CommUNITY Weekly News

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WATCH 7 Days TV3 9.30pm TONIGHT!

Tonight’s show will start with a viewer warning in NZSL by Shaun Fahey.
The producer tried very hard to get this episode captioned but due to timing constraints and insufficient technology this is not possible. Next year?!


NZSL Week - PechaKucha

When: Wednesday 18thMay
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
              116A Bank Street
Come along and join the fun.

PechaKucha is a world-wide phenomenon where presenters can stand up and have their say on anything they feel passionate about.

The rules are – you are only allowed 20 slides, and each one is only 20 seconds long.
Six minutes and forty seconds is all you have!
We have a fabulous line up of Deaf and hearing people, all presenting on various aspects of “The Deaf World.”
It’s fast, it’s fun, and you are guaranteed to be entertained.

Bring your family and friends, for this unique insight into the Deaf Community’s very rich culture.


Womens Wellness

When: Monday 16th May 

Where: Barge Showgrounds Event Centre

Maunu Road

State Highway 14


Time: 6.30pm – 8.30 pm

Cost: General Admission $39

Premium (includes Goodie Bag) $79

Buy tickets:  

Ladies who live in Whangarei, we are coming to see you to present this New Zealand event!


We will share our tips and ideas on living a healthy lifestyle in today's fast paced world and will be available to answer any health and wellness questions you may have.

Makaia will share her Top 10 Tips for introducing Clean Eating to your families diet, Julia shares her journey to repairing her leaky gut and Libby shares her views on approaching health from a holistic view.


This is our last Womens Wellness event covering these topics so we highly recommend you try and make it! All seating is GA regardless of the ticket type you buy.

We hope to see you there!

Presented by Motivate Me and Julia & Libby.


Join the Conversation

When: Friday 20th May
Where: Forum North, Whangarei
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm 

This “Join the Conversation” about the Office for Disability Issues is inviting everyone to attend this consultation, this will be happening all over New Zealand. 

It is aimed at gaining a better understanding of what matters most to disabled people, their families and the communities involved in their day to day lives. 
If you wish to attend you will need to confirm by going online 

NZ Sign Language Interpreters will be there.

If you cannot make it you can still have your say by doing the online survey 

If you want to have your opinion heard you need to attend or do the survey.



Interpreted Comedy Shows

Comedy Festival –  Stand up for Kids
When: Saturday 14th May 2016
Where: Loft at Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland
Time: 3.00pm
We have x2 family tickets (2 adults and 2 children).  There will be NZSL interpreters provided.
For more information and tickets please contact either Rachel Berry at or Cathy Greyling at

NZSL Week Family Gala

When: Sunday 15th May 2016 
Where: Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Auckland
Cost: FREE – NZSL Interpreters provided for tours of the gardens.
 Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm
Get together for the NZSL week family Gala, with face painting , a bouncy castle, balloon twisting and lots more entertainment!
For more information please contact: Rachel Berry –
Please See attached poster

Deaf Ellen Talk Dhow: Part 2

When: Friday 13th May 2016
Where: Potters Park Events Centre (upstairs), 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland
Cost: FREE – NZSL Interpreters provided
Time: 7.00pm  - 11.00pm
Welcome to the second Deaf version of the Ellen Talk show!
The New Zealand Sign Language Week is back! This year the Deaf ‘Ellen DeGeneres” celebrates 10th Anniversary of New Zealand Sign Language’s official Language status.
For more information about this event please contact: Cathy Greyling – or Rachel Berry – 

Please see attached poster.

Funeral of Edna Garner

When: Saturday 14th May
Where: Mt Albert Methodist Church, 831 New North Road, Mt Albert
Time: 1.00pm
Interpreters will be present.
Edna Garner was a teacher for Deaf at Kelston in the 1970's and advocated for sign language to be brought into the Deaf school. Though she was penalised for this, she continued to advocate and partly because of her we have NZSL this week.
She also started up ministry with Deaf people, acted as an interpreter before any were available, and visited work places, hospitals, schools, mental health units, prisons etc. to see Deaf people received equality.

South Auckland

Stir It Up

When: 14th May this Saturday
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Level 1 Westfield Mall, Manukau
This is a fantastic opportunely to learn NZSL and bring your friends and family. Hearing friends are welcome too. A opportunity to get involved with the Deaf people and learn NZSL.

