CommUNITY Weekly News

Hello <<Preferred Name>>, here is your CommUNITY Weekly newsletter from Deaf Aotearoa's <<Your local Office>> office.


Meeting with Minister for Disability Issues

Robert Hewison, Lachlan Keating and Victoria Manning recently met up with Minister for Disability Issues Hon Nicky Wagner. Check out the video below for a quick update. 

Statement by Deaf Aotearoa - 16th October 2015

Read the full statement here.

NZSL video available.

Captioning Petition

You can read all information and sign the petition here

Congratulations Santana!

Two medals won by a 17-year-old swimmer from Kapiti Coast are the first ever for New Zealand at the Asia Pacific Deaf Games.


Santana Chapman recorded personal best times to bring home bronze in the 50m and 200m breaststroke at the eighth Asia Pacific Deaf Games, in Taoyuan, Taiwan.


Santana says all her hard work, supported by her family, coach Grant Campbell and Deaf Sports New Zealand, has paid off with the results. The Asia Pacific Deaf Games are only the second international swimming meet Santana has competed in.


Deaf Sports New Zealand President Daniel Harborne says Santana now has her sights set on the 2017 Summer Deaflympics in Turkey. He hopes New Zealand will be sending a strong team and bringing home more medals.

NZSL Board Consultation Meetings – October 2015 

The NZSL Board, which had its first meeting in June 2015, has been working on a three year action plan for the promotion and maintenance of NZSL. The NZSL Board wants to share their priorities and actions with you and will be visiting 10 cities and towns this month, from 9 October to 29 October. Find out more about the NZSL Board; its roles and functions and give feedback on our draft three year action plan. More information will also be given on the second round of the NZSL Fund. The meetings are open to all - NZSL interpreter provided. Locations and times are available at:


Deaf Mental Health Mini Conference - Healthy Deaf Minds 

A one day mini-conference focusing on the mental health needs of the Deaf Community, and the tools required to deliver equitable mental health care for this linguistic community will be held in Auckland (20th November), Wellington (24th November), and Christian (30th November)
It will feature international expert Dr Brendan Monteiro, Consultant Psychiatrist at specialist Forensic Rehabilitation Services in the UK. Brendan has dedicated his career to developing Deaf mental health services to meet local community needs across the UK and Northern Ireland.
The conference program has been designed to meet the needs of 3 groups:

  • The Deaf Community
  • Mental Health/Health Clinicians, and staff working across the Justice Sector
  • Service Commissioners

Conference Outcomes
A conference with a Deaf mental health focus is a very rare event here in New Zealand. It will have many benefits including supporting the much needed development of Deaf mental health services and in connecting all those involved with this highly specialist area of practice including service users and practitioners.  
Below are some of the main benefits for those thinking about attending:
·         Increase awareness of factors which impact upon Deaf development, mental illness and recovery, including the place of communication in attaining positive treatment outcomes.
·         Develop understanding of the unique approach required when working with Deaf clients and their family/whanau
·         Provide an introduction to some of the tools which will assist in delivering positive outcomes for Deaf clients including links to ongoing resources for professional support
·         Identify training needs
·         Develop collaborative partnerships with the Deaf Community through which pathways to enhancing sector capability can be identified and further explored
What is CDMHP?
Voluntary group, The Coalition of Deaf Mental Health Professionals (CDMHP) will be your hosts for this event. CDMHO is a group of Deaf and hearing practitioners with experience in Deaf mental health service deliver, policy and practice. CDMHP formed following specialist service closures in the Central Region in 2010.
CDMHP provides advice and cultural consultation to key stakeholders on the need to develop a national network of signing fluent Deaf mental health services, to support cultural capability across the health sector and beyond. 
For more information including the Flyer, Program, and pre-registration form please visit CDMHP website: (Please note that the Deaf community evening event will no longer be taking place).


Tikipunga Sunday Market

Sunday market every week rain or shine.
When: Sunday 18th October
Time: 7:00am – 11:30am
Where: Cnr Wanaka St & Denby Crescent, Whangarei
 NZ Federation of Body Building - Whangarei Champs

NZIFBB Whangarei Champs 2015 is proving to be a big show with a line-up of amazing athletes, it will be a one format show with a small 15 minute break between the pre-judging and finals.
When: Saturday 17th October
Time: 11:00am
Where: Forum North, Rust Ave, Whangarei
Whangarei Christmas Festival

Entertainment line up will include some awesome home grown talent. As the evening draws to an end, Santa and Mrs Claus will make their special appearance, and the night will finish with the fireworks finale.
When: Saturday 12th December
Time: Gates open at 4:30pm but starts at 5:30pm.
Where: Northland Events Centre (Toll Stadium), Okara Park, Okara Dr, Whangarei.


