National News

Expressions Of Interest For Trustee From The Māori Community

The Combined Board of the Kelston and van Asch Deaf Education Centres is calling for expressions of interest for one co-opted trustee from the Māori Community.

Board Vision for Deaf Education

  • That it will be accountable for delivering high quality service equitably across diverse needs;
  • That it will hold high expectations for achievement both academically and socially for all of its students;
  • That it will be progressive and forward looking.

Criteria developed by the Board for Co-opted positions:

The co-opted trustee needs to:
  • have a strong sense of identity as a Maori person and are able to express this confidently;
  • accept that they are not representing a specific group or association, although membership of such does not exclude them.
  • have an up-to-date knowledge/experience of the sector and have a holistic perspective, are open to all views and perspectives and are forward thinking;
  • and are eligible to be a trustee and operate as a full trustee (Maori currently employed by the Combined Board are ineligible because the Constitution has only ONE Staff Trustee)

Expressions of interest should be no longer than 300 words and include:

  • Your name and contact details (pls include email address)
  • A little about yourself
  • Knowledge/Experience of the Sector
  • How you can contribute to the Board
Expressions of Interest can be provided in NZSL.
The co-opted Trustee would need to be available to attend Board meetings on weekdays and sometimes weekends.  Preparation (reading) and contact between meetings is also expected.
Please send to:
Jill Ford
Board Secretary
Kelston Deaf Education Centre
Private Bag 93008
New Lynn
Auckland 0640

Expressions of Interest must be received no later than Monday 25 August, 2014.

Discussion will take place at the Board meeting on Monday 15 September.
The successful Trustee will be invited to attend the November Board meeting which will be held on Saturday 1 November.
This advertisement can be found in NZSL on both the Kelston and van Asch Deaf Education Centres websites.
If you have any queries please contact Jill Ford on or (09) 8274859.

Job Opportunity at Ministry of Social Development:
Advisor / Senior Advisor on New Zealand Sign Language

The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) is looking for an Advisor/Senior Advisor to join their team. You will support the promotion and maintenance of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) by providing secretariat support to the new NZSL Advisory Board, administering the NZSL Fund and promoting and advising on NZSL across the Ministry of Social Development and other government departments.

More information...

IHC Discrimination Complaint Survey

The IHC is currently gathering of recent examples of discrimination experienced by disabled children and their families at their local schools. This information will support the discrimination complaint IHC has filed with  the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

IHC would appreciate you filling out their online survey. They have not put a deadline on completing the family survey yet. No identifying information will be shared without your permission. 

IHC has also developed a survey for education professionals and others that become involved in the school lives of disabled children and young people;  teachers, teacher aides, Board of Trustee members, principals and therapists for example. You can fill out that survey here.

More information about IHC’s Education Complaint and recent updates can be read here. If you have questions please call Director of Advocacy Trish Grant on 04 495 2773 or email
Northland News

20th Zonta Great NZ Book Sale

When: Sat 27th (7am-5pm) and Sun 28th (9am-3pm)
Where: Forum North, Whangarei

Hundreds of books for sale.

All the books are donated by the public.

All profits go back to local charities.

This is a book lovers' paradise!

Yes they have EFTPOS.

Trading Kai For Kai

Where: Tuatara Gallery, 29 Bank St, Whangarei
When: Saturday 26 July 2014, 1pm

As part of Matariki, Aotearoa's New Year Festival, Tuatara is hosting a Matariki Harvest and Planting celebration in the form of a swap meet/time for trading.
Celebrating three themes this year:
  1. Each of us acting as a Kaitiaki/Guardians of our resources
  2. Heritage seeds
  3. Sharing abundance
All people welcome! Bring your "surplus to requirements" wintergarden veges, or last autumn's preserves, or some smoked kai moana, or some seeds/seedlings that are in excess to your gardening needs, swap & trade with the others present on the afternoon for what you'd like.

We can all express gratitude for the bounty of nature and prepare for the new season planting, without one cent changing hands!

