National News

National Deaf Rugby Tournament

This weekend marks the 21st National Deaf Rugby Tournament and three zones, Northern, Central and Southern will come to Wellington to claim ownership of the Aotearoa Turi Shield this year.

The rugby games will take place at Te Whaea Artificial Turf on Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington (not Hataitai Park because the Wellington City Council has closed the grounds this weekend). To know when the kick off times are and who are competing, please see flier attached.

Come and show your support for your local zone!

The NZSL in Action Awards Gala tickets are now on SALE!!
Tickets include dinner, drinks package and entertainment.
Where: Te Papa (Te Marae, Level 4)
When: Saturday 17th May
Time: 6:30pm until 11:30pm

Buy your tickets from Eventfinda!

Te Papa Highlights Tour

Where: Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington
When: Sunday 18th May
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Cost:      Adult:  $10   (Standard price $14)
Children:  $5    (Standard price $7)
Interpreters will be provided.
Come and explore a selection of Te Papa’s exhibitions on this informative and engaging tour. 
The objectives of these tours are to:
  • Introduce the main exhibits and exhibition spaces in Te Papa
  • An overall orientation of the museum to allow people to explore on their own
  • Natural History: earthquakes, volcanoes, animal and plant life
  • Social and cultural history: first arrivals (Māori), the Treaty of Waitangi and colonisation and migration
  • And much more
If you are going to the New Zealand Sign Language In Actions Awards Gala on Saturday 17th May, you can come to this tour as well!  Just book your flight back home on Sunday afternoon.

Social Housing Changes Effective From 14 April 2014

Important social housing changes come into effect from 14th April.
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) now manages applications for social housing and refers people on the waiting list to social housing providers. This means if you require housing assistance, you should now contact MSD.
The Government has also opened up the income-related rent subsidy to more housing providers. This means from today, people on the waiting list for social housing could be referred to Housing New Zealand or to a registered community housing provider when a suitable property becomes available.
MSD is responsible for:-
  • assessing people's eligibility for social housing
  • assessing people's need for a house
  • managing the waiting list for social housing
  • referring people to social housing providers
  • calculating and administering income-related rents
  • paying income-related rent subsidies to housing providers
Housing New Zealand will continue to:-
  • be the landlord to all state housing tenants and manage their nationwide portfolio of 69,000 properties
  • provide housing to people referred to them by MSD
  • manage tenancies, including organising repairs.

More information is avaliable from

Mark Berry Standing Down From Executive Board

Mark Berry has stepped down from the Deaf Aotearoa Executive Board for three months. He will not serve as a Executive Board member from 31 March to 30 June. He had to step down because he is working for the Ministry of Education. Deaf Aotearoa has employed Mark Berry and seconded him to the Ministry of Education.

This means, until 30 June, Deaf Aotearoa members will be unable to contact Mark about any matters for the Executive Board. However all members are encouraged to contact other members of the Executive Board because they will be able to deal with any matters in Mark's absence. After 30 June Mark will return to the Executive Board and members will be able to contact him.

Northland News

Waipu Easter Carnival

When: Saturday 19th, 9:00am to 2:00pm.
Where: Caledonian Park, Waipu Town centre, Bream Bay.

Waipu Easter Carnival is a fun-filled family day out with lots to keep the kids & adults entertained while indulging in delicious food, and hunt for bargains.

The Waipu Lawn Mower crew will be out in force, along with the local circus performers and entertainers to keep you amused for hours.

The favourites are back…homemade Russian fudge, toffee apples, delightful cakes and goodies and the ever so popular homemade preserves! Quick fire raffles, crafts, white elephant, books, kids’ zone with a variety of games including mini hot rods, pony rides, mini golf, bouncy castles & lots lots more!

Steampunk Sunday

Where: Kiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park, 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei
When: Sunday 20 April, 10:00am – 3:00pm
How much: Adult: $10.00 and children free.

A fantastic family fun day out! Join Kraken's Lair Steampunk group in Kiwi North's beautiful grounds. Croquet on the Green, visit the Museum with the World War 1 commemorative exhibition, the "Moa Cave" exhibition, beautiful Taonga Maori and much, much more.

Ride the steam train, mini trains, tractor and hay trailer rides. Visit Planetarium North and the vintage restoration clubs.

