National News

111 TXT Service Outage

111 TXT will not be available on Wednesday 11th June from 10:30am to 10:45am.
Police are moving their 111 TXT system to a new location.

Deaf Aotearoa recently hosted the New Zealand Sign Language In Action Awards Gala Dinner held Te Papa, Wellington.  With so many entries this year, the standard of the winners were very high.  Our well deserved winners are:

NZSL Champions Award - Victoria Manning

Victoria Manning has worked hard for many years to advance the Deaf community. She lobbied for the establishment of the telecommunications relay service in New Zealand.  She was also, heavily involved with the development of the NZSL Bill, which as we all know was passed by Parliament to become law.  Recently she helped write the report “A new Era in the Right to Sign”.  The Deaf community has truly been empowered by the work Victoria has done.

NZSL Maori Sign Champion – Michael Wi

Michael Wi has for many years showed huge passion and dedication for the Maori Deaf Community and especially for young Maori Deaf through their work educating Deaf children. Michael was also actively involved with the Deaf community as a Maori representative on the Auckland Deaf Society Board and is always willing to encourage and support the learning needs of both the hearing and Deaf.

NZSL in Early Childhood Education Award – Doris Nicholson Kindergarten

This kindergarten has no Deaf children, but regardless this kindergarten has made NZSL a part of their daily curriculum, as well as Te Reo.

NZSL in Schools Award – Sacred Heart Catholic School

Sacred Heart Catholic School which currently has two Deaf students has shown commitment to NZSL by promoting NZSL within their curriculum.  This school also employed a Deaf tutor to teach the staff and students NZSL and Deaf culture.  Out in the playgrounds, students and staff use NZSL to communicate with each other every day.

NZSL Teaching Award – Carol Smith

Carol Smith an NZSL educator/teacher who, through commitment and devotion, has made an outstanding contribution to teaching NZSL to their Deaf and/or hearing students.

NZSL Interpreter of the Year Award – Kelly Hodgins

Kelly Hodgins, a registered NZSL Interpreter was nominated by a wide range of people, especially acknowledged for her extensive work, much of it voluntary, to provide sign language access to theatre.  She has shown leadership, passion and professionalism.

NZSL Accessible Service Award – Russell Smith, Lifestyle Choices

Lifestyle Choices, a disability support organisation showed outstanding commitment back in 2011, when they approached Deaf Aotearoa to discuss NZSL training for their staff and this course is now part of their staff induction process.  Obviously NZSL is a great skill for their staff who works with people with a variety of disabilities including some Deaf people.

NZSL Employer Award – Victoria University Wellington, Grant Guildford

Victoria University has employed many Deaf people over the years – since the early 1990’s. These Deaf employees have all enjoyed a fantastic environment where many hearing staff know NZSL and have a great understanding of Deaf culture.   Victoria University is well known throughout the Deaf community for their groundbreaking work into the research of NZSL and production of NZSL resources which we many of us use every day – which makes extra special that they are being recognized today at an event celebrating NZSL.

NZSL in Health Award – Wally Potts Audiology, Kenepuru Hospital

Dr Wally Potts, an audiologist who has worked with the Deaf community in Wellington for many years. Dr Wally Potts makes sure the Deaf person understands their options and respects whatever choice they make.  He has shown exceptional service to NZSL users and shown an outstanding commitment to the Deaf community.

NZSL in the Media Award – Attitude Pictures

This new award category goes to Attitude Pictures who stood out for their TV series which shows interesting stories about people with a wide variety of disabilities including “using a mix of New Zealand’s official languages in their programme”.  It was very clear that this winner had gone to a huge amount of effort to include Deaf people and NZSL in their broadcasting.

NZSL Magnet Deaf Youth Award – Emma Paton

Emma Paton is an emerging Youth leader who has showed a lot of potential.  Emma grew up in a mainstream environment and only started to learn how to sign recently, but that hasn’t stopped her from getting involved in the Deaf Youth community and organising events for both Deaf and hard of hearing youth.

Congratulations to all.