A gathering of likeminded community from all nationalities living in Whangarei area, and in the spirit of Matariki, honouring those who have passed and preparing well to provide for our future.

Northland Roads

Please check NZTA website for current updates on Northland roads before you leave. If you like, please use OnTheMove for future travel plans.
SH1 Brynderwyn Hills: This section of SH1 is now under monitoring of NZTA. At this time of Alana doing the news, it is currently closed. Depending on traffic, weather and the risks, this section can be either closed for a short time or open using STOP/GO system. When closed or expected delays, please use detours either Mangawhai, Kaiwaka or Maungaturoto. When open, please use caution and drive to the conditions.
SH1 Kawakawa: This section is now open but use caution as not yet fixed. (30km/hr limit on this section.)

SH12 near Kaihu: One lane is open so expect delays with STOP/GO signs.

Auckland News

Want to know about the Law?

When: Wednesday 6th August to Wednesday 24th September (8 weeks)
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm (3 hours)
Where: Community Law Centre, Unit 9, Shop 27, Mangere Town Centre, Bader Drive, Mangere
Cost: $40.00 (total for 8 weeks course)

Law in a Nutshell is a course for anyone who wants to understand the law and their legal rights. Sessions will be presented by lawyers and legally trained professionals or experts. See flyer for all subjects that will be covered.

Interpreters will be provided.

Certificates will be provided if you go six weeks or more.


Space is very limited so register now! Registrations will close on 30th July 2014 or when spaces are full. Email your name and mobile number to or fax 09 820 5039.

Payment methods:

  • Bank deposit or direct credit to Deaf Aotearoa (BNZ account number 02 0184 0363155 03). Please remember to put your name and course reference: TEC429.
  • Visit Deaf Aotearoa Avondale office and pay cash or cheque to Debbie (no eftpos).

Auckland Council's Draft Community Grants Policy

Many individuals, groups, and organisations have benefited from Auckland Council grants, for their projects, events, services, and activities. The council is seeking your feedback on their draft proposal for the Community Grant Policy, which is aimed at making the process for applying for grants more fairer, and transparent. 

Four community workshops will be run, where participants can find our more about the policy, discuss and ask questions. All workshops will be NZSL accessible with NZSL interpreters booked. However if you intend to go, it is requested you RSVP, to ensure the NZSL interpreters are not cancelled. 

North Workshop
- Takapuna - Wednesday July 30, 10am-12 noon

Please register for a NZSL interpreter by Friday 25 July.

Warkworth Workshop - Monday 4 August, 1-2pm
Please register for an NZSL interpreter by Wednesday 30 July.

Visit for more information, including NZSL translation.

Auckland District Health Board Want To Hear Your Stories

Were you a patient recently?

Auckland District Health Board is looking for two Deaf people to attend “In your Shoes” workshop.

They want to listen to you about your experience in hospital and their services.

NZSL interpreter provided.

When: Tuesday 29 July
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
Where: Alexandra Park, Rutherford Room, Greenlane

If you are interested to join, please email Sarah at as soon as possible!

Auckland Deaf Youth Group: Glow in the Dark

What: Total black out and only you will “Glow in the Dark”

When: Friday 25th July

Where: Auckland Deaf Society Clubroom

Time: 7.30pm onward

Wear all white with Glow glasses, glow necklaces, bracelets and glow sticks.

Wow it will be amazing.

Hairspray: NZSL Interpreted Performance

Hairspray is a really energetic and fun musical and it will have a NZSL interpreted performance on the 26th of August.

Melissa Sutton, a third year student studying to become an interpreter, is a part of the cast and she would love to see some familiar faces there!

To buy tickets for the NZSL interpreted performance click here and look for the NZSL interpreted option on Tuesday 26th August. You will need to enter the code NZSL to access seats reserved for the Deaf community.

See the flyer (to the right) for visual instructions on how to buy a ticket.

