite Steele Park).
All welcome. Deaf, hearing, Hard of Hearing - Everyone! Children welcome if with an adult.
Come along for your chance to win some prizes!
WAIORA - Waikato Maori Contemporary Art Exhibition 2015
Creative Waikato will host the contemporary art exhibition during Matariki, featuring established artists such as
Shane Hansen and master carver Kereti Rautangata.
ART CENTRE AND RSA
BUILDINGS 4 MARKET STREET
"Waiora refers to the importance of water and life, the importance of balance, because one cannot exist without the other." - Margaret Aull, WAIORA Curator
Tuesday 23rd June – Thursday 16th July (10am – 4pm)
Creative Waikato - 131 Alexandra St, Hamilton
More Info: www.creativewaikato.co.nz
Check out more Matariki Events here: http://matarikiwaikato.nz/
Bay of Plenty Deaf Club
Mount Maunganui Club, 45 Kawaka Street, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
Saturday 11th July, from 5pm till 12am
Socialise and catch up evening. Click on flyer for more information and contact details of the Deaf Club.
Are there any TEC courses/programmes you would like to see set up?
We want to hear from you to meet your needs to gain more skills.
Deaf Aotearoa has in mind to set up
- First Aid
- Drivers Licence
- Maori – Treaty of Waitangi, culture and more
To find out or discuss more, contact the facilitator Sue Lessing
021 920 675
0800 329 332
The Tauranga Eastern Link is a four lane motorway being constructed in the Bay of Plenty region in New
Zealand that will replace a section of State Highway 2
The length is 23 Kilometres.
Click on the map and it will show you where it starts and ends.
For FAQ’s click here: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/tauranga-eastern-link/faqs/#tolling
Watch the animation video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9xqJ5mOEv8
Clay Art Studio
Historic Village, 17th
Avenue West, Tauranga
From now till Friday 17th July.
Clay Art Studio are having fun classes for kids and adults with ceramic painting, mosaic making, fused glass jewelry making and soap making on offer.
These classes are very popular and you will need to book in. For more information, dates, times and contact details click here
Pizza, Prayer and Praise
Pizza, Prayer & Praise is normally on first and third Mondays each month from 5:30pm – 7pm at Blind Foundation, 131 Vivian Street.
$3 each for pizza.
July 6 - Pizza, Prayer & Praise
July 20 - Cancelled
August 3 - Pizza, Prayer & Praise
August 17 - Pizza, Prayer & Praise
August 31 - Pot Luck meal & DVD
(5:30pm – 8pm Blind Foundation)
September 7 - Pizza, Prayer & Praise
September 21 - Pizza, Prayer & Praise
Take a Kid Tramping - Hike to Boar's Head Mine
Sunday 12th July
Boar's Head Mine from Weld Road, New Plymouth
This is an opportunity to take the kids on a tramp/hike with experienced members of the New Plymouth Tramping Club.
Karen or Graham
06 753 8577 or 755 12 74
NZ Roller Sports Artistic Championships
Opening Night - Tuesday 14th
July at 7pm
Wednesday 15th July - Saturday 18th July
: 10am – 10pm daily
TSB Stadium, New Plymouth
Over 150 skaters from all over New Zealand will be competing for National Titles in Figures, Freeskating, Solo and Pairs, Dance and Precision events.
This is the first time that this event has been held in New Plymouth.
New Plymouth and Hawera Clubs will both have skaters in the event.
No admission charge - Free
Organising Committee c/o V. Bedford or M. O'Doherty
06 758 6233 or 06 751 5180
School Holiday Programme: Bird Feeders
Thursday 16th July
10:30am – 11:30am
Inglewood Library, Inglewood
Join us to make a bird feeder that you can use at home. Bookings are essential. Phone 06 759 6060 or book at Inglewood Library. Suitable for ages 5 -10 years. Children please bring an adult.
Puke Ariki Front Desk
Indigenous Fashion Runway
Saturday 18th July
Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace 92-100 Devon Street West, New Plymouth
The raw natural beauty of homelands and rich tribal culture are interwoven into each collection.
