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National

Deadline extended: Tutors for NZSL Week taster classes

Applications now open until Friday 30th January 2015. Apply now!

We are looking for people who are:-

  • Confident giving public presentations
  • Fluent in NZSL or use NZSL in everyday use
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, interpreters, families of Deaf children, etc
  • Passionate about Deaf culture, NZSL Week and teaching NZSL
  • Available for the month of May 2015

As a NZSL Week tutor you will have the opportunity to:-

  • Gain work experience
  • Earn some extra money
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun being part of the biggest week of celebrations in 2015

How do I apply?

Complete the easy online form.

If you did not teach taster classes last year you will need to complete the online form then send us your CV and a NZSL video explaining why you want to be a tutor. The video is for us to assess your NZSL skills. Contact your local Community Relations Officer for assistance.

Tutors will be required to attend unpaid training sessions between March and April.

For more information or any questions contact your local Community Relations Officer or email: nzsign@deaf.org.nz.

World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section Camp in Turkey in 2015

World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section would like to welcome you to the 6th WFDYS Youth Camp.

If you are Deaf and aged between 18 to 30 years old then you can apply.

See our website for more information about the camp and how to apply!

iSign Closing Dates

iSign will close for the festive season on Friday 19th December and re-open on Monday 5th January 2015. For any bookings during this time please contact our After Hours Call Centre on 0800 934 683.

We wish you a safe and happy festive season.

iSign Interpreter Grant Applications

Calling all Interpreters - Grants available!
 
At iSign we know how hard you all work and understand that at times you may not have the extra finances to be able to pursue or attend a course or conference to further your skills and knowledge and become more confident and competent interpreters.
 
In recognition of this and acknowledging the need in us all to develop and extend our abilities, iSign would like to announce that we will be offering Professional Development grants twice a year. 
 
The fund is limited to a total of $4,000 per round and will be allocated according to the merits of each application.  All applications will be considered in this inaugural round.

Grant applications will be considered at our next board meeting so act now! To apply, send a letter of application detailing:
  • The PD event and the full cost for you to participate
  • The amount of funding you are applying for and what the funding is to cover (fees, travel, accommodation, etc)
  • If successful, what you hope to gain from the event
  • If successful, how you intend to use your new skills to better support the interpreting profession
Applications can be sent to Magdalena Munoz, info@isign.co.nz, and are to be received no later than 5pm, 30th January 2015.

Any questions can be directed to James Bichan, iSign Manager at manager@isign.co.nz
 
Don't miss out. Act now!

Penny Went Family NZSL Learning Awards 2015

Penny Went had a professional dedication to promoting NZSL teaching.

To honour the memory of her work in this field, a fund was established to advance the teaching and learning of NZSL.

This is administered by J R Mckenzie Trust, Deaf Development Fund, on behalf of the Went family.
 
The Deaf Development Fund now invites applications for projects and initiatives that directly support families of Deaf children to learn and use NZSL.
 

Northland

Christmas Morning Tea

Where: Deaf Aotearoa Office Whangarei
When: Tuesday 16th December
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm noon

Please bring a plate of food to share. All welcome!

Christmas Stress (photo)

It’s nearly Christmas, are you stressed?

A lot of people are at Christmas, buying presents can be expensive.

But remember the most valuable gift is time with friends and family.

Having fun, enjoying a laugh, and maybe going to the beach. Never mind the presents.

Don’t stress, it’s not worth it.

International Day of People with Disability

Thank you to all who supported this event. It was a great success

I was impressed with our members who got involved and assisted others

Thank you to Tiaho Trust for organising interpreters

Thank you to interpreters for their hard work that day

And Thank you to the Deaf Community for your support and a great turn out.

Kapa Haka Group

Here is a quick look at one of the performances at Tiaho Trust event last Wednesday.

Te Kapehu Whetu School


 
Auckland

Christmas Break Up Evening

Auckland Deaf Society are having a Christmas Break Up Evening where there will be Christmas hampers raffles. They will also be selling pizzas which are $10 each! ($3 extra for Gluten free base).

Come and celebrate with Auckland Deaf Society!

