National News

How you can get involved with NZSL Week 2014?
Make your say!

Visit your local Deaf Aotearoa office and get involved in a group meeting to talk about how you can make NZSL Week 2014 a celebration in your local area. Share your ideas and help plan activities and events for NZSL Week 2014.

If you are interested, please contact your local Community Relations Officer.

Come on and have your say! Refreshments will be provided.

New Zealand Deaf Youth Board

Want to be on the New Zealand Deaf Youth board? What is it? What do you do? Check out the first video and if you feel that this information suits you, then apply!

The second video is about the voting process. If you know someone who wants to be on the board, and you want to vote for them, check that video out!

Call for nominations video

Voting process

Do you have an electricity or gas complaint?

The office of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner (EGCC) provides a free and independent complaint handling service for electricity and gas complaints. They have provided information in NZSL about how to use their services.

Penny Went Scholarship

The J R McKenzie Trust Deaf Development Fund invites applications for project grants up to $2,000, to support families of deaf and hearing impaired children and young people to learn NZSL. 

The closing date is Monday 31st March. Please see information and application form attached.

The funding is aimed at parent and community projects, but practical support from professionals and organisations can be critical to getting started.

If you have a project idea that might not fit exactly within the criteria, please contact the administrator, Lesley Carmichael.

Mamma Mia: Limited seats, get in early for your tickets!

When? Tuesday 11th March at 7:30pm
Where? The Civic, Queen Street, Auckland
How much? $45.00 for Deaf people and their companions
Interpreter: Kelly Hodgins

Seats with great view of the interpreter and the stage have been saved for Deaf people.

The story unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives!
Tickets are available for purchase now, either through the Ticketmaster website (see instructions below) or by calling the Group booking line on 09 970 9745.

To book online please use this link and make sure to enter the password SIGNED in the code box – this makes the sign language interpreted seats available - and then tick the box indicating the signed price.
Northland News

Northland Deaf Club

This Saturday 1st March we will vote on where to go for mid-year Christmas.

We have three different restaurants to choose from.

Vicki will explain about Kamo Hotel. See you there!

Box Office Bombers

When? Every first and third Mondays of each month from 7:00pm (movie starts at 8:00pm)
Where? Quarry Arts Centre
How much? $5.00 entry

Are you someone who enjoys high-budget Hollywood movies? Do you love award-winning, quality films that are celebrated by the masses? If you answered yes, then this event is not for you.

Box Office Bombers is a B-Grade (and that could be considered optimistic) outdoor movie night. Movies so bad no-one wanted to copyright them!

Bring a picnic, blanket, insect repellant and something to drink.

Auckland News

Bingo Tonight!

Auckland Deaf Society
164 Balmoral Road
Mount Eden

Tonight, 28th February at 8:00pm

How much?
$2.00 per four tickets

Everybody welcome! Will you win some money?

Auckland Transport AT HOP card changes

The AT HOP card will be accepted on Airporter (route 380) buses between Manukau, Auckland Airport and Onehunga from 9th March. If you have an old Airporter 380 Stored Value card, you will no longer be able to use this card from 9th March.

If you already have an AT HOP card you will be able to use your AT HOP card on Airporter 380 buses from 9th March. If you currently buy paper/single tickets you can continue to buy those tickets from 9th March.

For more information please download this brochure from Auckland Transport.

Auckland Transport tertiary concession changes

Tertiary Concessions on AT HOP cards expire on 31st March. To renew the Tertiary Concession and save money when using your AT HOP card, follow these 3 easy steps:
  1. Ensure you have proof of eligibility. Remember to bring along your current Tertiary Student ID card (with AT Tertiary ID sticker) to prove eligibility when you visit to renew your concession. Visit your tertiary institute to get an AT Tertiary ID sticker on your Tertiary Student ID card. To check if you are eligible and to view the complete terms and conditions click here.
  2. Register your AT HOP card online. Ensure you have created an AT HOP account and registered your card. Even if you are returning as a student and already have an account, you will still need to update your details. Click here to do it now! This step is mandatory and needs to be completed before applying for or renewing a concession.
  3. Load the concession onto your AT HOP card. Visit the special, temporary kiosk for student concession renewals and applications at Aotea Square in the CBD or your nearest AT Customer Service Centres at AUT City Campus (WA Building), Britomart, Newmarket, New Lynn and Papakura Train stations, Smales Farm, Albany and Constellation bus stations and Manukau (Auckland Council Service Centre Building). View complete address details here.