NZSL Action Plan 

The NZSL board would like your feedback on their priorities and actions. Come along to their consultation meeting to find out more about the NZSL board, and the next round of NZSL fund.
When: Monday 19th October
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Auckland
NZSL Interpreter provided.

Healthy Deaf Minds Conference 

The conference focuses on how Deaf people with mental health issues can be supported in New Zealand. It will be facilitated by Dr Brendan Monteiro, Consultant Psychiatrist from the UK. 
The program has been designed to reflect the needs of: 
1) The Deaf Community
2) Mental Health/Health Clinicians, Criminal Justice Workers, Corrections staff and Legal Representatives
3) Service Commissioners

The Coalition provides advice and cultural consultation in advocating for the development of culturally Deaf Mental Health services nationwide. 
For more information about the Coalition:
When: Friday 20th November
Time: 9:00am – 4:15pm (registration 8:00am)
Venue: Main Hall, Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland. 
Cost: $99 (professional), Free (Community Service Card Holders/Students)

ArtExplore Parnell Walk 

This is one of events during the ArtWeek. It is a walking tour for visiting the art galleries with a guide. It will have NZSL interpreter.
When: Saturday 17th October
Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm.
Where: The meeting point is at Auckland Cathedral on Parnell Road – by the Terry Stinger sculpture
Book and contact as numbers are strictly limited:
Email: or
Mobile: 021 566 300.
For more information see:
South Auckland

Learn How To Become a Stand-Up Comedian

John smith is a famous British Sign Language comedian from the United kingdom, he will share his personal experience on how he entertains and jokes with his friends and to the wider community.
John will be teaching you all about the art of being a stand-up comedian, how to build your confidence and engage with the audience as a local entertainer for future NZSL and comedy events.
When: Saturday 24th October, 2015
Time: 1:00pm till 3:00pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, Upstairs Boardroom
                164 Balmoral Road, Auckland
Cost: Free – Refreshments will be provided.
To enrol please contact Limka Groenewald:

Halloween is Coming Soon

When: Saturday 31st October
A great opportunity for your families and friends to get out and have fun!
There are some events around South Auckland.  Have a look around at these websites for some ideas for your family and friends to get together.


Where: 217 Greenlane West Auckland
When: Friday 23rd till 26th October this is on a long weekend
Time: 10:00am till 6:00pm
Look on the website they will give you lot of thing to do and see!


Chartwell closed caption movie: Pan

When: Monday 19th October 
Time: 9:00pm
Where: Chartwell Event Cinemas
Address: Level 2, Westfield Shopping Centre, Cnr Hukanui & Comries Rd, Chartwell.
Remember: You must have your ‘I am Deaf” ID card.
If you don’t have an ‘I am Deaf’ card, contact Deaf Aotearoa Hamilton.

Email: or
Phone: 021 792 369

Volunteers from the Hamilton Deaf Community Wanted

Volunteers from the Hamilton Deaf Community wanted for Hamilton City Council’s new short announcement trial.
As part of Hamilton City Council's efforts to make information accessible to the city's disabled community, we are exploring a trial involving Facebook.
We want to find out if Facebook is the best way to deliver Council information in a short, succinct and timely way.
To run this trial, we need a few volunteers from the disabled community.
Volunteers will:

  • Need a Facebook account, and a reasonable understanding of how Facebook works.
  • Be a regular user of Facebook.
  • Have a Smartphone which can notify them of Facebook posts even when they're not online (we can show you how this is done).
  •  Be able to provide us with some feedback during and after the trial, so we know how well this could work – or if we need to look at other ways of communicating with the disabled community. 

Ideally, we are after 10-20 volunteers to be part of this trial. We would like a mix of people working in the disability sector, and members of the disabled community with a range of impairments.
If you or anyone in your networks would like to participate, please put them in contact with me (Judy Small). Some instructions about how to register can be sent to you.
Judy Small (Disability Advisor Community Development and Leisure) Hamilton City Council
Phone: 07 838 6665

Introduction - New Staff Member

Hi Everyone! My name is Nisha and I am the new Staff member in Hamilton and I am a facilitator. I’m so excited to be here and to meet all of you so do come in and visit!
My email address is so email me if you have any questions.

Signing at The Cook Quiz Night

Come and join in on a Quiz Night for Deaf and hearing people!
All questions are asked in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and also displayed on a TV screen. Come as a group or by yourself, doesn't matter! Just join in and have fun! And it’s FREE!

