CommUNITY Weekly News

Hello <<First Name>>, here is your CommUNITY Weekly newsletter from Deaf Aotearoa's <<Your local Office>> office.


Field of Remembrance

Different communities and organisations will come and join together to remember ANZAC.

Where: Laurie Hall Park
When: Saturday 28th March
Time: 11:00am
Cost: Free

All welcome. Interpreters will be available.

LYNKZ Garage Sale

Date: Saturday 20th April
Time: Starts 7:30am

There will be a breakfast BBQ. If you want to donate any useful items, please do before April 1st.

Email or use the relay service to phone 09 430 3470.

New Zealand Sign Language Week

Not long to go now until NZSL Week!

So what’s happening in Whangarei? Well, we’re currently planning the following events:
  • Monday: Trip to Kiwihouse where we’ll be promoting NZSL
  • Wednesday: Library Tour and also promoting NZSL
  • Friday: Visit a marae (we are still planning which marae to visit)
I hope you can give your support.


Deaf Short Film Festival

The Deaf Short Film Festival is a weekend event that takes place every two years. This year, Welllington will be hosting the Deaf Short Film Festival. The festival has two parts: The Deaf Short Film Competition and the Deaf Short Film Festival.

People are welcome to form a team and make and enter new films into the Deaf Short Film Competition. 

The Deaf Short Film Festival includes the following:
  • Film Screenings of those films entered into the competition. Screenings will be held on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September at Nga Taonga (formerly New Zealand Film Archives).
  • Q + A Panel of film people to be held on Friday evening 4th September. This is an the opportunity for the general public to ask questions to those people involved in making films or involved in this industry.
  • A mobile film competition to be held Saturday 5th September, in the morning. This is a fun opportunity for people to get together and form a team to make a movie in 3 hours, using only smartphones and no editing software! Further information on this will be released early 2015.
  • Film Awards Function and Dinner to be held on the evening of Saturday 5th September, at Mac's Function Centre on Wellington’s waterfront.
  • The Biennial General Meeting – this will be held on Sunday morning 6th September and brings together the Deaf Short Film Festival Committee and anyone else interested in having a say in the future of the Deaf Short Film Festival.
Want to get involved in making your film? Make sure you look on their website,, for more information.


LoveHendo is a free event that celebrates Henderson.

The town centre will come to life with music, hands-on art workshops, a graffiti mural and a chance to build your very own Hendo of the future!

Highlights for the day will be: live acoustic performances, an outdoor lounge and chill out space, where you can also share your vision for the future of Henderson, interactive presentations where adults and kids alike can help build a magical miniature dream city, full of what you love and wish for in Hendo and a whole range of hands on workshops, creating collaborative artworks that will be gifted to local organisations.

These include:
  • Weaving whariki (mats)
  • A giant wishing web
  • A mural facilitated by graffiti artist Pest 5
When: Saturday 14th March
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Catherine Plaza, Henderson Town Centre

Bed Race

Auckland Deaf Society are taking part in the bed race this year with six Deaf community members pushing the bed made from scratch all the way to the finish line. They need your support to help them get there! Come along and cheer on your community members.

When: Sunday 22nd March
Time: Welcome ceremony starts at 11:00am and the race starts at 2:00pm
Where: Auckland Domain

South Auckland

Deaf Aotearoa want you!

For NZSL Week we are looking for deaf artists, signers, storytellers and comedians.
  • Any ages
  • Groups or individuals
  • Be fluent in New Zealand Sign Language
  • Can be Deaf, Hard of hearing, CODA (children of deaf adult) or hearing people who have confidence!
If you are interested please email one of the community relations officers to put down your name and what performance you want to do. Email either for Auckland or for Manukau.

See the attached for more information.

South Auckland Deaf Club

Previously, the South Auckland Deaf Club used to meet every three months.

Now it has changed to every month, on the last Friday of every month.

Date: Friday 27th March
Where: 183 Great South Road, Papatoetoe
Time: 7:00pm onward

Māori culture TEC course

When: Saturday 18th April
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland office, Level 1, Manukau Westfield

If you are interested please contact Natasha Cloete:

Deaf Waikato river community event

When: Wednesday 18th March
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: CCS Waikato Meeting room, 17 Claudelands Road, Hamilton
Bring: Yourself, your ideas and a donation for coffee/tea/milk etc
Why should you come? Be involved in the discussion and planning of social events.

