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Deaf Aotearoa Office Closure 2016

Deaf Aotearoa offices will close on Friday 23rd December, 2016.

Offices will reopen on Monday 16th January 2017.

iSign Closure 2016

iSign will close for the year on Friday 23rd December, 2pm.
iSign will open on Monday 9th January, 8am. 

This is one week earlier than Deaf Aotearoa which will be open on Monday 16th January.

If you need an interpreter during the break, please call 0800 934 683.

iSign and Deaf Aotearoa hope you have a safe and merry Christmas!



Northland Deaf Club 55th  Anniversary - Selling Tickets Now!

Ticket Price: $40
Deadline: Must buy ticket before Tuesday January 31st 2017
For more information, please contact below.
Facebook: Te Tai Tokerau – Northland Deaf Club

Catch any Whangarei City Link Bus For Only $1

 Thursday 22nd December
Time: All day
Cost: $1

Get your last minute Christmas shopping with CityLink's Christmas cheer!
Avoid trying to find a car park and instead catch any CityLink bus for $1 on Thursday 22nd December.
Stop in at Rose Street bus terminus and get your photo taken with Santa between 11am – 2pm! 
Full details can be found below.
Facebook page:


Deaf Rainbow Cocktail Party

When: Saturday 17th December
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Auckland
Pop by and get a cocktail on arrival!

South Auckland

Karaka Lakes Christmas Lights

Where: 20 Cornwall Place, Karaka Lakes
When: Friday 16th – Saturday 24th December
Time: 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Please note: if there is rain, there will not be a show.

Christmas Lights at MOTAT

Where: 805 Great South Road Western Springs Auckland
When: Thursday 15th – Saturday 24th December 2016
Time: 8.00pm – 11.00pm
Cost: $2 entry
MOTAT is once again celebrating the spirit of giving with its special Christmas lights!


Last Chance to Register - End of year Celebration

Where: Agora Café, 13 Kent Street, Frankton 
When: Saturday 17th December
Time: 6.30pm - 10pm
This Saturday 17th December is the Waikato Deaf Community End of Year Celebration.
The celebration includes: buffet dinner, sharing and celebrating the achievements of the community this year, games, prizes, and most importantly, enjoying catching up with everyone.
If you are coming, you need to let Kayte know. You need to register your name so you don't miss out on dinner.
To register, email or text Kayte.
Phone: 021 517 791
Remember dinner is $5, so bring along $5 on the night.
Facebook Event:

Hamilton Christmas at the Lake

Where: Hamilton Lake Waterbikes, Hamilton Lake Domain, Rotoroa Drive, Hamilton, Waikato
When: Saturday 17th December
Time: 4.00pm – 9.00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Admission: Free
Three live bands will be playing and six dance groups will be performing a variety of dances from many ethnicity-Chinese, Colombian, Middle East, Western hip hop and contemporary.
The Dance groups consist of adults, children and youth from the community.
Santa Claus will be there and free face painting for the children.
Ethnic food stalls will also be available.
For more info contact Nisha Appanna.
Text: 021 621 933

Cambridge Christmas Festival

Where: Cambridge Town Hall, Corner Victoria and Queen Streets, Cambridge, Waipa
When: Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th December
Time: 10.00am – 8.30pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Admission: Gold coin donation
This year's theme is "Let it shine at Christmas".
The town hall will be a Christmas wonderland with themed decorated trees, hand-made gifts and Christmas decorations to buy.
There will also be local adult and children's choirs singing on most days, raffle prizes, lucky dips for the children and enjoy a cuppa and some homemade eats in the coffee shop. Add a butterfly to the memory tree for loved ones no longer with us.
The children's area has a train, a snowing tree and Santa will be there on Saturday and Sunday of each weekend from 12pm - 1:30pm. Photos welcome.
Profits will go to local charities.
For more info contact Nisha Appanna.
Text: 021 621 933

Taupo Christmas in the Pool

Where: AC Baths & Thermal Hot Pools, 26 A C Baths Avenue, Tauhara, Taupo, Lake Taupo
When: Saturday 24th December
Time: 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost (door sales only): Family Pass: $20.00
                                        Adult: $8.00
                                        Senior/Student: $5.00
                                        Child (up to 15): $4.00
                                        Hydroslides: $5.00
Each year, in and around the AC Baths swimming pools we bring you a Christmas celebration with difference.
Free food and entertainment.
Live bands and performers.
Spot prizes and competitions.
For more info contact Nisha Appanna.
Text: 021 621 933
Bay of Plenty

Deaf Aotearoa Office Closure

Tauranga staff wishes to advise that the office will be closed on Friday 16th December as staff will be attending a Christmas function.
The Tauranga office will also be closed for Christmas break from 4.00pm Friday 23rd December. It will reopen 9.00am Monday 16th January 2017.
Colina will be on annual leave from 5.00pm Friday 16th December back 9.00am Monday 16th January 2017.

