National News

NZSLTA Conference

When? 11-13 July 2014

Waipuna Conference Centre
Mount Wellington


The programme has recently been finalised and includes the following presentations and workshops:-
  • Keynote presentations by Nicholas Padden-Duncan (United Kingdom)
  • TeachSign: A New Era — Sara Pivac Alexander (Wellington)
  • Kaupapa Te Reo Turi o Rotarota — Richard Peri (Auckland)
  • Variety of new worksheets — Victoria Lessing (Auckland)
  • NZSL NCEA today and tomorrow — Sarah Cameron (Auckland)
  • Taking the pulse of the NZSL community — David McKee (Wellington)
  • Types of resources for teaching — Darlene Thornton (New South Wales, Australia)
  • The value of fingerspelling — Josje Lelijveld (Christchurch)
  • Teacher Reflection: Putting 'something not right' into action - Lynette Pivac & Susie Ovens
  • Sign of the time — Mark Berry (Wellington)
  • Think.Sign.Connect and the 5 WH questions — Shannon Krogmann (Wellington)


Registration is only $90.00 for members who register on or before Saturday 31st May (this Saturday). Registrations received from 1st June will be $130.00, so you will save $40.00 if you register as soon as possible! You can easily register online for the conference and make your payment by bank deposit.

For more information about the Conference see the Conference website.

Disability Action Plan 2014-2018 Announced

The Minister for Disability Issues Tariana Turia has announced the Disability Action Plan 2014-2018. The new plan is a collaborative effort between government agencies and representatives from Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO’s).

“I am pleased with this new collaborative approach. The Disability community is taking a leading role in policy, planning and implementation. Priority actions will now be developed in consultation with them along with government agencies and other disability sector experts,” says Minister Turia.

“This cross-government approach on disability issues will assist in removing many of the barriers to participation in society that disabled people experience.”

“This new plan is centred on what disabled people say matters the most to them – being treated as equal New Zealanders with the same rights of citizenship and participation in society.”

“I encourage all government agencies to take on this approach. Agencies working together with DPO’s on disability-related issues can result in better and more informed policy thinking which reflects the real lives of disabled people,” says Mrs Turia.

The Office for Disability Issues will lead coordination and monitoring of the Disability Action Plan and promote government agencies collaborating with DPO’s into the future. Progress will be overseen and monitored by a new governance arrangement consisting of quarterly meetings of the Chief Executives’ Group on Disability Issues and DPO representatives.

The Disability Action Plan 2014-2018 can be accessed online at: The plan is also available in New Zealand Sign Language.

New Service To Strengthen Sign Language Development

On Tuesday 27th May, Education Minister Hekia Parata launched a new Family Whānau Sign Language Facilitator service to support deaf children to develop a strong first language.

The new service will see parents and deaf children learn New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) from experienced sign language facilitators at home and in community settings.

The Ministry of Education is contracting Deaf Aotearoa to set up the service and employ facilitators to provide the service in partnership with the Ministry’s Advisors on Deaf Children.

“Sign language is the natural language of the deaf community. This service will help parents to communicate with their deaf children and raise them to be confident in their linguistic and cultural identities,” Ms Parata says.

“Every child starts out using non-verbal communication and they easily pick up on visual communication such as gestures and expression. This new service will encourage the use of sign to give deaf babies and young children a head start with language development and as a foundation for future learning and academic success.”

The service will start in Wellington initially and be progressively rolled out throughout New Zealand. 

These initiatives are part of the Government’s response to the 2013 Human Rights Commission (HRC) Inquiry into NZSL.

To see the official announcement, visit their website:

Establishment Of The New Zealand Sign Language Board Underway

The establishment of the New Zealand Sign Language Board is underway with Minister for Disability Issues Tariana Turia announcing further details today. The Government has committed $6 million over four years to promote and maintain New Zealand Sign Language in Budget 2014.

