National News

Do You Need A Video Remote Interpreter
For Your Appointment?

Do you visit Work and Income? ACC? Child Youth and Family?
Do you go to parent/teacher meetings at school? Do you visit Medical Centre?

It’s easy! It’s free! For example: ask Work and Income staff that you would like a video interpreter for your next appointment.

Video Remote interpreting (VRI) service is available in a lot of new places around New Zealand. 
VRI is a free service available for Deaf NZSL users when they have a meeting with hearing staff at government agencies. VRI uses computer video technology to access a qualified NZSL Interpreter on screen.

To find out more about VRI you can go, There is a NZSL video which explains how to use the service.

VRI is now available in these places:-

  • Child, Youth and Family: Tauranga, Invercargill
  • Ministry of Social Development (e.g. Work and Income): Whangarei Regional Office, Hamilton, Gisborne, Hastings, Napier,  New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Wellington Regional Office, Nelson, Christchurch Regional Office and Dunedin
  • ACC: Whangarei, Gisborne, Whanganui and Invercargill

Also available at:-

  • Visique Glen Eden Optometrists, Glen Eden, Auckland
  • Stoke Medical Centre, Nelson
  • Kaikoura Medical Centre, Kaikoura
VRI will be available at schools and medical centres soon. If your school or medical centre does not have VRI, you can talk to your teacher or doctor and ask them to contact

Presenting the NZSL Week Hero's Video

Because you are one of our valued members, we would like to give you a preview of our 2014 hero’s story!

Feel free to share with is your friends and family.

My Favourite Sign

Have you got a favourite sign? My Favourite Sign is a new fun way that everyone, Deaf and hearing can get involved with NZSL Week.

It’s really easy! Pick a word or a sign that means something to you, video yourself signing it, upload your video to YouTube and email James Pole the link. We will check to make sure your video is family friendly before it is released to the public.

So come on, show us your favourite sign, and get your friends and family on video!

Pop-up Sign Cafés

During NZSL Week, Deaf Aotearoa will be working with local cafés  to create Pop-up Sign Cafés all across New Zealand.
This is a fun way to give New Zealanders a chance to use NZSL in an everyday situation. In these cafes, you will find a menu featuring the key cafe vocabulary such as tea, coffee, milk, etc.
A QR code on the menu can be scanned with a smart phone which links to video showing how to order your coffee in NZSL.
Staff at the participating cafés will also have an introduction to NZSL and become a Deaf friendly café.
The locations in your area will be published in the Community Weekly News closer to NZSL Week - or you can contact your local Deaf Aotearoa office where you can visit the Pop-up Sign Cafes.
It would be great to see Deaf New Zealanders come along a get involved too! Bring along your family or friends and get them to sign tea or coffee when ordering!

Nominations for the NZSL in Action Awards have now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination.
The winners will be announced at the NZSL In Action Awards Gala Awards Dinner. Save this date!
When: 17th of May from 6.30pm to 11.30pm
Where: Te Marae, Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington
The evening will include the presentation of the NZSL in Action Awards to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations which have promoted NZSL and Deaf New Zealanders.

There will also be:-
  • A drinks reception
  • A delicious buffet dinner with dessert to follow
  • A beverage package including beer, wine and soft drinks
Tickets will be on sale shortly for $75.00 per person (including GST). Seats are limited so please send expressions of interest to Taryn Banks.

Social Housing Assessment Changes

Housing assessments will transfer from Housing New Zealand to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). This includes calculating income-related rents and assessments of people on the waiting list for social housing.

If there is no change in your circumstances, you do not need to do anything

If your circumstances changes before Monday 14 April 2014, you need to call Housing New Zealand on 0800 801 601. From Monday 14 April 2014, you will need to call Work and Income on 0800 559 009, or for over 65s, call Senior Services on 0800 552 002.

If you are already living in a Housing New Zealand property: Housing New Zealand will remain the landlord and be responsible for housing maintenance and repairs or anything to do with a tenancy.

If you are on the waiting list for a social housing property: From 14 April 2014, approved community housing providers will also be able to offer social housing options to people on the waitlist. You may be contacted by either Housing New Zealand or a community housing provider when a suitable property comes up.