Connect with your community! Be involved in your community! See you there! :-)

Deaf waka ama experience in Waikato

On Friday 6th March, a group of Deaf people in the Waikato got to experience waka ama. The day was a huge success, with enough people there to fill a 12 person waka. Everyone there really enjoyed the day, with many wanting to continue the experience in the future, join a club, and maybe set up a Deaf waka ama team in the Waikato!

A huge thank you to Vesna Radonich (two times World champion and five times NZ champion waka ama paddler) for coming all the way from Gisborne to share her story with everyone, and to support the event. Also, thank you to Nga Tai Whakarongo Whanau Hoe Waka for their support, and use of their waka on the day, especially Steve Morgan (club captain) and Kay Berryman (chairperson) for their time on Friday.

Check out the videos of everyone in the Waka!

Zoo Trip

When: Sunday 15th March
TIme: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: Free for people with disabilities (this includes Deaf people) and their immediate family/caregiver.

A sausage sizzle, soft drinks and ice blocks will be provided.


Signing at the Cook

When: Thursday 26th March from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Where: The Cook Café and Bar, 7 Cook Street, Hamilton (opposite Steele Park)

Come and enjoy chatting with other Deaf people. Meet NZSL learners and help them practice their signing skills. Be a signing role model. Promote Deaf culture in the community.

All welcome, there will be people learning NZSL that will love to meet and sign with you!

Enabling Good Lives Forum for Deaf and disabled people

The government and the disability sector are working together to change the way Deaf and disabled people and their families get support. This is happening so that Deaf and disabled people and their families will have more choice and control over their supports.

The forum for Deaf and disabled people is a good place to hear from a speaker who has a disability, and have your say about how you think Enabling Good Lives should be. The speaker will be Hamilton City Youth Councillor Timothy Folkema. He has autism and vision impairment.

The forum will be from 12:00pm midday to 1:30pm on Monday 16th March in the Whetu Marama Room on Level 9 of the Anglesea Tower (above the old Farmers building), Corner of Anglesea and Collingwood Streets, Hamilton.

This event is free. Scones and muffins will be provided. There will be New Zealand Sign Language interpreters at the forum. If you have any questions or accessibility needs please email

Bay of Plenty

Maori Deaf Community Development

Where: Ruamoko Marae, Kelston, Auckland
When: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March

Please read the information and watch the video under National news in last week's newsletter. Share with your friends.

DPA Western Bay of Plenty

Where: CCS Disability Action, Peter Hereford Centre, 74 - 14th Avenue, Tauranga
When: Friday 20th March from 10:00am to 12:00pm

This is your chance to have your say and participate in a workshop on issues disabled people are facing and how to improve the city to make it accessible for all. Judy Small, Adviser on Disability Matters from Hamilton City, will be the facilitator.

Note that There are two workshops, however only the 10:00am to 12:00pm workshop will have NZSL interpreters. Please contact Wendy to let her know you will be attending the 10:00am workshop and that you are Deaf and a NZSL user. Click on the flyer for more information and contact details.

Stir It Up

Last Saturday, 22 hearing adults and children came to the Stir It Up event at the Historic Village Café. Five Deaf people attended too and it was a great way for others to see the difference and how everyone signs in their own way. We discussed about Easter in sign language and played a game of finger spelling a word and signing the word. Afterwards we all had a general conversation and it was fun for all.

Please click on flyer for future gatherings, put the dates in your diary and contact Sue Lessing one week before the date to put your name down. The Café, who have kindly agreed to host the monthly group meetings, need to know how many people are coming and to reserve tables and chairs.

NZSL Week events

NZSL Week events are being planned for the Bay of Plenty. All events will be over a weekend so people can attend to have fun. Start saving for the events. Costs will be reduced for these events. Watch this space for more information and please share with your friends who don't have computer access.

Night Owl Cinema: Last one!

Where: Mt Drury, Grace Avenue, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
When: Saturday 14 March from 6:00pm till late
Cost: Gold coin entry
Movie: Jaws

There will be food on sale, stalls, music and more.

The movie Jaws will be shown at 8:30pm when its dark.

This is the last movie for the season!


New Zealand Sign Language Week Taster Classes

Online registrations for free 45 minute NZSL taster classes during the month of May are live, click here to register! To avoid disappointment apply as soon as possible as classes are limited!

Visit for more information.