“New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is an official language of New Zealand and is a core part of Deaf people’s identity and culture.

NZSL is used by approximately 20,000 New Zealanders as part of their everyday life and New Zealand Sign Language Week just past, was an important reminder of its value and place in New Zealand,” says Mrs Turia.

“I am pleased that the Government has supported the NZSL Experts Advisory Group recommendations which came out of the inquiry undertaken by the Human Rights Commission into NZSL in June 2013, and which we are now progressing through Budget 2014.

"One of the recommendations was to establish a NZSL advisory board that would advise and be responsible for measures to promote and maintain NZSL. The board will also develop a three year action plan to progress five initial priorities for NZSL - in education, in the home, regarding access to information and services, access for Deaf Māori and interpreter standards. The board will also oversee funding to promote and maintain NZSL. This includes $0.25 million for supporting the NZSL advisory board and $1.25 million for the NZSL Fund which will be allocated by the advisory board to support initiatives that promote and maintain NZSL.

“I would like to give my personal thanks to the members of the Experts Advisory Group for their hard work and dedication - Mark Berry, Bridget Ferguson, Josje Lelijveld, Victoria Manning, Rachel McKee, Sonia Pivac and Michael Wi. I would also like to acknowledge the late Patrick Wikiriwhi Thompson who passed away earlier this year. Patrick was a dedicated advocate for Deaf Māori and had worked for the Deaf Māori community for more than twenty years as an educator and social worker.  He was also a valuable member of the Experts Advisory Group,” says Mrs Turia.

The NZSL Advisory Board would have up to 10 members and represent the diversity of the NZSL users. A minimum of six members would be Deaf, two members would be Deaf Māori, one member would be a Deaf person of Pacific background, and one member would be a representative from the Disabled People’s Organisation for the Deaf community (Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand). Membership will also reflect the perspectives of youth, families and the elderly.

The NZSL Advisory Board will be responsible for:

  • leading the promotion and maintenance of NZSL, providing a national role and focal point of reference and support, and an expert voice on NZSL
  • advising on measures to give effect to NZSL as an official language, including on matters relating to the Act and possible regulation of the NZSL workforce through interpreting standards
  • providing centralised, expert, high level and systematic advice on NZSL across government departments including developing an action plan and providing advice on the NZSL priorities
  • monitoring and reporting on key government activity towards the action plan, priority initiatives, and outcomes for deaf people and NZSL users
  • recommending how the NZSL Fund is allocated for projects with the specific purpose of promoting and maintaining NZSL

The advisory board will report directly to the Minister on issues relating to the promotion and maintenance of NZSL. The Office for Disability Issues will be seeking nominations for the advisory board late in the year and appointments for the NZSL Advisory Board will be made by the Minister in December 2014.

To see the official announcement, visit their website:
Northland News

The Great NZ Garage Sale

When: 1st June, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Forum North, Rust Ave, Whangarei

Free entry - OVER 100 STALLS of all sorts. Best bring cash!

Grand Opening Of Storytime Store

When: Sat 31 May, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: 34 Porowini Avenue, Whangarei
Don’t miss this great family day out!

Grand opening day of our new shop and we have many things on.

Lots of giveaways, competitions, bouncy castle and many things.

Northland Deaf Club

Reminder: No deaf club this weekend. Mid-year Xmas on 14th June at Kensington Tavern at 4.30pm.

Auckland News

Comm-Clear Auckland Launch

Where: Auckland Deaf Society,164 Balmoral Road, Mount Eden 
When: Friday 13th June from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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.


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. To register your performance please fill out this online registration form.

For more information please contact

Free Visits To Auckland Museum

What: MyMuseum card

Need to sign up?

If you haven’t signed up, simply bring along proof of residence next time you visit and you can get your MyMuseum card at the information desk.

  • You will need to bring in:
  • Personal ID – drivers licence or passport
  • Proof of your Auckland address (a power or phone bill, rates notice, library card etc)

Because you need to prove your residency MyMuseum FREE cards can only be obtained at the Museum.