Proposed Health and Disability Longer Term Work Programme

The Ministry of Social Development invites you to give feedback on their proposed Health and Disability Longer Term Work Programme through a survey. For information about the work programme and to answer the survey go to The survey is open now and will close on Tuesday 29th April.

There are NZSL videos available, please see the Related links on the right hand side.

The work programme sets out what the Ministry of Social Development is planning to do to support disabled people and people with health conditions into work through until 2018, and the changes that were made in 2013/14.

The Ministry of Social Development developed this work programme based on the feedback from the meetings, workshops and an online survey held between November 2012 and February 2013, and working with a stakeholder group that included representatives of health and disability groups, service providers and health professionals during 2013/2014.

The Ministry of Social Development wants feedback from people and organisations throughout New Zealand to check it is on the right track.  Please pass this link to others in your networks and encourage people to give feedback by completing the survey.
Northland News

Northland Deaf Club

When: Saturday 5th April at 4:00pm

Make your own Potato Head! Buy one Easter egg and start decorating.

Don’t forget your Easter egg for the competition! We will vote on which one is best and the winner will get a prize! See you there at 4pm.

Please see the following photos for a step-by-step example:-


Use the chocolate to glue the lollies on the easter egg.

You don’t have to do the same - just do what you like.

NZ Tax System And Benefits Seminar

When: Wednesday 9th April from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Bounty Room, Forum North, Rust Avenue, Whangarei

Get an overview on your tax entitlements and obligations including: Overseas Income, Working for Families, KiwiSaver, Child Support and Work Permits.

Get informed on business tax requirements when starting a new business and the Inland Revenue resources and services that are available.

Facilitated by Inland Revenue (IRD) Whangarei.

For more info and to register, please phone 09 470 3056 or email

Mangonui Waterfront Festival

Saturday 5th April from 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Waterfront Drive, Mangonui, Doubtless Bay, Far North

How much:
Adults: $5.00
Kids: gold coin
Under fives: free!

70+ stalls, music, games, fun activities and challenges etc.


Auckland News

Live Theatre: NZSL interpreted sessions

What: Children’s theatre

Where: The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna

How much: $18.50 to $25.00 per person (plus $4.00 fee)

When: NZSL performances will be held on:-
Saturday 12th April at 5.00pm
Friday 2nd May at 10.30am

The Owl and the Pussy Cat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat...

Book your tickets online!

Grab-A-Bag Sale!

Where: 4 Boston Road, Mount Eden

Friday 11th April from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday 12th April from 9:00am to 12:00pm

How much:
Small bag $20.00
Large bag $60.00

Fill a bag with new and pre-loved women's work gear and casual gear.

EFTPOS and cash only. Please note bag purchase is required on entry and is non-refundable. All proceeds to Dress for Success Auckland.

Are You A Woman Aged Between 45 Years And 69 Years old?

What: Mobile Screening Unit
Where: YMCA Mt Albert, 773 New North Road, Mount Albert
How much: Free

When: 1st April to 25th April
Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.00pm

Have you had a breast screen? Not sure?
This is VERY important for all women.

Phone 0800 270 200 to enrol.

Looking For A Room To Rent

A Deaf matured aged international AUT student is looking to rent a room, close to AUT University from mid July till end of October 2014. He would prefer to live with sign language users. Contact Michelle if you are interested in offering a room.

Movie Fundraiser

What: Mr Peabody and Sherman (movie screened with subtitles)
When: Wednesday 9th April at 6:00pm
Where: Event Cinemas, Westgate, Auckland
How much: $15.00 per person (each family gets an awesome goodie bag)

The Discovery Foundation are having a movie fundraiser to raise money for their children’s life skills courses with a private screening of Mr Peabody and Sherman with subtitles for the hearing impaired.

The Discovery Foundation is a non-profit, non-religious and non-political organisation dedicated to supporting children and teenagers with self-esteem, academics and the skills to face life's challenges head on. They run two programmes: Bridging the Gap for 8-12 year olds and Discovery for Teens for 14-18 year olds.

Goodie bags include: mini frisbee, pen, pencil, eraser, balloons, stickers, cardboard cars, calico re-usable bag and yummy treats. Spot prizes include: sports gear, vouchers and glow products.