Sausage sizzle, tea, coffee and cakes at the Museum Café.  Join in the fun - come in costume and you may win a prize!

Artisans Fair On Easter Monday

Where: Victoria Canopy, Quayside, Whangarei
When: Easter Monday 8:30am to 1:30pm

The Artisans Fairs are a wonderful market showcasing the arts and crafts from throughout Northland hosted in the Whangarei Town Basin on the Victoria Canopy Bridge. Arts, crafts, live music, gourmet food, community and lots of fun!

Auckland News

Auckland Deaf Society - Anzac Day 25th April

Where: Auckland Deaf Society
                164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral
Time: 7.30 pm.
Prizes: For Best Service Outfit.

Come dressed up in”services” uniform, e.g war uniform, navy, nurse, police and more!

Deaf people from Argentina and Australia will be visiting Deaf Club on the night to meet our Deaf members. They are coming to Auckland to play at the Tri Nation Deaf Ten Pin Bowling tournament that weekend. Come along and meet some new friends or catch up with old friends.

KDEC Art Auction Reminder

When: Thursday 15th May 2014
Time: 6.30 pm
Where: Kelston Deaf Education Centre – follow the signs to Art Auction Room.

Please drop off any art work donations before 5th May 2014 at KDEC Reception
(Remember to label with your name)
Proceeds of auction will  go towards new Marae and students’ Japan visit this year.

Contact: Sarah Cameron

15 Prison Paintings Called “I Will Die the Way I Lived”

When: Sat 19 Apr 2014, 9:00am–4:00pm            
                Tue 22 Apr 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
                Wed 23 Apr 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm           
                Thu 24 Apr 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Where: Artstation, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland

An exhibition of paintings by  Antonio Guerrero, one of the Cuban Five.

“All these images have one thing in common: they recall the unjust, cruel treatment given to us since the very first day of our detention.”

These 15 watercolours capture the early days in 1998 when the Cuban Five - five political prisoners unjustly imprisoned in the U.S. - were locked up in the “hole.”

Guerrero, serving a sentence of 21 years and 10 months, is currently in a medium security prison in Florida. He taught himself to draw and paint in prison, with the help of books and tuition from other inmates. The title he chose for the collection, “I will die the way I lived,” is from a song by Silvio Rodríguez about remaining steadfast in support of Cuba’s socialist revolution.

In fact, the five people were guilty of no crime at all. What they were doing was collecting information on murderous counter-revolutionary Cuban American paramilitary organisations, which operate with impunity from bases in the US. These groups have a fifty-year history of organising bombings, assassinations, and other assaults on Cubans and other supporters of the Cuban revolution within the US, in Cuba itself, and other countries.

Sunday Fundays At Rocket Ropes

Where: Rocket Ropes, 12 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland
When: Sunday 20th April 2014, 10:00am – Sunday 4th  May 2014, 2:00pm
When: Sun 20 Apr 2014, 10:00am–2:00pm
Sun 27 Apr 2014, 10:00am–2:00pm
Sun 4 May 2014, 10:00am–2:00pm
Ticket Information: Half hour session child: $5.00
Additional fees may apply
Come and join the fun at Rocket Ropes these school holidays! We have 3 Sundays of fun & activities!

Only $5 per person includes a half hour session on the Climbing wall, Long Drop and the Cargo Net! Choose your session time between 10am & 2pm, sessions run every half hour and last for 30 minutes. Max of 5 people per session, minimum age 6.

Bookings  essential. Get in quick before they book out!

For more info or to book email: or phone 09 275 8880 ext 2

Motat Lego® Display and The Lego® Movie Promo

Where: MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology), 805 Great North Rd, Auckland
When: Friday  18th  April  2014, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday  19th  April  2014, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday  20th  April  2014, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Monday 21st  April  2014, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: Family pass (2 adults, 4 children): $40.00
Adults: $16.00
Students/children 5-16 yrs: $8.00
children under 5 and SuperGold Cardholders: free
Door sales only
To celebrate the launch of The LEGO® Movie in cinemas April 17th  join Motat for four days of The LEGO® Movie activities and giveaways. Meet Emmet the star of The LEGO® Movie at Motat on 19th & 20th April from 10am to 11.30am.

