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Better Access to Emergency Information

Deaf Aotearoa met with the Civil Defence and Emergency Management department in early January as a follow up from the 14th November earthquake.

This was a very positive meeting outlining how our respective organisations can work together to ensure better access to emergency information for Deaf people.

Deaf Aotearoa staff were shown around the CDEM bunker under the Beehive, where this video was filmed in the very small media briefing room.

NZSL Week 2017 Tutor Applications

Tutors Wanted for NZSL Week 2017 Taster Classes

Deadline date: Friday 3rd March 2017

Are you:
- Confident?
- Fluent in NZSL?
- Passionate about Deaf culture, NZSL Week and teaching NZSL?
- Available during May 2017?

Applications close Friday 3rd March 2017.

For more information about being a Taster Class tutor, email:

For support filling out the application form, contact your local Deaf Aotearoa facilitator.

Visit the NZSL Week website to fill out the application form:

NZSL Fund - Round 3 Applications Are Now Open

Deaf View 4


New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival


Northland Office Closure

When: Monday 30th January – Tuesday 7th February
Staff will be on leave during this period.
Monday 30th January is Auckland Anniversary day.
If you need an interpreter, please contact below.
Text: 021 545 273

Te Tai Tokerau Deaf Society 55th Aniversary

 Northland Club
              Porowini Ave
When: Saturday 18th February
Time: Doors open - 5.30pm
           Dinner served - 6.30pm
Ticket Price: $40
Buy your dinner ticket now or before Tuesday 31st January.
Please use your name as a reference if you are doing a bank transfer.
Please email for the account number if you do not have it:
You will be emailed when your payment and ticket has been confirmed.
Dinner and Dessert Menu
Seafood chowder with bread
Potato salad
Garden salad with beetroot 
Dipping platter ( spring rolls, fish,bite, wonton)

Roast beef
Roast seasonal veg. (Potato, Kumara, Pumpkin)
Sweet chill meat balls
Pasta bake
Creamy Broccoli

Mini Pavlova with whip cream
Mix mini sweeties tart
55th Anniversary cake

You must buy your own drinks.
If you don't want dinner, come after 8.30pm.


Where: Caffler Park Rose Gardens,
              Water St, Whangarei
When: Saturday 28th January 2017
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Free
ArtBeat is Whangarei’s largest free interactive arts festival.
This year will be ArtBeat’s 21st birthday!
Enjoy over 60 stalls of local arts & crafts and delicious food.


Auckland Office Closure

The office will be closed on Monday 30th January due to Auckland Anniversary Day.

NZSL Tours at Sculpture on the Gulf

Where: Sculpture on the Gulf Pavilion, Matiatia
When: Sunday 5th February and Sunday 19th February
Time: 11.15am
Do you like art?
Do you like to walk?
Do you like to get fresh air?
There will be two NZSL tours at Sculpture on the Gulf on Waiheke Island.
Please note, there will be two tours.
If you would like to attend you must RSVP to the email below.

Unpacking Disability Law Programme 2017 

Where: Potters Park Event Centre, Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road
Registrations for our new Unpacking Disability Law Programme is open.
This free community based programme is focused on making your legal rights on disability easy to understand.
If you require an NZSL interpreter, please advise them two weeks in advance of your session.
Unpacking Disability Law is designed for disabled people and supporters.
You can come to the entire programme or you can choose which sessions interest you.
Each week the sessions are 10am to 1pm.
To register send your name, email address, contact phone number, date and session(s) name you are interested.
Text: 027 457 5140
Phone: 09 257 5140
You are welcome to bring a support person, family member or agency with you.

Please let them know if you have any other access needs.

South Auckland

South Auckland Office Closure

The office will be closed on Monday 30th January due to Auckland Anniversary Day.

Auckland Waka Festival

Where: Viaduct Event Centre and Viaduct Basin
When: Saturday 20th – Monday 30th January
Time: 10.00am – 6.00pm every day

Waitangi Day Celebrations

Where: Hayman Park Manukau
When: Monday 6th February
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
This is a free event and there is also fun games and food for sale as well.