Job Opportunity at Deaf Aotearoa

What? Community Relations Officer
Where? Wellington Office

This is a Fixed Term position, for the following number of hours per week:–
  • 20 hrs/wk from 9 June – 22 August 2014, job share
  • 37.5 hrs/wk from 25 August 2014 – Friday 28 August 2015 to cover maternity leave
Applications for this position close at 5pm on Friday 23 May 2014.

To register your interest in this position please submit your CV and a cover letter to

We also welcome applications in New Zealand Sign Language.

For a confidential discussion please contact Iris Samsom on +64 021 046 7967

See our website for a full description of this role.

Parenting by Sign

On Attitude TV last Sunday morning, it featured Sarah who is Deaf and preparing to give birth to her first child. Having been there twice before, Deaf parents Victoria and Greg, are on hand for advice.
To watch the episode, visit:

Nominations are open for the Attitude Awards 2014

Through the Attitude Awards we invite all New Zealanders to acknowledge the hundreds of thousands of Kiwis who live with disability. In an evening guaranteed to be filled with excitement and emotion we celebrate achievement.

The annual Attitude Awards, held at Auckland Viaduct Events Centre, are a spectacular black tie event.

Awards are presented across seven categories to people whose extraordinary talents have often failed to be recognised by New Zealand society.

For more info:
Nominate now:
International News

World Federation of the Deaf Job Opportunity

The World Federation of the Deaf is seeking a Development Officer to join the WFD Secretariat in Helsinki, Finland.

WFD is seeking a self-motivated WFD Development Officer to join our WFD Secretariat Team to perform fundraising and support WFD President for at least four months to be commenced on 18 August, 2014.

Application Closing Date: Monday 16 June 2014

You can find detailed information on this job posting attached.
Northland News

International Museum Day

Free entry to museums on this special day all around NZ! Visit everything on the land at Kiwi North in Whangarei, small and big trains, and new exhibitions.
Where: Kiwi North.
When: Saturday 24th, 10:00am to 2:00pm.

When: 1st June, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Forum North, Rust Ave, Whangarei
Free entry - OVER 100 STALLS of all sorts.
Best bring cash!
If want to sell your things at this great garage sale - please text 021 065 4598 or email

NZSL Week 2014 Review

Monday morning Alana went around the city with the coffee van and it was fun. Alana visited Mayor of Whangarei that afternoon.
Friday, we had a Deaf group attending Clapham Clock museum and then Whangarei police station. It was so interesting and see all the new things and the staff on level one.  Police has an excellent gym and they only pay $50 a year!  
It was so windy so we had a big free lunch in Deaf Aotearoa office.

Staff Whereabouts

Alana will be away on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Office closed on Wednesday as Glennis will be in Dargaville.

Auckland News

Interpreted Theatre Show: Once On Chunuk Bair

Auckland Theatre Company (ATC) is proud to have been Auckland's flagship professional theatre company for over twenty years. Over this time ATC has been committed to making local live theatre accessible to all members of the community. We are now eager to extend this commitment to the members of the Deaf communities by offering NZSL interpreted performances of selected productions in our 2014 Acts of Faith Season.

They will launch our Accessibility Programme with a NZSL interpreted performance of The Lion Foundation Season of Once on Chunuk Bair written by Maurice Shadbolt and directed by Ian Mune and Cameron Rhodes.

Once on Chunuk Bair is a production of national significance about one day in the tragic Gallipoli campaign of 1915. It is an epic story of faith, courage and heroism.

Dan Hanks will lead the sign interpreting team. There will be a pre show talk in NZSL about the story and clarification of the signs for names and locations. Sign interpreters will also be available pre-show at the bar to assist with bar orders or box office requests.

Auckland Theatre Company is excited to present the pilot performance of the Accessibility Programme. We will offer free tickets to both Blind and Deaf patrons plus a companion to this performance. We welcome you to offer feedback after the show including  thoughts about the experience as a whole and what we can improve in time for Jesus Christ Superstar in November.

NZSL interpreted performance will be on Sunday 22nd June.

Maidment Theatre, 8 Alfred Street, Auckland City.

Taxis are able to drop off outside the theatre.