For more information or to book, please email:

Ban Synthentic Cannabis Rally

Saturday 5th April
From 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Starts at Corbans Winery
Mount Lebanon Place

Wear a black T-Shirt to show your sorrow and bring white balloons for hope. 

Hear testimonials of whanau that are living with the effects of family members who are addicited to synthetic cannabis and are living with the ongoing medical and health effect.

KDEC Art Auction

When: Thursday 15th May at 6:30pm

Kelston Deaf Education Centre
3 Archibald Road

If you have art that you are happy to donate, please drop it at the reception at Kelston Deaf Education Centre. Remember to put your name on it.
All proceeds go towards a new Marae and for the students to go to Japan this year

Contact: Sarah Cameron

Waikato News

Meet 2013 Master Chef Winner: Aaron Brunet

Where: Kitchen Things, 11 Maui Street, Te Rapa, Hamilton
When: Wednesday 9th April from 6:00pm to 8:30pm

How much:
$20.00 for admission
$55.00 for admission with a copy of Aaron’s book
With the launch of his first cook book Aaron will be cooking up a storm in the ‘Kitchen Things’ Hamilton Cooking Theatre, where he will display his passion and talent for cooking superb food.

In his new book he opens the door to his life in beautiful laid-back Raglan and delivers his favourite recipes.

Be one of the first to get your hands on his brand new book, get it signed and learn some great recipes.

Phone 0800 289 849 to buy tickets.

The Waikato Home Expo In Association With The Waikato Show

When: Friday 11th April at 10:00am to Sunday 13th April at 5:00pm
Where: Claudelands Arena, Brooklyn Road, Claudelands, Hamilton
How much: $5.00 (door sales only)
After a hot, dry summer the focus of home-owners throughout the region is about to switch from outdoors to indoors with the onset of Autumn. The expo will be showing a variety of Autumn products and services for the home.

Visitors to the Home Expo will have the chance to talk directly with designers, manufacturers and service providers, snap up one-off Home Expo prices and bookings before winter sets in. They will discover thousands of exciting new ideas and products for renovating building and decorating.

The Home Expo provides a unique opportunity for home owners to research, access wholesale prices and secure bookings for work to be completed under one roof, in one day.

The Home Expo is the feature event at this year’s Waikato Show. Visitors can be guaranteed a great day of entertainment, plenty of ideas and fun for the whole family. The Waikato Show has something for everyone an Enviro Expo; Sports Expo; Wellbeing Show; Showcase of Clubs; Cultural Village, Carnival and Food Court; Alpaca Show/farm animals and stage with live entertainment.

Cambridge Lions Trash And Treasure Market

Where: Victoria Street, Cambridge
When: Sunday 13th April 8:30am to 1:30pm

The market has well over 100 stalls spread out on Victoria Street and Duke Street.

You will find everything from pieces of art to pieces of junk, and part of the fun is deciding which is the bargain.

If you want to browse interesting stalls, enjoy yummy food and coffee from the local Cafés, and hear bagpipes/drums, then it's the place to come.

TriMaori Sprint

Where: Lake Karapiro, Cambridge
When: Saturday 12th April from 8:00am to 2:00pm
How much: Free!

Enjoy the final days of Summer by participating in the TriMaori Sprint. There are plenty of activities for the whanau and family including 5km and 10km walk/ run events, children’s activities, healthy food, stalls, demonstrations and more!

Bay of Plenty News

NZSL Week Update

NZSL week is only five weeks away! There will be some events planned, so please keep the dates Sunday 11th May and Sunday 18th May open to join the events.

NZSL Week is for the Deaf community to celebrate! Watch this space for a pop-up café and more information about your favourite signs. There will be costs involved for some events. More information will be shared with you soon.

The free 45 minute taster classes for schools, medical and businesses are now open for registration.

If you would like more information about NZSL Week, Taster Classes and more, please contact Sue Lessing (text 021 920 675 or fax 07 571 5932).

Multicultural Festival

Where: Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Saturday 5th April from 10:00am to 4:00pm
How much: Adults $6.00 per person

This event was postponed from the 15th March to the 5th April due to bad weather.

There will be different dances, food from all different people from the world. For the kids, there will be a magician show, pony rides, jumping castle and other activities. There will be a free storytelling tent. One lucky visitor will take home a mystery spot prize funded by ANZ Bank.