Waikato Office Closure

When: Monday 30th January

The office will be closed on Monday due to Auckland Anniversary day.

School Holidays Activities at The Fun Shed

Where: 4 Kells Place, Hamilton, Waikato
Cost: $7.50 - $14 – Door sales only.
Not sure what to during the last couple of weeks of the school holidays?
Check out The Fun Shed! They have lots of indoor activities.
For more information visit their Facebook page or send an email.

Antique and Collectables Fair

Where: Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive, Hamilton
When: Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, and Sunday 5th February 2017
Tickets: Adults - $6
               Children - free when accompanied by an adult
               Tickets are valid for all three days
If you enjoy collecting vintage items there here will be plenty of items up for grabs at the fair!
If you have any questions, please contact Nisha.
Mobile: 021 621 933

Waitangi Day at Waikato Museum

Where: Waikato Museum, 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton
When: Saturday 4th February, 2017- 10am-5pm
Cost: Free

Not NZSL interpreted 

Join in and help celebrate and acknowledge New Zealand’s national day with performances by the community for the community.

If you have any questions, please contact Nisha.
Mobile: 021 621 933

Hamilton River Market

Where: Sonning Carpark, 201 River Rd, Hamilton, Waikato
When: Every Sunday
Time: 8.00am – 1.00pm
Cost: Free
More than just a farmers market! Check it out.
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty Office Closure

The office will be closed on Monday 30th January, due to Auckland Anniversary Day.
Colina Hoye will be away on annual leave from Tuesday 7th February and returning to work on Monday 20th February.
Sue Lessing will be away on study leave for a week from Monday 20th - Friday 24th February, returning to work on Monday 27th February.
Have a lovely long weekend and stay safe.

Book Fair Mount Lions and Lioness Clubs

Where: Mount Sports Centre, Blake Park, corner of Hull & Maunganui Rds.
When: Friday 27th January from 5.00pm - 9.00pm
            Saturday 28th January from 9.00am - 5.00pm
            Sunday 29th January from 9.00am - 4.00pm
Cost: Free entry
Books, puzzles, DVD's, CD's, vinyl records.
Eftpos available.
Bring your own bags.

Baypark Family Speedway Stock Car

Where: ASB Baypark Stadium, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
When: Saturday 28th January
Time: 6.30pm – 10.00pm
Cost: Adults $20.00
          Child $10.00
Club Teams from around the North Island battle it out in a unique “all in” teams race.
Click here for more information and future upcoming dates.

Gypsy Fair

Where: Memorial Park, Devonport Road, Tauranga, 
When: Saturday 4th February from 9.00am – 5.00pm
             Saturday 5th February from 9.00am – 5.00pm
             Monday 6th February from 9.00am – 5.00pm
Arts, crafts and interesting market stalls, kids fun, food options, talented musicians, unique tiny homes.

Greerton Family Festival

Where: Greerton Village School, 151 Greerton Rd Tauranga
When: Monday 6th February
Time: 10.30am – 3.00pm
Cost: Free
Come and join in for a free, fun, family day out in Greerton Village.
Free food for a limited time, food vendors, life-sized foosball, jousting ring, bungee run, live entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo, old-fashioned family games, children's competition and lots of fun. 


Taranaki Office – Staff Hours

Tania Stuart
Monday 8.30am – 4.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 4.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 3.00pm
DDI: 06 215 4780
Mobile: 021 540 198
Niki Jenkinson
Monday 9.00am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 4.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 4.00pm
DDI: 06 758 0579
Mobile: 021 556 989

Lisa Masters
Wednesday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 8.30am – 1.00pm

Text: 021 621 897
Please note the office is closed on a Thursday and a Friday.  These days are appointment only days.

