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Christmas Message from Deaf Aotearoa

We’re now coming to the end of the year, looking back it’s been a really busy but very successful year. There’s been lots of changes and these have been really positive changes.

I’d like to thank you for your support through it all, your support has been really good.

I’d like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Safe travels and enjoy the good kiwi summer!


Whangarei Artisans Fair

The Artisans Fair is Northlands largest and most popular Arts and Crafts Market.
Held very Saturday over summer on the Canopy Bridge in the fabulous Town Basin in Whangarei - the Artisans Fair is packed full of high quality arts and crafts created and sold by the Artisans themselves, combined with lots of delicious gourmet and international food stalls and live music. Now with Maori Arts Sphere with 15 local artists. The Canopy Bridge and the Town Basin alike come alive with community at each of the Artisans Fairs.
Dates for the season are as follows:

  •  December 5th, 12th, *19th
  • December *23rd (Twilight Christmas Market)
  • January 9th, 23rd
  • February 13th, 27th
  • March 12th, *28th (Easter Monday)
  • April 9th (Rally), 23r (Anzac Saturday)

* Specialty Markets
He toi whakairo, he mana tangata.
"Where there is artistic excellence, there is human dignity".
Market Information
Event Manager: Kaari  
Phone: 027 235 5943
Anyone wishing to book a stall – please download the booking forms:

Artisans Fair Booking Form (PDF)

Artisans Fair Booking Form (MS Word)

Give them a like onFacebook or check the website website for details and changes.

NZ Blood Service, Save Lives, Give Blood

This is your chance to save a life in 2015, please make time to come along and give a life back.
Whangarei Forum North
Where: Exhibition Hall, Rust Ave
When: Monday 7th December 12:00pm till 5:00pm
Tuesday 8th December 10:00am till 4:00pm
Wed 9th December 12:00pm till 6:00pm
Where: Northland Cricket Association
Johnston Crawford Cricket Centre, Okara Drive
When: Thursday 10th December 12:00pm till 6:00pm
Friday 11th December 9:00am till 1:00pm


Children’s Christmas Party 

Come celebrate the end of the year with your children at the Children’s Christmas Party.
When: Saturday 5th December
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society Clubroom (downstairs)
Cost: ADS member $10 per child – under 2 years of age - $5
           Non-member $15 per child, under 2 years of age - $10
Payment options:
Internet banking 12-3067-0262615-00
Reference: Child’s surname and ‘Kid Xmas’.
Cash or Eftpos available at Auckland Deaf Society Office – Monday to Friday.
Seen events co-ordinator Julie Anne on Friday night.
To help us plan, please register by emailing
Please include your child’s/children’s name, age and whether they are a boy or girl.

World Festival of Magic

Come along to the World Festival of Magic! Deaf Aotearoa has 60 free tickets for the Deaf community in Auckland. If you are interested please contact Rachel Berry via email.
When: Saturday 12th December
Time: 11:00am, 2:00pm or 5:00pm
Where: Logan Campbell Centre
Costs: Free!
When: Sunday 13th December
Time: 11:00am, 2:00pm or 5:00pm
Where: Logan Campbell Centre
Costs: Free!
To get your ticket, please contact Rachel and inform her of the date, time, and how many you are wanting.

Deaf Aotearoa Office Holiday Closure

Christmas is near! That means the office will be closing very soon!
Deaf Aotearoa will be closed for three weeks from the 18th of December.
It will reopen on 11th January 2016.
If you need to see someone, or wish to book an appointment, please do so as soon as possible.

Auckland Deaf Society Holiday Closure

Auckland Deaf Society will also be closing on 18th December. This is their last social night for the year. Come along and be with friends before you travel off to be with family celebrating Christmas.


South Auckland

Coca-Cola Christmas In The Park

When: Saturday 12th December

Where: Auckland Domain Park

Time: 7:30pm (it is advised to get their earlier to secure a good seat)


For many years the Deaf community likes to get gather and watch Coco-Cola Christmas at the park.  Two New Zealand Sign Language interpreters will be provided.