Pre-show talk for NZSL users will start from 3.15pm.
The performance itself will start from 4pm.

To book tickets ring 09 3093395 or email Tickets are limited, so book early.

Auckland Theatre Company' Backstage Story will open up the Rehearsal Room to members of the public on Monday 26th May 6.30 - 7.30pm. This is an opportunity to hear the creative team talk about the production and their visions for Once On Chunuk Bair. Costumes and set pieces will be on display and a short scene will be performed. The evening can be audio described and sign interpreted. This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse within the rehearsal room and learn more about the show before you go to the theatre. Space is limited so RSVP to

Comm-Clear Auckland Launch

Where: Auckland Deaf Society,164 Balmoral Road, Mount Eden 
When: Friday 13th June from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Comm-Clear is a world-wide mobile and tablet app that allows consumers (Maori, Chinese, German, Deaf, English and non-English) access to an interpreter at the push of a button.

If you are interested in attending the launch of this app, please contact them and RSVP by 6th June.

For more information contact or see their website.

Deaf Art Exhibition

Where? Crave Café, Morningside
When? May 14th to June 23rd

You can come and view the exhibition anytime during normal café opening hours.

Come and meet Rachel Coppage and Abbie Twiss for a talk about their work.

When? Sunday 1st June from 10am to 12pm

For more information contact:-


When: Saturday 12 July 2014 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Where: Waipuna Conference Centre, 18 Waipuna Road, Mount Wellington, Auckland
Cost: $10 admission

New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association presents Storyfest 2014 in Auckland.

Groups and individuals are invited to tell a story using New Zealand Sign Language and be in to win some awesome prizes.

For more information or to register your performance please contact

Next Factor 2014: Performing Arts Competition

Calling all performing artists aged between 11-24 years old. 
Rap, singing, dancing, spoken words, etc.

Auditions this week:-

  • Friday, May 23rd 5pm - 7pm
  • Saturday, May 24th 9am - 2pm


  • Heat 1: Saturday 7th June
  • Heat 2: Saturday 14th June
  • Finale: Saturday 21st June


  • 1st prize - $1000
  • 2nd prize - $500
  • 3rd prize - $250
Register on the day! Don't miss out!
Ph: 09-255-0144 Email: Mobile: 021-439-827 FBK: listen.entertainment

Waikato News

Raglan Stone Sculptors Exhibition

When: Wed 21 May – Sun 25 May, 10:00am–4:30pm daily
Where: Raglan and District Museum, 15 Wainui Road, Raglan      
Restrictions: All Ages
Ticket Information: Adult: $2.00, Child: $1.00, Door Sales Only
Website: Raglan Museum  
The Raglan & District Museum will be displaying an exhibition of stone sculpture by three Raglan sculptors - Tai Meuli, Richard Page and Gene Pospisil.  All are well known and highly regarded for their work.
Tai Meuli has been asked to sculpt various things,  including making the trophies for the Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards and the Hamilton V8 Supercars series. Richard Page finished a traditional apprenticeship in the mid 1990’s and since then has completed various international assignments including those for the Taiwan and the Hong Kong railway stations, along with The Gate, and a public commission for Te Awamutu township. Most recently Tai and Richard completed the two large custom-made sculptures that adorn the entrance to Raglan’s Kopua Holiday Park. Gene Pospisil completed an apprenticeship in silversmithing and jewellery design and manufacture in 2007. In his final year and since then his work has concentrated on stone sculpture of an increasing size.
The exhibition will be on display at the museum from 10 May until 31 July.

Uku Rere - Nga Kaihanga Uku And Beyond

When: Sat 24 May – Wed 28 May, 10:00am – 4:30pm daily  
Where: Waikato Museum, 1 Grantham St, Hamilton
Restrictions: All Ages
Admission: Free
Website: Waikato Museum
A survey of contemporary ceramics by the five principal members of Nga Kaihanga Uku: Baye Riddell, Manos Nathan, Colleen Urlich, Wi Taepa and Paerau Corneal.
The Nga Kaihanga Uku organisation of Māori clay workers began in 1986 by a group of artists drawn together by the common desire to make artworks in clay based on kaupapa Māori. The exhibition showcases 47 hand-built ceramic works and charts the creative progress of these dynamic members of the movement over the last 25 years.

