CommUNITY Weekly News

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


Important health information available in NZSL

The Ministry of Health, via the Health Promotion Agency, have re-launched their HealthEd website.

Included are some NZSL translations of resources to view online.

These include information about:

  • BreastScreen Aotearoa
  • Prostate cancer
  • Immunising your child
  • Help to quit smoking
  • Ageing well
  • and more!

They are easy to find — just follow the orange hands symbol on the HealthEd homepage and it takes you right to them. Easy!
Hopefully this is just the start and that more resources will become available in the future. But right now you can access this important health information easily from your own computer or public access point.


Deaf Film Camp in New York State, USA

When: 26th July to 7th August (two weeks)

Rachel and Brent are looking for two or three more Deaf and hard of hearing teenagers aged from 13 to 16 years old from New Zealand to attend camp.

Teenagers: Do you love telling stories in sign language? Are you interested in learning how to make films?

Then you will want to participate in this fun-packed and busy camp! You will get to meet experienced Deaf filmmakers from all over the world and have access to modern equipment. You will learn lots of new filmmaking skills, from editing and screenwriting to clay animation and from cinematography to make-up art.

On a typical camp day, there will be morning classes, followed by cool water activities in the afternoon, and then you will actually make films!

Students from past camps have returned home as happier and more confident young adults.

You will come back to New Zealand with new talent to share with our Deaf community and the Deaf Short Film Festival.

Registration for camp now reduced to US$200 (around NZ$265 at time of printing).

Scholarships and financial assistance are available for all expenses, including airfare.

Register for the camp at before Friday 6th March.

When you have registered your child, please let Rachel know asap.

Rachel Coppage (parent of Deaf teenager)
Text: 021 0263 3932

Brent MacPherson (Producer/Director and camp staff member)
Producer of Silent Fear


Northland By-election

For important information about the by-election in NZSL please see the video below.

Whangarei library

The local library has books and old newspapers dating back to 1887, which have interesting photos and news articles. It also has Computers you can use for a small fee. Wi-Fi is free for 30 minutes.

There is a Māori room with DVDs, most with subtitles. If you are Deaf you can borrow one DVD every time you visit.

To join the library you need:
  • One form of personal ID
  • Proof of address (e.g. power or phone bill)
The library is located at 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei.

Dargaville Field Days

Reminder about this event

When: Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th February
Cost: Adults $15.00 - Children $5.00

Arts centre: Create a Saint Display

When: Every day from 9:00am to 4:30pm (until Tuesday 3rd March)
Where: Quarry Arts Centre, 21 Selwyn Ave
Cost: $2.00 koha

Family day picnic

Auckland Deaf Society is holding a family day picnic this weekend for families who wish to come together and participate in lots of fun and games! There will be activities like ‘Tug O War’, an egg race and more! Bring your picnic lunches, chairs, blanket etc.

At the park, there is a splash pad in the playground for your kids, so they won't get bored.
When: Sunday 1st March
Time: 10:30am to 2:00pm
Where: Potter’s Park (opposite ADS)

Bar staff

Auckland Deaf Society requires one enthusiastic casual bar staff member for occasional monthly work.

They are looking for candidates who:
  • Have great customer service skills
  • Are reliable and responsible
  • Have the ability to work as part of a team
You will need to be available at weekends and in the evening and have your own transport.

Full training will be given.
For more information on how to apply and a full job description, please contact: Fiona Brennan (the Operations Manager) at

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 11th March. Interviews will be held by arrangement from 18th to 20th March.

Super Nutrition TEC course

The Super Nutrition TEC course which was planned for Sunday 22nd March has now been changed. Due to huge demand and the conflict of another event on the same day, we have decided to change the date so that no one misses out.
If you are interested in participating, please email or text Rachel with your full name:
Text: 021 512 943
Be quick as there are only 15 spaces available.
When: Sunday 12th April from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: The Wellbeing Centre
South Auckland

South Auckland Deaf Club

When: Friday 27th February from 8:00pm
Where: Papatoetoe Clubrooms, 183 Great South Road, Papatoetoe (near Hunters Plaza)

Learner Licence

When: Starts Friday 6th March
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Friendship House, 20 Putney Way, Manukau City

Please have look at the flyer for more information.