Plus, the Auckland LEGO® Users Group will be at Motat demonstrating on 18-21 April from 10am daily. So bring the kids down for an exciting day of LEGO® at Motat

Waikato News

April School Holiday Programme

When:                  Tuesday 22 April – Friday 2 May
Where:                 Waikato Museum, 1 Grantham St, Hamilton
Restrictions:       All ages
Tickets:                 $35.00
Website:                      or txt: 021 4588 2432
Your family will be able to enjoy plenty of fun-filled days at Waikato Museum. Some half-day options are available. Morning/full day programmes include entry to Exscite or Planet Warriors.

Other daily programmes include:
  • Fire catapults, make swords and shields and invade the Garden Place Library for storytelling and fun
  • Make and play games from Great Grandad's Day and Marvellous Musical Instruments
  • Design and Create Roman Armour and Jewellery
  • Make a Roman oil lamp
  • Vintage Fabric Toys and Science Magic
  • History Investigators: Uncover the Mysteries of the Museum and the Library
  • The Junior Curator's Big Day In and Museum-in-a-Box
  • Explore River Plants and River Stories
So much to do… so little time!

Ye Taupo Medieval Faire

When:                  10am – 4pm, Friday 25 – Sunday 27 April 
Where:                 Tongariro North Domain, Tongariro Street, Taupo
Restrictions:       All ages
Tickets:                 Adults $10                           Children under 12 FREE
Website:              Ye Taupo Medieval Faire 2014
Ye Taupo Medieval Faire - Knightly fights, massed battles, historic arts and sciences in the Living History encampment.  It is a mixture of entertainments - historical information, exciting combat and performances.

Plenty of activities for you to 'have a go' - ranging from arts, crafts and wild dancing. Participants can dress in costumes of their chosen historic period.  Take up the offer to shoot-a-knight, sit in the stocks, or visit the encampment to learn about living through the Dark Ages…  or how camp life had changed by the 15th century.

There will be a Medieval market with traders who will be displaying and selling their crafts, food, maybe mead & wine. There are theatricals and musical entertainments interspersing with the tournament on the combat list - where weapons clash and arrows fly throughout the day. Your mellow Medieval day could include, watching, enjoying new skills, examining, buying, sampling foods, watching plays and performers…

All well worth coming to enjoy!

Edventure Outdoors

When:                  Monday 28 – Friday 2 May
Where:                 Hamilton West School, 36 Hammond St, Hamilton
Restrictions:       8 – 13yr olds only
Cost:                      As outlined below
This is the main programme, which is designed to get kids involved in outdoor activities... caving, tramping, fishing, hut building, bush survival skills, archery. We aim to turn your child into the next Bear Grylls. Guaranteed to challenge and excite children these holidays.

These holidays:
  • Monday:              Gone Fishing- Trout                                                        $60
  • Tuesday:              Gone Fishing - Snapper                                                 $70
  • Wednesday:      Bush Walk, Archery, Outdoors Day                          $65
  • Thursday:            Kani Cave Day                                                                    $65
  • Friday:                  Karamu Cave Day                                                             $65
  • Complete Outdoors Week                                                                          $275

Bay of Plenty News


There will be two events during NZSL Week. Please keep the dates open and it will be awesome to have you all involved to celebrate NZSL Week.

Sunday 11th May at 1pm, a cruise on Kewpie Cruise around Tauranga Harbour.

Sunday 18th May at 1pm a guided tour and cultural performance at Whakarewarewa Village in Rotorua.

Both events will involve reduced costs for the Deaf community and more information will be shared with you soon.

Easter In The Park

When: Sunday 20th April from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Coronation Park, Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui

A family day of fun filled with music, food, activities for the children and more.

ANZ Netball Championship

When: Sunday 27th April, start time 7:20pm
Where: Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua

Cost: Adults $20.00
         Children under 12 years $15.00
         Children under 2 years free but must sit on parent's or caregiver's lap.

Watch Netball, Magic play against Adelaide Thunderbirds

Click here for more information.

Rotorua Museum Easter Egg Hunt

When: Every day from Friday 18th April to Sunday 4th May, from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua
Cost: Free to residents who live in Rotorua.

Click on this link      for more information and map.


