National News

Nominations now open for the NZSL In Action Awards! 

Deaf Aotearoa is looking for nominations and entries for the New Zealand Sign Language In Action Awards 2014. The awards acknowledge the significant contribution made by businesses, organisations, schools and individuals throughout the country in supporting both NZSL and the New Zealand Deaf community.

Some examples of what we are looking for…
  • A hard working person who has done good things to promote NZSL and Deaf Culture?
  • An organisation that has trained their staff in NZSL and Deaf culture
  • An exceptional teacher who teaches NZSL and is a wonderful advocate for the Deaf community
  • A Deaf young person that has shown leadership in setting up new initiatives and encouraging Deaf youth
  • An Interpreter who has really gone the extra mile to give greater access to education, work or other activities for Deaf people?
  • A television programme or print publication which has promoted NZSL?
You can also think about what you have done that can be celebrated?
You can nominate yourself or nominate another person or organisation.
You can be Deaf, hard of hearing or hearing to enter or nominate someone
For more information about each award and the rules for the awards, please see our our website.

You can nominate someone by filling out our online form or by downloading a printable form. Nomination will close on Monday 31st March at 5:00pm. The winners will be announced during NZSL Week at the NZSL In Action Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday 17th May.

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club's 50th Anniversary

Friday 21st February to Sunday 23rd February
(Art Deco weekend)

The Hawke's Bay Deaf Club have organised three special events to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Friday: Everyone will be very welcome to the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club (22 Lee Road, Taradale). There will be tickets on sale for $20.00 for the wine and cheese evening.

Saturday: There will be a theme "Art Deco Fancy Dress" dinner and social night. This event will be held at the Taradale Club (55 Wharerangi Road, Napier). The cost for this will be $35.00.

Sunday: There will be a farewell get together at the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club. The cost of this will be $15.00.

Tickets for all three events costs $70.00. This is your last chance to buy tickets!

If you want further information, please contact our secretary, Stephanie, by email at or text 027 859 3238.

It’s important to start booking accommodation early as it is a big Art Deco weekend in Hawke's Bay and all the motels and hotels will be filling up fast.

Come along and join us for the lovely Art Deco Weekend 2014.

Interpreters for school meetings

Do you have children at school? You are entitled to have an Interpreter attend with you for free.

The Ministry of Education provides funding for Deaf parents to participate in the education of their children. This funding can be used for parent participation in core education activities, including:-
  • parent/teacher interviews
  • prize giving events
  • formal assemblies
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings
  • other important meetings where their child's education is discussed (such as disciplinary meetings)
Remember to book your interpreters as soon as possible for your children's school meetings!
Northland News

Jagganath’s Ratha Yatra Festival

When? Saturday 18th January from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Starting at the Town Basin by the Canopy Bridge, the festival will go through city streets and end at Cafler Park Rose Garden on Water Street.
It is a unique event which has never been held before in Whangarei. Rath Yatra is a very ancient traditional festival from India and is now seen in every major city of the world. It is a fun and colourful festival that involves a large (over 7 metres high) decorated chariot (Rath) which is pulled by ropes by the public through the main streets of town accompanied by music and dance. There is much spiritual and cultural significance to the festival. The festival concludes with a free lunch served in the park.
It’s free and fun to watch. Just turn up somewhere where you can meet the cart. You can help pull the cart!

Speedway at Lower Port Rd (Whangarei)

Every Saturday.
From 18th January to 29th March.
See below for what’s on each Saturday.

What time?
Starts at 1:00pm.

How much?
Adult $10.00
Student/child $5.00
Family $30.00.

Yes, wheelchair access and have disabled toilet!
  • 18th January – Mini Stocks Best Pairs
  • 1st February – Trophy Dash for Production, C Grade & ATVs
  • 15th February – Trophy Dash for Limited & Super Saloons
  • 1st March – Salute to the C Grade
  • 15th March – Circle Track Championships: NZ Super Saloons, NZ Limited Saloons, North Island Mini Stocks
  • 29th March – Club Championships, Demolition Derby

iSign team in Whangarei

You need to know how to book an interpreter.