“My Life in Sign”

Deaf Aotearoa had produced a webseries of seven, one minute videos to celebrate NZSL week 2016.
Sign boy is the face of NZSL week. Sign boy shows the advantages of communicating in New Zealand Sign Languages when verbal communication is problematic.
A new video is at 7.30am each morning from Monday 9th May to 15th May during NZSL week 2016. So make sure you check the Deaf Aotearoa YouTube channel every day!


Signing At The Cook – NZSL Quiz night 

Let's celebrate NZSL being an official language for 10 years with a NZSL quiz night. All questions asked in New Zealand sign language (NZSL) and also displayed on TV screen. Prizes to be won!
All welcome! Deaf, hearing, Hard of Hearing, people learning NZSL, Everyone!  Come as a group, or by yourself, doesn't matter, just join in and have fun!  Children welcome if with an adult.
When: Friday 20th May
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Where: The Cook Café and Bar (upstairs)
Address: 7 Cook Street, Hamilton East
Cost: Free
For more information contact Kayte Shaw (Community Development Kaituitui)
Mobile: 021 517 791 (text or call)    

Monday Closed Caption Movie

The story of Eddie Edwards, the famous British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics. 
When: Monday 16th May
Time*:  4:00pm and 8:30pm
Length:  2 hours
Cost**: Free 
Where: Event Cinemas, Level 2, Westfield Chartwell, Cnr Hukanui & Comries rds, Chartwell 
*Times are subject to change without notice. 
**Proof that you are Deaf may be requested. 

Waikato Māori Deaf Hui 2016

“Inspire motivation, create action - whaka oho oho wairua”
Let’s come together to create action for a strong and sustainable Waikato Māori Deaf community.

Dates: Friday 10th June – Sunday 12th June 
Times: Friday 10th (arrive 6.00pm onwards, dinner 7.00pm).
Saturday 11th (powhiri 9.30am – hui close 5.30pm, dinner 6.30pm).
Sunday 12th (Waka ama 9.30am – lunch and close 1.30pm)
Where: Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro, Cambridge (accommodation in lodge, hui in cultural room). 
Address: 601 Maungatautari Road, Cambridge (Lake Karapiro).
Cost: FREE - All accommodation, meals, hui and activities are covered. Petrol vouchers offered to participants to cover travel costs. 

Register attendance, or for more information contact:
Kayte Shaw (Community Development Kaituitui) 
Phone: 021 517 791

Registrations close May 31st 2016 - Registrations essential, as numbers must be confirmed for catering, activity and accommodation reasons.
Facebook Event page:


New Zealand Deaf Games Hamilton 2016

New Zealand Deaf games are being hosted in Hamilton this year, (labour weekend). Come and enjoy getting involved in deaf sports - lots of fun!
When: 20th – 23rd October 2016 (Labour Weekend)
Times: See online timetable -
Check out all the information here:
NZ Deaf Games Facebook:

New Zealand Deaf Games Hamilton 2016 - Awards Evening

Help celebrate the end of NZ deaf games by attending the awards evening. Buffet dinner and award winners announced.
When: Sunday 23rd October
Time: 5.30pm – 11.30pm
Where: FGM Stadium Waikato – Gate 5 (on Seddon Road, Hamilton).
How much: $55 per person (buffet)
How to pay: See flyer for bank account
Deadline: 24th September 2016

Bay of Plenty

NZSL Week Events

Where: Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga 
When: Sunday 15th May
Time: 9:00am till 1:00pm
Come celebrate NZSL Week during the Lions Market Day at the Historic Village on Sunday.
There will be prizes to give away!
Click on flyer for more information.
There are lots of events throughout NZ! If you happen to be in an area and to find out what’s on there, scroll down to the region.

Rotorua Careers Expo

Where: Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua
When: Tuesday 17th May from 10:00am till 2:30pm
             Tuesday 17th May from 3:30pm till 6:30pm
             Wednesday 18th May from 9:00am till 2:30pm
Cost: Free
Not to be missed. Colina Hoye will be at this Expo on Tuesday only from 10:00am till 2:30pm.
If you are looking for a new career or course of study, Colina will support you in your choices.
Please contact Colina Hoye if you are interested in meeting Colina or going to the event.
Call or text: 021 923 131

Working With Interpreters - TEC

Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Tuesday 24 May from 6:30pm till 8:30pm
Do you want to know about working with interpreters? Your rights when working with interpreters? Who funds what? Then come along to this workshop to understand how our new booking system works. This workshop for Deaf people will be presented by Kellye Bensley and Alan Wendt.
Light refreshments will be provided.
To enrol, contact Colina Hoye on or text 021 923 131