Already signed up?

This card is your passport to wander, discover and experience all the Museum has to offer, for free.

Check website for more details:

AT HOP WiFi Launching At Train Stations 26 May

No matter who your current mobile provider may be, if you’re a registered AT HOP user you’ll soon be able to enjoy free WiFi at train stations across Auckland (1 GB per day).

Using AT HOP WiFi

Using AT HOP WiFi is easy; simply choose the AT HOP WiFi network on your device and then login using the number on your registered AT HOP card (the last 7 digits).

To access AT HOP WiFi you need to have:

  • a valid AT HOP card
  • registered your AT HOP card
  • topped up or used your AT HOP card for travel within the last 5 days, excluding the day when the WiFi is used*
  • an account balance on your AT HOP card that is not in negative*

For more information, or to register your AT HOP card click here.

Bus Stations and Ferry Terminals

AT HOP WiFi is scheduled to be rolled out across bus stations and ferry terminals over the coming months. The exact dates are yet to be confirmed. Please check the Auckland Transport website for updates.

Queens Birthday Weekend At Queens Wharf

When: Saturday 31st  May – Monday  2nd  June
Where: Queens Wharf, 89 Quay Street
Cost: Free

Tally ho! Queen’s Birthday on Queens Wharf is on its way. Escape down the rabbit hole to a Mad Hatter Tea Party, watch a performance of Scottish bagpipes in full attire, or admire the very finest collection of classic Minis, Daimlers and other vintage cars.

Soak up the essence of a Brighton seaside as you take in the bright lights and fast rides of a true English Carnival on Queens Wharf. Inside The Cloud, you’ll experience the best of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and their local communities here in Auckland.

Peruse an array of British cars up close, enjoy a sumptuous high tea, watch Highland and Maypole dancing, or get the kids involved in Famous Five workshops.

This is the perfect family day out, with a varied and vibrant programme throughout the weekend.


Flatmate Wanted

I’m looking for a flatmate for board stay at my house.

$150 per week plus share cost expense bills of power, telephone and water. Food not included.

House at Henderson, Auckland, close to public transport, shopping mall, motorway.

I’m Deaf, my daughter and one hearing flatmate are living in the house at the moment.

If you interest or any question text Mike on 021 239 0812 or email

Waikato News

The Boatshed Pink Ribbon Luncheon

When: Friday 30 May, 12:30pm
Where: The Boatshed, 21 Amber Lane, Cambridge
Restrictions: All Ages Licensed
Cost: Per Person: $30.00 (50 % donated to Pink Ribbon)
Additional fees may apply
Buy Tickets – 0800 743 321
Many of us know someone that has been affected by breast cancer, and so we are showing our support for these courageous women by hosting a Pink Ribbon Luncheon.

Join us to celebrate the spirit of women, and the enduring strength that those amongst us find! Our Fifties inspired Kitchen Luncheon promises to be as always a stylish and fun event. Dress Pink and Glamorous and get amongst it to help us to raise money this May for Pink Ribbon Breakfast.

Glenview Country Market

When: Sunday 1 June, 9:00am–2:00pm
Where: The Glenview Club, 211 Peacocks Road, Fitzroy, Hamilton      
Restrictions: All Ages
Admission: FREE
Contact: Raewynne (021) 156-3939 or Joyce (021) 297-7533

Glenview Country Market is run by the Glenview Club, and promises something for everyone. It is held on the first Sunday of every month, where there will be various market stalls indoors and outdoors selling, craft, art, children's/baby wear, wooden toys and other wooden items, homemade jams & pickles, jewellery, knitted/sewn items, cards, plants/ home-grown produce and lots, lots more, too many to mention.

Please come along and support us, we will make you all very welcome.

We will be open rain or shine!