Email or text Natasha Cloete, Community Relation Officer, by 6th March to put down your name. Natasha will be at South Auckland Deaf Club this Friday.

The Kids Club at Manurewa Library

After school children’s activity time.

When: 2nd Thursday of every month
Time: 3:30pm to 4:40pm
Where: Manurewa Library, 7 Hill Road, Manurewa


Ladies Craft Night

When: Monday 2nd March from 6:30pm to 9.00pm
Where: CCS Disability Action Building, 17 Claudelands Road, Hamilton
Contact: Karyn Palaone (email or text 027 766 6408)
Cost: Free
  • Do you have unfinished craft projects that you would like to finish?
  • Distracted at home by everything else that needs to be done?
  • Like to share and learn new ideas?
  • Need some conversation?
Bring your unfinished projects and we will get some work done, while we visit, giggle and smile!

Deaf and Hearing welcome. Tea, coffee and slices provided.

Please come along and join us! Love to see you there!

Deaf waka ama experience

Come and meet Vesna Radonich two-time world champion and five-time NZ champion waka ama paddler who is hard of hearing and doesn't let anyone stop her from following her dreams and achieving her goals!

Then have a go at waka ama with the world champion!

When: Friday 6th March

Hopefully, if we have 6 or more people. If not, will be another day.
  • 10:00am: Welcome
  • 10:30am: Vesna's story
  • 11:00am: Learn to paddle (give it a go!)
  • 12:30pm: Lunch (bring your own)
  • 1:00pm: Fun team races
  • 2:00pm: Home time
Where: To be confirmed (waiting to confirm with Hamilton waka ama club)

If you are interested, please contact Kayte Shaw: Check out an article about Vesna: Hearing loss no impairment to waka ama paddler.

Purple walk for endometriosis

When: Wednesday 11th March from 5:30pm onwards
Where: Hamilton Yacht Club, Hamilton Lake
Cost: $20 per person, children under 13 – free!
Register online: (closes Tuesday 10th March)

Join the Purple Walk and help raise awareness for endometriosis – a condition that affects at least 10,000 Waikato women and teenage girls.

The walk takes about 45mins and if you register early enough, there are goodie bags, vouchers and other special offers up for grabs…

So have fun… Grab a team and dress up in purple!!! There will be spot prizes for the most creative team and also the best dressed dog. There will also be food, raffles and awareness ribbons – cash only.

Deaf Waikato River community meeting

When: Wednesday 18th March, 2015
Time: 7:30pm-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! :-)

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Deaf Short Film Festival 2015

Are you interested in making a short film involving Māori Deaf for the Deaf Short Film Festival 2015?

Do you have filmmaking skills or experience as any of the following?
  1. Director
  2. Producer
  3. Writer
If you are interested, contact me on Facebook or email

Come on! Get involved, let’s win!

Check out the Deaf Short Film Festival website:

Bay of Plenty

Historic Village

Last Monday, there was a meeting at the Historic Village for the tenants. The Lions Club were invited to share what will be happening.

From mid-March, the Bethlehem Market will be moving to Historic Village. The market will be on every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from about 9:00am to 1:00pm

Bethlehem Market are moving because there will be a development of more shops and buildings at Bethlehem shopping centre.

Perhaps you are keen to hold a stall for fundraising for your club?

Watch this space for more information later.

Art Gallery

Last week I attended a meeting with a lady at the Art Gallery. She can sign. If you are keen to pop into the Art Gallery, ask for Kelly and she will be happy to take you around the Art Gallery.

I am organising a guided tour of the Art Gallery during NZSL Week. Watch this space!


Where: Mount Drury, Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui
When: Saturday 28th February from 3:00pm till late
Cost: Gold coin entry

Head out to Mount Drury for an afternoon of enjoyment with family and friends.

There will be food trucks, music, workshops and Night Owl Cinema will be showing Z-Nail Gang.

You can watch this trailer:

There will be workshops on solar power, coastal ecology, worm-farming and kids' activities.