Deaf Aotearoa do not book interpreters.

When? Tuesday 21st January from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Community Room, Work and Income NZ,
Walton Plaza, 3-5 Albert Street, Whangarei
Note: Whangarei interpreters will not be at the workshop.

Auckland News

ADS Club Friday nights starts tonight!

First Deaf Club night for 2014 is tonight, Friday 17th January.

Come along and catch up with all of your friends after Christmas.

Farewell to Heather Lowery-Kappes – Employment Consultant

Hello All,

This is a hello that sadly ends with a goodbye.
My sincere thanks to all the staff, clients and interpreters I have worked with during my time at Deaf Aotearoa, you have helped me grow both personally and professionally.

I want to especially thank my colleagues in the Auckland Office team Joy, Kaisy and Cheryl I have appreciated working with you as a team, will miss your support and laughter. And a special thanks to my walking and car buddy Joanne.   

I am moving back to the Hamilton to take up a new position at the University of Waikato as a Career Development Advisor where I will be able to use all the skills and experience I have learned over the years and hope to also complete a Masters Degree.

I wish you all success for future endeavours!!!!

Heather Lowery-Kappes

Do you need your eyes tested?
VRI is now at Visique Glen Eden!

What is VRI? VRI is Video Remote Interpreting. It is a service that provides an interpreter that will be on the screen rather than face to face and best of all it is free.

Glen Eden Visique, have VRI set up to make it easier for you to have your eye test appointments.

If you want to use VRI at your appointment, just let the staff know when you book an appointment. You must book VRI with plenty of notice.

Visique Optometrists
16 Glenmall Place
Glen Eden

Opening hours when?
Mon & Thurs: 8:30am to 6:30pm
Tue, Wed, Fri: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Sat: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Sun: Closed

Ph: 09 818 4452

Did you know kids aged 16 and under swim for free at your Local Council Pools?

Outdoor pools

If you’re keen on swimming in the sun, Auckland Council’s outdoor pools are in the process of reopening for summer.
  • Osborne Pool (Birkenhead)
  • Point Erin Pool (Herne Bay)
  • Grey Lynn Paddling Pool
  • Parnell Baths
  • Cameron Pool (Mt Roskill)
  • Lagoon Leisure and Fitness (Panmure)
  • Onehunga War Memorial Pool and Leisure Centre
  • Moana-Nui-ā-Kiwa Pool and Leisure Centre (Māngere)
  • Papatoetoe Centennial Pools
  • Totara Park Pool (Manurewa)
  • Jubilee Pool (Pukekohe)
  • Whiteside Pool (Waiuku)
Visit or call 09 301 0101 for more information.

Captioned Movies


Daily: 2.10pm

Fri, 11:00AM

Daily, 10:30AM 1:10PM  03:30PM

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Sun,Mon,Tues,Wed, 3:40pm

Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie

Thur,Fri,Mon, 12.10pm


Thu,Mon,Tues,Wed 01:15PM 04:00PM 06:30PM
Fri,Sat,Sun, 01:30PM 04:00PM 06:30PM

The Book Thief

Thu,Mon,Wed, 10:30AM

Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit

Thu,Sat,Sun,Mon,Tues,Wed, 11:10AM 01:30PM 03:50PM
Fri, 10:10AM 12:30PM 02:40PM

47 Ronin

Thu,Sat,Sun,Mon,Tues,Wed, 06:00PM 08:40PM
Fri, 05:00PM 07:40PM 10:20PM


Waikato News

Goodbye from Maliah Edwardson (NZSL)

Kids Toy Trade Fair 2014

When? Saturday 18th January from 10:00am to 1:00pm

The annual Kids Toy Trade Fair is back for 2014!

The Toy Fair is a great way to sell old treasures and find new ones! Its a fun day out, everyone is welcome to come and take a look at what is on offer. All children are welcome to come along to trade, swap, show and sell any and all of their long loved toys with each other.