For more information or to book a stall, email:

Children’s Discovery Trail

When: Friday 30 May – Saturday 31 May
Where: Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive, SH1, Hamilton      
Restrictions: All Ages
Website: Hamilton Gardens
The Hamilton Gardens Discovery Trail will take children on a journey where they can explore an enchanting world of secret themed gardens.

Behind every door there is a magical story and a portal through time and to far-flung corners of the world. Explore a lush tropical garden, mystical ancient China or let their imaginations loose in the Renaissance Prince’s 16th century garden.

Download the free Discovery Trail sheet from the Hamilton Gardens’ website to see where the bees, hens and woodland critters are hiding.

Fight The Power: Protest And Change 1970-1990

When: Friday 30 May – Thursday 5 June, 10:00am–4:30pm daily
Where: Waikato Museum, 1 Grantham St, Hamilton      
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: Free
Website: Waikato Museum
By the late 1960s, the optimism of the post-war period had begun to fray. Change was in the air and new voices rang out in the streets and classrooms. In the following two decades, many people expressed dissatisfaction with aspects of New Zealand society. They drew inspiration from international struggles for civil rights and opposition to imperialism and militarism.

‘Fight the Power: Protest and Change 1970-1990’ examines social campaigns during the 1970s and 80s. These included the Women’s Liberation Movement and the 1979 United Women’s Conference, the Raglan Golf Course Māori land rights dispute and opposition to the Hamilton game of the 1981 Springbok rugby tour.

Bay of Plenty News

BOP Deaf Club

The Laser Tag Game in Oropi, Tauranga for Saturday 31st May is cancelled due to no RSVP's.


Gypsy Travellers Fair

Papamoa Beach Domain, Papamoa Beach Road, Tauranga

Saturday 31st May to Monday 2nd June from 9:00am to 3:00pm

There will be a range of clothing, some things for the kids to do, candy floss, mirrors, lead lighting, garden things, pictures and other things for you to look at.

Wedding Show

Rotorua Convention Centre, 1170 Fenton Street, Rotorua

Sunday 1st June from 9:30am to 4:00pm

$10.00, under 15 years Free

Rotorua Parents Centre Kids 2nd Hand Gear Sale

Where: Westbrook School, 362 Malfroy Road, Rotorua
When: Saturday 31st May from 8:30am to 11:30am
Cost: Gold coin entry - all profits will go to Rotorua Parents Centre

There are some bargains of clothes, books, toys, nursery furniture.

Have a coffee and cake too

International Women's Rugby Series

Where: Rotorua International Stadium, Devon Street West, Rotorua
When: Sunday 1st June from 5.40pm to 7.10pm
Cost: Adult $10.00 Child $5.00
Match Day Programme: $5.00

Black Ferns vs Australia

Curtain Raisers are Rotroua Girls' High School vs Western Heights High School, Rotorua International.

Stadium #2 - 3:30pm kick off

The final of the Chiefs Cup will also be played on Field #1 at the same time.

Taranaki News

Taranaki Deaf Club

Taranaki Deaf Club wish to advise the community the following elected positions are:
  • President: Evelyn Kennedy 0273462218
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Craig Billing 021612638
  • PODC Rep: Evelyn Kennedy 0273462218

Membership Fees are due now:

Please pay before 31st August 2014 $10 per person.
After 31st August 2014 Membership fee of $15.00 per person

Fully paid members will receive entitlements and meeting information.

For membership forms please email Evelyn

Or collect a membership form from Deaf Aotearoa New Plymouth office, Disability Information Centre, 28 Young Street, New Plymouth.

Dunkleys Great New Zealand Craft Show

When: Friday 30 May  - Monday 2 June
Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm (closing 4.00pm Monday)
Location: TSB Stadium, New Plymouth

Kiwi crafts for acres! The Dunkleys Great New Zealand Craft Show has been coming to New Plymouth for Queen’s Birthday Weekend annually since 1987 and brings together the largest collection of New Zealand craftspeople under one roof, to meet the public and sell direct.