NZSL Week Events in Taranaki



Govett-Brewster Art Gallery – Interpreted Events 

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery have a number of NZSL interpreted and touch or audio described events coming up, and they would love to see you there. Please pass on to your networks, friends and families.
  • On Thursday the 26th of May at 6pm Govett-Brewster Art Gallery have a Monica Brewster Evening presented by Geoffrey Batchen, the curator of our current exhibition Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph. This talk will be NZSL interpreted. See the link below for more information about the event and how to purchase tickets.
  • On Saturday the 4th of June from 10am – 1pm Govett-Brewster Art Gallery  are very excited to be hosting a cyanotype-making workshop led by local artist Andrew Beck. This event will be NZSL interpreted. See the link below for more information about the event and how to purchase tickets. 


Mass in NZSL to celebrate NZSL Week

David Loving-Molloy came down to New Plymouth from Palmerston North to meet with the Deaf Catholic youth in the Taranaki area.  He stayed on in town to kick off New Zealand Sign Language week with a signed service at St Joseph’s in Powderham Street.
David Loving-Molly conducting service in NZSL

Patsy Kuklinski, David Loving-Molloy, Gabrielle Patten, Pat Kuklinski, Sashka Patten, Jeannie Boon, Kierin Fairweather, Eden Fairweather & Niki Jenkinson

Taranaki's Hearing Therapist

Please find confirmed dates for Taranaki's Hearing Therapist Therese Leach will be providing clinic Services down at the Taranaki Disabilities Information Centre Trust.
Options available:
1) Call the free 0800 008 011 to make your appointment
2) Call 07 839 5506 during Therese Visits to New Plymouth
3) Call into 28 Young street speak to anyone of TDICT staff we will forward your appointment onto Life unlimited.
4) Call 06 7590019 to arrange your appointment with Therese, we will forward your appointment onto Life unlimited.
Click on flyer for full information of dates for this year. 

Progress to Health
Where: 15 Dawson Street, New Plymouth 
              45 Regent Street, Hawera
When:  Starting 2nd May – 8th July
Summary of their workshops:  Living It Up
Mondays - Work ready workshop
      Physical Activity
Hawera Coffee Afternoon
Tuesdays - Arts and Craft
Wednesdays - Personal growth – assertiveness and self-esteem
Life Skills
Thursdays - Music Jam
Fridays - Coffee Morning
Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club AGM

Where: HB Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale, Napier
When: Saturday 28th May 2016
Time: Doors open at 10:00am, meeting start at 10:30am and shared Lunch 1pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Entry Free, Membership $20.00, Shared Lunch for Pizza $2.00 per person
The Annual General Meeting for the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club starts at 10.30am on Saturday 28th May 2016. Doors open at 10:00am.
If you wish to vote at the AGM you will have to pay your $20.00 membership fee and complete the application form before the meetings.
There will also be a shared lunch of Pizza and it will cost $2.00 per person. 
Also there will be a cutting of cake to celebrates 20 years since opening of HBDC house.
If you have any questions or require a membership form visit the HBDC, 22 Lee Road, Taradale at Lunch time on a Wednesday or email to

Hawkes Bay Office Book Appointment

As you are all aware NZSL week had started and every Deaf Aotearoa offices in new Zealand are very busy celebrating and promoting NZSL in their own community.  This year we are be celebrating the 10thAnniversary as NZSL is one of three NZ Official language.

Due to all of the celebrations and promoting NZSL Deaf Aotearoa staff will be in and out of the office from time to time the month of MAY so please contact Lee or Kat beforehand so we can make an appointment and make sure someone is in the office to see you or the community computer is available for your use. 

Change of Postal Address Hawkes Bay for Mail from Friday 13th May

New Postal Address:
Deaf Aotearoa Hawkes Bay
PO Box 15570
New Lynn
Auckland 0640
Or email
Billing / Invoice
Deaf Aotearoa Finance Team
PO Box 15570
New Lynn
Auckland 0640
Or email
For more information contact Kat Puna or 021 920 023 or Lee or txt 021 459 005

NZSL Week Celebrations Update

Farmer’s Market
We had a great day at the Farmers Market last Sunday.  Firstly we would like to thank Emma from the Farmers market for once again supporting and celebrating NZSL week with us. We had a nice fresh and crispy start to the day and gave information to hundreds if not thousands of people here were both locals and visitors. A very successful day in celebrating and promoting NZSL week, celebrating 10th Anniversary and one of NZ three official languages to both the Deaf and hearing community.