Work and Income Information

Work and Income will be changing the pay date, bringing it forward before Christmas.
Please be aware not to overspend, as Work and Income will not pay extra benefits.

Freestyle Moto X and La-Z-boy Saloon Car Series

Where: ASB Bay Park Stadium, 81 Truman Ln, Mt Maunganui
When: Wednesday 4th January 2017
Time: 6.30pm - 10.00pm
Cost: Family $57.00
          Adult $22.50
          Senior $10.00
          Child $10.00
The Flying Men on their Freestyle Moto X Bikes return to Baypark to entertain the crowd, watch death defying jumps and stunts that are sure to have your jaw dropping.
Head down to ASB Baypark for a family friendly, actioned packed, thrilling motor racing experience. Sit just meters from all the action.
Also featuring the La-z-boy Saloon Car Series, Sprint Cars, Stock Cars, Mini Stocks and 6 shooter V6 wingless sprint cars.


The Historic Village People 12 days of Christmas

Where: Tauranga Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Tuesday 13th December - Saturday 24th December
Cost: Free entry to most events
The opening night will begin with a street party on Tuesday 13th December.
The Historic Village will be decorated with Christmas lights, decorations, a grotto, carols, work-shops, celebrations around the world, activity packs, Dance-a-thon, puzzle trails, exhibitions and more.
Follow the Facebook event to keep up to date with how you can help and what events are taking place:  

Barnyard By The Beach

Where: Beach Base, Mt Drury at Mt Maunganui
When: Thursday 29th December
Time: 11.00am - 3.00pm
Cost: Free
The barnyard is coming to the beach this summer!
There will be a petting zoo, pony rides, live music and many more activities!


In an Emergency: Be Safe and Be Aware Workshop

Where: Taranaki Disability Information Centre Trust Meeting Room, 28 Young Street, New Plymouth
When: Saturday 17th December
Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm
Cost:  FREE – Refreshments provided
How can you keep yourself safe in different kinds of emergencies?
Household emergency plans, emergency and getaway kits, volcanic eruption, earthquakes, tsunami, floods, storms and cyclones, tornadoes.
Come along to this workshop and learn about all the different emergency situations and how you can be prepared and know what to do.
For more information or to enrol in this course, please contact Lisa Masters.
Text: 021 621 897

Shared Lunch for Parents of Deaf Children

Where: Hollard Gardens, 1686 Upper Manaia Road, Kaponga
When: Sunday 15th January 2017
Time:  11.00am
Parents of Deaf Children Taranaki will be having a shared barbecue lunch and exploration of the Hollard Gardens.
Please bring a plate to share for lunch (e.g. salad or sweet treat, drink, chippies etc.)
PODC will provide sausages and meat patties for a barbecue.
If the weather is wet, you will be notified and we will meet at the TSB Pool, Page Street, Stratford.
Please RSVP by Thursday 12th January to Kelly.
Text: 021 0283 4755

Christmas at the Bowl 2016

Where: TSB Bowl of Brooklands
When: Sunday 18th December 2016
Time: Gates open at 5pm. Entertainment from 6.30pm.
Cost: Gold coin donation
Contact: Selina Mackie
Phone: 027 815 1204
It’s beginning to feel a lot like - Christmas At The Bowl!

Pre-show entertainment is provided by “Rusty Az” at 6.30pm.
The Christmas at the Bowl Variety Spectacular starts at 8.00pm with the big screen ensuring every seat in the Bowl can enjoy the performances. 
Around 9.30pm sit back, gaze skywards and enjoy the Powerco Fireworks display. 

Postponement night is Monday 19th December in the event of bad weather.
If unsure, please visit: 
For regular updates or text BOWL to 4487 for weather updates on the day. 

TSB Bank Festival of Lights

Where: Pukekura Park, Fillis St, New Plymouth
When: Sunday 18th December – Sunday 5th February, 2017
Time: 8.30pm – 11.00pm
Cost: Free
Contact: New Plymouth District Council
Phone: 06 759 6060
The TSB Bank Festival of Lights - transforming Pukekura Park into a beautiful illuminated night-time wonderland!