Music entertainment will be provided by the Tauranga fire and drums and the community choir.

Walk the Lakes Pirate and Fairies

Where: The Lakes, Tauriko Corner Lakes Boulevard and Lakeview Quay, Tauranga
When: Sunday 8th March from 9:00am till 12:00pm
Cost: $5.00 per person

Pirates and Fairies, Mums and Dads, Grandparents and friends are all invited to join Walk the Lakes.

Register to enter a choice of two fun walk routes: 3km or 5km.

Follow the treasure map and have an opportunity to find the 'treasure' along the way.

Free hot sausage at the end of the end of the walk. This is kindly sponsored by PORSE.

Pay another $5.00 to go into the draw to win a fantastic prize.

Best costume will also be in the draw to win.

Registration from 9:00am and walks are from 10:00am and 10:15am.


Pasifika Fun Day (Rotorua)

Where: Soundshell and Village Green, Memorial Drive, Rotorua (click on link for map)
When: Saturday 28th February from 10:00am till 2:00pm
Cost: Free

A day out for the whole family and friends.

The Rotorua Pacific Islands Trust will be holding the annual Pasifika Fun Day on Saturday at the Rotorua Lakefront Village Green.

Come along and experience with Pasifika communities in Rotorua an afternoon of grassroots dance, music, arts and craft and food.

They will also showcase their initiatives happening around their community.


Deaf club meeting

When: Saturday 28th February from 10:00am
Where: Queen Street, Waitara Library

Health and Disability Advocacy in New Plymouth

You have a right to get good service from your support worker, doctor, medical centre staff, hospital staff, dentist, hearing service, physiotherapist, etc.

Have you had bad service from them? See Donna Allan, your Deaf Advocate, to talk about it.

When: Tuesday 3rd March and Wednesday 4th March (mornings only)
Text: 027 233 4905
Fax: 04 570 0856

An interpreter is available in New Plymouth

When: Thursday 5th and Friday 6th March from 10:00am to 4:30pm

To make a booking contact Marissa Lessing:
  • Skype: isign.central (NZSL users only)
  • Text: 021 677 803
  • Fax: 09 972 0469
  • Email:

Halberg Surf Day

Experience the thrill of surfing!

When: Saturday 28th February from 9:45am to midday
Where: Oakura Beach, Tasman Parade, Oakura
Space is limited! To register, contact Halberg Disability Sport Adviser John Sigurdsson: Bring along wetsuits and swim gear. Wetsuits provided if you don’t have one.

Free BBQ for all participants and volunteers.

International Children's Day Celebration

When: Sunday 1st March from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Hollard Gardens, 1686 Upper Manaia Road, Kaponga, Stratford

Celebrate International Children's Day at Hollard Gardens. A magical place for kids and families to have fun. Activities for all. Bring a picnic and enjoy the games and entertainment.

Prices: Free Entry
Contact: Clare Mewse
Phone: 0800 736 222
Hawkes Bay

TEC Essential First Aid training

Last Saturday we had our Essential First Aid training. It was a long and tiring day the training lasted for nine hours. We had 11 Deaf people on the training and most were workers. It was important for them to do this course. All the participants passed the training. Many thanks to the tutor, Megan Young, and the two interpreters from iSign.

I have attached a group photo of those who have achieved their certificate.

New Zealand Sign Language Week

We need volunteers, please. We will have lot of activities and events throughout the week. We will also provide over 46 free taster classes.

We want to find more than 10 volunteers (Deaf or hearing) to help us out.

We are hoping to have a weekly meeting soon with Deaf community members and volunteers to discuss NZSL Week activities in Hawkes Bay. This will be held at the HBDC in Taradale.

All volunteers must fill out the volunteer form and the police vetting form as soon as possible. Come on, Hawkes Bay, let's show New Zealand that we are the best city at celebrating and promoting NZSL Week.

Please contact Lee at Deaf Aotearoa for more information.

Weekly news signer

We need a signer to do our weekly news for Hawkes Bay. Lee will gather the news and type it up and the signer will sign on the video camera. Then we will send the news and videos to Auckland, it will be added to the national news, ready to send out around New Zealand.