Taranaki Deaf Club Activity

Taranaki Deaf Club has organised two clay making workshops.
First workshop
Where: The Potters Shed, 34 Brookes Street, Inglewood
When Saturday 4th February
Time: 10.00am – approximately 12.00pm
Learn about working with clay and making your own creations.
An interpreter will be at this workshop.
Second workshop
Where: The Potters Shed, 34 Brookes Street, Inglewood
Date: Saturday 25th February
Time: 10.00am until you finish painting
Cost: $20 per person
Cover clay materials and firing.
Limit to 10 people - everyone welcome including Deaf Youth.
Bring a rolling pin with you.
To register your interest please text Evelyn or leave a comment on the Facebook page.
Text: 027 346 2218

Youth Community Army – YMCA

The youth community army is a group of young people that volunteer their time to give back to the community through existing fundraising initiatives, as well as events and projects planned by the Youth community army committee;
YMCA is looking for committee members who are:

  • 15-24 years of age
  • Team players
  • Motivated
  • Able to commit to a weekly late afternoon/early evening meeting
  • Honest and Reliable
  • Able and confident to promote programmes and events
YMCA is looking for Youth Community Army volunteers who are:
  • 12-24 years of age
  • Able to commit to volunteer for one event during the year

To find out more, or register for the committee OR Youth Community Army contact Carli Rogers
Mobile: 021 024 19107
Phone: 06 758 3666 ext. 839 

Deaf Aotearoa Taranaki Garden

“Last year staff member Niki Jenkinson planted a vegetable garden outside the Taranaki Disability Information Centre Trust building.
Walking outside at lunch break to collect food for our plates was a very appealing and sustainable idea.
The garden went crazy over the break – check out all the tomatoes! Chives are hiding under the tomatoes!
We planted tomatoes, parsley, chives and lettuce.”

You too can plant your own garden. 
If you do not have access to land, you can use pots.
This is a great individual/family activity; teaching your children how to grow vegetables and eat fresh. 
This is a very satisfying activity, to go outside and collect produce directly for your plate.  It also saves you money.
If you would like to learn about gardening for self-sufficiency please contact Niki.

Disability Action Group

“Kia ora, my name is Christina I would like to tell you, now I’m the Deaf representative for Disability Action Group for Taranaki Base hospital.
Sue Young has decided to step down as Rep, I decided to step up and take over from her. If Deaf Hard of Hearing have any problems, you want help, support to solve, tell me.
The Committee wants to help , make sure hospital has a smooth service, so please tell me.
My text number: 027 417 0609
Any issues eg; Book interpreter, Communication, Signs and directions. If you want any help, tell me.
Thank you.”

Hawkes Bay

Hastings City Night Market

Where: Albert Square Hastings, Heretaunga Street East, Hastings, Hawke's Bay
When: Thursday 2nd February 2017, 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 9th February 2017, 5.00pm – 8.00pm         
Thursday 16th February 2017, 5.00pm – 8.00pm   
Entry: Free
Stop by the market after work to buy dinner for the family or pic up fresh veggies. The food is diverse and full of flavour with something for everyone to enjoy.
Live music and activities for the kids encourage families to sit down and stay.

Napier Night Fiesta

 Clive Square, Napier, Hawke's Bay
When:  Every Friday from Friday 20th January – Friday 24th February 2017, 5:30pm
Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm         
Entry: Free
Meet your friends, bring your family and your picnic rug and relax at this new weekly event.


Personal Safety Tips from New Zealand Police

If you are ever unsure or see unusual activity, text 111 immediately.
If you wake up and find an INTRUDER in your home

  • Get out if you can.
  • Text 111 for Police.
  • Tell the police what is happening & read what they tell you.
  • If you have to act – yell or scream. Blow a whistle.
  • Don’t try and catch the intruder or block their escape.
If you suspect there is a PROWLER outside
  • Text 111 for Police.
  • Tell the police what is happening & read what they tell you.
  • If you are able to, turn ON all outside lights.
  • Turn OFF all inside lights.
  • Make a loud noise to frighten the prowler away and alert your neighbours. 
If you arrive home and think there’s a BURGLAR inside your house
  • Text 111 Police.
  • Don’t go inside.
  • Go to a safe place and wait for Police. 
To keep yourself safe at home
  • Install a wide-angle door viewer so you can see who is at the door.
  • Keep your doors and windows secure and close your curtains at night.
  • Invest in good quality, secure locks.
  • If you live alone, don’t advertise the fact – for example keep your answer phone message generic – “No one is available to take your call” – rather than “I can’t take your call”.