Featuring a huge selection of different craft mediums in the latest styles and designs, plus a tasty assortment of handmade, artisan foods. All lovingly handcrafted in New Zealand by New Zealanders!

And for those who like to make their own, there’s an extensive range of hobby and craft supplies, plus craft workshops.

Prices: Adults - $9, Seniors and Students - $8, School Kids - $5, Under 5 Years - free
Contact: Fiona Dunkley
Phone: 03-348 0572

Chiefs Vs Waratahs

Date: Saturday 31 May
Time: 4.35pm Kick-off
Location: Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth

Yarrow Stadium is the place to be on to see the mighty Chiefs take on the Waratahs.

Group Bookings: To contact us regarding ticket enquiries for groups of more than ten persons, please click here or phone 0800 4 CHIEFS.

You can purchase also purchase tickets from TSB Showplace in New Plymouth, Stratford I-site and Hawera I-site. Ticket sales will be also available from 10am on game day at gate one.

Gates open at 2pm and the curtain-raiser game between New Plymouth Boys’ High School and Francis Douglas Memorial College starts at 2.15pm.

0800 224 224
TSB Showplace New Plymouth

Prices: Tickets starting from $20 for an adult and $9 for a child. Refer to

Mr McGee And The Biting Flea

When: Tuesday 3 June  - Wednesday 4 June
Time: 10am and 11:30am
Location: TSB Showplace (TSB Theatre), New Plymouth

Capital E National Theatre for Children will be unpacking the hilarious Mr McGee and the Biting Flea from Patch Theatre Company in Australia. Based on books by popular New Zealand author Pamela Allen.

Pamela Allen's children's books have delighted generations of readers, and now her tales are brought to life in the New Zealand premiere of this theatrically acclaimed production.

As huge packing cases are opened, new worlds emerge, filled with quirky characters and stories. Using an assortment of props and found objects, the three performers bring the tales to sweet, music-infused life. This wonderful production features adaptations of Pamela Allen's stories 'Mr McGee', 'Alexander's Outing', 'Belinda', 'Brown Bread and Honey', 'Mary Elizabeth's House' and 'Mr McGee and the Biting Flea'. Prepare to be mesmerised and enchanted.

Prices: Admission $12.50 group 4+ $44 under 2 free* Service fees apply
Contact: TicketMaster
Phone: 0800 111 999

New Zealand Sign Language Week

A big “thank you” to the Taranaki Deaf community for attending our events during NZSL week and enjoying a great week with all our various activities.  Thank you to our focus group for coming up with such great ideas and also to Craig Billing for picking up the bus and driving us around the mountain.

There are so many photos to be observed, here are but a few.


Left: Art to Lunch – picnic under Artists Rueben Patterson “Golden Tree”
Right: Sugar Juice cafe – Opunake


Left: Cheese Tasting – Eltham cheese factory
Right: Light & Lighthouse Museum.


Right: Craig Billing & Grant Brewster at the Lighthouse on the coast.
Left: Rangi, Craig & Lisa enjoying the view on the  Opunake coastline.

Rangi at the Lighthouse on the coast.

Hawkes Bay News

Horticulture’s Big Day Out

Where: Hawke's Bay A & P Showgrounds, Kenilworth Rd, Hastings
When: Thursday 5 June 2014, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Cost: $10.00 per person

This is Horticulture's Big Day Out!

The National Horticultural Field Day is a fantastic event for networking, education and a place for discussion for those working in the horticultural industry and businesses which support the industry.

Creating a platform for industry to come together to discuss key issues, informative seminars, trade sites, innovative displays and competition make this a fantastic day out for those working in the Horticulture Industry. You can't miss it!

Tickets are available in late May from your local Horticultural Supplier.