The signer needs to have fluent NZSL and be happy for videos to be shared around New Zealand and the world.

This job will only take about one to two hours each week. If you have free time to support us and maybe add skills and volunteer work to your CV, please contact Lee as soon as possible.


Wanganui Deaf community monthly lunch club

When: Monday 2nd March from 12:00pm
Where: Deaf Access Centre at Whanganui Disability Resource Centre, Churton Street, Wanganui

Yes, it’s that time again, when we all get together and have lunch, catchup and discuss anything at all!

Bring your own lunch. We will provide coffee and tea! Look forward to seeing you all!

Manawatu Deaf Society

MDS Social Club AGM and Club Night

When: Friday 27th February from 6:00 pm
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Cost: Be aware that if you are not a member there is a $5.00 door charge, members free

The bar will be open tonight. This means you are not allowed to bring your own drinks.

New Zealand Sign Language In Action Awards

We have many categories for the NZSL In Action Awards. You can nominate anyone you like that falls in one of those categories. There are plenty of nomination forms at Deaf Aotearoa or you can nominate online. If you are not sure, please contact Lianna who will be happy to support you in this process.

The categories are:
  • NZSL Champion Award
  • Māori Champion Award
  • NZSL Accessible Service Award
  • NZSL Employer Award
  • NZSL in Health Award
  • NZSL Interpreter of the Year Award
  • Magnet Youth Award
  • NZSL in the Media Award
  • NZSL in Schools Award
  • NZSL Teaching Award
  • NZSL Early Childhood Award
So what are you waiting for? Come on and nominate others for an award, I am sure there are some great people, services, agencies, schools, workplaces, businesses etc that you would like to nominate for their fantastic contribution to NZSL and the Deaf community!

Again if you are not sure, contact Lianna and she will support you with this! The more nominations we can get the better!


Open captions movie night: The Theory of Everything

Where: Lighthouse Cinema Cuba, 29 Wigan Street, Wellington
When: Tuesday 3th March from 8:00pm

Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen" by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh.

Wainuiomata Water Festival

Where: Queen Street, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt
When: Saturday 28th February from 10:00am to 6:00pm
The Wainuiomata Water Festival is a unique festival that celebrates water in a daylong event in the heart of Wainuiomata's community hub. There will be a carnival like atmosphere, with all the action happening on the Queen Street green and memorial hall. Marquees with special water activities and games will surround an interactive fountain in the middle of the green. Fantastic performers will entertain with water themed performances. There will be a water slide and a swim-suit competition for the craziest swim-wear. Scientists and local fire-brigades will show off the wonders and preciousness of water. There will also be live music performances from local groups and art and craft displays. Spontaneous and staged water-pistol fights will break out during the day so come prepared with your own water-weapon!

Newtown Festival Fair Day

Where: Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington
When: Sunday 8th March from 9:30am to 10:00pm
On fair day central Riddiford Street and the adjoining Constable, Rintoul, and other side streets are all closed to vehicles and opened up to 80,000 visitors. Pedestrians take over the street and are able to walk freely and experience Newtown from a different perspective. This adds to everyone's enjoyment of the event.

Entertainment is provided all day long by community groups, superb buskers, and top quality original and emerging live music. The heart of Newtown is transformed by a smorgasbord of 10 music stages, a busking pitch, family zones, fairground sites, and 360 stalls. All the talent of wider Wellington comes to the Newtown community for this annual street party.

What makes the Newtown Festival Fair Day unique is that it is also a huge market. Extending 8 blocks through Riddiford St in Newtown, with 8 side streets also closed, the whole day can be spent perusing the 360 stalls. There are 90 food stalls, a craft-focused street, information and fundraising.

Race Unity Day

When: Sunday 1st March from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Victory Square, Nelson

Everyone is warmly invited.

Activities include world food stalls and stalls selling ethnic products. ethnic performances, celebration and displays of traditional attire and art, as well as fun and games with cricket, spot prizes and possibly guest appearances to celebrate the ICC Cricket World cup.

Cathy will be present to communicate.

