Biosecurity restrictions in place: Queensland fruit fly
On 23rd January, a single male Queensland fruit fly was found and identified.
Biosecurity has restricted the area so they can eradicate the pest.
If the Queensland fruit fly spreads, this means our horticulture (worth about $1 billion) will be at risk.
Please check where your house is:-
- Zone A: You must keep all your fruit and vegetables on your place. Don’t move them. If you want get rid of them, you must put them into special rubbish bins on street.
- Zone B: you can move your fruit and vegetables around but you must not take out of the area.
- Zone A and Zone B: School and work lunches - you cannot have fresh fruit or vegetables in them if you are going out of Zone A and B.
Not sure about your house? Go to this website
and look up your address.
Biosecurity team may ask you to collect them, please do collect them and put into special rubbish bin for them to check for any evidence.
Okara Countdown is in Zone B
. If you live in Zone A
or Zone B
, you can buy fruit and vegetables from that supermarket. If you don’t live in Zone A
or Zone B
, you cannot buy fruit or vegetable to take home. You must buy fruits and vegetables from different supermarkets such as Pak'n'Save, Kensington Countdown, and any New World.
People who are in Zone A
and Zone B
can buy fruit or vegetables from other supermarkets because they are bringing inside the zones.
(Uploaded WHG Queensland fruit fly video)
Waitangi Day celebrations in Whangarei and the districts
- Waitangi Festival
- Waitangi Treaty grounds - please see website for more information.
- Two days of celebrating.
- Onerahi Community Day Festival
- When? 8:45am to 4:00pm
- Where? Sherwood Park next to New World, Onerahi
- Waitangi Day Breakfast
- When? 8:00am to 12:00pm
- Where? Opuawhanga Community Hall, Whananaki North Road, Whangarei
- How much? Tickets $7.00 per adult, $16.00 per family and $2.00 per child
- Breakfast (cooked and cereals) served from 8:00am to 10:00am
- Local guest speaker with raising of NZ flag and National Anthem at midday
- For tickets contact Vicki 09 433 7639 or Jess 09 433 8851 or door sales on the day
- Waitangi Hangi Fiesta and Tall Poppy Talent
- When? 11:00am onwards
- Where? Town Basin, Whangarei
- Hangi and other Kiwiana food and multicultural food stalls
- Gather at 12:00pm for a Waka Ama race from Te Matau ā Pohe Bridge to Canopy Bridge at 2:00pm
Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan
- Do you know what this is?
- Want to have your say?
The vision for Auckland is to become the world’s most liveable city, and to turn that vision into reality, the Unitary Plan has been drafted for proposal.
This proposal was released in November 2013, and currently Auckland Council are receiving submissions for this, with Friday 28th February 2014 being the closing date.
This is an important stage of the Plan: to ensure your future participation in submissions and hearings, you must make a submission in this stage. If you do not participate now, you miss your opportunity to participate in future stages of refining the Unitary Plan.
For more information watch the video in NZSL
or read about it
You can ask for information about your area to be translated into NZSL.
Submissions can be made in NZSL.
Changes to bus services this weekend
Sunday 2nd February 2014
The AT HOP card will be be accepted on Ritchies
and Northern Express
bus services from Sunday 2nd February.
If you have a old Ritchies Fastpass card you will need to switch to the AT HOP card from Sunday 2nd February. If you have a Ritchies Fastpass card you can apply online for a free AT HOP card
You can continue to buy paper tickets on board buses for single trips. SuperGold cards will continue to be accepted after 9am weekdays and all day Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.
To further assist you, AT Ambassadors will be available at key locations, including the Northern Busway stations from Thursday afternoon onwards. Auckland Transport are also opening their Customer Service Centres
all weekend on the Northern Busway, Britomart, Newmarket and New Lynn.
For more information please refer to the AT HOP website
Waitangi Day rubbish collections
Auckland Council’s kerbside rubbish and recycling collections will be one day later from Waitangi Day (Thursday 6 February):-
- Thursday collections will move to Friday
- Friday collections will move to Saturday
Normal collection schedules resume on Monday 10 February.