Its easy, simply register and you will be given a site where you can sell or trade your toys, books, video games, clothes etc. You can bring as many items as you like, but you must have an accompanying adult on site with you. This is a great educational experience specifically for kids, so all sites must have at least one child participating.

Its easy to get involved! Just get in touch with Shannon Kelly on 07 838 6817 or and Shannon will send you a registration pack and book you a space. This is always a popular event, so register now!

For more information, visit

The Soak'n'Wet Carnival

When? Saturday 25th January from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Come down to Garden Place and get Soak’n'Wet with rides, water activities, games and much much more!

For more information, visit

Bay of Plenty News

Anniversary Weekend Tauranga Airshow

Where? Tauranga City Airport near the Mount.

Practise Day: Saturday 25th January from noon to 4:00pm
Air Show: Sunday 26th January from 10:00am to 4:00pm, gates open 7.30am

A fun filled day for the family. For more information visit their website.

BOP Deaf Club

Renewal of membership is due on Saturday 1st March.

You can download the membership form to your computer.

This month's event: Fishing

When? Saturday 25th January at 3:00pm
Where? Tauranga
How much? $75.00 per person

Let BOP Deaf Club know to put your name down.
You can't turn up on the day without your name.
Anyone from far is welcome to join!

Deadline: Saturday 18th January

Events for the year

  • Huka Prawn Park - Taupo 10.30am - 22 February
  • AGM Meeting - Fernland Spa, Tauranga 10am - 15 March
  • Amaze Me - Rotorua 10.30am - 29th March
  • Kulim Park - Tauranga 11am - 26 April
  • Game On - Tauranga 1.30pm - 31 May
  • Whakatane RSA Club - 5pm - 28 June
  • Ten Pin Bowling - Rotorua 11am - 26 July
  • Fernland Spa - Tauranga 11am - 30 August
Contact BOP Deaf Club for more information and flyers:-
Email: / Text: 022 139 4173 / Fax: 07 571 1084

Taranaki News

Deaf Community member requires accommodation

Currently residing in Inglewood, Elwin wants to move into town.
“40 yo, pretty quiet and clean and tidy. I have my own bed. Would prefer somewhere with a workshop or garage for my hobbies (making jewellery boxes and painting). Smoker - Quite happy smoking outside.”
He is looking for a room in an already established house.

If you can be of help please text only to 022 390 8164.

Exhibition of works from
Te Kupenga Stone sculpture symposium 2014

When? Saturday 18th to Saturday 25th January
What time? All day and night
Where? Foreshore, along the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, New Plymouth

Open air stone sculpture exhibition on the New Plymouth Foreshore along the Coastal Walkway (opposite Centre City). View works made during the preceding three weeks by artists participating in the Te Kupenga Biennial International Symposium. Works will be auctioned on site on Saturday 25th January at 2:00pm.

Prices: Free entry
Contact: Liz Bridgeman Chair, or Denise Newland Secretary, or Noel Bridgeman Treasurer.
Phone: 027 766 0036

Taranaki Maize Maze

Saturday 18th January to Sunday 6th April

Saturdays from 11:30am to 9:30pm
Sundays from 11:30am to 5:00pm

Taranaki Maize Maze, Inglewood

Inglewood Lions maize maze is open on weekends or by appointment.

BBQ facilities available open for corporate functions

Prices: $6.00 adults $4.00 children

Contact: George Buchanan

Phone: 027 442 3383 or 06 756 6338


Pouakai Hut Family Walk and Picnic Tea

When? Thursday 23 January from 3:00pm to 8:30pm
Where? Mangorei Track, New Plymouth

Meet: At the end of Mangorei Road, New Plymouth.

Grade: It’s a good surface but quite a climb. Medium to hard.

Bookings essential, please telephone 06 759 6060.

You’ll need your picnic tea, water bottles as well as warm clothes and a raincoat in backpack. You’ll need comfortable walking shoes and bring a torch.