For more information contact Anna Hamilton, Events Manager on 06 878 3123 or

Antiques, Collectibles And Crafts Market

Where: Bay View Hotel, 47 Petane Road, Bay View, Napier
When: Saturday 31st May 2013, 10:00am to 2pm
Entry: Free

Bringing the buzz back to Bay View, the Antiques, Collectibles and Crafts Market is held at the Bay View Hotel on the first Saturday of every month, rain, hail or snow.

This regular monthly market is mostly indoors, providing something interesting for everyone. Besides the numerous interesting craft and collectibles stalls we have clothing, foodstuffs, jewellery, reiki and more and have highly experienced traders onsite who can assess your treasures, antique or quirky piece and maybe let you know if you are holding on to a fortune! Bring the whole family and go fishing, visit local wineries, take in the beach, a picnic or lunch or afternoon tea. For more information please contact Di on 06 836 5340 or

Matariki – Celebrating Maori New Year At Te Aute College

Where: Te Aute College, State Highway 2, Otane
When: Friday 13 June 2014, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Entry: Free

Wrap up warm and join us for this annual mid-winter festival to celebrate the rise of the Matariki star cluster heralding the arrival of the Maori New Year. Light a candle lantern in thanksgiving for the harvest and new year planting season. There's soloists, bands, kapa haka and hip hop dancers. Enjoy a range of hot kiwi kai on offer. There's kiddies rides and slides and a spectacular fireworks display rounds off the night.

Free return buses will be operating from Porangahau, Takapau, Waipukurau and Waipawa.Contact us for details.

A huge thank you to Te Aute College for allowing us to bring this public event onto school grounds. Everyone welcome to this free event.

Thanks also to our funders the Lion Foundation, Te Puni Kokiri - Ministry of Maori Development and Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc.

Manawatu News

Manawatu Deaf Society

Deaf Club will be closed this Friday 30th May 2014.

REMINDER: Wanganui Lunch Club

When: Tuesday 3rd June
Where: Deaf Access Centre, Churton Street, Wanganui
Time: 12.00pm

Come along, bring your lunch and we will provide coffee/tea.

Look forward to catching up with you.

Village Night Markets

When: Friday 30th May (and every last Friday of the month)
Where: The City Library, George Street, Palmerston North
Time: 5.00 to 9.00pm

Its been confirmed that The Village Markets are here to stay all year long! Its FREE and a festive night market every last Friday of the month and there are many fabulous stall holders and food vendors to shop from plus live music and entertainment. This is being held in the city library on George street and a great indoor venue suitable for our current weather!

Manawatu Wedding Expo Coming Up Next Weekend

When: Sunday 8th June
Where: Convention Centre, 354 Main Street, Palmerston North
Time: 10.00 to 4.00pm
Cost: $10 per adult, children under 12 free

Door sales only

This event promises to amaze, inform and inspire you if you're looking to capture your imagination and allow to plan your wedding in style and with ease.

No reason to trail all over town and wasted times and days looking through magazines, phone books as they have bought all the companies together under one roof for one day only.

There will be florists to printers, photographers to venues, wedding planners to caterers and so much more!

There will be a fashion parade at 11.00 and 1.00pm and 3.00pm on the ground floor!

St. Dominics School For The Deaf 70th Anniversary Reunion

When: Queen’s Birthday Weekend – Saturday 31 May
Where: Palmerston North
10am - Mass Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, 197 Broadway Ave,
11am - Morning Tea Diocesan Centre, 33 Amesbury St
1pm – Lunch Cosmopolitan Club, 20-24 Linton St
Evening supper Manawatu Deaf Society Clubrooms, Totara Rd
Lunch - $20 per person
Supper - $10 per person
Deadline Date: Wednesday 9 May
Fax +64 6 355 0398
Post Catholic Deaf Centre, Private Bag 11012, Palmerston North, New Zealand 4442

You will need to let David Loving-Molloy know:
  • If you will / will not be attending…
  • How many will be attending with you…
  • If you will / will not be attending lunch… and
  • If you will / will not be attending supper.
There will be displays, videos and plenty of time to socialize during the morning tea session.