Public Open Day at Lopdell House

Where? Titirangi Village, Titirangi
When? Saturday 1st March from 10:00am to 2:00pm

As the redevelopment project comes to its completion of the House, the previous school of the deaf will be open to the public for one day.

It'll be a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the whole building before offices are set up.

See the results of the extensive restoration and enjoy the views from the restored roof deck.

Are you going to the Wedding Expo?

When? Sunday 30th March 2014 from 9:00am
Where? Quality Hotel Green, 159 Lincoln Road, Henderson
How much? Free!

Getting married soon – need to plan your wedding? Then come along and check this out!

Constable Debi Leahy (NZSL user) will be working at the Waitakere Expo with my friend Tania who owns and runs a beautiful cake shop, Zhakita Cake Designz. There will be lots of beautiful cakes to look at AND to taste!
Plus if you need any assistance with language I am fluent with NZSL and happy to help!

Free Parking!

International Women's Day

When? Saturday 8th March from 2pm to 4pm
Where? Royal Oak Organic Garden, 14 Erson Avenue, Auckland

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a thought-provoking and entertaining afternoon.

We are delighted to host MP Mojo Mathers who will share her thoughts on leadership. Guests will also enjoy a delicious high tea, fresh herbal teas from the garden, an exhibition of works by Spark Centre artists and a live musical performance.

Audio description and NZSL interpreters will be available. Please let us know by the RSVP date if you would like to use these supports, and any dietary requirements. Our venue is accessible, but let us know if you have any other support needs.

RSVP to Jacqui Carlson on or 09 625 9378 by Monday 3rd March.

Job offer

Melissa is looking for someone aged between 18 to 30 to spend 3 hours per week (on a weekend) to spend some time with her 19 year old Deaf daughter.

She has funding to pay for someone to be a buddy for her daughter, hang out, go shopping, catch busses/trains etc, and just do teenage girl things.

The applicant needs to have their own drivers licence and live in the West Auckland area so as not to have to travel too far. The applicant also needs to be fluent in NZSL (doesn’t matter if deaf or hearing).

Because this is a paid position, there is an interview process. In the meantime please email Melissa with some background information about yourself.

Waikato News

Hamilton Lake Fun Run & Walk

When? Sunday 9th March from 8:00am
Where? Hamilton Lake
How much?
$15.00 for adults (late fee $5.00 applies to adults only after 7th March)
$5.00 if you are 16 or under

Plenty of parking at Hamilton Yacht Club, Innes Common, Hamilton.

Water stops on course. Light refreshments and showers available at the finish.

Finishers' certificates available

Entry forms and more information...

Children's Day Carnival

Saturday 1st March from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Garden Place, Victoria Place, Hamilton

How much? Free!

Children's Day is a great opportunity to celebrate how special and important children are to our communities.

There will be loads of free stuff for kids to eat, ride on, interact with and enjoy.

Waikato Food & Wine Festival

Saturday 1st March from 11:00am to 8:30pm
Sunday 2nd March from 11:00am to 5:30pm

Claudelands Lawn
Brookyn Road

How much?
Adult: $20.00
Child (up to 14 years): $5.00
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children): $45.00
Senior: $15.00

Get ready to treat yourself to a wonderful weekend of food, wine and music! Families can enjoy time relaxing in a fun, they provide delicious cuisine and wine. Enjoy live entertainment, including jazz, blues and soul, while strolling among the festival’s many and varied stalls and exhibitors. Bring a sun umbrella, rug and chairs and settle in for the day! From fabulous wine tastings – to tasty morsels prepared by Waikato’s leading restaurants, foodies and chefs – also featuring Masterchef Winner 2013 Aaron Brunet will be joining.