When: Friday 19th December
Time: 7:00pm to midnight
Where: Auckland Deaf Society
Costs: Non members $5, members free

Deaf Aotearoa Office Christmas Holidays

Just a reminder that the Deaf Aotearoa Office will be closed for three weeks from Friday 19th December and will be open again Monday 12th January 2015.

If you need to see us or use our services, book an appointment now, or hold for the new year.

On behalf of all the Avondale staff, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park is this weekend! Come along and be amongst other Deaf community members at the Deaf zone which is close to the stage and interpreters will be provided.

Bring your family and friends and sign sing along with the interpreters!

When: Saturday 13th December
Time: 7:00pm onwards
Where: Auckland Domain
Cost: Free

South Auckland

Sun Smart: Providing cancer information

A lady from the cancer society will come and talk to us about a variety of topics including different sorts of skin cancers and their appearances.
  • How to check yourself?
  • Where to go have your skin checked?
  • How to protect yourself and others from the sun?
When: Tuesday 16th December
Where: Friendship House, 20 Putney Way (outside of Manukau Westfield)
Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Please book in your diary or calendar, see the flyer for information in details. Tell your friends about it!

Don’t miss this great opportunity for us. 

Please let me know if you are coming. (Don’t worry about RSVP by 10th December).

Stir it up

A fantastic opportunity for all people who want to learn NZSL to get together for a casual cuppa.
 
When: This Saturday 13th December
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office, Level One, Westfield Manukau (next to food court)
 
See the attachment for full information.

Christmas Light

Where can you see Christmas lights in Auckland?
 
Franklin Road near the city will have Christmas lights. The street will light up, as it has for the past 21 years when residents decorate their homes with garlands of lights for public viewing until Christmas Eve.
 
When: Monday 1st to Wednesday 24th December
Time: 6.30pm to 11:00pm
Where: Franklin Road, Freemans Bay
Cost: Free
Age: All ages
 
In the final week before Christmas eve, Santa and his elves will be walking the street, giving out free lollies to kids.

Waikato

Ten free DVDs: Breast Cancer – Reduce Your Risk

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation has kindly provided ten free DVDs for those that are interested. They have a Deaf and hard of hearing version included.

The DVD runs for 16mins, and it discusses three things we can do to improve our chances of surviving Breast Cancer. It also includes interviews with survivors, breast specialists, actual footage of a mammogram being taken and the possible signs.

If you would like a DVD and a booklet then please contact Susitina by texting 021 540 193 or emailing susitina.cook@deaf.org.nz. Or you can view the video online at www.nzbcf.org.nz.

Deaf Girl Experiences Sailing

On Saturday the 29th of November, Sailability Waikato hosted a ‘Have A Go Day’ at Lake Ngaroto in Te Awamutu. It was a day dedicated to giving people of all abilities, disabilities, ages and skills the experience of sailing with experienced sailors. It was a fantastic day, with 46 people having a turn at sailing, many for the first time, and over 100 people there to join the fun for the day.

Sarah Johnston, who is Deaf (pictured), from Te Awamutu, was one of many that came and tried sailing for the first time.  She had a fantastic day. It is so great to see young Deaf people giving things a go and gaining new experiences. ‘Sailability Waikato’ will be hosting more events in 2015 - so that’s your chance to get involved and “Have A Go” at sailing.  All people are welcome to volunteer for events - no sailing experience needed.

If you want to know more about Sailability, and how you can get involved, and experience sailing, contact Ross Ormsby (email r.ormsby@clear.net.nz).

Or you can contact Kayte Shaw (Community Development Kaituitui) who can get you in touch with the right person for upcoming events. Email kayte.shaw@deaf.org.nz, phone 07 211 4552 or text 021 517 791.

Also, check it out on Facebook: Sailability Waikato.


Hamilton Zoo Photo Competition

When: Friday 12th December to Thursday 31st January 2015
Where: Hamilton Zoo, Brymer Road, Hamilton
Restrictions: All Ages
Website: Competitions - Trevor Penfold - Wildlife Photography
Cost: See below (additional fees may apply)
  • Hamilton Zoo Photo Competition x 1 image: $15.00
  • Hamilton Zoo Photo Competition x 3 images: $40.00
  • Hamilton Zoo Photo Competition x 5 images: $60.00
Hamilton Zoo and wild animal photographer Trevor Penfold, have joined together to organise a photo competition to raise money for the Zoo’s Conservation Fund.