Looking For Work? Having Problems at Work?

Did you say yes to one of these?
Deaf Aotearoa can support you with preparations to look for work, e.g. creating a new CV, updating your current CV, learn how to do cover letters, support you through your job search and more.
Please contact Deaf Aotearoa staff as we will be able to ensure that we can guide you through your journey to reach your goals.
Are you still working and you are not happy at work for whatever reasons, Deaf Aotearoa can support you with your concerns whatever they may be whether you are frustrated with your work colleague, not happy at how things are going at work, not booking interpreters for your staff meetings/one on one meetings and more…Contact Deaf Aotearoa to create a plan so that we can assist you through your concerns.

Whanganui Deaf Community Lunch Club

Virginia Lake, 110 Great N Road, St Johns Hill, Whanganui
When: Tuesday 7th February (Monday is Waitangi day – statutory holiday)
Time: 11.30am
BYO: Lunch and Drink, also picnic chair or rug
This will be the first Whanganui Deaf Community Lunch club for 2017. If the weather is fine, we will have a picnic at Virginia Lake. 
Don’t forget to bring a hat and some sunblock!
If the weather is not good, we will move to the Deaf Access Centre, based at CCS, Churton Street, Whanganui.  

Waitangi Day 2017

When: Monday 6th February
Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Deaf Aotearoa will be having a participation stall at the Palmerston North City’s Waitangi Day commemoration.  Come along and say hello!
Come together with your community to enjoy the entertainment and food. There will be workshops, activity stations, music and stalls. 
Waitangi Day is also an opportunity to improve your knowledge and understanding of our nation’s birth and modern identity.
Remembering of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and embracing the principles of whanaungatanga (working together), come along to this free community event which has been supported by the Palmerston North City Council.

Backyard Bash At Te Manawa

 Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
When: Saturday 28th January
Time: 11.00 am to 2.30pm
Do you have young children or grandchildren?
Why not go along to Te Manawa for some classic Kiwi summer backyard fun! 
They will love to go for a splash in the paddling pools, there’ll be a sprinkler for them to run through, a free BBQ and will have some loungers thanks to Placemaking Palmy.


Summer Family Picnic 

Where: Raumati Marine Gardens, Raumati Beach 
When: Sunday 29th January
Time: 11.00am – 2.00pm
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.
BYO lunch and fun! Bring your family and friends along and don’t forget your essentials such as sunblock, picnic blanket and chairs.
Please check the Wellington Deaf Society Facebook page for cancellations due to weather.
Contact Wellington Deaf Society for more information.
Text: 022 024 5229

Meridian Garden Magic  

Wellington City Council is filling your summer nights with the sounds of Aotearoa's best and brightest, thanks to the support of Meridian Energy.
Come early to grab a good spot, and see the Wellington Botanic Gardens transform as the sun goes down with lighting installations created by MJF lighting and Massey University School of Design.
Where: Wellington Botanic Garden
When: Tuesday 10th - Monday 30th January 
Time: Concert, 8.00pm – 9.30pm
           Light display, 9.00pm – 10.30pm.

Check out the schedule below to keep updated with any cancellations or changes.


Ideas Wanted for 2017 Workshops

The staff in Nelson are planning courses and workshops for 2017.
Please email Jenny with the new skills and information you would like to learn this year.
All ideas are welcome!
Email: jenny.hennessy-o'

Interpreter in Nelson

When: Wednesday 1st February
A qualified interpreter from Christchurch will be in Nelson and available for bookings.
She will be in Nelson for the day.
For bookings, please contact iSign or contact the Nelson office for assistance.
Phone: 0800 934 683


Motel Housekeeping Position

A motel is looking for an experienced person to do housekeeping work.
The job involves:

  • Making beds
  • Cleaning beds
  • Cleaning bathrooms
  • Cleaning kitchens
  • General housekeeping work

The hours will be 20+ hours a week due to the busy season.
Four hours a day.
Five to six days per week.
If you are interested or would like more information please contact Jared.
Text: at 021 677 403

Interpreted Christchurch Art Gallery Tour

Where: Corner Worcester Boulevard and Montreal street
When: Wednesday 1st February
Time: 7.15pm
Tour the Gallery with the friendly, knowledgeable guide and a NZSL interpreter.
The tour will last 45 - 60 minutes.
No need to book, just meet at the front desk on the ground floor.