The remarkable collections of Indigenous fashion from the coasts of New Zealand to the deserts of Australia will have the power to awaken an extraordinary sense of wonder, while glimpses of natural beauty will move you in inexplicable ways.
Come see the world of fashion through the eyes of amazing tribal leaders and experience something of deeper, and enduring value as aspiring Indigenous models from the Indigenous Runway Project hit the runway, walking with pride and confidence.
General Admission Adult $40, Child $20, Concession $25, VIP $65
0800 111 999
TEC – Are You Tech Smart?
We had this booked for Wednesday 29th
July 6pm to 9pm at the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club.
We are sorry to tell you this is postponed until August 2015.
We are waiting for the new date for this.
We will let you know as soon as possible.
The Wiggles Rock & Roll Preschool Tour
Napier Municipal Theatre, 119 Tennyson St, Napier
Monday 13th July 2015 10am – 11am
Adult and children from $36.00
Go get your tickets here
Or go to the Ticketek shop at Napier Municipal Theatre, 119 Tennyson St, Napier
Anthony, Emma, Lachy and Simon have declared the Rock & Roll Preschool is open now and the lesson for today is to have some fun!
The Rock & Roll Preschool tour will be in New Zealand in July of this year and will feature songs from their new Rock & Roll Preschool CD and DVD. You'll shake to That's the Sound of Rock & Roll, rise and shine with Wake Up! Swing along as you Dance with Emma and be the coolest kid in preschool with I Want a Leather Jacket. The Rock & Roll Preschool tour will get you all shook up, mixing some of these new hits with Wiggles classics such as Hot Potato!, Rock–a–Bye Your Bear and Do the Propeller. The fab four of fun for under-fives will of course be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus!
Personal/ Family Budget Planning
Professional Budget Services are really worried that too many people are borrowing money or using their credit card to pay for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Why? Because when Christmas finishes, people will have more bills to pay and will have more stress thinking about how to pay for them.
We know that most people have very tight budgets.
It is important for everyone to know how to manage and stay on their own budget without borrowing money or using a credit card.
We want to encourage everyone to create their own individual or family budget plans.
There are many free budget forms available – go to www.google.co.nz
type free weekly budget plan or free monthly budget plan.
Here is one example from Westpac;
Why not have a go and see if you and your family can manage by following your own budget plan.
Many people or families need to look ahead.For example, if you're thinking “lets have a one year plan”, you'll need to think of things like: we need $2500.00 for a holiday, car repairs will be roughly $1500.00, house repairs looking at $2500.00 plus more etc.
Another example – many people will be planning their own budget for this years Christmas and New Year. What kind of Christmas do you want, what do you need to buy and how much can you afford to spend? Decide what price you want to budget for – say $500.00. Work out how much will towards food, drinks, presents etc. But stay on your budget of $500.00.
If you want to sign a contract/ agreement for phone/ internet 12/ 24 Month plan, hire purchase, car payment etc. you need to consider:
- can you afford a 12 month plan
- can you afford a 24 month plan
- can you afford to pay back loans/ credit card bills
If you answer “NO” then don’t sign any contracts!
If you have signed a contract – you pay for it!
- Make sure you have some money put away for car/ house repairs, emergency items for example, your fridge or washing machine breaks down etc.
- Try not to use your credit card, it will cost you more to pay it back.
- If you see bargains/ half price at any shops - only buy them if you need them, if you have your own money for it then it's your choice to buy them
- If you don’t have any money then don’t buy them.
- When you go shopping – write down what you need to buy, if it's not on your list, don’t buy it.
- During Christmas don’t buy too many or expensive presents
- Don’t loan family or friends money if they're not going to pay you back
For more information please look online or contact Deaf Aotearoa.
Manawatu Deaf Society
There is no Deaf Club this Friday. On Saturday those who have booked for the Manawatu Deaf Society will be heading to Wanganui to celebrate their birthday at Caroline’s Boat Shed. Have a fantastic time!