There are no changes to collections for the North Shore and Waitākere business areas, inner CBD and Newmarket (evening collection).
For more information, visit Auckland Council's website
or call 09 301 0101.
Jetstar Summer Zoo Lates
Wednesday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th February from 4:15pm to 7:30pm
Discounted entry from 4.15pm: $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children, and under 4 yrs are free
Why not come and chill out after school or work with family and friends. Zoo cafes will be open, most animals will still be up, and there will be live music at the band rotunda from 5.30pm - 7.30pm (last entry 6.45pm).
If you come to the Zoo earlier in the day you can simply stay late - no extra charge.
Be in to win a trip to Singapore!
Just by attending one (or more!) of the Jetstar Summer Zoo Lates, you can win a family trip to Singapore. You can enter at the Jetstar activation zone, located at the Band Rotunda during every Jetstar Summer Zoo Late
Celebrate Chinese New Year
Blockhouse Bay Community Centre
524 Blockhouse Bay Road
Sunday 2nd February from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Fun and Interest for all the family with Music and Dance, Demonstrations of Chinese Embroidery; Bonsai; Calligraghy; Dumpling Making; Games etc.
This is a free event thanks to the assistance of the Lotteries Grants Board.
Galaxy of Cars
Sunday 2 February, Swap meet 8:00am, Car show 10:00am to 3:00pm
Western Springs Stadium, Stadium Road, Western Springs
Adults $12.00, kids (5-15 years old) $5.00, Swap meet site $15.00
Galaxy of Cars is an annual event, hosted by the New Lynn Lions. The project supports a different charity each year. This year they are supporting the Stroke Foundation.
As well as being a major car show featuring more than 900 vintage and classic show cars, Galaxy of Cars includes an automotive swap meet, family entertainment and a prizegiving for the best presented cars on display. No dogs or alcohol are allowed on site.
Show cars need to be registered, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Noel Mountjoy Text 021 642 688 or email email@example.com
EVENT Cinemas, Newmarket, Auckland
Sunday: 11:20am, 6:00pm
EVENT Cinemas, Westgate, Auckland
Saturday: 10:20am, 5:50pm
Or view times at Hoyts Cinemas
Waikato Office news
Our Service Coordinator, Miira Storey, is the temporary Employment Consultant and Community Relations Officer for the Waikato office for the next few weeks. She will be very busy working full time (Monday to Fridays) her three different roles, so please keep that mind. If you need to see her, please contact her to make an appointment. Her contact details are below:-
021 792 369
07 856 2047
Kimihia Primary School in Huntly is looking for Deaf or hearing adult who is fluent in NZSL and has knowledge of Deaf Culture. They require a teacher aide/learning assistant for 20 hours weekly to support a Deaf student. Understanding of Deaf culture and having NZSL skills is an advantage.
Apply in writing with CV and 2 referees sent to The Principal, Kimihia Primary School, PO Box 36, Huntly 3740
Free Movies at Event Cinemas in Chartwell
Every Monday you can watch any movie at Event Cinemas in Chartwell for free (but with no subtitles). Have a look at their website for a list of movies
you can watch on Mondays.
You will need to pay for your own food/drinks.
You must show your ID card to prove that you are Deaf. If you need an I am Deaf Card
please make an appointment to visit Miiria at Deaf Aotearoa. You will need to bring your photograph for your card.
Why Monday only? Because it's a very quiet that day, there are not many people coming to watch movies. The manager is happy to offer Deaf and hearing impaired people this special deal.
Antique and Collectables Fair
Friday 31st January to Sunday 2nd February
From 10am to 5pm (Friday and Saturday)
From 10am to 4pm (Sunday)
Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive, SH1, Hamilton
$6.00 for adults, accompanied children free (door sales only)
All items for sale including quality furniture antique, vintage tools, quality china, crystal, art, glass & silver, clocks, militaria, books, jewellery (vintage/modern), collectibles, vintage linen and clothing and much more.
All ages welcome.