Digital Photography Group

When: Mon 26 May, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Where: Scots Presbyterian Church, 32 Vardon Rd, Te Rapa, Hamilton      
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost:  Members - FREE,  Non-members - $5.00  (Additional fees may apply)
Website: Digital Photography Group
Contact: Rose  (027) 449-6712
The Digital Photography Group meets on every fourth Monday of the month, to discuss ways of improving your photography… So bring your camera.
7:30pm: The group helps photographers with their skills.
8:00pm: We usually have a guest speaker or mini workshop on some photographic topic, then supper.
9.10pm to 10.00 features more advanced photography skills.

This Group was formed:

  • To provide inspiration and motivation for any person interested in digital photography at all ability levels. We have novice and advanced group meetings.
  • To provide some helpful suggestions and ideas to improve photography.
  • To expose you to the work of other photographers and like-minded people.
  • Provide photography challenges.
  • Photo trips and workshops are organized at certain times during the year.
  • We would like to hear from you if you are interested in attending our meetings.
Check out our programme on our web site.

Insight Endometriosis Monthly Meeting – Fertility

When: Wednesday 28 May, 7:00 – 9:30pm 
Where: CCS Disability Action,  17 Claudelands Rd, Hamilton      
Restrictions: All Ages
Website: Insight Endometriosis
Cost:  A plate of food and/or a gold coin donation would be much  appreciated
Tea/coffee/Milo will be provided.
Insight Endometriosis meet on the last Wednesday each month (Feb-Nov), alternating between guest speakers and informal discussion nights. This Wednesday, we will have a Guest Speaker - Kirsty from Fertility Associates, who will speak about fertility & treatment options.  This discussion is open to anyone just wanting to know more about this complex condition… Partners, friends, parents, health professionals… all welcome!
Check out our Facebook page, search for Insight Endometriosis (formerly known as Endometriosis Waikato), hit 'like' and be kept up to date with our latest events etc.

Bay of Plenty News


Tauranga started NZSL Week on a beautiful Sunday with a cruise on Kewpie Cruise around the harbour. The event was enjoyed by the Deaf community with hearing families and friends.
Having the access to interesting information through a NZSL interpreter booked through iSign on board about the Matakana Island, The Port and more was awesome!
The free 45 minute NZSL Taster Classes are proving to be very popular and enjoyed by everyone young and old.
Ending NZSL Week last Sunday 18th May, the Deaf Community from Tauranga and Rotorua joined in the guided tour with NZSL interpreters at Whakarewarewa Village.
What a very interesting tour it was with lots of facts we were not aware of. The cultural performance was so inspiring and having the interpreters to explain why they stamp their feet and more makes us more aware to understand better about their culture.
We then wrapped up NZSL Week by having a pizza together and catching up.

I, Sue want to thank you all Deaf community members, volunteers, staff and iSign for all the wonderful support and help in making the week a successful one.
Also thank you to Brandon from Kewpie Cruise and Saphire Bennett from Whakarewarewa Village for their help to make the events enjoyable.

Do you have any ideas how you would like to celebrate NZSL Week next year? Let Sue know and we can work on it.
How about the Hobbit where the Lord of the Rings was filmed?  Start saving for entrance fee!

Looking forward to seeing you being involved in next years NZSL Week!

Deaf Aotearoa Office

Sue will be away from Wednesday 28th May and return to work after the Queens Birthday weekend on Tuesday 3rd June.
With apologies the office will be closed next week Thursday 29th and Friday 30th May.
The office will be open for normal business on the 3rd June onwards.
Please do text if you wish to see one staff as sometimes we are busy and out of office. Thank you.

Taranaki News

E-book Troubleshooting

Saturday 24 May
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Location: Level 1, Puke Ariki Library, New Plymouth

Come along and learn how to download free eBooks from the library collection. Weíll do our best to solve technological mysteries and answer any questions, no matter what your device.
Prices: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
06-759 6060

Good Home Mountainairs V Southland Sharks

Saturday 24 May
Time: 5:00pm
Location: TSB Stadium, New Plymouth

Will the Airs Shoot Down the Sharks? Will the Good Home Mountainairs rise to the occasion?