Each summer the TSB Bank Festival of Lights transforms Pukekura Park, one of New Zealand's premier botanical gardens, into a magical illuminated night-time wonderland of multi-coloured lights gleaming amongst the trees, attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year.

Come and be wowed by the live night-time entertainment from national and international performers, stunning lighting features, a fantastic mix of daytime activities for children and families, twilight movies in the park and pop-up performance features.
On Stage entertainment runs from 26th December to 22th January.
For more information and the event programme

Isaac Boon Meets Oliver Ferguson and Jake LaBerge 

Taranaki student Isaac Boon (and mother, Jeannie Boon) meets with Youth Team Leader Jake LaBerge and Deaf Aotearoa Board President Oliver Ferguson in Wellington. 
Isaac is transitioning from Taranaki to Wellington in February to attend Film School.

Hawkes Bay

Fiesta of Lights

Where: Hawke's Bay A & P Showgrounds, Kenilworth Rd, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
When: Saturday 17th December 2016 – Saturday 7th January 2017
Time: 9.00pm – 11.00pm
Cost: $5.00
For more information please visit:

Santa's Wonderland

Where: Hastings City Mall, Heretaunga Street, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
When: Saturday 17th - Saturday 24th December
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm (closes at 2.00pm on Satudays)
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
Hundreds of trees and lights to see and meet Santa himself and take a photo!
Also, make your own Christmas decorations at out little elves workstation!

Cox Partners Christmas At the Park

Where: Hawke's Bay A & P Showgrounds, Kenilworth Rd, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
When: Saturday 17 December
Time: 5.00pm – 9.45pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
Bus Service to Cox Partners Christmas at the Park:
Buses will run from Napier, Flaxmere & Havelock Nth directly into the Showgrounds. $2 return (cash only), under 5s are free. Purchase tickets on the bus. Return tickets only.
Buses to the event
Napier (Hourly from 1pm to 6pm)
Departs Napier Public Library, then all stops on Kennedy Rd & Gloucester St to Taradale
Town Hall, then directly to the Showgrounds.
Flaxmere and Havelock North (Hourly from 2pm to 6pm)
Departs Flaxmere College, Henderson Road, directly to the Showgrounds.
Departs Village Green, Te Aute Rd, directly to the Showgrounds.
Buses from the event
Buses will depart the Showgrounds for all routes, returning to the same stops, at half hourly intervals from 8:30pm to 11pm.
Click here for parking maps and arena map:


Office Closure 2016

Deaf Aotearoa will close over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The last day is Friday 23rd December and will open to normal hours on Monday 16th January.
If you have an emergency, please make sure you are registered to Txt 111.
If you are not, please click this link
There are videos there to explain how it works and how to register. This is only for emergencies e.g. police, fire and ambulance.
If there is no response in 2 minutes please ask someone nearby to make a phone call.

NZ Relay

On statutory days (Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s day etc.) NZ Relay will be closed.
Internet Relay and TexMee Relay will be open 24/7 throughout the holiday seasons.
If there is an emergency please use the Text 111 or contact friends/families/neighbours.

Church in the Square

Where: The Square, Palmerston North
When: Sunday 18th December
Time: This is yet to be confirmed, check out this page closer to the date:
This event is a city wide church event for both churches and the community.
This is a fantastic outing out of the four walls of the church and encouraging connections between churches and the community.

New Year’s Eve in the Square

Where: The Square, Palmerston North
When: Saturday 31st December
Time: 6.00pm - 12.15am
Cost: Free
Age: All ages
To celebrate the New Year there will be an amazing light show and huge fireworks! It has been said that this year will be the most spectacular event ever held in the city.
Children’s activities will be provided plus food and drinks will be available throughout the event.
Bring some money for glow sticks. The square, picnic blankets and low chairs welcome, the Square is both alcohol and smoke-free zone, please respect this.

Suspicious People and Vehicles

You can help the Police reduce burglaries and theft from vehicles in your neighbourhood by reporting suspicious activity. 
The Police are always interested in suspicious activity so don’t hesitate to call if you see anything out of the ordinary.
If you see someone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood ask yourself the following questions.

  • Have I seen this person in the neighbourhood before?
  • Does s/he look comfortable doing what they are doing?
  • Is there a sense of purpose to the person’s activity? Do they look like they’re r going somewhere? Are they hesitant or even loitering?
  • What does the person appear to be looking at and why?
  • How did the person come to be in the area? Is there a car nearby, and if s/he is some distance from it? What’s the car registration number?