We had 4 people attend the NZSL 45 min class, Over 100 people visit our stand and we gave information to.
Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who came and assist us to make this successful.
We will definitely going back there next year, so please come along and support us.

Aquarium Visit
A huge thank you to Kerry (iSign Interpreter) Nicola & Regan (The Staff) at The National Aquarium for hosting, celebrating and promoting New Zealand Sign Language Week, our 10th Anniversary of NZSL – one of three New Zealand’s official language.

The Deaf community both Deaf and hard of hearing children and adults (30 people approx.) had a wonderful morning being guided by the Staff who learnt NZSL. The Deaf children were all amazed by Diver Reece and the aquarium but also by watching sign and often mimicking and using sign them self’s. Deaf adults also enjoyed the tour guide in NZSL.

TEC 1118 Working with Interpreters

Where: HB Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale, Napier
When: Wednesday 1st June 2016, 6pm – 8pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Free
Contact: Kat Puna or 021-920-023 or Lee Bullivant or txt 021-459-005
Do you want to know about working with interpreters?
Your rights when working with interpreters?
Who funds what?
Then come along to this workshop!  We will also demonstrate how to book interpreters using our new booking system. 
This workshop for Deaf people will be presented by Kellye Bensley and Alan Wendt from iSign. 
Light refreshments will be provided.
Please mark on your calendar now – this is an important presentation for everyone in the Deaf community.
For more information contact Deaf Aotearoa Hawkes Bay

 TEC 1119 Money Matters 

Where: HB Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale, Napier
When:  Wednesday 8th June, 15th June, 22nd June 2016, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Free
Contact: Kat Puna or 021 920 023 or Lee Bullivant or txt 021 459 005
This programme will be done in 3 sessions, Wednesday 8th, 15th and 22nd June 2016.
Do you want to know the difference between savings and an investment? 
What is Kiwi saver and what are the benefits? 
Budgeting & Debt management?
Then come along to this workshop!  This workshop for Deaf people will be presented by Joy Tomoana from MindfulMoney – Money Coach. An interpreter will also be supplied.
Please mark on your calendar now – this is an important presentation for everyone in the Deaf community.For more information contact Deaf Aotearoa Hawkes Bay.


Stir It Up

Where: Deaf Aotearoa, 74 The Square, Level 2 United Building, Palmerston North
When: Wednesday 18th May
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: FREE
A reminder that it is nearly time to meet up again in 2 weeks, everyone is welcome to come join us for our New Zealand Sign Language and have a coffee with us.

What’s Happening at Crossroads?

When: Sunday 15th May

Time: 10.00am

Where: Crossroads, 220 Church Street, Palmerston North

Come along to our services which will have interpreters present! 

When: Sunday 22nd May

Time: 9.00am

Where: Crossroads, 220 Church Street, Palmerston North

They will be having a special Pancake Breakfast from 9am then signed Services from 10am.   If you wish to go to the Pancake Breakfast, you need to text 022 050 7324 to let them know so they can cater for number of people attending.

Family Fun Day in the Square 

When:  Saturday 14th May 2016

Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Where:  The Square, Te Awe Awe Quadrant (plaza side), Palmerston North 

Cost:   FREE

Come along and celebrate NZSL Week Fun Day in the Square this Saturday.  There will be various activities for the whole family.

If bad weather, it will be at the Library Event Room where you can access it at George street library entrance.

Please see flier for more information. 


Gallipoli: Scale of the War

Tomorrow at 9am, join an NZSL interpreted tour of Gallipoli: The Scale of our War at Te Papa. This ground-breaking exhibition tells the story of the Gallipoli campaign in World War I, through the eyes and words of eight ordinary new Zealanders, who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.
Each moment in the time is captured and frozen on a monumental scale - 2.4 times life size. The huge sculptures took 24,000 hours to create. Countless hours were spent researching their histories. 3D maps, projections, miniatures, models, dioramas and interactive experiences created using cutting edge technology help bring these stories to life. Gallipoli:
The Scale of our War takes you to the core of this defining event.
Avoid the queues and crowds by joining this tour!
I strongly encourage you attend tomorrow’s event. This will take at least an hour, so please ensure you free up to two hours for an insightful tour. This will cost $10. Please bring cash and give to Nicolette, she will be responsible to receive payments.
Please meet at the entrance inside Te Papa by 8.50am and will enter the Gallipoli exhibition for 9am.
For more information or to attend please email Shannon at or text 021 545 288.