Stir It Up – Last One Before End Of The Year 

When: Saturday 12th December
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where:  Level One Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland Office
All Deaf and hearing community members are welcome to get together and have some fun with Christmas themed NZSL activities.
See the attached the attached flyer for new dates.

Silo Park at Wynyard Quarter

Have You Been There Silo Park?  Get Your Planning Start For This Summer Holiday.  Please Have A Look There Website.
Have you ever been to Silo Park? Start planning your summer activities now and check out the Silo Park website to see what they have going on:

  • Silo Park night market starts this Friday 4th December t 5:00pm
  • Silo Park Saturday and Sunday markets start this weekend from 12:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Silo Park movies start this Friday 4th December at 9:00pm.  



Hamilton Office Opening Hours Changed

Deaf Aotearoa Hamilton office has changed it’s opening hours. We will now be open Monday-Thursday from 9-4 for appointments and enquiries. Friday’s will be open only if have booked appointment.
Monday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: Open for appointment only
If you want to use the community computer you must make a booking. Book how? Text, email or visit Deaf Aotearoa.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Text: 021 526 399

Chartwell Closed Caption Movie

Movie about what: A story that finds Rocky Balboa acting as a trainer and mentor. Mentor for the Grandson of Rocky’s fellow boxing Alumni, name Apollo Creed.
When: Monday 7th December
Time: 3:05pm, 5:55pm, 8:45pm
Where: Chartwell Movies, Chartwell
Don’t forget ‘I am Deaf’ card. If you forget card then movie is not free. If you don’t have ‘I am Deaf’ card please contact Deaf Aotearoa.
Contact info
Text: 021 516 399

Stir it Up December

December Stir It Up is last one this year! So come along. Involves what? Representatives from the Organisation Life Unlimited coming to talk about their services, what they do, etc. It will be a great free talk!
When: Tuesday 8th December
Where: Deaf Aotearoa Hamilton Office on London Street
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Tea, coffee and nibbles provided.
Come along and enjoy!

For more info please contact Nisha Appanna
Text: 021 516 399

First Deaf Waka ama Team!

The first Deaf Waka ama Team (name: "PÅ«rerehua", meaning butterfly in Te Reo) has been training hard, and are the first Deaf Team to enter into Waka ama Regional Races.
Come and cheer them on!
When: Sunday 6th December
Where: Lake Karapiro, Cambridge
Time: 2:45pm

Waikato Deaf Art Exhibition 2015

On Tuesday 1st of December, the artists, friends and whanau of the Waikato Deaf Art Exhibition came together to celebrate all the beautiful art work they have created. Congratulations to all artists for making this a great occasion to celebrate the talent and skills of the Waikato Deaf Community.

Many thanks to Joanne Klaver (pictured with her art work) for all the hard work she put in to support this exhibition.

Also congratulations to Kelly Quirke for winning ‘people’s choice’ award for her painting “pohutukawa” (pictured).

Art still on display;
When: 2nd December - 17th December
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Creative Waikato HQ
Address: 131 Alexandra Street, Hamilton
Entry: Free

Bay of Plenty

Computer Course

Last Saturday there was a Computer Course for the Deaf community. Bev the tutor taught them what is OneDrive and how to use it.  
It’s a very useful tool to use when you are away from home, in the country or overseas which can be opened anywhere. 

Photos, documents and more can be uploaded into OneDrive and kept safe.
This is useful to free up memory on your mobile phone.
The OneDrive is free to download and there’s word, excel and more.
OneDrive can be used on mobiles, ipads, laptops and computers.
If you do want to learn or know more of something contact your local Deaf Aotearoa Office and request for a TEC programme.
When it meets the criteria it will be set up. 