They would like to invite you to help raise money, by entering this years’ photography competition…

You could win an amazing prize such as:
  • A Canon PowerShot SX60 HS camera (valued at over $600.00)
  • A One day family pass incorporating an Eye2Eye – value of $131.00
  • Snapshot Cameras $125.00 voucher to spend in their store.
  • A copy of Wild Behaviour or Visions of Nature – a New Zealand Perspective – by wildlife photographer Trevor Penfold (RRP $58.00)
 
Bay of Plenty

The Village Junktion

Where: Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Thursday 18th December from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Come to the village and stroll around, enjoy the free entertainment.

There will be car boot sales.

The Café will be open for meals and there will be a beer garden.

There will be lots more like a garden for knitting, raffles, carol singers, a free Christmas movie to keep your kids amused for a while.

Deaf Aotearoa will hold a stall. See you there!


Baypark Family Speedway Christmas Special

Where: ASB Stadium at Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
When: Saturday 20th December from 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Cost: Click here for prices and other information

Do you love watching sprint cars?

This will be a nice family outing as Santa will be there.

There is a new Kids Zone, safe and secured where the children can have fun.

You can get there early, enjoy a meal, walk through the pits, meet the drivers and see the race cars before it starts at 6:30pm.


Rotorua Community Christmas Tree

Where: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua
When: From now till 5th January 2015, from 9:00am to 6:00pm every day except public holidays

Click here for dates and more information.

Last year the collection of 764 gifts and $900.00 for Waiakiri Women's Refuge was so great, they decided to do it again this year.

Waiakiri Women's Refuge is an organisation for women and children to find support in domestic violence situations.

If you want to donate a gift under the tree for families in need at the address given please put a tag if its for a mother or child.

For a child please put girl and age or boy and age so that the gift is given to the right child.

The gifts will be given to Wiaikiri Women's Refuge before Christmas for distribution.

Gifts left after Christmas will still be delivered to the Women's Refuge.


Rotorua Body-in-Action Family Fun Day

Where: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua
When: Saturday 13th December from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Cost: Entry is included with Museum admission (adults $20.00, seniors $18.00 and children $8.00)

For people who live in Rotorua, entry is free with appropriate ID.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, join Rotorua Museum who will be hosting a circus-themed Family Fun Day on Saturday 13th December.

Prizes for best dressed!

Click here for more information.

Taranaki

Puke Ariki Christmas Craft Table

When: Friday 19th December
Time: 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Where: Foyer, Puke Ariki Museum

Start the school holidays by making a Christmas decoration for the Puke Ariki Christmas tree (and one to take home) inspired by objects from the museum collections.
Suitable for ages 5-10 years. Children please bring an adult.
No bookings required.
Free to attend.

Puke Ariki Christmas Carols
with the Taranaki Harmony Chorus

When: Saturday 13th December
Time: 10.15am - 11.15am
Where: Puke Ariki Library steps

Communication Workshop

Introduction - Improve Awareness about Self and Others
 
When: Sunday 14th December 2014
Time: 1pm – 3pm (Koha / Payment)
Where: Taranaki Disability Information Centre, 28 Young Street, New Plymouth
 
Facilitators: Rex Lovegrove & Darren Hulton for Reservations & Inquiries
Contact: 06 7588918 – 0276158886

Christmas Carols in the Park: Waitara

When: Saturday 13th December
Time: 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Marine Park, Waitara
Wet weather venue: War Memorial Hall

Bring the family along for an afternoon of entertainment! Featuring Blistered Fingers, Unity Wara, Waitara High Band, Rusty Az, NV Street, Waitara Wonders Steel Band, Shay O'Carroll & Friends, Waitara Community Choir. There will also be the Te Arakamum Royale Guards marching, kapa haka, zumba, food, stalls and coffee.

This is an alcohol free event. No eftpos.

Prices: Free
Contact: New Plymouth District Council
Phone: 06 759 6060
Email: enquiries@npdc.govt.nz
Website: http://www.newplymouthnz.com/

Christmas At The Bowl

When: Sunday 14th December at 8:00pm
Where: TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth

Celebrate the festive season at this fun-filled family evening incorporating the biggest variety show of the year, exceptional Taranaki talent and fireworks display – an event for the community by the community.