Ohope Express

Where: Maraetotara Reserve, Pohutukawa Ave, Whakatane
When: Saturday 19th April from 8:00am to 11:30am
For who: All ages

See their website for more information and costs for running/walking.

SPCA Pet And Family Fun Day

When: Saturday 12th April from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
How much: Free!

There will be activities and fun for the whole family and more.

Dogs on a lead are very welcome.

Click on flyer and see what's on!

The Village Café

The new café at the Historic Village, The Sugar Plum Tree Café, is now open.

Opening times are:-
  • Monday by appointment
  • Tuesday - Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm
  • Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Sunday by appointment and when there are events

Pop in at the café and meet Jeni, Emma and Brenda. The food is yummy!

For catering purposes you can contact Jeni Fountain.

Taranaki News

An Introduction From Our New Interpreter Based In Wanganui

Hi, my name is Bernadette Cutelli but I prefer to be called B. I first learnt NZSL from Shona Beamsly and through her I learnt about the shortage of interpreters in the Wanganui/Manawatu/Taranaki area.

I studied Deaf Studies at Victoria University before moving to Auckland with my twin sister to study at AUT. While I was studying at AUT I knew that I would be moving back to Wanganui. We graduated with our Diplomas in July 2012.

I have been to New Plymouth a couple of times since I moved back to Wanganui in December and look forward to working with the Deaf community in Taranaki more often.

Text: 021 0240 4258
Book through iSign:

Nationalwide Health And Disability Advocacy Service

When: Tuesday 8 April and Wednesday 9 April
Where: New Plymouth 

The rights of the code are law in New Zealand. They are your rights. You should get good service from your doctor, medical centre, dentist, hearing service, physiotherapist. You not happy with them? See Donna Allan, Deaf Advocate, to talk about it.

Contact Donna Allan (text 027 233 4905 or fax 04 570 0856) to make an appointment to see her.

Let her know by 3rd April.

East End Markets

When: Sunday 6th April from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Where: East End Markets, New Plymouth

A true market place, all in one place, in a great location. A fun atmosphere for everyone, all ages and for the whole family to enjoy. It’s a place that is the people's Sunday.

Come and enjoy a coffee from Paris Plage and stroll through the fabulous stalls. There is something for everyone: buy some flowers, art, handmade soaps, or up-cycled furniture, all from a local suppliers.

East End Markets is a place that brings the community together and helps the local businesses.

The market will be open from 8:30am to 3:00pm on the first Sunday of the month from November to May at East End Reserve. An indoor location is to be confirmed and will run June to October.

Contact: Zoe Harris (phone 027 737 3095)

Taranaki MountainAirs Vs Manawatu Jets

When: Sunday 6th April at 3:00pm
Where: TSB Stadium, New Plymouth

How much:
Adults $15.00
Children (5-17) $10.00
Families (2 adults + 2 children) $40.00
Under 5s free!

The first National Basketball League home game of the season! Bring the family to cheer on the Taranaki MountainAirs as they take on the Manawatu Jets.

Contact: Irena Brooks (mobile 021 555 144)

Taranaki Home And Lifestyle Expo

Friday 11 April 2014 from 10:00am to 5:00pm (Two for one entry on Friday!)
Saturday 12 April 2014 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 13 April 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Where: TSB Stadium, Mason Drive, New Plymouth

How much:
Adults $5.00
Seniors $2.00
Under 12 free!

New Plymouth District Council welcomes you to the Taranaki Home & Lifestyle Expo.

Whether you are renovating or buying, landscaping or decorating, furnishing or building this is the show that will put you in front of the experts. With over 100 products and services in one location, over one weekend and 50 per cent new exhibitors this year – the expo is your one stop shop for turning your home and lifestyle dreams into reality!

Check out when fabulous kitchen demonstrations will take place by Jax Hamilton, Megan Hale and Micheal Self under the What's Cooking schedule on the website, browse the exhibitors list to see who will be at the expo giving professional advice and amazing show only specials and keep the kids entertained with giant rolling balls and the Mitre 10 Mega Bouncy Castle in the Kids Zone.

Contact: Marieke Elliott (phone 06 759 6060)

Deaf Community Enjoying An Afternoon With Moho Mathers

From left to right: Barry Brewster, Grant Brewster, Maryanne Frechtling, Mojo Mathers and Tania Stuart.