Come and see the new teams for the 2014 season, with the Taranaki home game.
Infants under five years are free if they sit on a lap of a parent. Patrons 5 years to 17 years need to pay for a Child Pass.

Fees and Charges: A payment processing fee of no more than 2.3% applies to purchases by credit card, debit card or gift card. The payment processing fee includes (but is not limited to) credit and debit card fees and expenses, administration and associated infrastructure costs. The payment processing fee will be added to the price displayed. This payment processing fee does not apply when you purchase tickets by cash at outlets or box-offices (subject to availability).
A Handling Fee of $8.00 per transaction applies.
In addition a delivery fee may apply depending on the mode of deliveryselected.
A $2.00 booking fee per ticket applies if purchasing tickets from an outlet or the venue Box Office.

Prices: Adult $15, Child $8, Family $40 *Service fees apply
Contact: Ticketmaster
Phone: 0800 111 999

Kids Entrepreneur Day

Sunday 25 May
Time: 10.30am - 1.00pm
Location: Hurworth Cottage, New Plymouth

“Have you a head for business… something you’d like to sell?”

Sell your own products in the grounds at Hurworth Cottage.
Get creative: jewellery, models, cupcakes, second hand toys, mobiles, art work, clothing and comics.

“The sky is the limit”

Tickets: $5.00 a pitch.
Booking essential.

Prices: $5.00 a pitch.
Contact: Deonne Parkin
Phone: 027 220 5248 or 06-759 2006

Edible Ornamentals

Sunday 25 May
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Location: Hollard Garden, Stratford

Selecting ornamental plants for your edible garden and ways to make delicious gifts preserves for your friends or your pantry.
Prices: Free
Contact: Taranaki Regional Council
Phone: 0800 736 222

Naki Run Amuck

Sunday 25 May
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Naki Run Amuck, Urenui

Join our epic 5km and/or 10km fun mud run and help raise funds for Taranaki Surf Life Saving and Rotary Club of New Plymouth North projects.
Participants choose to run one lap (5km) or two laps (10km), running either individually or as part of a team (minimum six members).

Prices: $50 per person
Contact: Colin Jackson
Phone: 027 293 3500

Hawkes Bay News

New Zealand Sign Language Week Celebration At HBDC

NZSL Week celebrations was held at the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club after their AGM.

It was good to see a number of Deaf people at the Deaf Club celebrating NZSL Week.

Many thanks to DANZ for putting on Pizzas, nibbles and cold drinks.  They also provide coffee tea and milk.
We have a few photos of Deaf people enjoying those lovely pizzas.

New Zealand Sign Language Week Stall At Farmer Market

NZSL Week promotions and celebrations was held at the local Hastings Farmer Market.

Thank you to the volunteers who came along to help us promote NZSL.

There were many people at the market and some say it great to see us having a stall at the market.  Here are some photos, including one Lee standing behind NZSL Week stall around about 7.30am ready for the people who arrived at 8.30am.

Remember we have this every year in May, we need more people to support us in promoting and celebrating New Zealand Sign Language, hope to see you next year.

Past Pupils of Onekawa School Deaf Unit

In March 2014 the Teachers of the Deaf moved from Onekawa School to Marewa School after more than 40 years.

We want to collect stories and photos from your time at Onekawa School.

Please ask your parents and friends too.

Please contact Juliet Clarke
Text; 0212588015

Manawatu News

Wanganui NZSL Week Celebrations

We had a fabulous time with the Deaf Community creating Crafts, handing out spot prizes as well as the best creativity with the craft resources available. 
1st Prize - Russell Owles
2nd Prize - Rangi Metekingi
3rd Prize - Pritika Hetland

Congratulations to the winners! A great day enjoyed by all!