Taranaki News

New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival

Friday 18 April - Sunday 4 May
Time: Various
Location: Various, New Plymouth

The New Zealand Home Loans Surf Festival guarantees an unforgettable audience and participant experience. Featuring the finest women’s surf talent from around the globe in the Port Taranaki Pro - ASP Women's 6 Star WQS and Chain Resources Men's and Women's 2 Star Junior QS's.

These events are preceded by the Fisher and Paykel Easter Masters, Powerco Surf Coaching Sessions, The Art of Surfing Expression Session, a Surfing Taranaki Groms Interclub Comp, a Rip Curl GromSearch Comp and a Wahine on Waves Women's Surf Day.

Also, check out the Festival Village at Fitzroy Beach as well as the surf photography exhibition, films and much more!

Keep an eye on Facebook ( and our website for more event details.

Prices: Free
Contact: New Plymouth District Council
Phone: 06-759 6060

Vague De Cirque - Carousel And Clothesline

Saturday 19 April
Time: 8:00pm-9:15pm
Location: TSB Showplace (TSB Theatre), New Plymouth

Direct from Montreal and created by two of Canada's foremost circus artists (Cirque Du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, TeatroZinzanni) - Vague de Cirque make their Australia and New Zealand debut!

Balancinga an insatiable quest for grandeur and glitz with the daily grind of life, seven acclaimed acrobats form and extraordinary ensemble in Carousel and Clothesline, this year's must-see-performance.

Combining comedy with high-level acrobatics, Carousel and Clothesline uses the fascinating world of funfair life and its intriguing nomad people as a main guideline; a show where an acrobatic vocabulary of the most uncommon and spectacular articultes around a unique carousel.

Among international renown artists, Jason Fergusson and Coen Clarke are two Australians acrobats who left their native country to live the Montreal dream (and to learn the russian bar!)

Prices: Adult $46 Child (2-14yrs) $30 Family $140 Concession $44 Student $40 Group $38 * Service fees apply
Contact: TicketMaster
Phone: 0800 111 999

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday 20 April
Time: 10.30am
Location: Hurworth House, 906 Carrington Rd, New Plymouth

Chocolate egg hunt, craft your own carrier, spot the bush bunnies!

Bring your picnic and enjoy the beautiful grounds!

Wet weather day: Easter Monday.

Prices: Gold coin
Contact: Deonne
Phone: 06-759 2006 / 0272205248

Good Home Mountainairs V Waikato Pistons

Thursday 24 April
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: TSB Stadium, New Plymouth

Will the Airs shoot down the Pistons?
Will the Good Home Mountainairs rise to the occasion?

Come and see the new teams for the 2014 season, with the Taranaki home game.

Infants under five years are free if sitting on a lap. Patrons 5 to 17 years need to pay for a child pass.

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

Puke Ariki School Holiday Programme

Thursday 24 April
Time: Stories at 1.00pm, activity table until 4.00pm
Location: Discover it! Puke Ariki Library, New Plymouth

Come and join us for some fabulous ANZAC stories followed by craft activities. NO NEED TO BOOK.

Children under 13 please bring an adult.

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

Hawkes Bay News

TEC Healthy Cooking

Reminder change of dates.

Where; HBDC, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
When; Wednesday 21st May & 28th May 2014 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Enliven Presbyterian Support will be giving the Deaf community an opportunity to learn more about healthy cooking. There will be two sessions and a New Zealand Sign Language interpreter will be there.

New Zealand Sign Language Week Events

Just a reminder that we are having NZSL Week again in May. We do this every year for one week to promote and share with other people our language – New Zealand Sign Language, one of the three New Zealand official languages.

We will be having some events to promote and celebrate NZSL Week.
  • Event 1;            Hawkes Bay Deaf Club Celebrating Night – Pizza night Saturday 17th May.
  • Event 2;            A stall at Farmers Market Hastings Tomoana Show grounds on Sunday 18th May from 8am.
  • Event 3;            KIT Day (Keep In Touch) for Gisborne on Wednesday 21st May.
  • Event 4;            KIT Day (Keep In Touch) for Hawkes Bay Senior on Thursday 22nd May.
  • Event 5;            KIT Day (Keep In Touch) for Hawkes Bay Junior on Friday 23rd May.
We are looking for volunteers to help us to promote and give out information on New Zealand Sign Language Week.  Please contact Lee if you wish to help out.  Come along and meet some of the Deaf and hearing impaired children and meet hearing people and show them some sign language.