“Hi! I’ve enjoy talking to you (Mojo) and I really find it very interesting hearing about your interesting stuff.  Thank you”  — Maryanne Frechtling

Hawkes Bay News

Get Together Lunch At Hawkes Bay Deaf Club

Where: 22 Lee Road, Taradale
When: Every Wednesday from 10:30am
Bring what: Own lunch

Coffee/tea free for HBDC members or $2.00 for non-members.
Come and meet with other Deaf and hearing people, have lunch and hot drinks with us, catch up with the news from around New Zealand and overseas.

For more information please contact Hawkes Bay Deaf Club (text 027 859 3238).

Hawkes Bay Deaf Club Social Night

Theme what: Easter (please do dress up for this Easter fancy dress party)
When: Saturday 19th April from 6:00pm
How much: $2.00 per person (money will help pay for food for our grocery raffle)
You can bring own drink.

We will have beers and wine for $3.00 each.
Everyone is welcome, including families and friends.

For more information please contact Hawkes Bay Deaf Club (text 027 859 3238).

Basketball Game: IMS Payroll Hawks Vs Taranaki Mountain Airs

When: Saturday 12th April at 7:00pm
How much: Children $7.00 Adult $15.00

Pettigrew Green Arena
480 Gloucester Street

The IMS Payroll Hawks want your support courtside as they work towards the all important championship final in 2014.

They believe their roster this year will not only excite you but entertain you and we want you along to enjoy the ride. Make sure you are at Pettigrew Green Arena early to enjoy all the pre game hype - giveaways and surprises for all.

Manpower Australia: "Thunder From Down Under"

Where: Napier Municipal Theatre, 119 Tennyson Street, Napier
When: Monday 14th April from 7:30pm
How much: $39.50 plus booking fees
How to buy tickets: You can buy tickets online (make sure to select Napier venue), use the NZ Relay service to contact 0800 842538 or go to Napier Municipal Theatre ticket booth.
This event is strictly R18. ID required.
For the first time in more than five years, the rumble of thunder will be heard Down Under when the Manpower Australia storm heads our way next April.
Direct from Vegas and a sellout tour of Australia, the No. 1 Male Revue Show in the World will bring their world class costumes, state-of-the art lighting and dynamic dance routines to venues the length of the country. The limited but intense season begins in Hamilton on the 9th of April and continues throughout the main centres and many of the provinces.
The handsome line-up includes our own home grown talents, Aiden and Dave. Aiden is recognisable as a Kiwi by the elaborate Maori tattoos that adorn his chiseled body. Dave has the lovable guy-next-door look about him and given that he cites his Mum as his favourite person, his looks are not deceiving.
In the last 20 years, the "Thunder from Down Under" has gone from humble beginnings in Surfers Paradise nightclub on the Gold Coast to a residency at the Excalibur Casino in Las Vegas. Manpower Australia has worked in over 15 countries to over 8 million women.
The troupe has appeared on numerous TV shows including Ellen, The View, Project Runway, 60 Minutes New Zealand, Drop Dead Divas, Today Show (US), The Morning Show (Aust), Entertainment Tonight and was voted one of "The 12 Top Sexiest Jobs in Las Vegas" by the E! Entertainment Network.

Manawatu News

Manawatu Deaf Society

When: Friday 4th April from 7:30pm onwards
Where: 55A Totara Ave, Awapuni, Palmerston North

Tonight is BYO = Bring Your Own drinks. Come along and socialise, catch-up with friends.

Wanganui Deaf Community Lunch Club

When: Monday 7th April from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Where: Deaf Access Centre, 28 Churton Street, Wanganui

Bring your own lunch, we will provide coffee and tea. Come along to find out what is happening at Deaf Aotearoa and events that are coming up. Look forward to seeing you all there.

111 TXT And Video Remote Interpreting

We have completed our presentations in Wanganui, Levin and Palmerston North. A fantastic turnout! I was impressed to see you all turn up to learn about 111 TXT and Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) which are very important.

We have some more workshops coming up very soon, so watch this space.