Palmerston North Lunch Club

Yes its that time again!
When: Monday 26th May
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Level 2 United Building, 74 The Square, Palmerston North
Time: 12.00 pm
Come along with your lunch and join us for a coffee/tea or hot chocolate and a catch up.

Wanganui Lunch Club

Monday 2nd June falls on Queens Birthday so this date has been changed to:
When: Tuesday 3rd June
Where: Deaf Access Centre, 28 Churton Street, Wanganui
Time: 12.00 pm onwards
Come along with your lunch and join us for a coffee/tea or hot chocolate and a catch up.

Manawatu Deaf Social Club

We will be playing against Manawatu Marine Boating Club  this weekend.
When: Sunday 25th May
Where: 50 Hartley Street, Foxton Beach, Foxton
Time: 1.00 pm

Palmerston North Hydr8 Zero Tough Guy & Gal Challenge

When: Saturday 7th June
Where: Linton Army Camp, Camp Road, Palmerston North
Time: 11.00 am to 2.00 pm
Tickets: $65.00
There are 2 options, 6km or 12 km and is open to both male and female and over 13 years old. Challenge yourself as this course includes swamp crossings, a spiders web net climb, crawl under barb wire, beautiful native bush trials, and a range of natural and man made obstacles, mud and more mud!

For more information you can click to enter online or download an entry form, click link below:

Wellington News

Congratulations To Wellington Local NZSL In Action Award Winners

At our NZSL in Action Awards last Saturday evening at Te Papa was an evening to award the 2014’s winners. Below are five of the 11 awards given to winners in Wellington region.

NZSL Employer Award goes to Victoria University of Wellington.
NZSL Health Award goes to Dr Wally Potts (Audiologist).
NZSL Champion Award goes to Victoria Manning.
NZSL in Schools Award goes to Sacred Heart Cathedral School.
NZSL in Early Childhood Education Award goes to Doris Nicholson Kindergarten.

Congratulations to our local winners. Photos and news will be announced on our website soon – keep your eyes peeled!

WFDYS Charity Auction

This is a charity auction, all proceeds going to assist two Deaf youth represent New Zealand at the World Federation of the Deaf Children's Camp at Gallaudet University, Washington DC, 1 - 8th August 2014.

Vinny Thompson, well known Wellington artist and proud New Zealand Sign Language supporter, has very kindly donated this beautiful one-off art work.
View the auction:

Cross Safely With The Countdown

Wellington pedestrians should feel safer crossing Jervois Quay – one of the city’s widest roads – with countdown timers installed at the Queens Wharf pedestrian crossing this week.
Countdown timers display the remaining time, in seconds, for pedestrians to safely cross the road before the traffic lights change.
Wellington City Council has chosen the Queens Wharf crossing because of the width of Jervois Quay. At six lanes, the crossing can be daunting. It’s also one of the busiest pedestrian links between the central business district and the waterfront.
They will also be looking at whether to install countdown timers at other pedestrian crossings around the city. Used at the right intersections, they help to improve safety.
For more information, visit:
Safety Campaigns - Pedestrian Safety

Wellington Open Day

The Capital opens its doors once again to locals this Sunday, 25 May for Wellington Open Day, 10am–5pm.Twenty of the city’s visitor attractions are opening their doors for residents and charity – all for a gold coin donation.
This year’s attractions and tours include entry into Zealandia, Wellington Zoo and Carter Observatory. Kids can hop on the Space multimedia ride at Te Papa and those aged 5–10 can hunt for treasure at the Museum of Wellington City .
Note that most of the tours and special activities will be first-in, first-served on the day, some events need to be pre-booked directly with the operators. 
For details of what’s on offer, and whether you need to book, visit:
Wellington Open Day 2014 -

Nelson News

#Celebrate #Communicate #Connect

Thank you all for a coming to celebrate with us in Nelson for NZSL week 2014, also great to see the signed videos my favourite signs

Mid- Winter Christmas Lunch

When: Saturday 28th June at 11am.
Where: Hangar 58 at 58 Collingwood Street Nelson
We are having our Mid-Winter Christmas lunch at Hangar58

Please arrive at 11am for a drink and catch up. The cost of the lunch varies from $10-$28. There is a visitor coming from the North Island to join us for lunch, we hope to see you there.