The next time Manawatu Deaf Society is open will be next Friday 17th
Workshop coming up “What to do when a loved one dies”
The Lynch way Funeral, Corner Tremaine and Roy Street, Palmerston North
2:30pm - 3:30pm
NZSL Interpreter will be present.
This will be a guided tour which will also be interpreted. The tour will entail what actions to do when a loved one passes away.
If you want to come to this workshop, please contact Lianna to fill in registration form. Text:
021 278 8804 or
Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)
What is VRI?
VRI is a service that provides access for Deaf people to access a NZSL Interpreter for communicating with government staff when a local NZSL Interpreter is not available.
How does VRI work?
It is a video which connects to a video interpreter in a remote area to a different area.
If you want more information about VRI and how it works, you can check out www.vri.govt.nz
Wellington Deaf Society’s 77th Anniversary
On 1st August, WDS will celebrate their 77th
Anniversary. Join their celebrations. Join Wellington Deaf Society’s anniversary at a NZSL restaurant!
August at 6pm, Dunlop Restaurant, CQ Hotels, Cuba Street, Wellington
$37 for two courses.
To book reserve a seat, please RSVP by 27th
July 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know: CQ Hotels is the only known restaurant in NZ to provide their menu and service in NZSL.
Tawa Linden Toy Garage Sale
Pre-loved children's clothing and toy sale is coming up. Tables are just $20 and you keep all the profits from the
sales you make on the day.
Get in touch to book your table, please email email@example.com
And of course, if you're looking for gear, get along on the day - great bargains to be had!
Saturday 8th August
Tawa New World, Oxford Street, Tawa
11am - 1pm
Gold coin entry.
Free fluffy offer for children (Terms & Conditions apply on arrival) and there will be a sausage sizzle!
See flyer for further information.
What Do You Want To Learn This Year?
We have a funding pool to cover educational courses you want to learn to help with your skills. For example: learning about internet, First Aid, making coffee, forklifting, etc.
We need to know what you would like to learn, please let Shannon know.
Grief, Trauma and Loss Week
It will be held from Monday July 27th to Sunday August 2nd, 2015.
What’s the week about? In brief, the week aims to help New Zealanders to:
- Understand the challenging impact of loss and grief
- Find ways to support grieving children, teens and adults that make a difference
- Find the right help when it’s needed.
The awareness week’s website: www.grief.org.nz
Facebook Community Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Zealand-Loss-Grief-Awareness-Week/386175151521802
We have a DVD in NZSL that explains about the above. Please be in touch if you wish to learn more, or need help.
Rainbow Ski Field - Open Now
Rainbow's 2015 opening day is on Saturday the 4th July.
Check out the snow report page for up to date information www.skirainbow.co.nz/snowre
Saturday 4th July
Rainbow Ski Area, Rainbow Ski field Road, Rainbow 7072
Lift prices and day passes
- Adult 18 and over
- Full day $75
- Half day $53
- 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
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.
Saturday 18th July at 5pm
At Rachel's home, please contact Rachel if you would like to come
021 102 4400
NZ Sign Language Level 1B: Thursday 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 1A.
Open for adults and College students.
July - 10th
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.
5th Aug – 23th Sept
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.
Tuesday 18th August time 9:30am - 2pm
Motueka Recreation Centre, Old Wharf Road, Motueka
Nelson Home and Garden Show 2015
Gorgeous Home improvements made easy - the Nelson Home and Garden show is packed with all the ideas and information that you need to make transforming your house or garden.
Save money on the specials at the show, enter the draw to win prizes. It is all under one roof and there is free parking too.
Friday 9th - Sunday 11th October, 2015
Saxton Field Sports Complex Saxton Road East, Stoke, Nelson.
Adults $6.00, under 16 FREE (Must be accompanied by an adult)
Senior Special Friday - $3.00
Community Support Worker Vacancy – Change of Hours
We are working with an organisation who have a vacancy available for a support worker supporting a deaf client. They need to have NZSL skills and relate well to people.
Hours will now be three hours per week, the position will involve a daily life routines such as trips to swimming pools, community classes, the library and other duties during the day,transport can be provided if needed.