Where;              Farndon Park Domain, Corner of Farndon Road and Highway 2, Clive, Hastings
When;               Sunday 27 April 2014, 8:30am – 12:00pm
Entry;               $25.00 per adult

This is a non-competitive family fun event that utilises the Rotary Pathways between Farndon Park in Clive and the Clifton Bay Cafe. Participants can enter for a 7k or 15k walk or run. The run/walk will be timed, but it is not a race and there will be spot prizes only. The Clive to Clifton dash is a competitive event for runners only and a trophy will be awarded to the person getting first place.

To register please go here -

Manawatu News

Computer And Literacy Workshop

When: Thursday 15th May (starts and then every Thursday for 6 weeks)
Time: 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm
Where: Stewart Centre, 38 West Street, Palmerston North

You will learn the following: Using Internet, Web based email, Social Media, Using Windows, Using MS Word, English Grammar, Sentence Structure and Conversational English.

Fantastic, after so many requests for computer and English courses, we have decided to combine, making it easier.  Also it has taken a very long time to finally find 2 tutors and a place for this workshop and we feel lucky to be able to provide this workshop for you. 

However we have not had many people putting their name down: this opportunity won't come again in the near future and we need to make the most of this opportunity.

If you wish to put your name down please contact Lianna, details are in the flier.

Manawatu Deaf Club

The Deaf club is closed this week. But will be open on Anzac day

When: Friday 25th April
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55a Totara Road, Palmerston North

Come along and join us with some fun games! 

Reminder, bring your own drinks as the bar is not open this month.

Kite Festival

When: Saturday 26th April
Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Where: Te Patikiktiki, Monrad Park , Highbury Ave, Palmerston North
Cost: Free

There will be kite demonstrations by local enthusiasts.

Bring along your own kite or make one on the day!

Bring your family, kite and picnic lunch and enjoy the colourful flying kites on the day!

Wellington News

Deaf Access Centre – Hutt City Council

Our Deaf Access Centre based in Lower Hutt will be closed due to their Council going through restructuring and building developments.

We apologise for this inconvenience. Please contact Wellington staff if you wish to see one of us. We are looking at other venues in the Hutt to set up a Deaf Access Centre.

Wellington Employment Consultant, Stephanie Ross-Smith

Stephanie will be leaving Deaf Aotearoa Wellington office on 17 April. We wish her all the best with her new job. If you have any issues with your employment or need help at your workplace, please contact Ruth Coburn,

Nelson News

Nelson AGM

Nelson Deaf Inc. Would like to thank all those who attended the AGM on Sunday 13th April at 1pm.

Here is the new Committee for the Nelson Deaf Inc:

President: Robbie Robbinson.
Vice President: Rachel Summers
Treasurer: Robert Hewison
Secretary: Rachel Summers
Cathy Gutschlag
Wendy Brydon
Andrew Miller

Easter Church Service At
Unite Church With An Interpreter

When: Sunday 20th April at 10am
Where: 173 Rutherford Street Nelson at 10am

All welcome


The ANZAC Experience

When: Friday 25th April 10am-4pm
Saturday 26th April 10am-4pm
Sunday 27th April 10am-4pm.

Where: Founders Heritage Park 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson
Cost: $5.00

A living history experience of trench warfare & life in war time, displays, children's activities, street performances & poetry readings.

From the moment you enter Founder's Heritage Park, experience total First World War immersion.

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of First World War trenches with a working field kitchen, bunk room and first aid room.

See a reconstruction of Tapawera Training Camp, complete with drill and kit inspections.

Witness a conscientious objector as he stands up to officialdom for his beliefs.

Hear street performances of original songs highlighting mothers, daughters and sisters waving their men off to war and surviving without them.

Join the' Resistance Challenge' and try the 'Uncrackable Code Competition'. Guards demand ID papers so make sure you have your 'Lest We Forget ID papers' to hand!

Children's fete, 'Walls of Remembrance' static displays, storyboards, multi-media projection, live poetry readings and much, much more.

Canterbury News

New Zealand Sign Language Week Volunteers

Your local Community Relations Officer, Victoria Walters, is looking for people who would like to volunteers for our NZSL Week 2014; to support with events or other duties.

If you are interested, please contact Victoria, and you will receive a free t-shirt. Thank you.