Let Rachel the secretary know if you require transport. After the lunch there is a table booked at the Suburban club.

Raffle starts at 4.30pm then catch up and watch the Rugby game Crusaders VS Harricanes at 7.35pm.All welcome to join.

Suburban Club Social Get Together / NZSL Practice Group

Get together and catch up also NZSL practice group at Nelson Suburban Club at 168
Tahunanui Drive, Nelson at 6pm changed to be once a month. The dates are:
May – 21st
June – 18th

Sue Away On Annual Leave

Sue will be away on Thursday 29th  May and Friday 30th  May.
So in an emergency please contact Cathy Gutschlag on 0272807395 if you require interpreter support.

Nelson Mail Article About NZSL Week

Nelson schoolchildren used their hands, instead of voices, to recite the national anthem to celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week. Two classes from Hampden Street School gathered at the Church Steps last week to sign instead of sing.

Deaf Aotearoa Social Enterprises Manager Becky Hadfield was also at the event and signed, along with other advocates and hearing impaired adults. Apart from the national anthem, Abba and Westlife songs also featured in the sign-a-long.

Read the article on their website...

Canterbury News

New Zealand Sign Language Week 2014 – Canterbury/Westlands Events

On behalf of Deaf Aotearoa NZ, your local staff members would like to say thank you to these people who have attend to both events, NZSL got Talent and Craft Group fundraising – much appreciate.

Deaf Society of Canterbury Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Deaf Society of Canterbury are having a AGM for all members to attend
When: Sunday 25th May at 10.00 am
Where: Spreydon Bowling Club, 71 Domain Terrace, Spreydon
Refreshments will be provided and lunch available to buy.

Lincoln Plunket’s Baby & Kids Market Day

When: Saturday 24th May 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Where: The Lincoln Events Centre, Meijer Drive, Lincoln
There will be a wide range of new, handmade and pre-loved stalls, plus entertainment to keep the children busy whilst you shopping and refreshments for the whole family.

Otago News

Deaf Social Night

The Deaf Social Night on Friday 30th May has been cancelled.

Garage Sale

When: Saturday 24th May
Where: Otago Deaf Centre
Time: 7.30am – 12.00pm

Staff On Leave

Fi is on leave on 26th & 27th May. She will be back in the office on 28th May.

Michelle is on leave during 28th – 30th May. She will be back in the office 3rd June.

Office Closed

Deaf Aotearoa office will be closed on the following days:
  • Friday 30th May as the staff are on leave
  • Monday 2nd June for Queens Birthday Weekend

New Zealand Sign Language Week Thank You

Fi would like to thank everyone for their support during New Zealand Sign Language Week.

We had five NZSL Week events and by next week will have had 52 taster classes.

Photos from the events will be on the Community Room computer next week for everyone to see.

Highlanders Vs Crusaders

When: Saturday 24th May

Time: 5.35pm Kick off

Where: Forsyth Barr Stadium

Come support our boys as they take on the Crusaders

Southland News

Staff Whereabouts

Rebecca will be away on leave all next week:
  • Tuesday 27th
  • Wednesday 28th
  • Thursday 29th
  • Tuesday 3rd June
I am available via text in case of any emergencies.


A massive thank you to Michelle Sinclair, Maara Rimaati and Roxanne Frahm. They were my taster class tutors during NZSL Week. I really appreciated your involvement.

I have read your feedback forms and all had nothing but good things to say so that a credit to yourselves. I was in a class with Maara and for her first year as a tutor she done an amazing job.

Congratulations to you all!

If you missed out on being a tutor this year, I encourage you to apply next year. We will need more for next year because there will be a huge demand.


What: Southland Sharks vs Taranaki Mountains
When:  Sunday 1st June 2014
Where: ILT Stadium Southland
Time: 2pm
Cost: Adults $18.00 Children $10.00

TEC Courses

There will be some free courses/seminars available in up and coming months. Keep reading this newsletters every week for more Information. If there is something you would like specifically to learn about, please let Rebecca know. Your input will be greatly received.