Grab the kids and build up your appetite with a walk up the boardwalk on the Mangorei Track. It’s about 2½ hours to the hut where we’ll eat and rest and admire the views before returning the same way. It’s a little easier coming down. You’ll find out about the whole circuit too, just in case you want to do that sometime.

Weather dependent.

Prices: Free
Phone: 06 759 6060

Mobile Library Summer Tour

The Mobile Library is heading to the beach and other summer holiday hot spots! Check out a book, spread out your towel, and spend the afternoon reading in the sun. Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap and wrap! The Mobile Library will also be doing Summer Reading Programme check-ins.

The full timetable is:

Monday 20 January
9.30am - 12.00pm, Urenui Holiday Park
12.30pm - 3.00pm, Onaero Holiday Park

Tuesday 21 January
9.30am - 12.00pm, Bell Block Beach Reserve
12.30pm - 3.00pm, Brooklands Zoo Carpark

Wednesday 22 January
9.30am - 12.00pm, Fitzroy Beach Reserve
12.30pm - 3.00pm, East End Beach Reserve

Thursday 23 January
9.30am - 12.00pm, Ngāmotu Beach Reserve
12.30pm - 3.00pm, Todd Energy Aquatic Centre Carpark

Friday 24 January
9.30am - 12.00pm, Old South Road, Okato
12.30pm - 3.00pm, Ōākura Beach Reserve

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

Photos from working body and mind with Taiaha workshop


Hawkes Bay News

A sweeter summer at the Candy Carnival

Hastings New World, 400 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings
When? Thursday 23rd January from 11:00am to 3:00pm

This summer giant Eskimos, Jet Planes and Pineapple Lumps are making their way across New Zealand. The iconic Pascall lollies want to sweeten up your day so take a break from the holiday rush and join them at the Candy Carnival! Play a game of Pineapple Shy, throw hoops over milk bottles, fish for Eskimos and who knows, you might even win some lollies!

Open to all ages, free admission.

VRI: Video Remote Interpreting

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club
22 Lee Road

When? Wednesday 22nd January from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
  • What is VRI?
  • Where is VRI available?
  • How to book VRI?
  • How is VRI different from Video Relay Service?
  • Understanding about Mobile Service using Relay Service
If you have appointments with Work and Income, then this is important for you to know.

Come along and find out more about this wonderful free service.


Are you are thinking of buying a new iPad/tablet? Come along to this presentation. It will give you a better understanding of what type is best for you to buy and which one is best to meet your needs.
Hawkes Bay Deaf Club
22 Lee Road

Wednesday 29th January from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • What is an iPad/tablet?
  • What kind of iPad/tablet should you buy?
  • What are the best brands?
  • How much will they cost?
This programme will be good for people who want to have a better understanding of iPads and tablets. Many people are using the old types of computers and laptops. They are all now getting lighter and more compact.

An interpreter will be there.
Hope to see you there.

Manawatu News
Welcome to 2014. May it be a very prosperous year for you all!

We would like to congratulate...

Raychel McMillan, she is now Raychel Pinfold! Raychel and Andrew tied the knot on Saturday 11th January in the Rose Gardens at the Victoria Esplanade.

The weather was beautiful, Raychel looked absolutely stunning and the theme of the day in purple blended beautifully! You all looked absolutely fabulous.
Again, congratulations and we wish you all the best for your future.

Captioned Movie at Downtown Cinemas Palmerston North

The next captioned movie screening will be "The Book Thief”.
When? Wednesday 22nd July, 5:40pm
Where? Downtown Cinemas, Palmerston North
Please let your friends, families, work colleagues know, keep the numbers growing to enable that we can continue to have captioned movies coming to Palmerston North!
Look forward to seeing you all there!

Manawatu Deaf Society annual picnic

When? Sunday 19th January at 11:00am

Where? Ashhurst Domain, 1461 Napier Road, Ashhurtst
Come along and bring your families, children and friends to the Annual Picnic.

Bring your own lunch and any toys and games.