My Rights!

Where: Youthtown Eastgate (opposite Lincraft), Eastgate Mall, Christchurch
When: 3 Saturday in a row, 11th,18th and 26th February
Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm
Cost: Free – NZSL interpreter will provided

My Rights! is a programme that has been developed to involve young people (aged 13-25) who experience impairment or disability in thinking about their rights.
By participating in My Rights! you will develop knowledge to speak up for your rights and the rights of other young disabled people.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. *Please indicate if you need transport, have any dietary requirements or need assistance during the day. This workshop is for you and it is important you get the most out of it.
Please register your interest with Karen Whiting by telling: 
1. A situation where you have felt you rights have been breached 
2. Why you want to participate in the workshop. 
Text: 021 776 951
Phone: 03 741 3266

Get Ready to Win Poker Night!

Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury
When: Friday 10th February
Time: Please come at 7.00pm to register, games will start at 7.30pm
Cost: $5 per player
Join in at Deaf Society of Canterbury for their fundraiser.
There will be a prize for the winner and runner up.
Southern Zone Deaf Rugby is hosting the poker night.
Everyone is welcome!

Staff Returning To Deaf Aotearoa

“Hello Community, I'm Joyce, I am back to work at Deaf Aotearoa.
Before I was on maternity leave for a year.
I work four days a week however I have Tuesday off but work on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
I am looking forward see you again or meeting you.”


Otago Office Staff Return Dates

Otago office will be closed from Thursday 26th - Tuesday 31st January because Michelle will be on annual leave.
Rebecca will return to the on Wednesday 8th February. 

Reminder: The office will be closed on Monday 6th February for Waitangi Day
Please contact Michelle if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment.
Mobile: 021 471 033

Waitangi Day Tour

Where: ToitÅ« Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, Otago
When: Monday 6th February
Time: 10.30am – 11.30am and 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Cost: $5.00 – Door sales only
This is an all ages event.

Alpaca Open Day – Flagstaff Alpacas

Where: 136 Three Mile Hill, Dunedin
When: Sunday 12th February
Time: 10.30am - 3.45pm
Cost: Free
This is an all ages event.


Monster Garage Sale

Where: Sacred Heart School, 63 North Road, North Dunedin, Dunedin.
When: Saturday 11th February 2017
Time: 10.30am -1.30pm
Restrictions: All ages
Admission: Free
The annual community event is back and is a perfect day out for family and friends with a variety of food stalls, second hand goods and activities including: amazing baking, books, coffee cart, cafe, boutique second hand clothing, chocolate wheel, fire truck, raffle, home-wares, sausage sizzle, bouncy castle, face painting, and pop-up laser tag! 
Please bring cash only.
This event will be on rain or shine!

Mend and Make Awesome

Where: Just Atelier, 88 Vogel Street, Dunedin, Dunedin, Otago
When: The second Saturday of every month
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
 Admission: Free
Why 'make do' when you can mend and Make Awesome?
Join the Repair Revolution with the friendly team of experienced menders and upcyclers to get inspiration and practical help to turn flaws into favourite features.
Bring along any item you'd like to mend, make-over or upcycle.
This is our regular special workshop open to all, held on the 2nd Saturday each month.
All ages, abilities and levels of experience welcome!
Participation by koha (e.g. to help cover power/item for shared afternoon tea/fabrics or notions you no longer need in your stash). 


Southland Office Open for 2017

The office is now open on Tuesday – Thursday between 10.30am – 2.30pm
For all appointments and enquiries please contact Rebecca.
Text: 021 554 905
Please also text me your preferred days for Stir It Up.

Night Food Markets

Where: South Alive Community Park, Grace Street, Invercargill.
When: Friday 20th January
Time: 5pm- 9pm
Dishes cost $10 or less
Held every second Friday

For All Dog Owners

Invercargill dog stolen & suspicious behaviour reported
For the full Article Please click on the Link but just keep an eye on your Dogs