For any questions please email

Hairspray Ticket Information

Free Circus Workshops
For All Ages And Abilities

Where: Campbell Free Kindergarten, Victoria Park
When: Sunday 27th July from 12pm to 4pm

Celebration for the launch of social arts programmes. Activities include: games, unicycle, hula hoop, cyr wheel, juggling, diabolo, music, drama, acro, etc! This event is in association with Toi Ora and Hohepa Auckland. 

Contact Circability Trust
Phone: 09 361 3801

Flatmate Wanted!

NZSL user seeking other NZSL user as flatmate.

See Trade Me advertisement for information and contact details.

Waikato News

Hamilton East Free Community Dinner

When: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 5:30pm
Where: Corner of Cook St and Grey St, Hamilton East
Cost: Free
Contact: Camilla (022 431 6993)

If you know someone who may be in need of this provision, then please encourage them to pop in…

Poetry Competition

When: NOW until Wednesday 6 August at 12pm
Restrictions: All ages, and open to Waikato residents only
Cost: Free

Wintec is holding a poetry competition and you’re invited to enter! To celebrate Hamilton’s 150th birthday this year, the theme for your poems will be “Living in the Waikato”.

There will be prizes for the two sections, and the winners will be announced at the open mic night at ArtsPost on 22 August from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

All entries must be YOUR own original work and not printed in a book already, or entered into any other competition. By entering your poem/s, this also means that you agree to your name and poem being published in the newspaper and online media should you win a place.

Entries accepted by post or email. Please have a look at the website for more details and instructions. Deaf can do anything!!!  All the best.

Classic Car Meet Night

When: Thursday 31 July 2014
Where: Cock & Bull Hamilton, Corner Maui Street and Church Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton
Contact: Brandon (021 213 1257)
Cost: FREE

Bring along your classic car or just come and check out everyone else's.

Some platters provided, plus discounted drinks available.

Come joins us from 5pm onwards on the last Thursday of every month.

Digital Photography Group

When: Monday 28 July, Monday 25 August, Monday 29 September, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Where: Scots Presbyterian Church, 32 Vardon Rd, Te Rapa, Hamilton
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Members: $0.00 General Admission: $5.00 Additional fees may apply
Contact: Rose (027 449 6712 or

The Digital Photography Group meets every fourth Monday of the month. We discuss ways to improve your photography and your skills, and usually have a guest speaker or mini workshop on some photographic topic. Then we break for supper, then we feature more advanced photography skills.

Bring your camera.

Bay of Plenty News

TEC Programmes

Where: TBC
When: TBC

Technology and Elections workshop will be coming soon. Watch this space!

Sign Poetry Festival

Where: Rotorua Convention Centre
When: Saturday 16th August from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Slam Poetry performances from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Cost: Donation entry

This Sign Poetry Festival was a success last year and its not to be missed.

Click on this link for more information.

Bay of Plenty Rugby Union

Where: Tauranga Domain, Cameron Road, Tauranga (map)
When: Saturday 26th July

Greerton Marist vs Tauranga Sports

Development finals - kick off 12.45pm

Mount Maunganui vs Whakarewarewa

Premier finals - kick off 2.45pm

For other matches and venues click on the flyer.

Rugby In Rotorua

Where: Rotorua International Stadium, Devon Street, Westbrook, Rotorua
When: Thursday 31st July
Cost: Adults $5.00,14 and over $2.00, Under 14 Free

Steamers v Hawkes Bay - kick off 2:00pm

Curtain Raiser: John Paul College 1st XV v Rotorua Lakes High School 1st XV, kick off 12.00pm

Red Cross Book Fair

Where: 245 Chadwick Road, Greerton, Tauranga
When: Sat 26th July and Sun 27th July from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Looking for second hand books, magazines, records, DVDs, CDs, jigsaw puzzles, and board games?

Head to the address above and support Red Cross.

Cash and Eftpos accepted.

Taranaki News

TEC Course Reminder: NZSL for beginners

When: Every Friday from July 25 to September 26
Where: Taranaki Disabilities Information Centre Meeting Room
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Tutor:  Lisa Masters

Starting this Friday!