KIT (Keep In Touch) Day

When: Monday 2nd March from 10:00am to 1:30pm
Where: Wow Museum, 95 Quarantine Road, Nelson
Cost: Adults $18.00 - Students $5.00

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 at or text on 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, but please let Rachel know if you are coming.

Email Rachel at or text on 021 102 4400.

New Zealand Sign Language Week

Volunteer wanted

Your local Community Relations Officer, Victoria Green, is looking for volunteers for our NZSL Week events in the Christchurch area to assist staff attending NZSL Week events. Volunteers will be giving out information and doing 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 to fill in an application form and a police vetting form.

Share your success stories with the media

Do you want to share your story or news about success in your everyday life, employment, school or anything else with local newspapers during NZSL Week?

If you are interested in being interviewed please contact or text 021 324 828 for more information.

Community support worker vacancy

We are looking for a young lady who is fluent in NZSL for the position of support worker for a deaf client.

Hours will be between six to nine hour per week. The job will involve daily life routines such as trips to the swimming pool, malls, community classes, the library and other duties during the day.

The position need to be filled as soon as possible.

If you are interested in the position, please contact Victoria Green for more details. Email, text 021 324 828 or Skype victoria.cro.christchurch.

National Deaf Rugby Championship

Southern Zone Deaf Rugby is hosting the National Deaf Rugby Championship in Christchurch during Easter Weekend from 3rd to 5th April.

The rugby matches will be held at Christchurch Football Club at 250 Westminster Street, St Albans. Please see the attached flyer attached for the timetable of matches.

A social dinner will be held at The Cashmere Club at 50 Colombo Street, Cashmere. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact

McDeaf signing group in the mid-Canterbury area

An opportunity for everyone to gather together to learn NZSL and have conversations in NZSL with Deaf community members.

For more details please see the attached flyer.

Self-defense course

When: Thursday 5th March from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: St James Hall, 393 King Edward Street, South Dunedin

Please let Michelle know if you are coming.

NZSL Week volunteers

Deaf Aotearoa needs you! We will need volunteers to help with things like:
  • Taster class preparation and organising papers and materials in the office before NZSL Week, in April
  • On Saturday 9th May: Setting up a stall at the Farmers Market, teaching people to sign their name and handing out NZSL information
  • On Sunday 10th May: Setting up for NZSL at the Octagon family event, help with the BBQ, help with children and more
Please tell Anna if you are able to help with anything.

You need to fill out a volunteer form before the end of March if you want to help.

Forklift course confirmed

If you have confirmed with Anna that you are coming then please mark your calendars for confirmed booking of the Forklift Learners and F Endorsement Course.

When: Thursday 19th March from 8:00am to 3:00pm
Where: 5 Midland Street, South Dunedin

Please note: This course if free for you, but you will have to pay for the forklift licence at AA when you pass the test which costs about $44.00.

There will be a 30-minute lunch break. Bring your lunch or money to buy food nearby. Two interpreters will be there. Contact Anna if you have any questions.

Forklift Licenses

At the Deaf community meeting on Sunday 1st February, a few of you were interested in going for your forklift license.

I need at least one more interested person to set this up. We need a minimum of three people or the course cannot go ahead. If this sounds like something you would like to do, then please make an appointment with Rebecca Petre.

Southern Wild Food Festival

Where: ILT Stadium Southland
When: Saturday 28th February from 10:30am to 6:00pm
Costs: Adults $ 25.00 - Children under 16 free (tickets at the door)

Enjoy the best wild food the Southland has to offer plus wine, beer and terrific entertainment at the second annual Southern Wild Food Festival.

Not to be missed – mark your calendars now!

Glengarry Community Market

Where: Yarrow Street Car Park, Glengarry, Invercargill
When: Saturday 28 February from 9:30am to 1:00pm
Cost: Free

Invercargill’s number one community market with 30+ stalls every month including food, crafts, art, entertainment, free activities, and more. Last Saturday of every month.

BNZ Surf to City

Get training now for the Annual Surf to City family fun day out! Run, Walk, or Cycle, the 12kms from Oreti Beach to Queens Park.

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