Please share with your families, friends, doctors, police, schools, audiologists, radiologists, support workers, banks, eye specialists, physiotherapists, workplaces and more.

Volunteers wanted for New Zealand Sign Language Week

Your local Community Relations Officer, Niki Jenkinson, is looking for volunteers for our NZSL Week events in New Plymouth, to assist with staff attending NZSL Week events. Volunteers could help with giving out information, NZSL alphabet cards, setting up of activities and other duties which may crop up.
You will get a free NZSL Week t-shirt in return for helping. If you are interested please contact or text 021 556 989 before Friday 27th March. You will need to fill out application and police vetting forms.

Share your success stories with the media

Do you want to share your success stories about your everyday life, employment, schools, anything that would you like to share in local newspapers during NZSL week?
If you are interested to be interviewed for your news in the media please contact or text 021 556 989 for more information.

Cocktails & Canapes Child Cancer Foundation Charity Auction

When: Friday 20th March
Time: 5:30pm
Where: The Mayfair, Devon Street West, New Plymouth

The Professionals are running a charity auction for the Taranaki branch of the Child Cancer Foundation. Some fabulous items have been donated for the auction; a guided hunt with Ohinerata Hunting, a kiwi experience with East Taranaki Environment Trust, $1,000 RJ Eager voucher, a fishing adventure, a heat pump and installation, a house sale by the Professional for the bid price, a chance to be Mayor for the day, a mobility scooter, wooden picnic tables, and many more items with no reserve. Highest bid wins. Support Child Cancer by joining us for an evening of fun and take home some great bargains.

Prices: $25 per ticket for adults. Children free. Book of 10 tickets $200.
Contact: Kris Rasmussen
Phone: 0800 457 477
Website: click here

Joan Peterson

Our Community Member and volunteer Joan Peterson visited the office and brought her cheerful smile and colourful clothing which just happened to match our NZSL flag.

Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club Annual General Meeting

When: Saturday 23rd May at 1.30pm
Where: Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road Taradale Napier

Please bring a plate of food for shared afternoon tea.

If you wish to vote at the AGM, you will need to fill out the HBDC Membership form.

Membership is $15.00.

For membership form, please contact HBDC email or text 027 859 3238.

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club mid-year raffle

HBDC is running a raffle to raise money for their operational costs. There will be 750 tickets at $2.00 each. Prizes includes vouchers for Pak’n’Save, a petrol station and Mad Butcher.

They need some volunteers to help them sell tickets. If you wish to have some tickets to sell at work, clubs or families please contact the HBDC email or text 027 859 3238

Your support is very much appreciated.

First Aid and emergency app

New Zealand Red Cross' first aid and emergency app is designed to give people lifesaving skills at their fingertips. The free app features simple, easy advice on everyday first aid scenarios, tips on how to prepare for natural disasters and step-by-step instructions on what to do during an emergency.

The app covers five sections:
  • Learn: everyday first aid scenarios explained with through instructions and videos
  • Prepare: expert information on how to prepare and respond to disasters
  • Emergency: instructions to guide you through emergency first aid situations
  • Test: find out how much you’ve learned by taking interactive quizzes
  • More: Red Cross news, first aid courses and ways to get involved
The app was developed for the New Zealand Red Cross as part of a global project by the Red Cross’ Global Disaster Preparedness Centre, with content specific to Aotearoa, New Zealand.

For download instruction please go to this link.

St John Ambulance Service

Did you know that if you need to use an ambulance, you will sometimes need to pay for the ambulance service. The average charge to use an ambulance is about $90.00. If you have an accident, the ambulance service may be covered by ACC.

St John have a Supporter Scheme where people can pay a small annual subscription and receive free emergency ambulance cover for you and your family, as well as supporting our vital services.

By paying an annual subscription and becoming a supporter you will receive:
  • free medical emergency attendance if required
  • free emergency ambulance transport to the nearest hospital or emergency medical clinic if required
  • free attendance in a medical emergency and transport to the nearest hospital or emergency medical clinic, if required, for accident related injuries more than 24 hours old (ACC may cover those less than 24 hours old)
The annual subscription price are:
  • Individual: One person $45.00
  • Joint: Two people living permanently at the same address $60.00
  • Household: Three or more people living permanently at the same address $75.00
If your family have health problems it may save your family money in the long term to join the scheme and pay a small annual subscription rather than paying for every ambulance call-out.