Monthly community lunch get-together

When? Monday 27th January

Where? Memorial Park, Main Street East, Palmerston North
Bring your own lunch/drinks. If the weather is wet, will meet at Deaf Aotearoa office as usual. 
Look forward to sharing stories about your Christmas and New Year experiences as well as any ideas you'll like to share with us.

Wellington News

Captioned movies

Captioned movie sessions until Wednesday 22nd January at Reading Cinemas Wellington and Porirua.

Courtenay Place, Wellington City

Nebraska (2013) (M) (offensive language & sexual references)
Daily: 1:30 4:00 6:30 9:00

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) (M) (violence)
Daily: 10:45 2:00 5:15 8:30

North City Shopping Centre, Porirua

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) (M) (violence)
Daily: 2:00 4:15 6:30 8:45

Walking with Dinosaurs 3D (2013) (PG) (scary scenes)
Daily: 10:00 12:00
Don’t forget to ask for your captioning handset when purchasing your tickets.

To be in the know of captioned sessions, join their Facebook page.

Glenside Country Fair

When? Wellington Anniversary Day, Monday 20th January from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Don’t leave town for the long weekend, instead take the family to the Glenside Show for some old fashioned country fun on the grounds of the Halfway House on Glenside Reserve (behind Twiglands, 250 Middleton Road) will host a country-style fair. There will be free family entertainment including live music, ponies, a magician and games.

There will also be stalls and food and drink available if you run out of time to pack a picnic. There is no gate charge.

If you are creative, you can enter one of 21 homecraft categories in the show competition, or enter your pet in the Pet Parade ($2). An auction of donated competition entries is on at 3pm with proceeds to the Glenside Progressive Association, and the Wellington Boot Toss is on at 3.30pm (gold-coin entry).

There are lots of ribbons and great prizes to be won for produce, preserves, baking, floral arrangement and crafts.

For more details and entry forms, see Glenside Progressive Association.

Nelson News

Zumba 2014

Zumba classes starts again on Friday 17th January at 10.30am.
Where? Suburban Club, 168 Tahuna Drive, Nelson

When? Friday mornings at 10:30am

How much? $5.00 each session

Suburban club social meeting

We are now starting back this New Year on our social meetings at the Suburban Club once a fortnight.

So all people are welcome, we look forward to seeing you there.
Where? Suburban Club, 168 Tahuna Drive, Nelson
When? Monday 20th January from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Golden Bay A&P Show

Where? Golden Bay Recreation Park
When? Saturday 18th January from 8:00am to 5:00pm
How much? Adults $10.00 at the gate
The show will include horses, cattle, sheep, poultry, goats.

Large booth with extensive photography competitions.

Good prizes in all sections. Many and varied trade stands.

Entertainment throughout the day. Shearing, wood chopping.

For further information email

Nelson's 23rd Annual Summer Kite Festival

Where? Neale Park, Nelson (off North Road)
When? Sunday 19th January from noon to 5:00pm
Top kite fliers from New Zealand and some from overseas, bring their flyable art to do the best kite flying in New Zealand.

Food, drink stalls, face painting, buddy rides.

Great family fun, gold coin donation.

Mapua Makers Market

Where? Mapua Hall, Aranui Road, Mapua
When? January 26th January from 10:00am to 3:00pm
The Mapua summer Market is a show case of handmade goods, all individual and unique.

Lifeline: Free Face to Face counselling

Lifeline Nelson offers free Face to Face counselling.
Up to 10 FREE Face to Face counselling sessions with a Lifeline Counsellor.
Identify and explore new ways to move forward.

Canterbury News

Deaf Aotearoa Office

Your Community Relations Officer, Victoria Walters, will be away on annual leave from Monday 20th to Friday 31st January.

If you wish to contact one of the staff, please text, fax or email directly to them.

The office will be open if you wish to visit the office.