Need information about what's going on....

We're cleaning the database and noticed that there are several people on the list that we don't have your contact details our system. This means some of members or non members may have not receive community weekly newsletter or any Deaf events and will miss out the information or what's happening out there. Would we be able to get the update contact details (mobile numbers, email and home addresses) that we can contact you to have the opportunity to receive regularly. If you have time, just email or text me is greatly appreciated.

Bay of Plenty News

NZSL Week Focus Group

This is a meeting to talk about how would you like to celebrate NZSL Week in May?

NZSL Week Tutors Training

When? Thursday 3rd April from 6:00pm

To those who have registered to be tutors during NZSL Week in May, please book the above date in your diary. Watch this space for more info!

If you wish to become a paid tutor during NZSL Week, contact Sue Lessing on for more information.

English Classes

If you wish to learn more advanced English this is the class for you.

Click on flyer for more information.

Contact Sue Lessing if you want to put your name down for the classes.

Children's Day

Where? Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When? Saturday 2nd March from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Cost? Free!

A fun day for the whole family and there is a free Bay Hopper bus for transport.

Taranaki News

Bell Block Night Ladies Market

When? Friday 28th February from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Where? Bell Block Hall, Bell Block
How much? Gold coin entry

Our ladies night market has over 40 stalls featuring home based businesses that produce clothing, craft, jewellery, cupcakes, chocolates, kiwi art, flax and weaving. Free drink and supper. Gold coin entry is given to the club/school/group running the door who are fundraising.

Please note: Unless the stall holder has the facility EFTPOS will not be available.

Contact: Rochelle Steer
Phone: 06 278 8803

Surf: Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Surf Taster

When? Saturday 1st March from 9:00am to 11:30am
Where? New Plymouth Surfriders Club, Fitzroy Beach, New Plymouth
How much? Free

Puke Ariki is teaming up with Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and New Plymouth Surfriders Club to provide free surf taster lessons for people of a range of abilities.

Please bring togs, towel and a wetsuit if you have one.

The Club will provide boards, spare wetsuits and anything else required.

Limited places available, bookings are essential.

Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06 759 6060

Whitecliffs Walk

When? Sunday 2nd March from 10:00am to 4:30pm
Where? Whitecliffs, New Plymouth
How much? Free

Meet: Bus Centre Ariki Street, bus departs at 10:00am
Grade: Medium/Hard
Length: 5.7 km
Other: Bookings essential, phone 06 759 6060

Bring your lunch and a water bottle, comfortable walking shoes and a warm jersey in your backpack. Remember your camera and any personal medical requirements.

Board the bus in New Plymouth for a walk along part of the Whitecliffs track. We’ll head across farmland first and climb to enjoy spectacular views over the Parininihi Marine Reserve. Hear about the reserve and the Ngati Tama Parininihi Protection Project before heading downhill to the Wai Pingao Stream for lunch. From there it’s a short stroll down to the surf and we walk back along the beach to the bus. Book early to get a seat. This is always a popular walk.

If you are interested in attending this event text Niki on 021 556 989 or fax 06 758 0579 and she can make a booking for you. Alternatively you can email

Let's Go Pancake Breakfast - Walk Ride Bus

Tuesday 4th March from 7:30am to 9:00am

Puke Ariki Landing, New Plymouth

How much?

Ditch the car and walk, ride or bus into Puke Ariki Landing today for a free pancake breakfast on your way to work.

Breakfast is served between 7:30am to 9:00am. This event is held in conjunction with Marcel's Pancake Day.

Contact: Let's Go

Come on Deaf community, meet Tania and I at this event for a free breakfast!!  Park at Young Street and walk in with us.

Imperial Russian Ballet Company presents Don Quixote

When? Friday 7 March and Saturday 8 March at 8:00pm
Where? TSB Showplace (TSB Theatre), New Plymouth
How much? $55.00-$89.00 plus service fees

Don Quixote, a retired gentleman travels the roads of Spain searching for glory and grand adventure. Accompanying him is a somewhat bewildered labourer named Sancho Panza who he has persuaded to accompany him as his faithful squire. In return, Don Quixote promises to make Sancho the wealthy governor of an Island. Don Quixote gives up food, shelter and comfort all in the name of a peasant woman Dulcinea del Toboso who he envisions as a princess.