Rotorua Museum Community Christmas Tree

Where: Government Gardens, Queens Dr, Rotorua
When: From now on, everyday till Tuesday 5th January, 2016
More FM Community Christmas Tree is ready to receive your gifts for Waiariki Women’s Refuge

Last year the community including businesses donated more than 500 presents which were distributed by Waiariki Women’s refuge to families in need.
$1000.00 was also donated for this good cause.
To brighten up someone’s Christmas, donate a gift under the Christmas tree at Rotorua Museum. Make sure the gift with gift tag is marked for a mother or child. If it’s for a child, mark with a gender and age so that the gift is given to the appropriate child.
Gifts are then delivered to Waiariki Women’s Refuge in time for Christmas. You can still donate presents after Christmas till Tuesday 5 January when the tree comes down. The gifts will be taken to the refuge home to be given to families in need throughout the year.
For more information contact or NZRelay 07 350 1814

Greerton Village Christmas Variety Show

 Greerton Village School, 151 Greerton Rd, Greerton, Tauranga
When: Friday 11th December
Time: From 6:00pm 
Cost: Free
The favourite Christmas concert in the open is back. Come and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. There will be amazing local talents singing and dancing.
There will be lots of activities for the whole family.
Take a tin or more of canned food to donate to the food bank and brighten someone’s Christmas day.

Christmas at the Races

 Tauranga Racecourse,  Cameron Rd, Greerton, Tauranga
When: Friday 11th December
Time: 9:30am
Cost: General admission $10.00
           17 and under: Free
A visit from Santa will be on-course with lots of festive fun.
There will be plenty of free children’s entertainment throughout the day, spot prizes, live music and more.

Deaf Aotearoa Taranaki - End of Year Community Picnic

Friday 11th December
Where: Ngamotu Beach, Ocean View Parade
If wet: Bach Café, Ocean View Parade
Time: 12:00pm
Bring: A shared picnic; bring along a plate of food to share
Tania and Niki would like to invite you to an end of year lunch get together.  We will have a picnic at Ngamotu beach.  If it is raining on the day please make your way along the road to the Bach Café, Ocean View Parade.
Text: 021 556 989

The Seaside Market

Sunday 6 December 2015
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm 
Where: Ngamotu Beach, Ocean View Parade, New Plymouth
You will find a fabulous selection of Vintage, Home decor, Lifestyle, Art & Crafts, Fashion and Jewelry stall holders, delicious yummy eats and treats all while listening to super sweet live tunes by local talented artists.
Hawkes Bay

Fiesta of Lights

 Hawke's Bay A & P Showgrounds, Kenilworth Rd, Hastings
When: Saturday 12 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Sun 13 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Mon14 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Tue 15 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Wed 16 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Thu 17 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Fri 18 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Sat 19 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Sun 20 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Mon 21 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Tue 22 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Wed 23 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Thu 24 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Fri 25 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Sat 26 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Sun 27 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Mon 28 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Tue 29 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Wed 30 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Thu 31 Dec 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Fri 1 Jan 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm
           Sat 2 Jan 2015, 9:00pm-11:00pm                       
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry:  Under 3 free
       3 and up $5.00
A fairyland of light displays along tree lined walkways surrounded by thousands of sparkling lights. Started in 1998 this holiday event has grown in size and popularity and offers an interactive and fun experience for young and old. There's nightly stage entertainment. On New Year's eve gates open at 8.30pm. There's family entertainment, a giant slide, obstacle course and a spectacular fireworks display for the kiddies at 9.45pm. Hot food and drinks on sale.

Cox Partners Christmas at the Park

Anderson Park, Kennedy Road, Taradale, Napier
When: Saturday 12th December 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 9:30pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
Free to enter family Christmas concert, this year featuring Dave Dobbyn. Also features local band Naked Gun and school choirs. Free face painting and confidence course for kids. Fireworks finishes the evening. A variety of food vendors will be on site. This event is strictly alcohol free - alcohol will not be permitted inside the event arena. All bags will be searched and alcohol confiscated.

Christmas in Cornwall Park

 Cornwall Park, Tomoana Rd, Hastings
When: Sunday 13th December 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
Hasting's longest running event is back for its 130th year! Join in the fun with the Zeal youth stage, Santa's grotto, food trucks and the Carol sing-a-long.