TEC Course: Technology

The next course will be about technology: understanding internet data, mobile data services (e.g. 2G, 3G or 4G), smartphones (e.g. iPhone or Android), tablets (e.g. iPad or Android), broadband providers and Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB).

Information from NZ Relay covering topics including: TTY Relay, Internet Relay, Video Relay Service (VRS), Mobile Text Relay (MTS) and CapTel.

This workshop will help decide which smartphone, tablet or broadband you can purchase to access the communication services of your choice.

This is an exciting course that will make you tech savvy and understand your devices and how they work and what not to do!

Our tutor for this workshop is Christoph Blum and he is available to take the workshop on a Wednesday, Thursday or a Friday either from 9am-12noon or 1pm-3pm.

To assist with the planning of this event please email me asap you’re preferred day of the week and time of day for this workshop.


TEC Course: Elections

What do you know about General Elections?  Make your vote count this September!
  • Who can enrol and vote?
  • How to enrol or update your details
  • Using the information pack
  • How to find out more information about local MPs
  • How does voting work
  • What to expect on Election Day
To assist with the planning of this TEC workshop please email me asap you’re preferred day of the week and time of day for this workshop.
It is preferred this workshop is run before 20 August so you won’t miss out on your easy Vote information pack which contains information about where, when to vote, list of candidates and political parties and an EasyVote card.


20percent in NZ Sign Language!

You can also check out the 20percent Facebook page for any questions you would like to be asked and answered.

20 percent are excited to launch the first of their videos in New Zealand Sign Language. This one explains what the 20percent campaign is all about!

20percent is a social media campaign based on educating and informing the disability community about the 2014 National General Election.

Home Work: Altered Art Workshop

When: Wednesday 30 July
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Location: Main Exhibition Gallery, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth

‘Altered art’ transforms or remixes everyday items into works of art. Get an introduction to this creative form of upcycling from Home Work artist Debrina Altered and then give it a go! They will have a selection of children’s board books ready for you to turn into a sophisticated work of art.

Suitable for adults and children over 10 years old.

Bookings are essential.

Prices: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06 759 6060

Hawkes Bay News


Where: Playhouse Theatre, 704 Hastings Street North, Hastings
When: Thursday 7 August to Saturday 23 August from 7:30pm to 10:15pm

Dinner & Show Tickets $59.50 (incl. Glass of wine with meal). Dinner served at 6.30pm.
Show only tickets $29.50
Matinee tickets $25.00
(Senior Citizen & Students $20.00)

Doors Open for Dinner option patrons at 6pm.

If you wish to book more than 8 seats (tickets) as a group, please contact the Promoter on 06 878 6673 or 027 620 3330.

Remember the old film Grease with John Travolta and Olivia Newton John – this is a show same as the film. 

Please note: All evening performances commence with "Curtain Up" at 7:30pm sharp.

Dust off your leather jackets and pull on your bobby-socks, walk the halls of Rydell High as a cast member of Grease. The music of Grease was recently celebrated on the TV series Glee, now it’s your chance to live out your high school fantasies as you sing and dance your way through this fun musical.

Rugby Pre-Season Game:
Magpies v Waikato

Where: McLean Park, Latham Street, Napier
When: Saturday 9 August, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Cost: Gate sales only

Watch the Magpies take on the Waikato team in a pre-season fixture before the ITM Cup competition starts for both teams.

Manawatu News

Deaf Aotearoa Supported Employment Service

Are you looking for work? If you are, we can help you with:
  • Cover letter and CV Preparations
  • Interview preparations - questions and techniques
  • Job searching
  • Job and training fund applications
  • Ongoing support and communication while you're in work
If you know anyone else looking for work, encourage them to contact us.

If you are already working, we are able to support you with:
  • Concerns you have at work (if you're not happy)
  • Job support application (for interpreter funding and equipment)
  • Equipment you may need
  • Information and advice
Lianna Kennedy, your employment consultant, can be contacted by: Look forward to hearing from you.