Family Fun at the Zoo this Sunday!

This Sunday, to wrap up a successful NZSL Week, everyone is welcome to join us at the Wellington Zoo for a picnic and an interpreted tour from 1pm for a hour with a Zoo Keeper.
When: Sunday 15th May 2016, 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Where: Wellington Zoo, 200 Daniell Street, Newtown, Wellington
Cost: Special NZSL Week price – adults $10, kids under 15 $5 and kids under 3 free!
Please bring your own picnic. There is a café at the Zoo if you wish.
Finish celebrating NZSL Week with a picnic and NZSL tour of Wellington Zoo!
For more information or to attend please email Shannon at or text 021 545 288.

Working with Interpreters Presentation

Do you want to know about working with interpreters? Your tights when working with interpreters? Who funds what? Then come along to this workshop to understand how our new booking system works. This workshop for Deaf people will be presented by Kellye Bensley and Alan Wendt.
Where: Johnsonville Community Centre, Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville
When: Friday 20th May 2016, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: FREE
Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information or to enrol in this course, please email Shannon at or text 021 545 288. 

Stir It Up

This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and/or learn New Zealand Sign Language for FREE.
Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at the café.

A great setting for First Sign families, NZSL students, whanau and/or friends for all ages!
Where: Columbus Coffee at Mitre 10 Mega, 135 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu
When: 10a.00m – 12.00pm
Next Upcoming Date: Sunday 22nd May
All welcome – Deaf, hearing, hard of the hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations… EVERYBODY welcome!
For more information please email Shannon at or text 021 545 288.


Stir It Up 

This is a fantastic and fun opportunity for everyone who wants to experience and /or learn New Zealand Sign Language.
Where: Upstairs at Café Affair, 295 Trafalgar St, Nelson
When:  Saturday 14th May
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Everyone is welcome – Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, individuals, businesses, organisations…. 
For more information please contact Ali Kimberley.
Mobile: 021 518 331


New Zealand Sign Language Week

Thank you for your support during New Zealand Sign Language Week! We have one more event left:

Motueka Sunday Market

Where: Decks Reserve Carpark, Wallace Street, Motueka

When: Sunday 15th May

Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Come down to the Motueka Sunday Market at Decks Reserve and visit the Deaf Aotearoa Stand.  Learn a sign and win a prize!  There will be resources available for you to take away.


Contact Jenny for more information.

Email: jenny.hennessy-o'

Text: 021 939 415

Interpreter in Nelson

Alisha Davidson, a qualified interpreter from Wellington, will be in Nelson on Thursday 19th May.  Alisha will be available for 1 hour appointments throughout the day.  If you would like to use her, please book as per usual through iSign.


Deaf Community Consultation About Van Asch

After the earthquakes the Ministry of Education has asked all schools in Christchurch to write up a brief (this is a detailed report about the school) which will help them decide what resourcing is required for these schools.
Van Asch is included in this and the Ministry will decide if van Asch Deaf Education Centre needs to be repaired, rebuilt or renovated.  Part of the writing of this brief is for van Asch to involve the Deaf community in the consultation process. 
We have provided a video clip explaining the questions in NZSL.  You can respond by either filling in the form or making a video in NZSL. We would like to have the form completed and returned by 24th
May 2016.

When:  20th May 2016
Time:  Starts at 7.00pm
Where: Deaf Society Of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Central City, Christchurch

Working with Interpreters - TEC

Do you want to know about working with interpreters? Your rights when working with interpreters? Who funds what? Then come along to this workshop to understand how our new booking system works. This workshop for Deaf people will be presented by Kellye Bensley and Alan Wendt.
Where: 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Central City, Christchurch
When: Wednesday 25th May 2016
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Cost: FREE - Light refreshments will be provided
For more information or enrol in this course please email Hanna Deal:

Southern Zone Deaf Rugby Prizegiving

25th year Anniversary Prizegiving for Southern Zone Deaf Rugby
Date: Saturday 21st May
Time: 6.00pm – 11.30pm
Where: Deaf Society Of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Avenue, Christchurch
Costs: Spit Roast Dinner $30 per person
            $15 per person from 5 to 12 years old
            $5 under 5 years old
Door sale at 8.00pm $5 per person
Deadline for ticket is Sunday15th May, please contact Tyson McDonald.
Text: 027 224 3325