When: Thursday 26th November
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: The Cook Café and Bar, 7 Cook Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton
Quiz is upstairs on second floor

All are welcome! Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, EVERYONE! Children if with an adult.  So come test yourself and win some cool   prizes!
Click link below to find more information:

Ladies Craft

Bring your crafts and unfinished projects and get some work done! This month – Bring a fitted sheet, will show how to fold a fitted sheet.
When: Monday 19th October 
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: CCS Disability Action Building
Address: 17 Claudelands Road, Hamilton
Cost: Free! Tea, coffee provided.
Please come and support our community, Deaf and hearing ladies are welcome!
If you are interested, contact Karyn Palaone.

Bay of Plenty

BOP Deaf Aotearoa – New staff

Hi my name is Colina.
I am the new Facilitator at Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand for the Bay of Plenty branch.
Please come and meet me at the office Monday to Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Thank you.

Message from Heather Goodwin 

Hi everyone, I am sad to say this was my last week at Deaf Aotearoa.
I have decided to go back to hairdressing and beauty therapy working from home as this will suit my current family situation.
You will see me when I pop up at some community events, Deaf Club or sign language week.
It has been such a fantastic experience working alongside and with the community and Deaf Aotearoa staff.
Good luck in all of your futures
Hand waves!

Tauranga Arts Festival - The Mooncake and the Kumara

Where: Baycourt Community and Art Centre, 38 Durham Street, Tauranga
When: Labour weekend Sunday 25th October
Time: 7:00pm till about 8:40pm (no interval) 
Cost: 4 free are tickets available for Tauranga, Mt Maunganui or Papamoa Deaf residents. Contact Sue Lessing urgently to claim your ticket.
Text: 021 920 675
Cost: Adults $45.00 and Students $25.00.
NZSL interpreters will be on stage.
Exciting news the play ‘The Mooncake and the Kumara’ will be interpreted by Kelly and Leila at the Tauranga Arts Festival at Baycourt.
Thank you to Blue Lagoon for sponsoring the tickets.

Check out the website for more information
To book tickets directly, contact:

Tell Lee you are a NZSL user as there is a block booking for the Deaf.

Deaf community from Hamilton, Rotorua, Auckland, anywhere are welcome. Be quick before the Deaf block booking runs out of tickets.
Come and enjoy!

Employment Summit

Where: Club Mount Maunganui, 45 Kawaka Street, Mount Maunganui
When: Tuesday 27th October
Time: 10:00am till 3:00pm
Cost: Free
The Employment Summit is set up from the ‘Have Your Say’ workshop that was set up earlier in the year. There were issues around employment.
This is an opportunity for you to attend and see what the speakers have to say.  Deaf Aotearoa will hold a stall.
If you are keen to go, please contact Wendy Neilson before Sunday 18th October 5:00pm and tell her you are a NZSL user. If you don’t RSVP there will be no interpreters.
Also to let her know if you have any dietary requirements.
Click on flyer for more information and Wendy’s contact details.

Upcoming TEC Courses

There will be courses on First Aid, Computer and Heart Foundation next month.
Watch this space for further information.

Motunui Epa Go On Display

The five epa (carved wooden panels) found in a Taranaki swamp then smuggled out of the country 40 years ago are to go on display at Puke Ariki at the end of October.

The panels were returned to Taranaki iwi Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Rāhiri hapū in March this year with a pōwhiri at Ōwae Marae in Waitara, before being brought to Puke Ariki for care and safekeeping.

The beautifully carved panels are going on long-term display in the Takapou Whāriki gallery and will be on public view from Friday 23rdOctober.
Prices: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk, 1 Ariki Street

Phone: 06 759 6060
Fax: 06 759 6072


Justice of the Peace Service Desk

When:  Saturday 17th October
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Where: Level 1, Puke Ariki Library, New Plymouth
When:  Monday 19th October
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Inglewood Library, Inglewood

When:  Tuesday 20th October
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Where: Level 1, Puke Ariki Library, New Plymouth
When:  Wednesday 21st October
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Bell Block Library, Bell Block

Do you need your signature witnessed, make a declaration, swear an affidavit or affirmation, or have originals or copies certified? A Justice of the Peace will be on hand to help.
Price: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06 759 6060

Take A Kid Tramping to Lake Rotokare Scenic Reserve

When:  Sunday 18th October
Time: Meet at 8:45am
Location: Lake Rotokare Reserve, Eltham