Manawatu Deaf Society Club Night

When: Friday 25th July
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Ave, Palmerston North
Time: 7.30pm onwards

Village Night Markets (Tonight)

When: Friday 25th July
Where: Palmerston North Central Library, 4 The Square, Palmerston North
Time: 5.00pm to 9.00pm

This market will now stay all year long, the last Friday of the month! It is a free and festive night market where there are fabulous stall holders and food to shop from plus live music and entertainment. Due to it being winter, this is now being held in the city library, on George Street and is a great indoor venue!

Card Making Workshop

When: Saturday 26th July
Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
Time: 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Cost: $10 per person (any age)

Come along and enjoy a mid-winter Christmas themed card making workshop and afternoon tea!

Spaces are limited, ring through NZ Relay and call 06 355 5000 to book your place or pop in to Te Manawa Front desk to see if there is any space left.

Tui Brewery: Tunes Under The Tower

When: Sunday 25th May
Where: Tui Headquarters, State Highway 2, Mangatainoka
Time: 12.30pm to 4.00pm
Cost: Free to everyone (any age)

After a fantastic gathering during our Tui Tour, thought I'd share this with you. Tui are holding a open day, free entry with local singing talents singing under the tower! The brewery girls will look after your every need and make sure you have a great day! So why not get your family/friends together and head over to the headquarters and have a great Sunday afternoon.

Wellington News

Wellington Deaf Society 76th Anniversary (This Saturday!)

Missed out joining Wellington Deaf Society’s 76th Anniversary? Don’t worry! Come in later on in the evening and you can wish WDS a very happy birthday!

When: Saturday 26th July, 9pm onwards
Where: Wellington Deaf Society clubrooms, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
Cost: $5

Everyone is welcome!

Family Fun Day (This Sunday!)

Where: Wellington Deaf Society Clubroom, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
When: Sunday 27th July from 11am to 2pm

Bring your family along to this action packed event! There will be fun activities for the whole family to participate. Please bring your own lunch, and be sure to wear comfortable clothes. The bar will be open to sell non-alcoholic drinks.

Please see flyer for further details of this event.

Everyone is welcome!

Come And Meet The iSign Team

Marissa Lessing (Central Booking Coordinator), James Bichan (Manager) and Alisha Davidson (Interpreter) will be introducing themselves and to meet you and they will talk about their funding for free interpreters.

When: Friday 1st August
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Wellington Deaf Society, 32 Marion Street

Yes, interpreters are welcome too! See flier attached for details.

Deafradio NZSL Championships

Deafradio is coming to Wellington - for the second round of the ultra-awesome Deafradio NZSL Championships! The first was held in September 2013 in Auckland.

Watch the best of Wellington's NZSL signers competing in a series of challenges!

It's on Friday 8 August at Wellington Deaf Society clubrooms. Door opens 7pm, blasting away at 8:15pm! And at the same time, this is to raise funds for Mark Berry's trip to Frontrunners and for Wellington Deaf Society!

When: Friday 8 August
Time: Door opens 7pm, start time 8.15pm
Where: Wellington Deaf Society clubrooms, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
Cost: $5

Please see flier for further information. See you there people!

Market 6035

Where: Ngaio Town Hall, 1 Ottawa Rd, Ngaio, Wellington
When: Saturday 26 July 2014, 10:00am – 3:00pm

A fantastic local market featuring gorgeous, locally made clothing, jewellery & accessories, ceramics, artisan soap, woodcraft, candles, craft & lots more.

Craft And Scrapbooking Group

Where: Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor Street, Newlands, Wellington               
When: Monday 28th July 9:00am to 1:00pm

Come along for a scrapbooking and card making every Monday from 9am to 1pm! Bring your own gear and projects to work on, share your ideas, and learn new techniques!

Nelson News

Cold Wintery Days Here In Nelson But Beautiful Skies!