Don Quixote was first performed in Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre in 1869. Since then it has been performed all over the world by Russian and international ballet companies.

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company will bring this flamboyant and festive ballet to Australia and New Zealand in 2014.

Contact: TicketMaster
Phone: 0800 111 999

South Taranaki Bus Service

Hawera-New Plymouth bus service started running on Monday 24th February. The connector service will make four return trips daily from Monday to Friday.

WITT students and TDHB  patients till be able to travel free on the new service and concession fares will be available for senior citizens, beneficiaries, Access card holders and non-WITT tertiary students.  Discounts will also be available for all passengers using Connnector Smart Cards, which are available from I-sites.
Bookings are essential as the service is starting with a medium-sized 19 seat bus.  The size of the bus can be changed later if bookings show a demand.

Full fare and timetable details are available at

Frocks on Bikes

New Plymouth CRO, Niki Jenkinson attended an event in the weekend Frocks on Bikes 'Crazy About Butterflies' Ride promoting Deaf Aotearoa. I have included photos of some of the participants and their fabulous outfits for you all to enjoy.



Hawkes Bay News

Hastings City Night Market

Where? Hastings Clock Tower, Russell Street South, Hastings
When? Every Thursdays, 27th February through to 24th April from 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Open to all ages, free entry.

Every Thursday night from 5–9pm, Hastings City is transformed into an exciting evening destination for the whole family.

Stop by the market after work to buy a few fresh flowers, or some groceries for dinner. The prepared food is diverse and full of flavour with something for everyone to enjoy.

High quality live music and activities for the kids encourage them to sit down and stay. After exploring the market visitors can wander through the surrounding shops or head to the Cinema or Opera House.

Come along to the night markets each week to experience something different, we’re located in the mall beside the clock tower and the fountain.

International Cultures Day

Where? Cornwall Park, Tomoana Road, Hastings
When? Saturday 1st March from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Free family event open to all ages.
  • Food from around the world
  • Craft and Community Stalls
  • Performances from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Brought to you by NZ China Friendship Society, Multicultural Association HB and Hastings District Council.

Contact person: Sally Russell (phone 06 877 6027)

Cancer Society Relay for Life

Where? Farndon Park, Corner of Farndon Road and State Highway 2, Clive, Hastings
When? Starts on Saturday 1st March at 12:00pm and finishes on Sunday 2nd March at 12:00pm.

Relay For Life: NZ communities part of global movement against cancer.

Come along and give a donation towards a good cause – helps to support people with cancer and towards to more research on finding the cures for cancer.

This summer over 20,000 New Zealanders will come together to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer by participating in Relay For Life - the world’s largest cancer engagement and fundraising activity.

Often described as a life-changing experience, Relay is a team event to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers; remember loved ones lost to cancer; and fight back against a disease that affects one in three New Zealanders. People of all ages and levels of fitness are welcome.

Families, service and community organisations, corporate groups, local businesses, schools and sporting clubs are encouraged to register their interest for Relay events happening this summer.

To learn more or to register your team, please visit the website or contact your local Cancer Society office.

Manawatu News

Community Cohesion Workshop #2

When? Monday 17th March from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where? MASH Trust, 602 Main Street, Palmerston North
Theme: St Patricks Day – wear something green if you like!

Small presentation with some hands on activities – see flyer for more information.

Lunch will be provided, please let Lianna know before Monday 10th March for catering purposes.

Manawatu Gorge Walk

When? Saturday 1st March from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where? Palmerston North i-SITE, The Square, Palmerston North
How much? Transport and host $25.00

10km Manawatu Gorge Track. Enjoy the native bush, scenic views and wildlife which is only a short distance from Palmerston North. The track climbs steadily before it levels for the view high above the gorge. You will have spectacular view of the river, road, railway, reserve and nearby wind farms. This walk can be from 3 to 5 hours and finishes at the Bridge Café.

