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Deaf Aotearoa Clarifications and Response to DeafsngelsNZ

Applications are now open for the Shirley McKenzie Scholarship. 
You may apply to Deaf Aotearoa for a scholarship to help you:

Deaf Aotearoa Youth Intern

This is a new and exciting opportunity for emerging talent who are currently in secondary school or have recently left. Opportunities are available throughout New Zealand at any one of our 13 offices, you must have a can do attitude! 

Check out our website for the advertisement and position description:

Wanted: Talented Presenter!

Attitude Pictures in association with Deaf Aotearoa are developing video resources in New Zealand Sign Language for the Deaf community…And we need a dynamic and engaging presenter to front the ten short films.
These web-based resources will be filmed later this year and early 2016.

It’s simple: E-mail us your CV and a clip of yourself presenting on a topic you’re interested in (max 3min) – this can just be shot on your phone or tablet; it’s just so we can get a sense of what you will be like on camera.
The ideal candidate:
-       The series is aimed at young adults, so we want someone from this peer group
-       Deaf and fluent in NZSL
-       Will be energetic and engaging on camera.
-       Can take direction
-       Will have stamina – the filming process can be quite challenging as we often need to repeat the same action or line over and over again. Also days can be long.
The perks:
-       You get to travel around our beautiful country
-       Have a new experience
-       Help create a valuable resource for the Deaf community
-       It is a paid gig
This video ‘Mark’s Guide to Parliament’ will give you an idea of the kind of dynamic we are after – it’s not static in front of a screen stuff but moving and interacting with your environment. Click here.
Please send your CV/videos to

Applications for Shirley McKenzie Scholarship

Applications are now open for the Shirley McKenzie Scholarship. 
You may apply to Deaf Aotearoa for a scholarship to help you:

  • Get further education
  • Get a professional qualification
  • Access professional development for your cuurent job
  • Get training or experience e.g theater, arts, crafts, photography, video making etc.
You can find the application form here:

NZSL Week Review 

The AUT National Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Screening Study



Sculpture in Northland

Where: Whangarei Quarry Gardens, Russell Road, Whangarei

When: Friday 13th  – Sunday 15th November

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Ticket Information: Adult: $5.00

          Student: $2.00

                                  Family: $10.00

          Children under 12: Free

                                  Door Sales Only


Celebrating the two best things about Northland - its people and its natural environment! Enjoy this exhibition of works by 30 of our talented local artists.


Over 70 wonderful sculptures are even more exciting seen in this dramatic garden setting of spectacular subtropical plants and sheer cliffs. There will be 70 plus art works for sale, showcasing the creativity of Northland's vibrant artistic community.


The new Visitor Centre cafe will be open for the first time serving light lunches and delicious food for morning and afternoon tea. Making the most of Northland's warm climate, Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a magical oasis created by dedicated volunteers and now a nationally recognised Garden of Significance.


NZSL Online Dictionary 

NZSL Online Dictionary team is collecting signs for place names in your city and region. If you are a Deaf NZSL signer who has lived in Whangarei/Northland area for many years, please come to a meeting to video your signs for local place names. Each person who takes part will get a supermarket voucher. 
When: Saturday 21st November
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Tiaho Trust , Tai Tokerau Maori Trust Board Building 
 3 - 5 Hunt Street, Whangarei
If you can come, please RSVP to:  

Get Smart



Kevin Pivac Presentation

This presentation by Kevin Pivac on his 2015 Europe Tour will DEAFinitely be different as it will include insights into the Deaf clubs, associations & schools that he and his wife Lynette visited on the tour. They learnt how these Deaf organisations work within their own Deaf communities.
When: Friday 20th November
Time: 8:15pm
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road.
Costs: ADS normal entry fees – members free, non-members $5

Guys and Dolls


All the hot gamblers in town are depending on Nathan Detroit to set up an illegal dice game. To raise cash he bets gambling legend and notorious ladies’ man, Sky Masterton, $1000 that he can’t date Sarah Brown.
NZSL Interpreted by Mellissa Sutton and Catherine Bloomfield.
When: Sunday 22nd November
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Q Theatre
Costs: Tickets $39
Contact Jesse Hilford
Text: 021 166 0257 or
Pop into the Auckland Theatre Company office:  487 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden. Entry off Brixton Rd. (behind the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall).

NZSL Encounter at the Zoo 

Auckland Zoo has teamed up with New Zealand Sign Language interpreting students from AUT, who will interpret Auckland Zoo's animal encounters.

The schedule:
Elephant – 12:00pm
Orangutan – 12:30pm
Native Reptiles - The Islands – 1:15pm
Spider Monkey – 2:00pm
Tasmanian Devil – 2:30pm
Tiger – 3:00pm
Seal – 3:30pm
When: Saturday 14th November
Time: Encounters start at 12:00pm
Where: Auckland Zoo
Costs: Normal Zoo entry fees. 