Earn Your Easter Treats

Monday 14th to Monday 21st April from 5:30am to 9:00pm

Where: cityfitness, 80 Pitt Street, Palmerston North
How much: Free
Age limit what: Must be 16 years or over

The cityfitness gym will be open to non-members! Go along and check out their facilities, you can also try them out. They have 65 classes a week.

During this open week they will have some nutritional information about all your Easter treats, so if you want to earn those goodies you'll have to work for them! :)

There will also have 5 minute health checks available, so why not go down and check it out and see what they have to offer.

Great Forest Event

When: Saturday 12th April from 7:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Matariki Forest, Waitarere Beach Road, Waitarere

How much:
Marathon - Run and Walk: $60.00
Half Marathon - Run and Walk: $45.00
10 km - Fun Run and Walk: $25.00
5 km - Fun Run and Walk: $10.00

This is New Zealand's number one off road marathon through the beautiful forest! Everyone can take part - all ages and all fitness levels and different distances available that you can choose from.

Last year there were 3,200 people involved in this event! They are hoping to achieve 4,000 this year. Can you help them achieve that? Enter online for this year's events!

Wellington News

NZSL Week Taster Class

We have under 66 taster classes available for the Wellington region, focusing on health providers, schools, and businesses. We need more taster classes for health providers

Please encourage your medical centre to register for a free 45 minute taster class! Email me details of the medical centre you go to and I will send them a registration form. 

If you are an organisation, school or a health provider and interested to grab the opportunity to have a fun and free taster class during New Zealand Sign Language week, please register online now!

Wellington Deaf Society's AGM

Wellington Deaf Society is having their Annual General Meeting at their clubrooms next Saturday. Please join and show your support, please become a member.

When: Saturday 12th April at 1:00pm
Where: Wellington Deaf Clubrooms, Ground Floor, 32 Marion Street, Te Aro, Wellington

To become a member, please contact their Secretary.

Follow Wellington Deaf Society on Facebook!

Nelson News

Clocks Go Back This Weekend!

This Sunday 6th April the clocks go back one hour.

Nelson Women’s Centre

What: Personal safety skills for women and teenage girls
When: Thursday 10th April from 9:30am to 12:00pm
How much: $5.00 (special workshop)
Where: ACC Rooms, 47 Collingwood Street

In the face of too-frequent attacks on women, Fullpower offers this low-cost workshop for women of all ages. It covers ways to:-
  • set and protect personal boundaries
  • deal with sexual harassment or unwanted attention
  • project an attitude of awareness and confidence
  • use voice as a safety tool
  • take charge of emotional triggers
  • deal confidently with verbal aggression
  • stop aggressive confrontations before they start, with a few simple habits
  • use powerful physical self-defense skills that need little strength and no on-going practice
Run by Rona Sedman and a male-padded instructor from Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower Trust.

Ring 03 546 7986 to book in or email

Please let me know if you are interested to attend this morning self defence class, an interpreter can be available.

Nelson Deaf Incorporated AGM

Nelson Deaf Incorporated would like to invite you to the Nelson Deaf Annual General Meeting.

When: Sunday 13th April at 1:00pm
Where: Nelson Suburban Club, 168 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson

Nelson Vintage Car Club: 50 Year Heritage Rally And Tour

When: 11th to 17th April
Where: Richmond Showgrounds, Lower Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson

Saturday 12th April: Vintage Rally Day. Starts at the A&P Showgrounds Richmond Park between 8:00am to 9:00am. Lunch stop is at Motueka Recreation Centre between 12:00pm to 2:00pm approx.

Sunday 13th April: Gymkhana events and public open day at A&P Showgrounds Richmond Park. Come along and catch up on some history, see the old cars.

Motoring through the events, get up close and inspect these beautifully turned out vehicles.

Food stalls will be on site for drinks, lunches and snacks.

Entry by gold coin donation. On site car parking available. Enter from Lower Queen Street via gate near Croquet Club and Old Gum Tree.

Canterbury News

Deaf Aotearoa Staff Absence

Your local Community Development Project Leader, Della Buzzard, will be away on leave from 7th April to 17th April. There will be a shortage of staff during her absence. If you need to see a staff member, please contact the staff member prior to visiting the office. Thank you for your cooperation.

Health and Disability Advocacy Service Information Evening

Thursday 10th April from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service Office
38B Birmingham Drive
  • Do you have a hospital experience – good or bad?
  • Want to talk more about it?
You are invited to an evening to share your stories of your experience with hospitals service.