Any inquiries, please contact Diane on 021 609 399
The office will be closed on Thursday 6th February due to Waitangi Day, a public holiday for all.
Sue will be away from the office all day Friday 7th February.
Please note Heather Goodwin, the Employment Consultant for Bay of Plenty will be working on
Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays, full day as from next week Monday the 3rd February.
New Zealand Sign Language Week
NZSL Week will be celebrated from the 12th to the 18th of May.
What would you like to see happening during the week in Bay of Plenty? Let Sue Lessing know your thoughts or pop into the office and have a chat. NZSL week is for you and the Deaf community to celebrate and lets make it a success for BOP!
NZSL in Action Awards
are open for nominations. Have a look at last year's winners
! The closing date is the 31st March.
To contact Sue Lessing for any information
/ Text: 021 920 675
/ Skype: deaf.aotearoa
Waitangi Day Celebrations - Tauranga
Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
Thursday 6th February from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Gold coin entry for Adults, free for Children
Enjoy a day of knowledge and fun with entertainment from the local talents.
Kapa Haka, Kai Stalls, Weaving, Maori medicine and much more.
There is an interesting website to visit about the Waitangi day, 6th February 1840 www.waitangi.org.nz
More information on this link http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/new-zealand/waitangi-day
Reading Cinemas, Rotorua
The Book Thief (2013)
Thu Fri Sat Tue Wed: 3:15pm 8:15pm
Sun Mon: 3:15pm
Haier Pulse vs WBOP Magic Pre-Season Games
Saturday 1st February at 4:20pm and Sunday 2nd March at 10:30am
(doors open 30 minutes prior)
TSB Stadium, New Plymouth
With the 2014 ANZ Championship Trans Tasman Netball Competition fast approaching the Haier Pulse bring a pre-season game to new Plymouth. The Haier Pulse will be taking on the WBOP Magic. By purchasing a ticket you can choose which game you attend or come and support both games and see the different team combinations come together before your eyes.
Adult $17.00, children (2-15) $7.00, children under 2 free (fees applies)
0800 111 999
Surf: Shaping Taranaki - Opunake Boardriders Club Surf Taster
Saturday 1st February from 1:00pm to 3.30pm
Opunake Boardriders Club, Beach Road, Opunake
Spend the afternoon learning how to catch a wave with a free surf taster lesson provided by Opunake Boardriders Club.
Open to anyone aged 10+ who can swim 100 metres. Please bring togs, towel and a wetsuit if you have one. The Club will provide boards, and some wetsuits.
Limited places available, bookings are essential - phone 06 759 6060
Puke Ariki Front Desk
06 759 6060
Waitangi Day 2014
Thursday 6 February from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Puke Ariki Landing, New Plymouth
A fun-filled event to commemorate, entertain and educate people about the significance of Waitangi Day to New Zealand and our community.
Bring a picnic and come down to Puke Ariki Landing and enjoy live entertainment, kids activities, cultural arts and crafts and hear treaty educators.
Contact: David Bird
06 759 6060
Waitangi Day Fair Tupare
Thursday 6 February from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Tupare Garden, 487 Mangorei Road, New Plymouth, New Plymouth
Relax and enjoy the entertainment, music, arts and crafts and food stalls.
Bring a picnic. Come early and enjoy a guided walk to the river from 8.30am.
Contact: Clare Mewse
0800 736 222
Friday 7 February from 5:30pm
Puke Ariki Land Site (beside Wind Wand car park), New Plymouth
Polo mallets and ball supplied, just turn up with your bike.
No experience needed for this fun bike and ball sport.
Supported by Bike Barn.
Contact: Let's Go
06 759 6060
Understanding internet broadband plans
Hawkes Bay Deaf Club
Tuesday 12th February from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
A very important session for those who are having difficulty in finding the right broadband plan. There are so many companies provide different plans and it is important that you choose the right one.
- type of broadband plan (home broadband, mobile broadband, wireless)
- costs, which is cheaper and better
- type of speed you need
- amount of data you need
- plus more
NZSL interpreter will be there. Let Lee Bullivant
know if you are coming.