Wellington News


  • See a car parking illegally?
  • Smell something sulphurous in the City?
  • Spot a water leak?
  • Rubbish that needs to be removed?
  • Having issues with your Council Housing tenants?
FIXiT app is used to report issues to the Wellington City Council.

This app can be downloaded free for Apple and Android smartphones by visiting your AppStore or Google Play.

Lodging an issue using this app is done in four easy steps:
  1. Simply take a photo of the issue
  2. Give details of location
  3. Explain what the issue is
  4. Give your contact details, in case they want to be in touch with you for further details.

Shannon On Leave

Shannon will be on leave from today, Friday 30 May, returning to office next Thursday 5th June.

For any urgent assistance, please contact Tracy Hickford by emailing her at or 021 847 729.

Futsal Festival

A new portable futsal court will be assembled in Civic Square for a week-long Futsal Festival to celebrate the one year countdown until the FIFA U20 World Cup comes to New Zealand.

The event, organised by the FIFA U20 World Cup Local Organising Committee, in conjunction with NZ Football, Capital Football and the Wellington City Council, will run from Tuesday, May 27 to Sunday June 1. Wellington residents will have the chance to play on their very own World Cup stage during ‘Give it a Go’ times as well as watching primary school festivals, business-house tournaments and college tournaments throughout the week.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is looking forward to the event and seeing the public get behind the lead up to next year’s tournament which will bring some of the world biggest future stars to our shores. “The Festival of Futsal will be played out in our very own Civic Square 26 May-1 June 2014 and will be the perfect kick off to the 1 year countdown giving public the chance to watch or take part in this beautiful game.”

Spectators will also be treated to a number of open training sessions with our very own Futsal Whites as well as the all-important Embassies World Cup to decide which Wellington-based Embassy can call themselves the best.

The Futsal Festival will be an amazing event for the Capital with events running from 9am to 7pm most days with floodlights adding to the game-day atmosphere in the evenings. A full schedule of the Festival can be downloaded HERE.

The Young Deaf Leaders In Action Camp

The Young Deaf Leaders in Action camp will be happening in October this year at a camp in Levin.

Magnet is looking for young Deaf or Hard of hearing leaders within the age range of 16 - 30 to join us on our adventure.

If you know someone who would be interested, please pass this information on, or get them to contact them for more information on how to register.

First in, first served! This camp is open to all youth in New Zealand to register, but young people in your regions will get be the priority. This is an exciting time for us all!

Attached is information about the camp and registration.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Rachel Berry by emailing her at

Comm-Clear Wellington Launch

Where: Wellington Deaf Society, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
When: Friday 20th June from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

You are invited to attend the official launch of Comm-Clear.
  • Wine and cheese
  • Brief presentation
  • Demonstration
  • Registration

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.

K.I.T Keep In Touch Day In Nelson Tasman Area

Monday 23rd June at 9.30am-2.30pm

Parklands School
5 Pah Street

Cost: $5

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 027 280 7395 if you require interpreter support.

Canterbury News

Deaf Men’s Shed

Topic: Deaf Men's Shed review meeting from the previous Halswell Men's Shed visit
When: Thursday 5th June at 6.00 pm
Where: Blind Foundation at 96 Bristol Street, St Albans
RSVP: Della Buzzard-email , text 021 276 5545, Skype Della Buzzard, Fax 379 5089

Deaf Society Of Canterbury’s Social Event

What: Winter Olympic
When: Friday 6th June at 7.00 pm
Where: Spreydon Bowling Club, 71 Domain Terrace, Spreydon

Arts Access Aotearoa – Arts Advocates

Prudence Walker, Project Co-ordinator is working on an exciting project with Arts Access Aotearoa at the moment and she thought you or the organisation you work for may know people that may be interested in this project.