Gates open at 5:00pm to this iconic venue so bring along the family and your picnic dinner to really enjoy the atmosphere. Pre-show entertainment commences at 7:00pm with “Christmas At The Bowl” commencing 8:00pm – including Santa himself and a host of Taranaki entertainers sure to delight. Entry is by gold coin donation with candles and holders provided at the venue.

Postponement night is Monday 15th December in the event of bad weather.

Prices: Gold Coin Donation
Contact: Selina Mackie
Phone: 027 815 1204
Email: info@christmasatthebowl.co.nz
Website: http://www.christmasatthebowl.co.nz

TSB Bank Festival of Lights

When: Sunday 14th December to Saturday 24th January 2015
Time: Lights on at 8:30pm and off at 11:00pm daily
(refer to event schedule for timings of specific events)
Where: TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth

The on stage night entertainment starts on Boxing Day (Friday 26 December) through to the end of the festival and will include a wide range of local and national performances.

Summer Scene is the daytime activities and events programme for children and families that include scavenger hunts, beach digs, fun sporting events and magician shows.

Twilight Movies in the Park is a magical experience, bring your blanket and pillow to the Boat Shed Lawn for a comfy spot under the stars amongst the wonderland of illuminated trees.

The Lighting Features are the jewels in the park and change year on year however the sleeping giant, the jelly fish and the black light area are popular festival favourites.

Prices: Free
Contact: New Plymouth District Council
Phone: 06-759 6060
Website: http://www.festivaloflights.co.nz/
Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club Deaf Achiever Award

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club has announced this year winner: Trudy Smeros!

She was nominated by a member of the Deaf community who said that Trudy works really hard and has participated in the Deaf community for many years.

Trudy raised money by selling raffle tickets for one hour relaxing massage. She had done this two or three times. She had been studying and trained to be a massage therapist. Trudy gave the money to the Hawkes Bay Deaf Club to go towards the heat pump.

She is also a New Zealand Sign Language tutor. She been taught at home, school and businesses for many years. Congratulations Trudy and keep up your good work!

Social Hands Hawkes Bay

Where: Hawkes Bay Show Grounds, Kenilworth Road, Hastings
When: Sunday 21st December from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Entry: Free

Are you Deaf or hearing and learning New Zealand Sign Language?

Would you like a friendly environment where you would like the opportunity to practice, learn more and have fun?

Come and join us, even for a short time.

This is a great social opportunity for you to use New Zealand Sign Language skills and have fun.

Please we would like to see Deaf members there to help and communicate with hearing people to improve their signing.

What’s On Early Next Year:
Please Mark On Your Calendar Now.

We will have three wonderful programme in early 2015.

For more information about any of these workshops please contact Lee at Deaf Aotearoa.

1. VRI Presentation

Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
When: Saturday 7th February 2015 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) is a wonderful service to use. At the moment it is available at Work and Income in Napier and Hastings.

Come along and see what VRI is about? You may like to use this service for school meeting with staff about your children, doctor visits, hospital visits, plus more.

We want the Deaf community to come along and see how VRI works.

After that it is up to the Deaf community to let VRI know when and where you want this service set up.  Hopefully in future we will have a good system around Hawkes Bay using VRI.

Remember it is up to the Hawkes Bay Deaf Community to take responsibility by letting Deaf Aotearoa and VRI know what you want.

2. Essential First Aid Course

Where: Hastings Red Cross building on Heretaunga Street, Hastings
When: Saturday 21st February 2015 from 8:30am to 5:30pm
Tutor: Red Cross First Aid Instructor

This is an opportunity for those who wish to get a two-years certificate on First Aid.

This is ideal for all Deaf at work as it is important to hold an up to date First Aid Certificate. This course is set up for Deaf so we will have NZSL interpreters there.

This is limited to 10 people only, so you need to be quick please let Lee know if you would like to do this course.

3. Are You Tech Smart?

Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
When: Wednesday 25th March 2015 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Tutor: Chris Blum from NZ Relay

This is an opportunity for those who wish to learn and understand more about technology such as phones and computers.