New Zealand Sign Language Week
We are looking for people to join the group to discuss and plan for this year NZSL Week. It will be held between 12th to 18th May 2014.
If you wish to be part of this group please let Lee Bullivant
Remember go to Deaf Aotearoa website, there are many information in there about NZSL week.
Clive River Market Day
Farndon Park Domain, corner of Farndon Road and Highway 2, Clive, Hastings
Sunday 16 February 2014 from 10:00am
Head along to the Clive River Market Day
- Food Stalls
- Classic Car Show
Reading Cinemas, Napier
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
(M) (violence & offensive language)
Thu Fri Sat Tue Wed: 11:15am 2:15pm 5:15pm 8:15pm
Sun: 11:15am 2:15pm 5:15pm
Mon: 12:00pm 3:00pm 6:00pm
The Village Night Markets
Friday 31st January
Friday 28th February
Friday 28th March
5:00pm to 9:00pm
The Red Square
Corner George and Main Streets
Free, plus parking is free too!
A free and festive Friday night market with many fabulous stall holders and food vendors for all ages as well as entertainment for the whole family, come along as you will enjoy your night out!
Waitangi Day Celebrations
Thursday 6th February from 10.00am to 4.00pm
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History
326 Main Street
They will be holding a unique culture as they remember Waitangi Day. Learn about the Treaty of Waitangi, experience a traditional Maori Hangi, kapa haka groups performing. They will also be taking part in a world record attempt at Ti Rakau (this is a traditional Maori stick game) and to get into the Guinness World Book of Records!
This will be a great event for locals and visitors wanting to learn more about the Treaty of Waitangi and it's importance in our city today.
Free Health Expo
Thursday 6th February from 10:00am to 4:00pm
354 Main Street
First 100 people through the door will receive a goodie bag. This is a new event for our community. There are 60 exhibitors including the Well Child Expo on the first floor, with free health advice, samples, seminars, giveaways, prize draws. There's something for the whole family.
Lets start the new year healthy fit and ready to start fresh for the year ahead!
Windrush Windfarm Adventure - Ashhurst
Sunday 2nd February from 10:00am to 1:30pm
Te Apiti Windfarm, 439 Saddle Road, Ashhurst
Free walking running and biking adventure amongst the Meridian Energy Te Apiti Windfarm.
Stunning hilltop and gorge views over Manawatu - Wairarapa.
and flyer for more details.
Manawatu Firework Spectacular
Friday 7th February from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Manfeild, South Street
General admission $5.00
Kids under 5 free
The biggest weekend of motorsport, before this begins there will be a Fireworks spectacular this year gives you the opportunity to meet drivers from all key racing categories on the weekend, enjoy live music and side shows, watch displays and perhaps win some race weekend associated prizes, before settling back to see the fireworks display of a scale, duration and magnificence.
Think.Sign.Connect NZSL course
Discover New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and sign up for a six week Think.Sign.Connect. course.
NZSL is unique, versatile and fun. Learn everyday conversational words and phrases at one of our personalised courses and overcome communication barriers.
Limited to 12 people - register as soon as possible to reserve your space and avoid disappointment
Tuesday 4th March to Tuesday 8th April (every Tuesday from 7.00pm to 9.00pm)
Deaf Aotearoa, Level 1, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
$195.00 per person inclusive of GST
to book your place!
The 2014 Sevens Wellington tournament is the fifth leg in the HSBC Sevens World Series, and features teams from 16 international teams competing for points towards the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens World Series.
For more details, please see Sevens Wellington
Sevens street parade
Join a parade of nations to welcome this year's 16 international teams and fans from around the world to the Sevens in Wellington.
Wednesday 5 February from 12:45pm to 2:00pm
Wellington city centre
Corner of Ballance Street and Lambton Quay
Lambton Quay, Willis and Mercer Streets
NZSL Baby and Tots gatherings
We welcome Deaf children and their families; children with Deaf parents and/or family members; children of NZSL interpreters and students.