AllSports Family Fun Day – Halbery Disability Sport Foundation

AllSports Family Fun Day in 2012 was run by Halbery Disability Sport Foundation was successful and they would like to plan another one – Family Fun Day 2014 for all physically disabled young people. They will be having a meeting to discuss what you do or don’t like and how can they improve the day!

When: Tuesday 6th May, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
Where: Christchurch City Council, Beckenham Service Centre, 66 Colombo St

Please contact or text 027 224 8123 for more information.

Please contact Justin to book a New Zealand Sign Language interpreter, if you are attend the meeting.

Meccano Show

Over the Easter weekend, there is a Meccano club presenting model displays to enthuse children of all ages, as well displays of Lego, K’nex, Torro and Dinky Toys, Hornby Electric Trains and Lego Electric Trains and a popular ‘build & play’ model making for everyone to be available.

More details of venue, cost -

Otago News

Staff On Leave

Fi is on leave from 17th April and will be back in the office 22nd April
Michelle is on leave from the 18th April and will be back in the office 28th April

Volunteers Needed For NZSL Week

NZSL Week is approaching and Dunedin needs volunteers to lend a hand.

Volunteers are needed to help with NZSL Week displays and   Pop Up Cafes,

Minimal experience in NZSL is an advantage..

Please contact Fi if you are able to lend a hand


Text: 021 276 5646

New Zealand Sign Language Week 2014 – My Favourite Sign

Fi is looking for people who would like to sign their favourite sign for  NZSL Week 2014.
Do you have favourite sign that you always sign?
If you don’t have a video camera to film yourself, Fi or Michelle can film you with the office video camera.
Contact Fi at the office to make a time if you would like us to help you
Text: 021 276 5646

ANZAC Day Services in Dunedin

DUNEDIN Parade Service 6.30am
March: Cnr Crawford & Rattray Streets Cenotaph, Queen’s Gardens Veteran March commences at 6.15 am
Dawn Service commences at 6.30am
Wreath’s will be laid as part of the Service.
Next of kin may wear medals on the right side of the chest.

Anderson’s Bay Soldiers Cemetery- Posy laying 9.30am
Montecillo Veterans Home and Hospital -11 am Raising HMNZS TOROA Ensign

34th Annual Star Regent 24 hour Book Sale

When: Friday 2nd May
Where: Regent Theatre The Octagon
Time: 12.00pm Friday till 12.00pm Saturday
Tens of thousands of books over half of them only $1
Books for all tastes, from cooking and gardening to westerns and romance novels

Not All White – Wedding Dresses by Tanya Carlson

When: Until the 26th April
Where: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm daily
Cost: Free
To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of iD Dunedin, the Gallery is delighted to present a collection of wedding dresses by Dunedin designer Tanya Carlson curated by dress historian Dr Jane Malthus. These spectacular gowns from the last two decades, many constructed for well-known and celebrated New Zealanders, showcase Carlson's beautiful fabrics and couture techniques in a diverse range of colours and styles.

Southland News

Staff Whereabouts

Rebecca will be away on Tuesday 22nd April for Southland Anniversary Day. Office will re open Wednesday 23rd April 9am-2.30pm .
Have a happy and safe Easter !

Volunteers Needed

NZSL Week runs from 12th -18th May. If you want to be a part of the celebrations and events, and can offer some of your time , come have a chat to Rebecca at the office .

My Favorite Sign

What’s Your Favorite Sign ?
My favorite Sign is a fun way for everyone to get involved with New Zealand Sign Language Week .
If you would like to get involved come in and see Rebecca and she can video and upload for you onto the website, or alternatively you can submit yourself and upload onto Deaf Aotearoas NZSL Week website .
Pick a sign that means something to you, video yourself signing it , upload…Easy .!


What :     DCMS Meeting
Where :  Workermans Club
When:     27th April 2014
Time:       2pm

May Day

What :        Health and Disability Expo
Where :     Workermans Club (fully accessible , lift available )
When :       Saturday 3rd May 2014
Time :         10am -3pm
Cost :           Free  Health Checks ,Blood Pressure ,Blood Sugars ,etc
                      Free Tote Bags for first 1000 visitors
                      Free competitions, prizes and giveaways .
60 Exhibitors on hand to provide health and disability assistance , info and products at this fun day out.