Answering these questions and even taking notes about the person’s appearance, clothes, height or other distinguishing features can go a long toward identifying a crime suspect and making your neighbourhood a safer place.
If you see any suspicious activity please don’t hesitate and text/call 111 and ask for Police.


Summer Family Picnic

Where: Raumati Marine Gardens, Raumati Beach
When: Sunday 22nd January 2017
Time: 11.00am – 2.00pmBYO lunch.
Wellington Deaf Society has their annual Summer Family Picnic.
Come along and join the fun and will you be their 2017 champions of their tug’ o’ war,
egg ‘ n’ spoon and jumping sack.
Contact Wellington Deaf Society for more information.
Text: 022 024 5229

Postponement date: Sunday 29th January 2017. It will be announce on the WDS
Facebook page if the weather is not nice.


Office Closed Over Christmas Period

Deaf Aotearoa Nelson office will be closed from Friday 23rd December and will open again on Monday 16th January. 
Ali, Jenny and Fran wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Ideas Wanted for TEC Courses

Facilitators are starting to organise TEC courses for 2017.
These courses are designed for Deaf/Hard of Hearing People.
If you have anything that you would like to learn or learn more about, please contact Jenny.
Email: jenny.hennessy-o'
Mobile: 021 939 415


CDS Summer Picnic

Where: Hallswell Quarry, Oval Pinic Area 2
            Entry from Kennedys Bush Road
            Carpark on Cashmere Road
When: Sunday 29th January
Time: 11.00am
Fun community picnic with games, treasure hunts and activities in the sun!
Deaf Club will provide BBQ sausages and bread for lunch.
Please bring your own drinks, extra food, sunscreen and chairs.
For more information, please contact DSC
Text: 022 323 1459

NZSL Morning Tea

Where: Deaf Society Of Canterbury
When: Saturday 17th December
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
You are welcome to join NZSL morning tea to socialise with Deaf, hearing, CODAs and families with Deaf children.
It would be lovely to see Deaf members joining in and helping them practice their NZSL skills.
Please bring a plate to share for morning tea.
For more information, please contact Josje.
Text: 027 427 2702


Michelle and Rebecca Return Dates 2017

Michelle will return to the Deaf Aotearoa office when it reopens on Monday 16th January, 2017.
Rebecca will return to the Deaf Aotearoa Office on 8th February 2017 from the Christmas holiday break.
Please contact Michelle for any enquiries and to book an appointment.
Mobile: 021 471 033

Moana House Annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Where: Moana House, 401 High St, Dunedin, Otago
When: Friday 9th – Thursday 22nd December
Time: 10.00am daily
Every year Moana House runs their famous Christmas Tree Fundraiser.
This is a popular fundraiser and they also supply affordable Christmas Trees to the Dunedin Community.
Trees start at $10. Sales run daily, but they are weather dependant. If you are unsure please call or drive past.
Phone: 03 477 0842

Dunedin Community Christmas Dinner

Where: Dunedin Town Hall 
When: Sunday 25th December 2016
Time: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Cost: Free
Are you expecting to be alone on Christmas Day? Please join in for a delicious free Christmas dinner and great music.
You must book first as numbers are limited.
Alcohol is not allowed and will not be served.
Free bus service is also available.
Contact Connect South for more information and to book.
Phone: 03 471 6177


Office Closed

The Deaf Aotearoa Invercargill office will be closed over the Christmas break.
Office Closed: Thursday 22nd December 2016
Office Reopens: Monday 16th January 2017 

South Alive Night Food Market

Where: South Alive Community Park, Grace Street, South City, Invercargill.
When: Friday 23rd December, 2016
            Friday 20th January, 2017
Costs: Free entry. Dishes are at $10.00 or less - cash only.
Time: 5.00pm – 9.00pm
South Alive are launching this summer in South Alive Community Park.
Come down for a family friendly event with delicious, unique food and enjoy some music.
Rain or shine.

Christmas at Windsor Community Church

Where: Windsor Community Church, 19 Windsor Street, Invercargill
When: Saturday 24th December 2017
Time: 7.00pm 
Costs: Free
There will be a Christmas service, carols and lights, light supper for the whole family. 

Southland Youth Group - Update

Thank you to those who turned up for the meeting.
There was a great response to the group and some really good ideas and very keen children.
Rebecca will keep in touch and will send out an email for 2017.
Please contact Rebecca if you are interested and would like to know more.
Text: 021 554 905