This is a playgroup for children and their families in Wellington. It doesn’t matter if you or your kids don’t know any NZSL – all communication methods are welcome.
Friday 7th February from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Botanical Gardens on Glenmore Street, Kelburn.
If it rains, at Southern Cross Garden Bar & Restaurant, Corner Cuba and Abel Smith Streets, Wellington City.
Te Rā o Waitangi / Waitangi Day celebrations
Celebrate Waitangi Day on Thursday 6th February on the waterfront with legendary band Herbs, craft activities and kai stalls.
Join the Wellington City Council and the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust to honour Te Rā o Waitangi with a day of music, dance, craft and great kai at Wharewaka, on the Wellington waterfront.
When the sun goes down, Films by Starlight bring us Whale Rider on the Odlins Plaza big screen.
Soak in the evocative sounds of Whiri Tū Akā, an Aotearoa based five piece all-strong wahine Māori a-capella group.
One of the originators of reggae in Aotearoa, legendary band Herbs take the stage with their soulful, heartfelt beats.
Chocolate Box, the very talented DJ Ayesha, Vanessa Stacey and Lisa Tomlins are hitting the stage together to bring you a fabulous mash-up of vinyl, soul, funk and hip-hop sounds
Captioned movie sessions until Wednesday 5th February.
Reading Cinemas, Courtenay Place, Wellington City
American Hustle (2013)
(M) (offensive language)
Daily: 12:30pm 3:15pm 6:00pm 8:45pm
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
(M) (violence & offensive language)
Daily: 11:15am 2:15pm 5:15pm 8:15pm
Last Vegas (2013)
(M) (offensive language & sexual references)
Daily: 11:15am 1:30pm 6:00pm 8:15pm
Reading Cinemas, North City Shopping Centre, Porirua
American Hustle (2013)
(M) (offensive language)
Thu Fri Sat Tue Wed: 11:00am 2:00pm 5:00pm 8:00pm
Sun: 11:00am 2:00pm 5:00pm
Mon: 12:30pm 3:15pm 6:00pm
Don’t forget to ask for your captioning handset when purchasing your tickets.
To be in the know of captioned sessions, join their Facebook page
Zumba 2014 (Time change on Friday)
Suburban Club, 168 Tahuna Drive, Nelson
Friday afternoons at 2:00pm and Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm
$5.00 per session
Zumba classes have now changed the time to Fridays at 2:00pm.
They are on Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm too.
Washbourn Gardens Gala 2014
Washbourn Gardens, Oxford Street, Richmond
Monday 3rd February from 9:00am to 3:00pm
(Rain date: postponed until Waitangi Day if wet.)
Annual Nelson Anniversary Day Gala at Washbourn Gardens.
There will be amazing stalls including local arts and crafts, jewellery, food, toys, plants, cards and much more!
Family friendly fun! Bouncy castle for the kids!
This is Richmond Playcentre fundraiser.
Nelson Deaf Aotearoa office to be closed.
- Monday 3rd February: Nelson and Buller Anniversary
- 4th 5th 6th February: Sue is on annual leave
- Thursday 6th February: Waitangi day
Please contact Cathy Gutschlag if you require interpreter support on 027 280 7395
Nelson Motor Show
Tahuna Beach Holiday Park (Parkers Cove entrance)
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Adults $5.00, children under 15 years free
Nelsons biggest and best motor event! Come down to the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park and see the largest range of classic cars, vintage cars, hotrods, custom cars, works in progress and aircraft. Automotive related stalls and children’s entertainment. Guaranteed something for all the family.
Farewell BBQ for Ben
Paul Quintal's home
February 15th at 4:00pm
Ben is leaving Nelson to live in Wellington, so come and say goodbye to Ben. There will be a shared BBQ supper so bring your own meat, salad and drinks.
If you require any further information, please contact Rachel secretary of NDC on 021 102 4400
Life line – Free Face to Face Counselling
Lifeline Nelson offers up to ten free Face to Face counselling sessions with a Lifeline Counsellor.
Identify and explore new ways to move forward.