RSVP to Claire (text 027 289 6419 or fax 03 348 6378) by 7th April.

Disabled Persons Assembly And Community Law Canterbury

Wednesday 7th May from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Aspire Canterbury, 314 Worcester Street, Linwood

You are invited to a Legal Services Forum to learn what services Community Law Canterbury provide for disabled community.

NZSL Interpreters and afternoon tea will be provided.

RSVP to Katrina (text 022 0268 6733 or fax 03 366 8535) by 5th May.

Accommodation Wanted

A Deaf young man is looking for a room to board, non smoker and works full time.

He is happy to share food or own food and would like to move in soon as possible.

Please contact Victoria Walters (text 021 324 828) if you would like to offer a room.

Food Show At CBS Canterbury Area

New Zealand largest and most successful culinary exhibition, every year many people taste and buy from a huge range of the very best food, drinks and kitchen equipment from New Zealand and around the world. They will have a various of events, eg free cooking demos from celebrity chefs, a great accommodation deals from Heritage Hotels and a heaps of money-saving show-only specials.

For more details of shows, timetable and ticket see their website.

Otago News

Deaf Society And Sports Meeting

When: Sunday 6th April from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Otago Deaf Centre

Peter and Allan to bring biscuits thank you. See you there. From Nicki Heal (Secretary).

Deaf Coffee Group

When: Friday 11th April from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Deaf Aotearoa Office

Bring a plate to share.

Note: No Deaf Coffee Group on 18th April due to Good Friday and 25th April due to ANZAC Day.

Garage Sale

When: Saturday 12th April from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Otago Deaf Centre

Nationwide Health And Disability Advocacy Service Visit

Tuesday 22nd April
From 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Otago Deaf Centre
68 Manor Place

Claire Raisin is visiting Dunedin.

Your hospital visit good or bad?

Come and share your stories.

Thank You From Hall Committee

A very big thank you to the team of volunteers from the Deaf community who came to the Deaf Centre working bee on Saturday 29th March. You did a fantastic job!

For those who did not come, you missed some delicious pumpkin scones, bacon & egg pie, banana cake to mention just a few of the goodies the team were rewarded with.

Thank you, for the biggest help on Saturday, to Robert and Michelle Sinclair, Allan and Christine Hughes, Nathan Hughes, Rodger Reid, Nicki Heal, Anthony Deveruex, Dwayne Stenton, Brendon Matheson, Geoffrey Taylor, Geoffrey and Rachel Makinson.

On Sunday thank you so much to Robert and Michelle Sinclair, Alan Hughes, Rodger Reid, Anthony Devereux and Nicki Heal for coming back to clean up the rubbish on trailer, garden weeds. Roof repair still halfway to go, which will be finished off in Easter Weekend.

From the Hall Committee (Alan Hughes, Rodger Reid, Robert Sinclair, Geoffrey Makinson and Peg Makinson).

Southland News

NZSL Week Celebration

When: Saturday 10th May
Where: Otago Deaf Centre, Manor Place, Dunedin (more directions and info at later date)
How much: $20.00 per person (this covers petrol and a meal)
Theme what: Cowboys/Cowgirls

You have been invited to celebrate NZSL Week in style with an invitation from the Dunedin Deaf Aotearoa Office to join in a celebration with the Deaf Community. There will be some great entertainment and activities and even a special guest. Bring your own drinks.
The mini-bus fits eight people – so first in with payment, first served. Get in contact with Rebecca at the office to arrange your spot. The RSVP deadline has been extended to Tuesday 8th April. This is your last chance! The mini-bus be cancelled due to no interest.

Deaf Community Meeting

Where: Workermans Club
When: 27th April at 2:00pm

May Day Expo

What: May Day Expo, Health and Disability Expo
When: 3rd May from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Workermans Club (fully accessible, lift available)
How much: Free!
  • Free health checks, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc
  • Free tote bags for first 1,000 visitors
  • Free competitions, prizes and giveaways
60 exhibitors will be on hand to provide health and disability assistance, information and products at this fun day out.


Congratulations to Warren Stewart for completing his Beginners Computer Course!

Good luck for the future courses or employment you may choose to do.

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