Manawatu Deaf Society

When: Friday 13th March
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Free for members, $5 for non members

Come along and catch up with your friends. You can bring your work mates, family and friends along. Come and watch SKY Sports, play darts or pool, or just relax!

Central Zone Deaf Rugby Union auction night

When: Sunday 21st March at 6:00pm (auction starts at 6:30pm)
Where: Wellington Deaf Society, 32 Marion Street, Wellington

Fundraising for Central Zone Deaf Rugby Union to attend National Deaf Rugby Championships in Christchurch during Easter Weekend 2015.

All welcome to join. Bring your friends along. Don't forget to bring cash for the auction.

Ban on sprinklers and irrigation systems

A ban on the use of garden sprinklers and irrigation systems in Lower Hutt, Porirua, Wellington and Upper Hutt came into force from 12:00am on Saturday 7th March.

The Porirua, Hutt, Wellington and Upper Hutt city councils have agreed to impose this next stage of their watering restrictions at the request of Wellington Water, who manages their water supply.

The ban means that household use of garden sprinklers, irrigation systems and other forms of unattended watering are not permitted at any time. Careful watering by hand is still okay.

For more information see this website:


Where: Cannons Creek Park, Castor Cres, Cannons Creek, Porirua-Mana
When: Saturday 14th March from 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Porirua Whanau Centre with support from Porirua City Council presents Creekfest. Creekfest comes into its 12th year by doing its part in celebrating 50 years of Porirua as a city.

Staying true to its health themes, Creekfest will bring you health and social well being information stalls, great multi-cultural cuisine, local sport, kids activities and awesome entertainment! Headlining Creekfest 2015 are Spawnbreezie, Tomorrow People, Sid Diamond, J Geeks and much much more!

Bring your whole family down to enjoy the day at this free event and join us as we celebrate Porirua @ 50!

Life Flight Open Day

Where: Life Flight Trust Air Rescue Centre, 17 George Bolt Street, Rongotai, Wellington
When: Sunday 22nd March from 10:00am to 2:00pm

The Life Flight Trust are looking forward to opening their hangar doors to the public, with the help of Interislander who are sponsoring the event. Enjoy demonstrations from 10 different emergency services, delicious food, spot prizes and plenty of children’s entertainment. Life Flight’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter will be performing daring winch rescue demonstrations throughout the day and the Life Flight air ambulance plane will also be on display.

Adult entry is a suggested $5.00 donation and children are free. Twelve lucky people will even win a scenic chopper flight!

Fireworks for ICC Cricket World Cup

Where: Wellington Waterfront
When: Friday 20th March at 9:00pm

There will be a magnificent fireworks display on the harbour as well as events around the waterfront to make a festival out of it. No need to book as pretty much everywhere in Wellington will be the best seat in town!

Aro Valley Fair

Where: Aro Park, Aro Street, Wellington
When: Saturday 21st March from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Save the date, the best little festival in the city is back! Come and celebrate the end of summer in Aro Valley style one week before the awesome Cuba Street Festival.

Central Zone Deaf Rugby Union auction night

When: Sunday 21st March at 6:00pm (auction starts at 6:30pm)
Where: Wellington Deaf Society, 32 Marion Street, Wellington

Fundraising for Central Zone Deaf Rugby Union to attend National Deaf Rugby Championships in Christchurch during Easter Weekend 2015.

All welcome to join. Bring your friends along. Don't forget to bring cash for the auction.

Brightwater School auction and gala

When: Sunday 15th March 11:00am to 3:30pm
Where: Brightwater School, Ellis Street

A fun day out for all the family with great food, coffee, cake and baking stalls.

Celebrate Debbie and Kareen's birthday with a Birthday BBQ

When: Sunday 22nd March at 4:30pm

Please bring your own BBQ food and drink.

For the address please contact Rachel, secretary of NDC.

Email Rachel on or text 021 102 4400.

AGM for Nelson Deaf Incorporated

When: Saturday 18th April at 10:30am
Where: Board Room, Zumo Coffee House, 42 Rutherford Street, Nelson

All welcome. Please let Rachel know if you are coming.

Email Rachel on or text  021 102 4400.