Red Cross DVD in NZSL
NZ Red Cross has provided us a DVD with interpreters provided in NZSL for everyone who wish to watch Rob Gordon who visited Christchurch last year to talk to people about his experience of disasters and working with them.
Rob Gordon is a clinical psychologist from Australia and expert on mass trauma and has more than 25 years experience from more than 30 disasters in Australia and New Zealand. Rob has provided support to communities affect by disasters such as Australia’s Black Saturday bushfires, cyclones Larry and Yasi and the 2011-2012 floods in Queensland and Victoria.
The DVD is giving you the understanding of stresses of recovery in second and third years: protecting your health, lifestyle and relationships.
You are welcome to visit our office to watch DVD as we have a monitor in the reception area and it will take about one hour.
New Saturday’s Happy Knit Club
We have organised a new Saturday morning knit group get together project with Patty and Colleen to share all the knowledge and skills with each other.
Everyone is welcome: learners and experience knitters.
Please bring your knitting needles and wool.
Saturday 15th February from 10:00am to 12:00pm
96 Bristol Street
to Della Buzzard by text 021 276 5545
, fax 03 379 5089
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Deaf Society of Canterbury social evening (TONIGHT!)
Tonight from 7:00pm
71 Diamond Terrace (off Lincoln Road)
Ellerslie International Flower Show
The Ellerslie International Flower show dates are moving forward one week, to catch those last few days of summer! The dates for the 2014 show are 26th February to 2nd March
and the tickets can be purchased from various venues, i-SITE, your local Christchurch City council service centres, Palms Shopping Centre and Terra Viva Home & Garden Centre or you can buy your tickets online
More information about the show can be found at www.ellerslieflowershow.co.nz
3rd NZ Sandcastle Competition at New Brighton
Why not enter a sandcastle competition with your children, family, friends or workmates? Or visit New Brighton to see the sandcastle competition?
Saturday 8th February from 9:00am onwards
More details at www.newzealandsandcastlecompetition.co.nz
Deaf Aotearoa Office will closed on Thursday 6th February
If you need to see Michelle, Dunedin Service Co-ordinator, for support or for Deaf equipment please make an appointment by text or email.
021 471 033
Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4.30pm
Deaf Club Meeting
10.00am – 11.00am Deaf Society Meeting
11.00am – 12.00pm Deaf Sport Meeting
Otago Deaf Centre Manor Place
Civil Defence Workshop
13th February from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Civil Defence Training Room, Level C, Moray Place Car Park (behind the Art Gallery) meet outside the car park building
Civil Defence workshop are you prepared for Earthquake, Flood, Storm, and Tsunami.
Come and find out what you need to do to be prepared
Contact Fi at the Deaf Aotearoa Office if you are coming
021 276 5646
03 477 1037
Scouts Fun day
Sunday 2nd February from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Market Reserve (beside Bus Depot)
Scout based activities for children and adults. Free entry and most activities are free.
Thieves Alley Market Day
Saturday 8th February
From 10:00am to 4:00pm
More than 200 stalls of craft works, gifts, food, jewellery and other treats.
First Deaf Community Meeting for 2014
Sunday 2 February, 2:00pm
Where? Invercargill Workingmen's Club
NZSL Week in Invercargill
Interested in teaching NZSL taster classes?
Please, if you or anyone you know is interested in teaching a few taster classes throughout NZSL Week, could you please let Rebecca know. We really
need more tutors. Training will be provided.
Interested in having a taste a of NZSL?
Registration forms are available for those interested in taking part in some taster classes during NZSL Week, from the Deaf Aotearoa Office or we can email the form to you.
For more information email Rebecca Petre
, visit us at DRC Building, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill
or text us on 021 554 905
Sunday 9th February
434 Oreti Beach Road
New Zealand's most exciting and thrilling sport.
A day out for the whole family.
Don't miss this one time event this year.
BNZ Surf to City fun run
9th February (next month)
Starts at Oreti Beach and ends at Queens Park
Start training for the Surf to City. You can run, you can walk, you can bike!