Job Advertisement: NZSL and Literacy Tutor
(New deadline: Monday 20th January)

English Language Partners provide language and social support to adult refugees and migrants. They are advertising for a person to teach NZSL and literacy to deaf adult ESOL preliterate learners from refugee backgrounds. This work will be part time during February to December 2014 in school terms only.
  • Fluency in NZSL and teaching experience are essential
  • A teaching qualification and/or experience in education, literacy, NZSL or TESOL is desirable 
  • An application pack is available by emailing
Applications close at 5:00pm on Monday 20th January and should be addressed to: English Language Partners NZ, 69 Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch 8011.

NZSL Taster Course

Have you ever wanted to learn New Zealand Sign Language but were not sure where to start or what it is all about? Why not try a free taster class with our NZSL tutor, Dennis Tod!
Monday 10 February from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Riccarton High School

Thursday 13 Feb from 10:00am to noon
Risingholme Centre

Please enrol through the Risingholme office prior to the start of the course – this allow us prepare for your arrival. For more information visit Risingholme Community Centre's website.

Deaf Society of Canterbury Event

Sunday 19th January
From 11:00am onwards

If wet, this event will be postponed until 26th January.

Spreydon Domain near the bowling club

Bring kids, picnic, blanket, sun cream, hat and togs for the kids.

Text: 022 069 4259
Deaf Society of Canterbury will provide sausage sizzle, kids games and fun!

Everyone is welcome!

Canterbury Deaf Youth

Canterbury Deaf Youth are looking for new youth leaders, please see the flyer (on the right) for more information.


The Canterbury Deaf Youth committee would like your feedback about the events they organised in 2013.

They would appreciate it if you could fill out their survey. Anyone is welcome to fill out the survey, including deaf, hard of hearing youths, parents and residential staff, etc.

They will use the feedback to decide what changes and/or improvements they need to make for 2014.
You can fill out their survey online. There is also a NZSL video explaining the survey and its questions.

World Buskers Festival

When? Thursday 16th January to Sunday 26th January
Where? Various places, check website for details

SCIRT World Buskers Festival is celebrating its 21st birthday this week. The festival is offering 11 days of excitement, 660 performances and all the side splitting laughter you can take. Do not miss your opportunity to attend the festival.

Community gardens (NZSL)

Otago News

Fi’s New hours

Starting from Monday 20th January my hours will be:-
10:00am to 3:00pm
Monday to Thursday

Congratulations to Caroline Dick

Caroline graduated in December with the Certificate in Human Services and the National Certificate in Social Services from Otago Polytechnic. Well done Caroline!

Otago Taieri A&P Show

Come and see working displays of machinery, dog trials, equestrian events, livestock displays and much more.

When? Saturday 25th January
Where? A&P Showgrounds Mosgiel
How much? $10.00 adult $25.00 family

Botanic Garden Tours

When? 11:00am Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday every week
Where? Main Entrance, Dunedin Botanic Gardens, Corner Great King Street and Opoho Road
How much? $5.00 adult and children free

Deaf Aotearoa Coffee Club

When? Friday 31st January from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where? Deaf Aotearoa Office

REVolution 100 Years of Motorcycles

When? Until Sunday 16th February
Where? Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin
How much? Free

Southland News

Happy New Year Invercargill

We hope you all had a nice Christmas holiday. Welcome back for an exciting 2014!

NZSL Week in Invercargill

Please, if you or anyone you know is interested in teaching a few taster classes throughout NZSL Week, could you please let Rebecca know. We really need more tutors. Training will be provided.

Visit us at DRC Building, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill or text us on 021 554 905.

Southland Rodeo

Sunday 9th February
(next month)

434 Oreti Beach Road
New Zealand's most exciting and thrilling sport.

A day out for the whole family.

Don't miss this one time event this year.

BNZ Surf to City fun run

When? 9th February (next month)

Where? Starts at Oreti Beach and ends at Queens Park
Start training for the Surf to City. You can run, you can walk, you can bike!

5th Annual Southlands Buskers Festival

When? Thursday 30th January to Sunday 2nd February

The festival hits the streets and parks of Invercargill from Thursday evening .