Motueka war exhibition

When: March 1st to April 30th
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm Tuesday to Friday and 10:00am to 2:00pm Sundays
Where: Motueka Museum and Muses Café, 136-138 High Street, Motueka

The Museum is proud to present the latest exhibition which tells the story of how the War affected those living in Motueka and surrounding districts. Those that went off to fight, those who didn't return and those left behind to carry on with life as best as they could. This part of the exhibition goes up to Gallipoli. It explains what was behind the outbreak of war; which countries were allies and those that were part of the Central powers; the various roles in the army.

TEC First Aid course

  • Has your First Aid certificate expired or will expire soon, and you need to renew it?
  • Do you need a new First Aid certificate for your workplace?
Your local Community Relations Officer, Victoria Green, is preparing a First Aid course in July/August this year. If you would like to enrol please contact Victoria.

New Zealand Sign Language Week 2015

Volunteers wanted

Your local Community Relations Officer, Victoria Green, is looking for volunteers for our NZSL Week events in Christchurch. Volunteers will assist staff attending NZSL Week events by giving out information as well as other duties.

You will get a free t-shirt and a voucher in return for helping. If you are interested please contact or text 021 324 828 before Friday 20th March. You will need to fill in application and police vetting forms.

Share your stories, successful news for the media

Do you want to share your good story or successful news in your everyday life, employment, schools, or anything else that you would like to share in local newspapers during NZSL Week?

If you are interested to be interviewed about your story in the media please contact or text 021 324 828 for more information.

Disabled Persons Assembly: Bus stop guidelines forum

Disabled Persons Assembly, Christchurch & Districts are organising a forum for community members to discuss bus stop guidelines. They have invited two guest speakers from Environment Canterbury and Christchurch City Council to speak to you all about upcoming review of the local bus stop guidelines. They would value any feedback about the accessibility of bus stops that affects you and the disabled community.

When: Friday 1st May
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00 pm
(please be there before 2:00pm so the forum can start on time)
Where: Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch (in the Conference Room, meeting room 1)
RSVP: Wednesday 29th April (contact Karim at or text 022 155 6696)

For more information please contact Karim or text 022 155 6696 or Shannon Boorer at ECan or phone 03 365 3828.

An afternoon tea will be provided at approximately at 3.00 pm. NZSL interpreter and hearing loop will be provided. The only car parking available within walking distance are on the corner of Barbadoes and Tuam Streets which costs $3.00. Gold coins are necessary to pay the parking display machine.


Women's Lifestyle Expo

This is a two-day event for women of all ages. More than 100 companies will be involved featuring everything from jewellery and beauty to business products and information, crafts, fitness, food and wine sampling and much more!

When: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Edgar Centre More FM Arena, Portsmouth Drive, Dunedin
Cost: $8.00 for entrance

Coffee club

When: Thursday 26th March
Time: 10:00am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa Office

Please bring a small plate to share.

Where are we?

  • Monday 16th March: Michelle is away from the office until 2:00pm.
  • Tuesday 17th March: Anna is not in office.
  • Monday 23rd March is Otago Anniversary Day and office will be closed.

Important reminders for the forklift course

If you are signed up for the forklift course you should have received information in the post with details to remember and also assessment material to read before the course. If you need help to understand the assessment material please contact Anna.

It is very important to do the following:-
  • Please arrive early at 7:45am (if you are late you cannot do the course)
  • Bring driver’s licence or other proof of ID
  • Do not wear jandals
See you on Thursday 19th March at 7:45am!

Where: AB Equipment, 5 Midland Street, Dunedin

Southland Deaf Community Meeting

Where: Invercargill Workingmen's Club
When: Sunday 15th March
Time: 1:30pm

BNZ Surf to City

Where: Starts at Oreti Beach
When: Sunday 15th March
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Costs: See for entry fees


Rebecca needs volunteers for jobs during NZSL Week.

If this sounds like something you could do she would appreciate your support with this.

Text, call or drop into the office for more information.

First Aid Course Level 1

Thank you to those who have confirmed their interest in this course.

I have booked the course for all day on Monday 11th May so please pencil in this date.

When you complete this course you will:
  • be able to recognise life threatening  situations
  • be able to offer vital assistance before more experienced help arrives
  • be qualified as a workplace first aid person
  • earn NZQA unit standards 6401 and 6402
Course content: Scene assessments, CPR, chest pains (e.g. heart attacks), dislocations, safety, broken bones, burns, soft tissue injury, asthma, stroke, seizures, bleeding, etc.

This is an amazing opportunity to learn practical skills in a fun and interactive learning environment .

An interpreter will be provided. More information to come.