The New Plymouth Tramping Club will lead a tramp/hike for children and their parents/caregivers to the Lake Rotakare Scenic reserve. These tramps are aimed at introducing families to tramping. The club provides advice and has gear to borrow if you need it.
Meet outside 125A Brooklands Rd, New Plymouth at 8:45am. We will then drive out to the reserve, 12km from Eltham. We will walk around the 230 hectare wild life sanctuary following the 2m high predator proof fence part of the way. Bring snacks, drinks and your lunch. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a rain jacket. Suitable for all ages. Return to New Plymouth by 4pm

See us on Facebook: New Plymouth Tramping Club

Price: Free
Contact: Karen or Kevin
Phone: 06 753 8577 or 06 753 3692

Cheese Making Workshop

When:  Sunday 18th October
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Hollard Gardens, Kaponga near Stratford, Stratford

Learn some techniques for soft cheese making including the use of blending herbs with cheese.
Price: Free entry
Contact: Taranaki Regional Council
Phone: 0800 736 222

Hawkes Bay

Health and Wellbeing Expo

When: Saturday 17th October 2015
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Where: Taradale Town Hall, Cnr. Lee & Meeanee Roads, Taradale, Napier
Restrictons: All Ages 
Entry: Free
Join members of the Hawke's bay Health Collaborative as we host this fabulous event showcasing all the many natural therapies and treatments on offer to give you choices to invest in your health. take control! We have a wealth of knowledge and services that can address (and prevent!) health conditions including diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid, hormones, infertility, skin, cancer, name it! Koha admission- all proceeds going to local charity Garden to Gate.
See you there!

The Original Gypsy Fair, Havelock North Domain

When: Saturday 17th Oct 2015, 9:00am – 5:00pm and
Sunday 18th Oct 2015 9am - 5pm
Where: Havelock North Domain, Napier Rd, Havelock North
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free

Early Bird Specials Hawkes Bay Show, Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds

Where: Hawke's Bay A&P Showground's, Kenilworth Rd, Hastings
When: Wednesday 21st October 2015, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 22nd October 2015, 9;00am – 5:00pm
Friday 23rd October 2015 9:00am – 5:00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Ticket Information: Mini Pack 48 Ride Coupons: $54.00, 
         Family Pack 95 Ride Coupons: $99.00, 
         Maxi Pack 180 Ride Coupons: $159.00, 
         Early Bird Scream Thrill Seeker Pass valid between 9:00am and
         2:00pm on selected rides only: $55.00. 
        Additional fees may apply
Phone Sales: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)


REMINDER: NZSL Action Plan Tonight!

When: Friday 16th October
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55B Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm
NZSL Interpreter will be present.
The NZSL Board would like your feedback on their priorities and actions. Come along to their consultation meeting to find out more about the NZSL board and the next round of NZSL Funds.

Deaf Aotearoa Staff Whereabouts

This is to remind you that staff will be out and about on Monday 20th October; this means the office will be closed and opens again normal hours on Tuesday 21stOctober.  If your query is urgent please contact:
Text: 021 278 8804
If you have an emergency e.g. Fire/Police/Ambulance please text 111, if you’re not registered please ask your neighbour or someone close by to call for you.  We strongly recommend you register for Text 111 on
If you are unsure, contact staff and we can make a time to show you through this process.

Balance Community Flea Market

When: Bridge Café, 91 Gorge Road, Balance, Palmerston North
When: Saturday 17th October
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: FREE
Ever been to the Bridge Café? Have you been meaning to go there to check it out one day? Now is a good time to enjoy a ride and visit them and check out the Flea market.  There will be stalls which could have one of a kind treasures, arts, crafts, jewellery, plants and more….
If you want to hold a stall there, contact:
Sue: 027 326 088 or
Liz: 022 064 3926.
Bring your own table, tent and whatever you want to sell.
Each stall is $10.00 (no food or coffee!)

Warmer Weather

We have been having very up and down weather lately, you really can’t tell when nature will change from hot ,warm to wet and cold. However of late we have been having warmer weather, so make sure you are heading outside to get some Vitamin D for your body! Whether that’s going for a walk, bike ride, catching up with friends/family outdoors, gardening, mowing lawns and more!


New Staff - Nicolette Janse van Vuuren

Hello everyone, My name is Nicolette Janse van Vuuren. I am the new facilitator at Deaf Aotearoa office in Lower Hutt. Feel free to come in or contact me if you are looking for services or put news in community weekly news. I look forward to work with you. Thank you!