This course is set up for Deaf with a Deaf presenter so we will have New Zealand Sign Interpreters for hearing impaired participants.
Manawatu

Deaf Aotearoa office closure through Christmas and New Year

Deaf Aotearoa will be closed from 22nd December. Our service will begin again on Monday 12th January 2015.
 
Be aware that staff will not be available when the office is closed, if you require some support and assistance, please seek advice from either your family, friends or neighbours.
 
If you have an emergency (fire, ambulance or police), please use the TXT 111 service.

If you are currently not registered, you can do this by:
  • Go to www.police.govt.nz/txt111
  • Click on ‘How to register’ and follow the four steps
  • Wait for a confirmation text message from police
  • Once you have received confirmation, you can text 111 in an emergency
You must be registered with TXT 111 to use this service, if you use this service and you are not registered then your text will not go through.
 
Remember sometimes there are delays on the phone network. If you text 111 and you don’t get a reply within two minutes, then you need to contact 111 in a different way (such as asking a hearing person to ring).
 
If you don’t have a computer, you can register at other places that have computers during the Christmas holidays, e.g. Internet cafe, libraries.
 
For more information about TXT 111 you can visit www.police.govt.nz/txt111.

Wellington

Wellington Association for Deaf Children Christmas Picnic

Where: Avalon Park, Lower Hutt
When: Sunday 14th December from 11:30am 1:30pm
Email: wn.association.deaf.children@gmail.com

Well, it's that time of year again. The Wellington Association for Deaf Children would love to see you all for a final catch up for the year at Avalon Park in the Hutt Valley this Sunday.

Bring a picnic lunch for the family, a blanket to get comfortable on, and bikes or scooters for the small people to ride the awesome bike track.

There is a fabulous playground, miniature train and there will be prizes for great dress ups and the most Christmas-y family.

Bring a picnic lunch and your Christmas-y selves!

Wellington Deaf Society New Year’s Eve Party

Where: Deaf Club, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
When: Wednesday 31st December from 7:00pm 2:00am
Cost: Free!!!

BYO and some food will be provided.

Come along to celebrate with friends and come dressed as something beginning with W, D or S!!!

Free for everyone so bring family and friends along.

Wellington Deaf Society Building

Wellington Deaf Society would like to hear your views about the future building for the Deaf Club.

Please complete the below survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G66KFJS

Wellington Office Closure

Deaf Aotearoa Wellington Office will be closed from Friday 19th December and reopen Monday 12th January 2015.

Nelson

Congratulations to Rory and his team at the Centre of Fine Woodwork for the exhibition at the Refinery Gallery

The Gallery displayed some outstanding pieces of woodwork from the centre of fine woodwork centre.

Rory used recycled timbers from the Christchurch earth quakes to create his cabinet.

Paul Quintal's 50th Birthday Lunch

Paul would like to thank you all for celebrating his 50th birthday at Hangar 58 last Saturday.


 

The Nelson Deaf Community children and families day

Where: Isel Park, The Ridgeway, Stoke
When: Saturday 13th December
(if raining it will be postponed to Sunday 14th December)
Time: Starts at 11:00am

A great day for all the whole family! Drinks, ice-blocks and sunscreen provided for everyone.

Santa will give a present to each child. Adults please bring $2.00 for each child attending.

If you would like to join us or need any further information please contact Rachel Summers by texting 021 102 4400. Please let her know before Wednesday 10th December.

Nelson office will be closed over the Christmas period

When: Tuesday 16th December until 12th January 2015

If you require an interpreter please contact iSign:- Wishing you all a very safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous new year in 2015.

Canterbury

Deadline extended: Tutors for NZSL Week taster classes

Applications now open until Friday 30th January 2015. Apply now!

We are looking for people who are:-

  • Confident giving public presentations
  • Fluent in NZSL or use NZSL in everyday use
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, interpreters, families of Deaf children, etc
  • Passionate about Deaf culture, NZSL Week and teaching NZSL
  • Available for the month of May 2015

As a NZSL Week tutor you will have the opportunity to:-

  • Gain work experience
  • Earn some extra money
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun being part of the biggest week of celebrations in 2015

How do I apply?

Complete the easy online form.

If you did not teach taster classes last year you will need to complete the online form then send us your CV and a NZSL video explaining why you want to be a tutor. The video is for us to assess your NZSL skills. Contact your local Community Relations Officer for assistance.