This position needs to be filled as soon as possible and if you are interested in the position, please contact or visit Christchurch Deaf Aotearoa office for more details.
Canterbury Deaf Youth Group – Event
Want to go ice skating?
Come and join Canterbury Deaf Youth Group - have fun in winter with them!
Saturday 25th July between 2pm to 4pm
: Alpine Ice, 496 Brougham Drive, Christchurch
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or check out their Facebook www.facebook.com/CanterburyDeafYouth
New Zealand International Film Festival - Worlds of Silence
The New Zealand International Film Festival is a national event covering the cinematic options of audiences and
filmmakers throughout New Zealand during the month of August from 7th to 23rd.
A programme will be presented around NZ and Christchurch will be showing international films either with captions in English or no captions and also there will be two international films with a theme of "Worlds of Silence" for deaf community at Hoyts Northlands mall in Papanui.
More information on Marie's Story and The Tribe films, please see the flyer.
Saturday 15th at 8.45 pm
Sunday 16 at 8.00 pm
Monday 17 at 3.30 pm
If you wish to organise a group booking with your family and friends, and to use this film as a fundraising opportunity, you can book direct to contact Angela Murphy.
For more details about New Zealand International Film Festival - please see http://www.nziff.co.nz/2015/christchurch/
Deaf Church Service
Grace Deaf Fellowship and City Church join together are having a New Zealand Sign Language Deaf Church
Service with drama, sign songs and message from the bible.
Everyone is welcome, including children (DVD will be provided for children who would like to watch a movie or stay in the service) and an afternoon tea will be provided.
Sunday 12th July at 2pm (doors will be open at 1:30pm for a chat before service starts)
City Church Christchurch, 344 Manchester St, City
Karyn Mitchell - Text:
021 110 3598 or
Michael Waites - Text:
021 148 2994
The Christchurch Brick Show
This event is the biggest LEGO based show in New Zealand!
The show will exhibit amazing LEGO models for all age groups in over 2500 sqm of space at the Horncastle Arena with a various of designs. Collections and contraptions include an incredible model of the Auckland Sky Tower, a Rugby Stadium, new farm and city scent displays and much more.
Children will have the opportunity to go hands on with various LEGO focused activities in a dedicated LEGO play area.
Also there will be everything from traditional LEGO sets, LEGO stationary, mini-figures, put together your own mini-figures, prints, greeting cards and more on sale!
There will be a special guest Ryan McNaught - the only LEGO Certified Professional in the southern hemisphere, come and watch him in action with teams of exhibitors as they take on various building challenges over the weekend.
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July
9am to 5pm
Horncastle Area, Jack Hinton Drive, Addington
$5.00 per person (children under two FREE)
First Aid Course Reminder
Just a reminder if you signed up for the First Aid Course – see you Tuesday 14th July!
: 8am – 5pm
St John, 17 York Place, Dunedin
Please contact Anna with any questions at Anna.Hurd@deaf.org.nz
or text 021 276 5646
Welcome Otago Deaf Society/Sport Member & Non- Member
26th Sunday July 2015
10am - 12 pm
86 Manor Place, Dunedin
Morning Tea at 10am please bring a plate, thanks!
10:30 am – meeting will start
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)
Thursday 13th August, 3:30pm & Friday 14th August, 8:45 pm
: Rialto Cinema, Dunedin
Please see flyer for more details on how to book or contact Anna with questions.
NZ 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.
Southland Deaf Community AGM
Sunday 12th July 2015
Roger Strongs, 374 Chesney Street, Invercargill
Come Celebrate Rogers Birthday and farewell Donna Joyce before her move back to Dunedin.
There will be BBQ lunch and please bring a plate for afternoon tea.
Southern Crafters Club Market
Southland's largest indoor market showcasing crafts from all over Southland and the South Island.
Saturday 18th July 2015, Sunday 19th July 2015
10am - 5pm Saturday
10am - 4pm Sunday
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
Ascot Community School, Invercargill
7pm - 9pm
We will be discussing:
- Best practice
- Learning change Network
- NZSL Project
- Update on Student data