NZSL Talk Show

A mystery Deaf host...a mobile short film all marking 10 years of NZSL Week and 10 years of official language status! Don’t miss the fun and celebrations, starting at 1pm with the mobile film making competition! Meet at Deaf Club with your team, pick a genre out of the hat, then you’ve got three hours to shoot a short film on your mobile device. The rules? Your short film must be based on this year’s NZSL Week theme (10 years) and it must be shot in sequence - no editing!
When: Friday 13th May
Where: Deaf Society Of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Central City, Christchurch
Cost: Free- NZSL Interpreters provided
Time:  Mobile film making competition: 1.00pm-4pm
            Talk Show: 7.00pm – 11.00pm
Be back at Deaf Club from 7.00pm for the Talk Show! Find out who the mystery host is, watch the short film entries and vote for a winner! Play games, have a laugh and celebrate NZSL!
For more information about this event and to RSVP please contact Jared Flitcroft.
Text: 021 276 5033

NZSL Week Family Fun Day

Get together with family and friends to celebrate the end of the 10th NZSL week! This free family fun day at Margaret Mahy playground will feature face painting, enchanted fairies, NZSL treasure hunt, and lots more! Bring a picnic.
When: Sunday 15th May
Where: Margaret Mahy Family Playground, 226 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Cost: Free! NZSL interpreter provided
For more information about this event and to RSVP please contact Jared Flitcroft
Text: 021 276 5033



Otago Deaf Society Inc. A.G.M

When:  Saturday 21st May 2016
Time: 10.00am – 12pm (start meeting at 10.30am)
Where: 68 Manor Place, Dunedin                                                      
Please bring a plate for morning tea and your own lunch, just in case the meeting is a bit longer.
If there are any apologies please contact Nicki Heal (Secretary).
Text: 027 333 3536

Interactive Exhibition Fun

 Sunday 5th June  
Time: 3.00pm
Where: Dunedin Art Gallery
Interactive exhibition for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in YAYOI KUSAMA: The Obliteration Room with NZ Sign Language (NZSL) interpreter, Brydee Jenkin Strang. Here is an exhibition that you can not only touch, but also put circular stickers on the objects! Bring your friends.
The exhibition is YAYOI KUSAMA: The Obliteration Room and it is interactive. The gallery at the top of the stairs has been converted into an interior of a house – kitchen, dining, lounge, children’s area – and everything has been painted pure white. Visitors are given a sheet of stickers as they enter the exhibition and are told to stick them ANYWHERE!!

Happy NZSL Week 9th – 15th May!!

From Rebecca and Michelle we wish you a happy NZSL week.  Due to all of the celebrations and promoting NZSL we will be out of the office from time to time the month of May so please contact Rebecca or Michelle beforehand so we can make an appointment and make sure someone is in the office to see you.     
Contact: Rebecca Aitcheson or 021 276 5646 or
                 Michelle Sinclair or text 021 471 033 

NZSL at the Otago Farmers Market

When:  Saturday 14th May 2016
Time:  8.30am - 11.30am
Where: Otago Farmers Market, Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin
Cost:  FREE
Celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week at the farmers market - with lots of fun and giveaways for kids big and small! Balloons, face painting, prizes and lollipops of finger spelling competitions, the opportunity to learn some new signs, and plenty of fun and laughter! This is a free, fun event for the whole family!


Office Relocation

We will be moving Office shortly to The Blind Foundation, 172 Queens Drive, Invercargill.

There is still a bit of work to do but will be only a couple of more weeks until we will re-open.

Thank You all for your Patience, and hopefully you will not have to wait too much longer for a new and Exciting Community Hub.


For all general enquires and appointments please contact Rebecca.


Text: 021 554 905

Southland Deaf Community AGM

When: Friday 19th June 2016

Where: Roger Strongs, 374 Chesney Street, Invercargill

Time: 10.30 am


BYO Plate, any enquires please get in contact with Roger Strong or Phillipa Evans.

Working With Interpreters – TEC 

What: iSign Roadshow – Working with Interpreters

When: Monday 13th June 2016

Where: Blind Foundation, 172 Queens Drive, Invercargill

Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Do you want to know about working with interpreters? Your rights when working with interpreters? Who funds what? Then come along to this workshop to understand how our new booking system works. This workshop for Deaf people will be presented by Kellye Bensley and Alan Wendt.

Contact Rebecca for all registrations to book your spot.

Text: 021 554 997