Reminder: Beautiful BSL and How to become a stand-up Comedian by John Smith 

A reminder for everybody, 21st October is “How to become a stand-up comedian” workshop by John Smith. If you guys are still keen, contact Jake to let him know and enrol for the workshop.
On 22nd October is Beautiful BSL comedy by John Smith, You guys can still purchase tickets to attend the event by going into the website which is on the Beautiful BSL flyer. Don’t miss out!
Any further queries, Contact Jake LaBerge:
Email: or
Text: 021 512 622

Office Closed

A reminder to the community that the Deaf Aotearoa office in Lower Hutt will be closed on 26th October as its public holiday- Labour weekend.
Stay safe and enjoy!


Ten Pin Bowling

Where: Action Entertainment Centre, 30 McPherson St, Richmond.
When: Saturday 17th October
Time: 2:00pm 
Price: Adult - $12.90  
           Child - $9.90
Please let Rachel know by 10th October if you are coming or not. 
If you need transport please let Rachel know and she will organise for you. 
Mobile: 021 102 4400

Masked Parade and Carnival

When: Friday 16th October
Time: 5:30pm
Where: Upper Trafalgar and Hardy Streets
The iconic Nelson Marked Parade is an explosion of colour, music and performance in mask. This year’s theme is the World of books! Nelsonians and visitors are once again invited.

Stir It Up

When: Saturday 17th October
Time: 11:00am
Where: Upstairs Café Affair 295 Trafalgar Street Nelson
Contact Alison Kimberley if you have any queries: 021 518 1331


Halloween Party

A Halloween party with the Deaf Society of Canterbury and Canterbury Deaf Youth.
Dress up in your spookiest and scariest costume!
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
Time: 7:00pm
When: 30th October
More information, please contact DSC office or CDY.

REMINDER: John Smith

A reminder to you all, there is a John Smith workshop coming up very soon: Learn How to Become A Stand Up Comedian.
John Smith is a famous BSL comedian from the UK who will talk about his personal experience  and will share with you how he made the transition from joking with friends to being an internationally known comedian. He will teach you all about being a stand-up comedy and how to build your confidence.
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
When: Monday 19th October
Cost: Free - Refreshments will be provided.
You must be enrolled to attend this workshop, please contact Debra Jamieson:

Job Seekers in Christchurch

Deaf Aotearoa in Christchurch has set up a Job Club for all you job seekers who are interested in looking for work.
What is a job club?
Instead of looking for work alone, a job club is a place where we all can work together as a community and support each other in finding the best possible job for everyone.
Where: Deaf Aotearoa CHCH
96 Bristol Street
St Albans
When: Tuesday 20th October, In the reception area.
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm.


New Staff – Rebecca Aitcheson

Rebecca Aitcheson has joined our team here at the Dunedin Deaf Aotearoa office as a facilitator. She works full-time Monday through Fridays. Rebecca is really looking forward to meeting the community!

Coffee Club

Come along to meet and welcome Rebecca, our new Deaf Aotearoa staff member.
Please bring a small plate to share.
When: Thursday 29th October
Time: 10:00am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office community room

Deaf Support Services Annual Meeting

When: Sunday 18th October
Time: 3:00pm
Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place

Where are We?

Michelle is out of office Monday and Tuesdays every week starting 12th and 13th October through 15th December.


Stir it Up

The next Stir It Up will now be on Tuesday 27th – Due to Monday being Labour Day
When: Tuesday 27th October
Where: The Pyramid Café (The Museum)
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Novembers Date will remain the same.
Looking forward to it hope to see you there!

Sue Beaton From van Asch Deaf Education Centre

Do you have a deaf child who is ORS verified or Year four and above at School?
You are invited to meet Sue Beaton, van Asch Deaf Education centre ASSIT person.
When: Tuesday October 20th 2015
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Where:  Ministry of Education Offices, 190 Forth Street, Invercargill.

Southland Association for Deaf Children

What: Get Together
Where: Newfield Kindergarten
When: Sunday 18th October, 2015
Time: 2:30pm
The time is now! So if you have some input to how things should be, please come along and see how we can get Southland Association for Deaf Children up and running.

Beginner Computing

We are now away with the First Classes held this week. Thank you to those who got in their registrations, I hope you enjoy your time on the course!
If you have any ideas on what we should do in the near future - your input is welcomed. Please text or email Rebecca and she will see what she can do.

Sign Classes

We are now away also with Sign Classes - A big thank you to Michelle Sinclair who is delivering a great course and travelling from Dunedin each week *hand waves* to her and thank you for your time, we in Invercargill appreciate it.
Any enquires about future classes please contact Rebecca at the office: Email: