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Tutors wanted for NZSL Week 2015 taster classes
Only two weeks left to put your name down!

What we're 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

What you'll get:-

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 to apply?

If you are a new tutor:-

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Email your Curriculum Vitae
  3. Email a NZSL video signing why you want to be a tutor (this is so that we can assess your sign language skills)

If you were a NZSL Week tutor in 2014:

  1. Complete the online application form

Applications close Friday 5th December.

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:

Shirley McKenzie Scholarship

A substantial number of shares were donated to Deaf Aotearoa by Sir Roy and Lady Shirley McKenzie making it possible to set up a fund to provide scholarships for Deaf people.

Applications are now open for 2015. Applications will close on Friday 23rd January and Friday 6th February 2015. Click on the application form to download an application form.

Please contact Rachel Hope ( for any enquiries about this scholarship.


Cinderella pantomime

Remember the old story of Cinderella who had the three ugly sisters?

This is a drama without talking (pantomime), using gestures and facial expressions.

Where: Whangarei Theatre Company, 71 Reyburn House Lane, Whangarei
When: Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd and Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th November
Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Cost: Adults $30.00 - Children (under 18) $15.00

Summer show

Where: Barge Show grounds (past the hospital and up the hill)
When: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December
Cost: $8.00

There will be animals, sheep, tractors and strongmen. Also, you can learn how to make butter.

Bring your children, parents, Deaf or hearing. Everyone come along.

Morning tea photos

Here are some photos of the morning tea. I have enjoyed the opportunity of meeting several people now, who have all been so friendly.


TEC Courses

A group of deaf community members successfully completed the Forklifting course that was provided as a TEC course by Deaf Aotearoa. Well done to the five men that took part and completed this one day course. They all gained a certificate and an operator’s card.

Deaf Aotearoa provides a number of TEC courses a year, if you have any ideas what TEC course you would like to do, please contact your local CRO.

The criteria for TEC courses are:

To participate:
  • You have to be over 16 years old.
  • You have to be a New Zealand Citizen
  • TEC courses are not for hobbies

The Outsider Art Fair

There is an Outsider Art Fair this weekend at Britomart in central Auckland.


The opening is on Friday 21st November at 6:00pm.

You can download the invitation for the opening with RSVP details.

Panel discussions

Then on Saturday 22nd November there will be two panel discussions, both of which will be accessible in NZSL.
  • 12:00pm to 1:00pm: Outsider Art - what does it mean and what's happening overseas?
  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm: Outsider Art - within the NZ context
Rachel Coppage will be on the second panel at 2:00pm to explore how Deaf Arts fit in Outsider Art.

For more information about the fair and programme see


Youth With Disabilities Disco

Have a super night out – get dressed up as your favourite superhero for this free dance event.

When: Friday 28th November
Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: ZEAL, 20 Alderman Drive, Henderson

This is a superhero theme.

Refreshments avaliable and adjacent space provided for parents/caregivers.

Sirens and Sounds

Sirens & Sounds Safety Festival is back - Local, Vocal, Free, Fun - Police, Fire, Ambos, demos, games, silliness and serious messages. Challenges, interactive displays, food stalls and performances.

Deaf Aotearoa will be there, see if you can find our stall!

When: Saturday 22nd November
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Eastdale Reserve, Rosebank Road
Costs: Admission free

Santa Parade

The Santa Parade features all the amazing displays, fun and surprises that has made this a favourite event in Auckland. Heralding the start of the Christmas season, this holiday features colourful grand floats representing the cultural diversity of Auckland’s lively marching bands, amazing character balloons, plus an appearance by Santa Claus.

When: Sunday 30th November (Rain date: Sunday 7th December)
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Where: Queen Street

South Auckland

World Festival of Magic tickets

Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland have free tickets for World Festival of Magic from Lions.

When: 13th December
Where: ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane
Times: 11:00am, 2:00pm or 5:00pm

If you, your friends, family or whānau want these free tickets, please come and visit Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland to collect these tickets. Or you can email or text 021 517 849 to hold tickets for you until you come office to collect them.

Please pick which time you prefer.

South Auckland Deaf Club

Reminder it is on next week Friday

When: 28th November
Where: 183 Great South Road, Hunters Corner, Papatoetoe
Time: 7:00pm onward

Please see Whiti’s Video, Deaf Aotearoa South Auckland staff will be there, we will introduce ourselves and our services. Natasha will talk about VRI please see the attachment.

Stir it up

A fantastic opportunity for all people who want to learn NZSL, get together and have a casual cuppa.

When: Saturday 13th December
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Level One, Westfield Manukau

See the attachment for full information.


Cancelled: First aid course

The workshop has been cancelled due to lack of numbers.

So if you were interested, but it was the wrong day or the wrong time, then please do feel welcome to share your thoughts please. Susitina would appreciate your feedback.

If you would like to do the First Aid at a later date, then please contact:

TEC course: Managing your money through the festive season

When: Friday 5th December from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Methodist City Action, London Street, Hamilton
Cost: Free!

This course will help you plan ahead, and arrange payments so that you don’t need to worry about bills through the festive season. The festive season is often a stressful time for individuals and families.

Steph will provide handy tips and hints for living on a limited budget and low cost gift ideas for the family. She has lots of brilliant ideas that she will demonstrate how to make and some great ideas for easy entertaining.

A light lunch will be provided and NZSL interpreters will be present.

For more information or to book your place please contact Susitina Cook (

Lets sign at the Cook Café and Bar!

If you are Deaf, know New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), or are learning NZSL - then come along!

There are some Hamilton adult students learning NZSL that need your help to practice their signing skills and learn more about Deaf culture. They would love to meet you and chat.

When: Thursday 27th November from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: The Cook Café and Bar, 7 Cook Street, Hamilton (opposite Steele Park)
Why: Enjoy chatting! Meet other Deaf people. Help others practice their NZSL skills. Be a signing role model. Promote Deaf culture in the community. Meet others learning NZSL.
Who: All welcome! There will be NZSL adult students there that will love to meet and practice their signing with you.

Hot chips provided!

For more information please contact Kayte Shaw (Community Development Kaituitui) by email or phone 021 517 791.

Deaf theatre

There may be an opportunity coming up in 2015 to participate in theatre workshops and performances for Deaf people.
No previous experience needed! Interested…? Want to know more…?
Contact: Kayte Shaw
Phone: 021 517 791 (text or call) or 07 211 4552 (call)

TriMaori Festival

When: Saturday 22nd November from 8:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Lake Karapiro,  Maungatautari Road, Cambridge
Cost: Free

There is no other festival like TriMaori Festival!

As well as the triathlon events and walk/run events, there will be kids events, healthy food stalls, arts and craft stalls, health providers, yoga and Zumba demonstrations, music and entertainment and plenty more.

There is something for everyone at the TriMaori Festival - that's why we say "it's for the whānau". And just in case you're wondering - the festival is for everyone!

Bay of Plenty

Contacting Deaf Aotearoa's staff

A while ago, information of Deaf Aotearoa Tauranga's new office hours and contact details have been shared with you.

I have posted the new information to Deaf community members who don't have access to emails at home.

Please understand that when you text, email or call after hours including weekends and public holidays, you will not get a reply till the staff member is back at work during office hours.

Please bear in mind with Heather Goodwin who works part time on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays will be the only days she can reply to your text, email or call and not on Tuesdays, Fridays, weekends and public holidays.

Please do not text early in the morning like 2:00am or 5:30am. Text from 8:30am onwards on the work days.

Thank you for your time in reading and watching the video.

If you have any queries please contact Sue Lessing on or text 021 920 675.

New: Lower alcohol limit

As from Monday 1st December, the new alcohol limited for drivers age 20 years and over will be lowered.
This change means that the drivers aged 20 years and over must not drive if:
  • the amount of alcohol in their breath is more than 250 micrograms of alcohol per liter of breath.
  • the amount of alcohol in their blood is more than 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.
For drivers under the age of 20 years, the limit stays zero.
Click here for more information on demerit points, fines, penalties and more.
Please contact Sue Lessing if you want more clarification on the information.

Email or text 021 920 675.

Let me know if you want to talk on Skype we can make a date and time.

Zirka Circus


Where: Memorial Park, Devonport Road, Tauranga (click here for map)
When: Thursday 20th to Sunday 30th November
Dates and times:
Prices and bookings:


Where: War Memorial Park (click here for map)
When: Friday 5th December to Sunday 7th December
Dates and times:
Prices and bookings:
This popular Zirka Circus is back for the third time in New Zealand.

They will be doing the shows from the top to the bottom of New Zealand.

A family outing for all ages to watch the amazing acrobatics, group and individual acts and have a good laugh at the clowns.

Click here for more information.

Beach 5s

Where: Mount Maunganui Beach, Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga (click here for map)
When: Saturday 22nd November from 10:00am to 5:30pm
Mount Beach 5s will be the greatest beach rugby event New Zealand has seen.

Teams from all over New Zealand will be there.

Papamoa Santa parade

Where: Palm Beach Plaza, 7 Gravatt Road, Papamoa, Tauranga (click here for map)
When: Sunday 23rd November from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
The parade will follow with fantastic floats painting a picture of the community.

There will be competitions for the best float, decided by the community.

Food stalls raising money for organisations in the community.

Fun for all: face painting, music, clowns, lolly scrambles, games and more.

NZSL Week 2015: Tutors wanted

When: Month of May 2015
Deadline for tutor application: Friday 5th December

Deaf Aotearoa is preparing for NZSL Week 2015. We are looking for tutors to deliver the taster classes for the month of May. For new tutors and past tutors, how to apply, click on flyer for the information.

If you are not sure on how to apply or requirements for applying please contact Niki Jenkinson on:-
Text: 021 556 989

Do not knock

Deaf Aotearoa New Plymouth in support of Consumer NZ ‘Do Not Knock’ campaign have their stickers available in our offices.
Anyone who does not wish to be approached by door-to-door sellers I encourage you to collect a “Do Not Knock” sticker.
I advise people to place a “Do Not Knock” sticker on your gate, letterbox or front door if you do not wish to be approached in your own home.

Spring newsletter from Heart Foundation

After our very successful supermarket tour last month several people asked for more updates and recipes.

You can read the Spring edition of the Heart Foundation's newsletter.

Madison Davy attended “Hear for You” workshop

They were held at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.
Here is her story:

This was an exciting time for me because I get to meet other deaf teenagers, make new friends, catch up with old friends from long time ago and also one of my good friends Santana, came to Hear For You.  It was good to have someone who you know there. I flew to Christchurch by myself on the first workshop in August.

The first workshop was on 16th of August, we introduced each other, and then spilt into 2 groups (Yr 10 & 11 and Yr 12 & 13). I was in Yr 10 & 11 group, the topic was Communication & Leadership, and we did a lot of games and a few worksheets, it was really fun! I left that workshop quite early due to early flights. I stopped in Wellington on way home and waited there hours and hours! I gained more confidence from this workshop, made me feel a lot happier!

The second workshop was on 20th September, the topic was Future Prospects, like what we want to become when we grow up, did more games and worksheets as well! I flew to Christchurch with my mum on Friday 19th September because I had my cochlear implant upgrade to N6! It’s clearer and louder, I’m so happy that I got N6! I will never go back to Freedom cochlear processer again! We stayed at a motel for 2 nights, caught up with few friends while we were there! And then flew back home on Sunday 21st September.

The third and last workshop on 18th October, the topic was Drama, we did a lot of fun acting games, and then we practised our lines for the play in front of our parents! We did the play, we felt so proud of ourselves! We were given certificates for joining Hear For You. We said our goodbyes to our friends. Then I stayed at my friend, Lauren’s house for the night, we watched few movies and took some crazy selfies! Then we flew home next day on Sunday.

The mentors are so nice! They are like my friends, they listens to us, and we learnt interesting facts from them! The director, Elena, she’s so awesome, you should meet her!
Hear For You workshops was at University of Canterbury! I had an awesome time there!
I’m so glad that I went to Hear For You, and will defiantly go again!

Bell Block School Twilight Gala

When: Friday 21st  November
Time: 4.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Bell Block School, Bell Block

Bell Block School Twilight gala - food stalls, white elephant, raffles, plant stalls, markets, laser tag, sumo activity, fun activities, flash mob photo booth, Ferdie, plus more!

Prices: Free
Contact: Julia Johnstone
Phone: 06 755 1965
Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club Christmas Get Together Dinner

Where: Napier Breakers, Corner of Tennyson Street and Milton Road, Napier
When: Saturday 6th December from 6:00pm
Cost: From $15.00 upwards
Please contact secretary by end of November so they will know how many seats to book.

Email or text 027 859 3238.

Mitre 10 Ladies Night

Where: Mitre 10 Mega Store, 180 Prebensen Drive, Napier
When: Wednesday 26th November from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Entry: Gold coin donation go towards “The Christmas Cheer Appeal” or you can make a donation of a toy or book for the appeal.
We have a fantastic evening planned for this year's Ladies Night.

Jax Hamilton, celebrity chef, will be here demonstrating some amazing Christmas recipes.

We have lots of DIY clinics including:
  • Repairing holes in walls
  • Basic car maintenance and changing a tyre
  • Sharpening tools
  • Clearing blocked drains and replacing tap washers
  • How to tile and lots more
We have local businesses promoting and selling their products and services such as Avon cosmetics, Red Lippy jewellery, nutrimetics, The Sugar Queen Cakery (Yum!), Be Dazzling clothing and accessories, Aerial Yoga with Pole Fitness and lots more.
There will be a store wide discount offer to help get that Christmas shopping sorted.

Use your Fly Buys card on the night to be in the draw to win 1,000 Fly Buys points.

Wine and nibbles will also be provided.

Join in the fun and games with lots of competitions, games and spot prizes.
Register for Ladies Night and go into the draw for a $50 gift card drawn daily on The Hits from 17th November and a fabulous VIP package which includes:
  • A chauffeured driven car for you and 3 friends with Hooters Vintage and Classic Car Hire
  • A private gazebo with a waiter serving you champagne and nibbles
  • A meet and greet with Jax Hamilton before the cooking demos start
  • Front row seating for the cooking demos with Jax
An amazing prize package from various exhibitors on the night.

Some terms and conditions apply. Register in store or on our website.

Eastern Institute Of Technology Information And Enrolment Day

Where: Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), Gloucester Street, Taradale, Napier
When: Thursday 27th November from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Want to get a real feel for EIT? Join them on Info and Enrolment Day and experience the things that make EIT so special. They have over 130 programmes, an impressive range of subjects, flexible study options, supportive staff, modern facilities and more.
Hawke’s Bay campus, Gloucester St, Taradale, EIT Learning Centres in Hastings, Maraenui and Central Hawke’s Bay – 9am to 3pm.

Bay View Market Day

Where: Petane War Memorial Domain, Main North Road, Bay View, Napier
When: Saturday 29th November 9:00am to 2:00pm
Entry: Gold coin (donations go towards Eskdale School)
Eskdale School's major fundraiser is the Bay View Market Day! Held on the last Saturday in November, it attracts thousands of people. This year they have over 130 stalls!
The variety of high quality crafts offered is varied and unique and with over 130 stalls you are sure to find something for everyone and maybe something for yourself! Peruse the many craft stalls offering plants, garden ornaments and sculptures, clothing, sweets, books, greenstone, paua mosaics, home made jams and chutneys and even home made dog-treats!
Shopping is hungry work so choose from Eskdale Schools own café with home baked goodies, or try Indian, Thai, Turkish, Indonesian, crepes, fritters, hotdogs, frozen yoghurt and many more mouth watering treats.
Fun for the kids with Santa arriving at midday and bouncy castles and games all day! Come join our rural school at one of the best market days around!


Manawatu Deaf Society Club Night

When: Friday 21st November
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Ave, Palmerston North
Time: 7:30pm

Bring your own drinks, come along and catch-up with friends.

Monthly Lunch Club

When: Monday 24th November at 12:00pm
Where: Kowhai Park, South Road, Feilding
(if bad weather, will be at Deaf Aotearoa)

Yes, we are going to gather together at Kowhai Park in Feilding for this month’s Lunch Club. Will be a nice change of scenery, bring your own lunch and drinks.

Hope the weather will be kind for us on this day!

Look forward to catching up with you all.

Tutors for NZSL Week 2015

Are you keen to tutor New Zealand Sign Language in the month of May 2015?

We still need more tutors for NZSL Week, the deadline for registration is 5th December 2014.

This is a great opportunity to gain work experience, earn extra money, meet new people and have fun!

Check out the flier for more information! Hope to receive your registration showing your excitement to join us during our biggest annual celebration!

Foxton KIT Day

On Tuesday 11th November, 23 Deaf and hearing impaired students from Horowhenua, Manawatu, and Wanganui schools met in Foxton for a KIT Day (Keep In Touch with the Deaf Community). There were four members of the Deaf Community present and six teachers of the Deaf. The students were also supported by their teacher aide who works at the school of the Deaf student.

We met at the MAV TECH Museum at 10 o’clock in the morning. The people who work at the museum showed lots of different historic technology. Some of the students played a special piano that played old time music when they moved the pedals on the piano.

We sat in the theatre and watched some old cartoons about Tom and Jerry, and The Road Runner. The cartoons were enjoyed by everyone. They were easily understood as they had no speech and were supported by music. Before the cartoons began Terry O’Brien re-enacted a bit of history by giving out bags of lollies to the children.

We went to Coley Street School for lunch and had a fun afternoon doing some old time activities such as drawing, playing marbles, pick-up sticks, dominoes, hitting targets and other activities. Everybody enjoyed themselves.

Some of the older hearing girls from Coley Street School took the opportunity to learn some NZ Sign Language from our Deaf adults. They were very enthusiastic.

Fun with flax

When: Saturday 29th November
Where: Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Hokowhitu Campus, Centennial Drive, Palmerston North
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

There will be free sausage sizzle, demonstrations, display, stalls and workshops. Open to everyone!


Māori culture workshop

Where: Wellington Deaf Society Club Room, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
When: Tuesday 2nd December from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: Free

Join us to learn more about Māori culture, the meaning of waiatas and other Māori language aspects of pōwhiri and whakatau.

This will be a great chance to come together and learn more.

See flyer for more details.

In case of emergency presentation

Where: Hutt City Baptist Hall, 132-146 High Street, Lower Hutt
When: Thursday 4th December from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost: Free

This a free presentation by Wellington Region Emergency Management Office about how to be prepared in an emergency. Bring the family along so everybody can be prepared. Will include how be to be prepared in an earthquake and tsunami and your chance to give feedback on how they can best support your community in an emergency. So, come along and be prepared!

See flyer for further details.

Know Your Rights: Employment law workshop

Where: Wellington Deaf Society Club Room, 32 Marion Street, Wellington
When: Wednesday 10th December from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Cost: Free
Want to know your rights in employment? Come along to a free workshop by Wellington Community Law and learn about employment law and how this affects you.  
See flyer for more details.

Santa's Party Weekend

Where: Westfield Queensgate, Corner Queens Drive and Bunny Street, Lower Hutt
When: Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November from 9:30am to 5:30pm
The official festive season is just around the corner and to celebrate this magical time for Kiwi kids around the country, Westfield Glenfield will kick off the festivities with Santa’s Welcoming Party weekend, the official launch of Christmas.

Santa has packed up his sleigh and is on his way to Westfield Queensgate. Join in the fun with face painters, carol singers and balloon magic at Santa’s Welcoming Party, then head to centre court at 1pm for Santa’s Arrival Show.

Nelson Deaf Aotearoa office phone contact details

To contact the Community Relations Officer for Nelson call 03 546 7650 or text 021 939 415
To contact the Employment Service for Nelson call 03 546 7650 or text 021 939 415
To contact the Service Coordinator for Nelson call 03 546 7650 or text 021 939 415

For general enquiries please call 0800 332 322 DEAF CALL or e-mail
For VRI enquiries please call 0800 874697 or e-mail
For fax enquiries please call 0800 329 332 FAX DEAF

Our Christmas dinner

Where: Speights Ale House, 99 Quarantine Road, Stoke
When: Saturday 22nd November at 5:30pm

We are having Christmas dinner at the Speights Ale house, please let the secretary Rachel know by the 15th November if you are able to come.

Text on 021 102 4400 or email

The Great Christmas Market

When: Sunday 23rd November from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Founders Heritage Park, 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson
Entry: Free
Shop in style with stalls from over 80 of the regions finest boutique makers. You'll find unique, handmade gifts for all your loved ones this Christmas.
Founders has lots to offer for the any non shopper in your group, from the Organic Brewery to a fantastic play ground and the historic buildings.

Buying handmade and NZ made has never been better.

More information...

Video Remote Interpreting presentation in Blenheim

Where: Barnardos, 31 George Street, Blenheim
When: Wednesday 26th November at 11:00am

Have a look at the website:

Come along and see the presentation. It will cover:-
  • What is VRI?
  • Who funds VRI?
  • Where can I use VRI?
  • Why do some places not have VRI?
  • How to ask for VRI?
  • Help us to help you - VRI request form

Paul Quintal's 50th birthday lunch

Paul would like to invite you all to celebrate his 50th birthday by having lunch at Hangar 58.

Where: At Hangar 58, 58 Collingwood Street, Nelson
When: Saturday 6th December at 12:00pm

Please let Rachel know if you are coming by 29th November.

Let her know if you require transport to the event.

Text on 021 102 4400 or email

Canterbury Deaf Youth Event: Beach Day

Our Canterbury Deaf Youth are having their final event of the year, Beach Day, on Saturday 22nd November from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at Sumner Beach.

It is a time of the year to relax, chill and have fun under the sun!

Please bring your own lunch. Canterbury Deaf Youth will provide activities and games.

See The Sound:
A visual interpretation of music

Experience music in the Deaf world – listen with your eyes!

You may recall there was an article in our newsletter on 22nd August about one of our local CODAs, Phoebe Leyten. She is the child of Josje Leyten and Flip Leijten. She won CPIT’s Research Month Pitch a Project competition.

Phoebe have been working on a project for Deaf community to have the opportunity to see her project, called “See The Sound”.

You are welcome to see her visual interpretation of music which will be performed along with her band. Also featuring Josje Lelijveld and Elizabeth Kay.

Everyone is welcome!

When: Sunday 23rd November
Time: 7:00 pm doors open and 7:30 pm start
Where: Heathcote Valley School Hall, 61 Bridle Path Road, Heathcote Valley

City Discovery Day: Fun family day out

There is an event coming up on Sunday 23rd November, it is an opportunity for you, families and public to find out about our ever evolving city and join in the free and fun activities for everyone on City Discovery Day.
You can start your journey by heading to the Future Christchurch Visionarium opposite the Margaret Mahy Family Playground site to pick up a specially designed map. The map has points of interest marked out so you can create your self-guided tour in your own time.
While you make your own way around the city become a city detective by playing City Quest. This will send you on a search for clues to our quiz – with fantastic prizes to be won!
There’s something to entertain everyone, from the oldest to the youngest family member. There will be displays to inform and entertain, food stalls, a free bouncy castle, face painting, and sausage sizzle.
Where: on the corner of Madras and Amargh Streets (near our previous Deaf Society of Canterbury site and opposite the Margaret Mahy Family Playground site.
More information:

Job Vacancy: New Zealand Sign Language Tutor

Papanui High School Adult and Community Education Department require a New Zealand Sign Language tutor for beginners classes.
  • Class will be held one night per week (you can choose the night that suits you).
  • Classes for two hours per week 7:00 to 9:00 pm for a 8 week school term, ie 16 hours course.
  • Classes commence the week of 2nd February 2015.
If you are interested, please contact Barbara Roper at Papanui High School, either via email or telephone their office 03 352 0701.

New Christchurch Public Hospital Routes – starting on this Friday

There is an update on the traffic changes around Hospital corner and the Hagley/Moorhouse corner.

Please find attached:

First Central City transport projects get go-ahead

Christchurch is taking its first steps towards a modern central city transport network for all kinds of travel.

Designs for the first two Central City transport projects under the umbrella of An Accessible City - the transport chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan - were approved by Christchurch City Council last week.

These first projects at Hospital Corner and the Hagley / Moorhouse Avenue Corner reflect the project's overall aim of improving traffic flow and providing safer, more people-friendly and enjoyable ways for people to get around our Central City.

There will be no entry to Hagley Avenue from Moorhouse Avenue or Lincoln Road from Friday 21 November. Other road works will happen progressively from now until the end of April 2015.
Information about the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan and An Accessible City can be found at

More information about these transport projects is available online at

For traffic updates visit

Coffee club

When: Friday 28th November
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa Office Community Room

Please bring a plate to share.

Self-defence course

When: Thursday 4th December
Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: St James Presbyterian Church Hall, 393 King Edward Street, Dunedin

In 2015 we will run a course once a month with the first one starting on Tuesday 3rd February.

Pink party

Come join the fight against breast and ovarian cancer at the Zumba Dunedin Pink Party 2014. Qualified Zumba instructors will lead the party plus there will be loads of great local food, produce and stalls and a free bouncy castle to entertain the kids.

When: Sunday 23rd November
Time:  12:00 to 1:30pm
Where: Forsyth Barr Stadium
Cost: Donation

Southland Santa Parade

When: Saturday 22nd November
Where: Invercargill CBD
Time: 2:00pm

Christmas at the Races

When: Saturday 13th December
Where: Ascot Park Raceway
Time: 10:30am
Website: for more information about hiring tents and restrictions

NZSL Week: Tutors wanted

For those interested in being a tutor for NZSL Week next year, applications are now available online at Applications close Friday 5th December.

If you are having troubles with the application process please come in a chat with Rebecca and she will support you through the application process.

We need anyone who is willing to volunteer their time too!