Tutors will be required to attend unpaid training sessions between March and April.

For more information or any questions contact Victoria Walters (victoria.walters@deaf.org.nz).

Deaf Aotearoa Christchurch Office Closure

Our office will closed during Christmas and New Year from Monday 22nd December to Friday 9th January 2015, and re-open on Monday 12th January at normal business hours.
 
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015.

Catholic Deaf Church Mass

A church mass service with NZSL interpreter provided. If you are interested to attend their service, please contact Anne directly to confirm NZSL interpreter and numbers.
 
When: Sunday 21st December at 10:30 am
Where: Sacred Heart Church, 70 Spencer Street, Addington
Contact: Anne Deegan (email Anne.Deegan002@cyf.govt.nz or mobile 021 110 35521) or Dennis Tod (email dgtod@clear.net.nz or text 021 107 7258)

For Sale

All ‘Nike’ sport products are for sale by one of our local member:-
  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • ¾ shorts
  • Polo shirts
  • Shoes (size 9)
  • Much more
If you would like to view the above products or purchase please contact to text 021 031 3899.

Deaf Society of Canterbury Event: Christmas Break Up

An evening for everyone to gather together for end of year break up with Deaf Club members and its staff and there will be a fun competition. Bring a cute photo of yourself as a young child (up to 5 years) with your name at the back of photo and give to Greg or Josje on the night.
 
Supper will be provided and this event is R16 only.
 
When: Friday 19th December at 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm (bar close at 11:00 pm)
Where: Spreydon Bowling Club, 71 Domain Terrace, Spreydon
Cost: $5.00 door entry

Otago

Deaf Aotearoa Christmas Lunch

Mark your calendars for our Christmas lunch at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens.

We’ll enjoy a delicious meal and if the weather if nice we can have a look around at the gardens afterwards.

Food includes muffins, quiches, pizzas, crepes, croques (sandwiches), salads, sausage rolls and drinks. Prices range from $5.00 to  $15.00.

When: Thursday 18th December
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Where: Croque-o-Dile Café, Botanic Gardens, Dunedin
Cost: buy your own food and drink

Please let Anna or Michelle know if you’re coming so we can confirm a booking.

Deaf Aotearoa Fax

Apologies that our communication by fax has not been working.

Deaf Aotearoa is working to fix this and will let you know as soon as possible when it is working again.

Office Closed for Christmas

The office will be closed from Friday 19th December through to Friday 9th January 2015.

We will reopen with usual hours on Monday 12th January 2015.

Merry Christmas from Anna and Michelle!

Dunedin Community Christmas Dinner

Are you alone on Christmas this year?

Come along to a free hot Christmas dinner hosted by Council of Social Services.

When: Thursday 25th December
Time: 11:30am to 3:00pm
Where: Dunedin Town Hall
Cost: Free

You must make reservations online at http://cossd.org.nz/event/christmas-dinner/.

Please come in and see Anna if you need help making a booking.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interested to see the new Hobbit movie with captions? It’s playing now at Reading Cinemas.

When: From Thursday 11th December to Tuesday 16th December
Times: 12:00pm, 3:00pm and 6:00pm
Where: Reading Cinema, 33 The Octagon
Cost: $10.00 a ticket
Southland

YMCA Carols by Candlelight

When: Wednesday 17th December
(cancellation date is Thursday 18th December)
Where: Queens Park Band Rotunda
Time: 8:00pm
 
Bring the family and enjoy a fabulous evening in the park.

Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy some local talent.

Candles and carol books will be available on the night for purchase.

Coffee Group

When: Thursday 18th December
Where: DRC Building, 192 Spey Street, Invercargill
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
 
This will be last Coffee Group for the year so hope to see you there .

ILT Christmas Variety Show

When: Tuesday 23rd December
Where: ILT Stadium Southland
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: Adults $15.00 Children $10.00
 
ILT Christmas Variety Show is an entertainment spectacular hosting a wide array of Southland's musical and dancing talent. Get your tickets early at TicketDirect's website or ILT Stadium Southland.

Office Closing Hours

Over the Christmas break the office will be closed from Thursday 18th December to Tuesday 20th January 2015.
 
I will recommend getting all your needs sorted before this time.