Water Safety TEC Course

Where: Clive Swimming Pools, 15 Frandon Road, Clive
When: Monday 7th December 2015
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
With the festive season coming up and the beautiful beaches, rivers and pools we will be using this summer. We want to make sure you, your friends and family are safe in and out of the water. Come along and increase or refresh your knowledge in Water Safety.
NZSL interpreter will be provided. There are also spot prizes to be won for those who attend. For more information contact Kat(Katarina) Puna.
Mobile: 021 920 023


Palmerston North Office

Staff from Palmerston North office will be in Wanganui on Monday 7th December for the day, the office in Wanganui and Palmerston North will be closed.  You can still contact us via text should you need some support/make an appointment/urgent matters. 
Our office will close for the Christmas break from Friday 18th December at 4:00pm and will re-open on Monday 11th January.  During the holidays should you have any issues, please contact close friends/family.  In the event of an emergency please make sure you’re registered for TXT 111 and contact the Fire, Police or Ambulance Service. If you are not registered you can do this online , if you are not sure please contact staff to make an appointment to go through this with you. There is only two more weeks!!
Our office is currently having a big spring-clean and clean out, Our goal is to have the new layout/settings in our new office ready for us when we return in 2016, this will ensure that we provide a welcoming service so that we are the first thing you see when you come through the front door! Watch this space……

Late Night Christmas Shopping in Palmerston North

When: Every Thursday/Friday until 16th December
Time: Thursday – 9:00am to 9:00pm
           Friday – 9:00am to 7:00pm
Also they have extended hours for shopping started on 1st December which are:
17th December to 21st December 9:00am to 9:00pm
22nd December 9.00am to midnight
23rd December 9.00am to 9.00pm


Wellington Deaf Society Family Christmas Party

On Saturday 19th of December at Amesbury School Hall, Amesbury Drive, Churton Park. The cost is free. It begins at 4:00pm and finishes at 9:00pm.
Please bring a plate to share for supper and also a small present (nothing too expensive, gift value up to 5 dollars).
No alcohol allowed, however if you want to continue the party later on there will be a gathering at the 1841 Bar in Johnsonville. There will be children's face painting, fun and games and a Father Christmas.
All welcome!

TEC Course - Digital Literacy Workshop

This is a workshop focused towards providing an introductory understanding for older Deaf people about the Internet.
There will be NZSL Interpreters.
It will be happening on Tuesday the 8th of December at the Johnsonville Community Centre, Frankmore Ave, Johnsonville. The time will be 2:00pm – 4:30pm.
If you are not a senior citizen but would be interested in attending then please contact Shannon Krogmann.
Text: 021 545 288 or

Speed Limit Reminder

Reminder of 4km per hour speed restriction over the holiday period.
NZ Police are lowering the tolerance for speeding between 1st of December and the 31st of January to 4 km/hour over the speed limit. Please stay safe and check your speed.

Deaf Aotearoa Office Closure

The office will be closed between 18th December and the 11th of January. If you need to see anyone please bear this in mind.

Vote For Young Wellington Girl’s Documentary

Vote for Lisa Thompson’s  documentary about NZSL in high schools.
She has made the top 20 in The Outlook For Someday film competition and you can vote for her to win the Audience Favourite Award.
Here is the link to the film with captions: 
Here is the link to voting:



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

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

Scam Alert TEC Course 

Terry Walbran will be presenting this course.
When: Thursday 10th December
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm or 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
Where: Hearing House, 354 Trafalgar Square, Nelson
Contact Alison Kimberley if you would like to enrol.  
Mobile: 021 518 331

Stir It Up

Come and support people in our community to learn NZSL.
When: Saturday 12th December
Time: 11:00am
Where: Upstairs at Café Affair, 295 Trafalgar St, Nelson

NDC Christmas Lunch

When: Saturday 12th December.
Time: Drinks from 11:30am and lunch starting at 12:00pm.
Where: Speights Ale House, 99 Quarantine Rd, Annesbrook.
Please let Rachel know by December 5th if you are going.