The aim of the project is to see measurable improvements in the ways that arts organisations are inclusive of disabled people, and an increase in the number of disabled people accessing and participating in the arts.
This is a free training opportunity for disabled adults to become advocates for the arts.

Lunch and refreshments and New Zealand Sign Language interpreters will be provided and your transport costs reimbursed.

Who is it for?

  • People  who are interested in arts and culture being accessible to all in Christchurch
  • Disabled adults who want to develop their skills when it comes to speaking up about issues you care about (such as arts and culture)
  • People who have an impairment that needs to be considered in someway to access the arts e.g. physical, sensory, learning
  • You don't have to be an Artist! Just have a passion for the arts and culture

What will it involve?

  • Three one day workshops visiting and speaking to representatives from arts venues
  • Developing your advocacy skills in relation to the arts and accessibility for disabled people
For more information please see the documents attached. Expressions of interest need to be received by me by Wednesday 11th June.

Disabled Persons Assembly NZ
Christchurch & Districts Forum

Total Mobility and Transport forum, three guest speakers from Environment Canterbury to talk about new Total Mobility Cards being introduced in September and about the Metro Bus Service Review.
When: Wednesday 25th June at 2.00 to 4.00 pm
(please be there at 2.00 pm so the forum can start on time)
Where: Aspire Canterbury, 314 Worcester Street, Linwood
RSVP: 4.00 pm on Friday 20th June to or text 022 155 6696 or fax 03 366 8535
Afternoon Tea will be provided at 3.00 pm and NZSL Interpreters provided.
Please see flyer for more information, thank you.

Body In Action At Canterbury Museum

When: until 20 July from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Where: Special Exhibitions Hall, Canterbury Museum
Put your body to the test and see just how incredible it is in this highly interactive and fun exhibition. Venture through the guts, test out your aerobic capabilities or put your brain through some mental gymnastics. It will take you on an amazing journey of discovery and teach your things you didn’t even realise about your own body.
It is full of highly interactive activities for children and adults alike, and lots of amazing information on the way our bodies work for us. Just how much our bodies do, how hard they work, how fast they grow and how amazing all of our bodies are, will be explored through hands-on activities and amazing facts.

Otago News

New Zealand Sign Language Week Photos

Photos of the events we had during Sign Language Week are now on the community room computer.

Here are some photos of the Kids & Adult Celebration Parties.


Thank-you To Pippty-Pop Balloonologist

Huge thanks to Pip Milford- Hughes aka Pippty-Pop Balloonologist.

The Deaf loved having her at the Kids Celebration Party and her balloon creations were amazing.

This is the Butterfly centrepiece she made for NZSL Week.

Concession Bus Fares

A 25% GoBus Extra discount on the adult cash fare, available to those with a GoCard and either an ORC authorisation card or a SuperGold Card (this discount is instead of, not additional to, the 10% GoCard discount).

Free off-peak travel, between 9am-3pm and after 6.30pm on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holiday, available to SuperGold cardholders.
Eligibility for a GoBus Extra concession includes:
  • those on a widow’s benefit,
  • those eligible for NZ Superannuation,
  • those receiving a Supported Living Payment because they are permanently and severely restricted in their capacity to work due to a disability or health condition.
Eligibility does not include Supported Living Payment recipients who are carers of people needing intensive care.

GoBus Extra Authorisation cards are available at the Otago Regional Council. Passengers must show their authorisation card when using their GoCard to obtain the GoBus Extra concession. GoBus Extra is not available on a cash fare.

Snow Days

We’ve already had one snow day so far and with more forecast it’s a good time to remind you to always drive to the conditions and to allow greater following distances on frosty and wet days.

For up to date road conditions go to:
For information on bus services, road side collection etc got to:

Happy Birthday Michelle

Wishing Michelle a very Happy 50th Birthday. Hope you had an amazing day!

Southland News

Staff Whereabouts

Rebecca will be away on leave next Tuesday 3rd June. She is available via text in case of any emergencies.


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.