Crossing Boundaries

When: July 1st to 31st
Where: World of WeareableArt & Classic Cars Museum, Cadilliac Way, Annesbrook, Nelson.
Cost: Adult $18 Children (5-14yrs) $10 Concessions for senior citizens, NZ students and families.
Crossing Boundaries' celebrates the pioneers, revolutionaries and rebels who pushed the boundaries of car design and wearable art.

The new WOW® Gallery display features 13 garments straight out of the newest WOW® Awards Show section, Weta Workshop Costume & Film. In addition, visitors also get to see an incredible selection of 68 garments from the very best of WOW’s collection - almost every one of them from the 2013 WOW® Awards Show. 13 of the 67 garments are from New Zealand designers – of which four are Nelsonians. These incredible designs come from as far afield as the Netherlands, India, the United Kingdom, China and the United States of America.

The Classic Car Gallery has also undergone a metamorphosis of its own and now highlights 10 feature cars in the display.

'Crossing Boundaries' exhibition ensures a gallery visit will be a fresh experience for all.

Pot Luck Lunch

When: Saturday 26th July at 11.30am
Where: Paul Quintal's house in Stoke (contact Rachel for details)

Please bring a shared pot luck lunch dish and your own drinks. We hope to see you all there.

Let Rachel know if you require transport.

Swing O’ The Kilt Concert

When: July 26th at 7.30pm
Where: Theatre Royal 78 Rutherford St, Nelson.
Cost: $25

The City of Nelson Highland Pipe Band turns 90, with a Ceilidh style concert that is a feast of all things Scottish - from traditional full band performances to Celtic singing, dancing and contemporary performances. Expect to hear piping solos and duets, drum salutes, traditional tunes such as Scotland the Brave and new tunes like The Red Fox.

The band was formed in 1924, and this year celebrates its strong and long-standing presence in the Nelson community.

NZSL Practice Group

Where: 623 On the Rocks Rocks road Nelson 6pm-8pm
When: Monday July 28th- Monday August 18th -Monday September 15th

All welcome :)

Nayland Community College NZSL Classes Coming Soon

Where: Nayland College Nayland Road Stoke Nelson

NZ Sign Language - Level 1A

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Commencing: Wednesday 30 July 2014
Duration: 8 weeks
Cost: $95.00
Tutor: Rachel Summers
Brief Description: Learn the language and improve your communication with the Deaf Community.

NZ Sign Language - Level 1C

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Commencing: Tuesday 29 July 2014
Duration: 8 weeks
Cost: $95
Tutor: Catherine Gutschlag
Brief Description: Learn more of the language and improve your communication with the Deaf Community. This is the 3rd course of instruction offered for those who've completed levels 1a & 1b (formerly known as 1 & 2).

NZ Sign Language - Level 2A New Format

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Commencing: Thursday 31 July 2014
Duration: 8 weeks
Cost: no cost
Tutor: Rachel Summers
Brief Description: Learn more of the language and improve your communication with the Deaf Community. This is a course of instruction offered for those who've completed levels 2a or have equivalent experience in Sign Language.

Reap House Blenheim NZSL Level 1

Where: 19 George Street, Blenheim
When: Monday 11th August 7pm-9pm
Duration: for 10 weeks
Cost: $100
Tutor: Becky Yau

Learn the language and improve your communication with the Deaf Community.

Canterbury News

First Aid Courses (Deadline 31st July!)

This is a great opportunity to gain the First Aid certificate for your workplace and add to your CV.
The Venue is at New Zealand Red Cross, 23 Birmingham Drive, Middleton, Christchurch.

Please register your name with your local Community Relations Officer by email to or by text to 021 324 828 before 31st July 2014. Your workplace could cover the cost of this course. Please advise Victoria if you require a support letter to give your boss.