NDC Meet Up At Nelson Suburban Club  

When: Saturday 19th December
Time: 5:30pm
Where: 168 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson
Come along and socialise with the Deaf community, all welcome.

Positive Parenting Workshop 

When: Saturday 28th November and Saturday 5th December, 2015
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch
Cost: FREE
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
More information on the flyer.

Deaf Church Christmas Service

Deaf Christians are all welcome to attend NZSL Deaf Church Service.
When: Sunday 6th December
Time:  2:00pm (Door opens at 1:30pm for a chat before service starts)
Where: City Church Christchurch
             344 Manchester Street
For more information please contact:
Karyn Mitchell – 021 110 359
Michael Waites – 021 147 2994

Break Up Night

Celebrate the end of the year and catch up with your friends
When: Friday 18th December
Time: 7:00pm to late
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Avenue
Age: 16+ over

WFDYS Presentation

Kat will present about her experiences at the WFDYS (World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section) 6th youth camp and WFD (World Federation of the Deaf) XVII congress in Istanbul, Turkey this year.
When: Friday 4th December
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
 80 Fitzgerald Ave
 Central City
NZSL interpreter will be provided

Canterbury Deaf Youth Group At Hanmer Springs

Canterbury Deaf Youth had their final event last Saturday at Hanmer Springs!
It was a fun day out with CDY Leaders and Deaf Youth. Thank you to all who came. We hope you enjoyed the event! Canterbury Deaf Youth has now winded down for the year.
Please check out the YouTube video message from us!


Stir It Up

This is the last time to gather in 2015, a great opportunity over a cuppa to learn NZSL.
When: Wednesday 9th December
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Where: Excelsior Cafe
             152 Princes Street

Children’s Christmas Party

A fun- filled day at Woodhaugh Gardens. Food and drinks provided just bring a salad to share and remember to bring swimwear, picnic blanket, and sun screen!
When: Sunday 6th December
Time: 11:00am with BBQ at 12:00pm
Where: Woodhaugh Gardens
If the weather is unsuitable this will be held at the Otago Deaf Centre. Please check updates on Facebook.

Deaf Aotearoa Office

Our last day in the Dunedin Office is Friday 18th December and we reopen on Monday 11th January 2016


Office Closed For Christmas Break

The Deaf Aotearoa Office in Invercargill will be closed from 17th December for the Christmas Break.
Please if you need anything attended too please contact Rebecca before then to organise any appointments.
Reminder: Office is still temporally closed so in order to get appointment please email or text Rebecca beforehand as the DRC doors are locked.
Thank you for your patience and hopefully we will have a new office in the New Year.
Text: 021 554 905

Office Closed

The Office will be closed on Monday 7th December 2016.
Sorry for any inconvenience – Office reopens Tuesday 8th December 2015. Please arrange appointment prior via text or email.

Stir It Up

If you have any ideas on how you want to make things more exciting your input will be greatly received but otherwise check out the Flyer for 2016 Stir It Up dates.
See You All There In 2016! Same time, same place!

Christmas at the Races

When: Saturday 12th December 2015
Where: Ascot Park Raceway, Racecourse Road, Invercargill
Time: 11:00 am
Costs: General Admission: $15.00
              Members Stand: $45.00
              Christmas Cracker Marquee (party of 5): $475.00
              Merry Mini Marquees (party of 10): $690.00
               Merry Maxi Marquees (party of 20): $1,040.00
The biggest Christmas party in the South is returning to Ascot Park this year. This event has earned its place as one of the most glamourous social events on Southlands calendar. A perfect mix of terrific racing action and first class entertainment in a picturesque park setting makes for a party to remember.

Sign Classes

We are nearing the end of our 10 week course with Michelle Sinclair, it has been a successful time with a lot of confident people picking up some really good understanding and general knowledge on how to communicate with Sign Language.
Big Thanks to Michelle for giving up her time to deliver the Courses – Southland really appreciates it, looking forward to more Classes in 2016!