For more information check out Manawatu Waking Festival.

Wellington News

WDS Family Picnic and Fun Day (this Sunday!)

Bring your family along for a fun picnic to say farewell to Summer.
We will play games such as egg and spoon race, sack race, and have a TUG OF WAR!
Where? Aotea Lagoon (North end near Playground), Porirua
When? Sunday 2nd March from 11:00am to 3:00pm
What to bring? Sunscreen, hats, food and drinks for your family, chairs/blankets, and outdoor games.
Visit Wellington Deaf society's Facebook page to be in the know of their upcoming events.

Captioned movies

Captioned movie sessions until Wednesday 19th February.

Reading Cinemas, Courtenay Place, Wellington City

No captioned movies this week.

Reading Cinemas, North City Shopping Centre, Porirua

RoboCop (2014) (M) (violence)
Thu  Fri  Sat  Tue  Wed:  10:00  12:20  2:45  5:15  7:45
Sun:  10:00  12:20  2:45  5:15
Mon:  12:20  2:45  5:15
Don’t forget to ask for your captioning handset when purchasing your tickets.

To be in the know of captioned sessions, join their Facebook page.

Wellington Gluten Free & Allergy Show

When? 22nd and 23rd March
Where? TSB Bank Arena, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington

If you, or anyone you know suffers from:-
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Coeliac disease
  • Allergy to dairy, nuts, eggs etc
  • Intolerance to lactose, dairy, gluten, wheat etc
  • Endometriosis
  • Breathing issues (eg hayfever, asthma)
  • Sensitive skin (eg eczema, psorosis)
This show is for you!

It’s jam-packed with foods and products that you can sample and try for free.

Your favourite brands are there with great show specials so you can stock up your pantry and save.

There are free seminars on how to adapt recipes, how to get the nutrition you need, how to diagnose allergies and intolerances, how to cope with irritable bowel syndrome, edometriosis and pelvic pain, and much more.

You can talk directly to the experts about your concerns: the teams from Allergy NZ, Coeliac NZ, Endometriosis NZ and Asthma NZ are there all weekend.

You can speak to allergy and nutrition consultants and organise to visit them at their clinics so they can help you achieve your ideal weight or deal with your specific health and allergy issues.

Want an interpreter? Contact Shannon now.

Elegant new Cable Car terminus opens

More than 1 million passengers a year are expected to pass through, and enjoy, the new terminus at the top of Wellington’s famous and iconic Cable Car. The $1.9 million building officially opened yesterday, Thursday 27th February.
The new terminus provides an elegant and attractive new arrival and departure point at Kelburn that is light and airy and includes a viewing platform that overlooks Wellington harbour.
The Cable Car is a well-loved destination for tourists and helps provide some of the best shots of the city.
The terminal is now a really attractive and appealing gateway to the Botanic Garden, the Cable Car Museum, the Carter Observatory and to points beyond, including Zealandia.

NZ Festival Signed Performances

During New Zealand Festival, there will be 6 entertaining interpreted shows for the Deaf community to join and enjoy in Wellington.

All specified interpreted shows will start from 8th March until 15th March. The Festival itself is on now and will end on the 16th March.

Please visit their website to read more information about each show, to book tickets and for further details.

Nelson News

Picnic fun day

Rabbit Island

Saturday 1st March at 11:00am
Nelson Deaf Club are hosting a fun picnic day.

There will be games and a BBQ lunch.

Sausages will be provided but please bring your own drinks and food if you prefer not to have sausages.

Come and mix with young and old Deaf community members.

If it is raining the event will be cancelled.

For further information please text the secretary of NDC on 021 102 4400.

Suburban Club social meeting

When? Monday 3rd March at 6:00pm
Where? 168 Tahuna Drive, Tahuna, Nelson

Come along and meet the Nelson Deaf community and practice your NZSL skills. All people are most welcome.

Rachel Summers birthday dinner

When? Friday 7th March at 5.30pm
Where? 623 On The Rocks, 623 Rocks Road, Tahunanui

Rachel will be 30 and would like to invite everyone to celebrate her 30th birthday dinner.