Comprehensive First Aid (two days)

When: Saturday 9th August - 8.30 am to 5.30 pm & Sunday 10th August 8.30 am to 3.15 pm
Cost: $190 pp - you will receive a first aid certificate and a first aid manual book

This course is for you if:-
  • your certificate expire after two years of your last first aid course, but have a three months grace (which means to give you three months to enrol a course before your certificate expired), or
  • your certificate expired after 2 years and 3 months grace then you would need to enrol into this course all over again, or
  • you have no first aid course certificate

Revalidation First Aid (one day)

When: Sunday 10th August 8.30 am to 3.15 pm
Cost: $100 pp – you will receive a first aid certificate and a first aid manual book
If you have a first aid certificate under two years and 3 months grace prior expired then this is the course for you.

Deaf Society of Canterbury Event: Wrestling

A evening of fundraising for our former Deaf Canterburian, Mark Berry

He will be attending Frontrunners, an International Deaf Youth Leadership training course in Denmark for nine months.
Friday 1st August at 7.00 pm

Spreydon Bowling Club, 71 Domain Terrace, Spreydon

$5.00 door entry or $10.00 door entry and wrestle

Disabled Persons Assembly Election Forum
Deadline Friday 1st August

Members of Parliament and Party Candidates will be there to talk about Disability Issues before the General Election on 20th September 2014. It is a opportunity for you to attend and participant in discussions about the important issues affecting you and the disabled community.
Three MPs have been invited to the forum: Ruth Dyson MP (Labour), Mojo Mathers MP (Green) and Nicky Wagner MP (National).
NZSL interpreters will be provided. Afternoon tea will be provided at 3pm.
When: Wednesday 6th August 2014
Where: The Fern Room at the Christchurch Netball Centre (now called The Atrium at Hagley Park, Christchurch)
Time: 2pm to 4pm (please be there before 2pm for start on time)
RSVP: before 4pm on Friday 1st August to or text 022 155 6696
(to give them enough time for caterings and seating arrangements)

South Island NZSL Camp – Cartoon Theme!

Want to join a fun weekend of all conversation, games into NZSL?
They will be having workshops, drama, conversation, fun games and much more?
When: Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September 2014
Where: Blue Skies Conference Camp, 12 Williams St, Kaiapoi, North Canterbury
Cost: $120.00 per person
Everyone is welcome – download information sheet for more details, enquiries and registration.

New Zealand International Film Festival: 7th to 24th August

For a month of August, there will be a New Zealand International Film Festival are showing international films from all over the world will be screening around in New Zealand.
To see what is on in Christchurch’s cinemas:
If you wish to see the films with a different languages, please click the link to see the options of films:

Otago News

Self Defence Course Update

Everyone who came to learn self defence last week had a lot of fun!

Missed the course or want to lean more? We are planning to have a second course in September. The date will be announced soon. Interpreter will be there.

Where are We?

Michelle is on annual leave Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st July.
She is not in office to take appointments.

Otago Rescue Helicopter Visit Rescheduled

Our visit has been rescheduled. New information flyer to come soon. Mark your calendars!

When: Thursday 11th September
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Heli Otago, Taieri Airfield, Stedman Road, Mosgiel

Southland News

Coffee Group

When: 31st July 2014
Where: DRC Building, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill
Time: 10am – 11 am

TEC Course

The next course will be about technology: understanding internet data, mobile data services (e.g. 2G, 3G or 4G), smartphones (e.g. iPhone or Android), tablets (e.g. iPad or Android), broadband providers and Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB).

Information from NZ Relay covering topics including: TTY Relay, Internet Relay, Video Relay Service (VRS), Mobile Text Relay (MTS) and CapTel.

This workshop will help decide which smartphone, tablet or broadband you can purchase to access the communication services of your choice.

This is an exciting course that will make you tech savvy and understand your devices and how they work and what not to do!

If you have any preferences on times/dates please let me know and I will organize to suit the majority.

Times and dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Southern Farmers Market

When: Every Sunday
Where: Scottish Hall, 112 Esk Street, Invercargill
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm

Quality produce, artisan products and much more!
Note: This market was previously held at Southland Boys High School.
Please take note of the change of venue.