Please let Rachel know by the 2nd March if you are interested to come by 2nd March 2014.

Nelson AGM

When? Sunday 13th April at 1:00pm

Nelson Suburban Club, 168 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson

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

Canterbury News

Deaf Aotearoa Courses

Your local Community Relations Officer, Victoria Walters, is working on a couple of new courses, such as Budgeting and Nutrition, in coming up months. Please keep your eyes open for these course. If you have any ideas that you would like to learn, please see or contact Victoria Walters.

Tape Art

We have a few people who have put their names down for a free workshop.

The numbers are filling up, so be quick and give your name to Victoria Walters.
  • Are you interested in art or want to learn a new art skill?
  • And want to be creativity to draw your tape arts on mural?
The workshop will be on 6th and 7th March, both days from 1.00pm to 5.00pm.

If you are interested to attend, please email or The deadline is 4th March.

New Zealand Deaf Sport during Labour Weekend

Christchurch is hosting New Zealand Deaf Games during Labour Weekend.

The Southern Zone Deaf Sports committee is preparing for the weekend. They would appreciate further more information from you about:-
  • What sports are you planning to participate in?
  • Who is your team delegate?
  • Who is your coach?
Please join as a member of Deaf Sport New Zealand as well as your local zone. Please contact your local zone sport club for more information.

Venues are to be confirmed and they will inform you soon. Accommodations will be your responsibility for your team, more details of accommodation will be send out soon. Southern Zone Committee are looking for volunteers or join their committee.

Children’s Day

When? Sunday 2nd March 9:00am to 4:00pm
Where? Ferrymead Heritage Park

On Children’s Day there will be free fun activities including a Teddy Bear picnic.

Captioned Movie

Reading Cinemas, The Palms, Christchurch

No captions this week.

HOYTS Northlands and Riccarton, Christchurch

See the HOYTS website for more information.

Otago News

Deaf Society and Sports Meetings

When? Sunday 9th March
Where? Deaf Centre

Deaf Society Meeting from 10:00am to 11:00am
Deaf Sports Meeting from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Michelle on annual leave

When? Monday 3rd March and Tuesday 4th March

Fi will be in the office as normal.

DUNedinburgh Exhibition

Mondays to Sundays from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where? Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
How much? Free

DUNedinburgh is a reflection on Dunedin’s Scottish heritage.

It showcases artefacts with a Caledonian connection, including some special treasures from the National Museum of Scotland.

DUNedinburgh is in the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery.

Meet Senior Sergeant Brian Benn search and rescue co-ordinator

When? Thursday 13th March from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where? Dunedin Central Police Station, Great King Street

Please let Fi know by the 10th of March if you are coming, because she needs to confirm numbers.

Text: 021 276 5646

Beach Clean Up Day

Head to the beaches to join the Dunedin Coastal Clean-up on the first Sunday of Seaweek!

All you need to do is head along to the meeting place and collect your rubbish bags and gloves.

You can then set out to a beach of your choice to start picking up rubbish.

Sunday 2nd March at 11:00am

Meet at the St Kilda Surf Life Saving Club

Southland News

Coffee group

When? Thursday 13th March from 10:00am to 11:00am
Where? DRC Building, Level 1, 192 Spey Street

NZSL Week: Have your say!

If you are interested in taking part in the NZSL Week focus group please contact Rebecca by Friday 7th March.
Fax: 03 214 3129
Text: 021 554 905

Lets Celebrate NZSL Week

When? 10th May
Where? Otago Deaf Centre, Dunedin
Bus will be provided from Invercargill to Dunedin and back to Invercargill.
There will be games, activities, prizes for best dressed and a meal. Bring your own drinks.
More details to follow in the coming weeks.
It is really important to RSVP by 31st March please. Contact Rebecca to put your name down.

Fax: 03 214 3129
Text: 021 554 905

SBS Bank presents A&P show

Where? Donavan Park and Bainfield Road
When? Saturday 1 March 2014
How much? $10.00 adults, $5.00 senior citizens and free for children