South Auckland

Stir It Up

Where: South Auckland Deaf Aotearoa Office, Westfield Manukau Mall
Time: 10:00am till 12:00pm
When: Saturday 14th November

Santa‘s Welcoming Party

Where:  Westfield Manukau Shopping Mall – Corner Great South road and Wirir Station road.
When: 20th November 4:00pm – 7:00pm (evening)
            21st November 10:00am – 5:00pm (all day)
            22nd November 11:00am – 3:00pm
Suitable for all ages!
Free for everyone!
Check out the website for more information:
Most Westfield shopping centres throughout New Zealand are bringing the magic, delight and community spirit of Christmas festive season with arrival of Santa’s welcoming party.
This special event will help spread the joy of Christmas to the local community with a line-up of free Christmas activities and special community entertainer.
Friday will have face painters, balloon artist, guitar performance, Santa’s arrival stage show including a dance performance.
Saturday will have a face painter, bauble crafts and special angel/elf lollies.
Sunday will have face painters, Snoopy and Charlie Brown meet and greet and also a Jazz performance. 
Please have a look their website and see for more information about this event. 

Santa Parade on Queen Street

Check out the website:
This Santa Parade features all amazing, fun, surprised, colourful grand float with lots of marching and music etc. 
When: Sunday 29th November
Time: 1:00pm, (if it rains it will be postponed to Sunday 6th December)



FREE Basic Life Support (CPR) Course

Gain the skills and confidence to help someone who has stopped breathing. CPR for babies, children, and adults.
NZQA accredited, 4 hour course.
When: Monday 23rd November
Where: MediTrain Waikato, 82 Naylor Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
RSVP: Before Monday 16th November
Bring a pen and wear comfortable clothing
If you’re interested then contact Nisha Appanna at Deaf Aotearoa Hamilton office
See video below for more information.

Chartwell Closed Caption Movie: Bridge of Spies

It is set in the Cold War. The CIA asks an American Lawyer to help save a captured pilot stuck in the Soviet Union.
When: Monday 16th November
Where: Chartwell Movies
Time: 5:00pm, 8:00pm
Don’t forget ‘I am Deaf’ Card. If you forget card, movie no free. If you don’t have ‘I am Deaf’ card contact Deaf Aotearoa.

Contact information
Text: 021 516 399

Be Computer Savvy- IT Course FREE

Learn how to use Microsoft word and Microsoft excel for CV’s and Budgeting. If you are unsure on a computer this course is perfect for you! Free course so no reason not to come!
When: Friday 4th December
Where: Wintec Hamilton City Campus
Meet where: Nisbet Street by Café name Mavis and Co
RSVP: Before Friday 27th November
NZSL Interpreters provided.
For more information see flyer or contact Nisha at Deaf Aotearoa.
Text: 021 516 399
See video below for more information.

Waikato Deaf Arts Exhibition

Enjoy and celebrate art created by members of the Waikato Deaf Community, including Maori Deaf and other cultures. The theme is an expression of what it means to be Deaf in Aotearoa - celebrating both Deaf culture and life as a proud New Zealander.
Opening Night: Tuesday 1st December
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Creative Waikato HQ
Address: 131 Alexandra Street, Hamilton
Entry: Free. Some finger food provided. All welcome
Some art pieces will be for sale.
Exhibition on display at Creative Waikato from:
When: 2nd December - 17th December
Time: 10am - 4pm (Monday to Friday)
Entry: Free
Check out the event on Creative Waikato’s website:

Waikato Community Garden for Deaf

Want to grow your own vegetables?
Want to save money on grocery shopping?
Want to learn how to cook using different vegetables?
Can grow to eat and sell!
Come along for an introduction to the gardens
Where: Grandview Community Garden
Address: 180 Grandview Road, Nawton
Next meeting date: Tuesday 17th November
Time: 9:00am       
Free Community Garden—All welcome!
If interested, contact Jean Masters
Phone: 021 243 8320

Bay of Plenty

Computer TEC Course – Microsoft Account

Where: Tauranga City Library, First floor, 91 Willow Street, Tauranga
When: Saturday 28th November
Time: 10:00am till 3:00pm
Cost: Free
NZSL interpreters are booked.
Bring your own lunch.
This course is an opportunity for you to learn more about the Microsoft Account, giving you free access to Office Online and OneDrive you have and you just don’t know it.
Come and learn more.
Click on flyer for more information and contact Sue Lessing soon to put your name down as space is very limited.

Western Bay Of Plenty District Support Trust

Where: Bethlehem Baptist Church, 90 Bethlehem Road, Tauranga
When: Friday 20th November from
Time: 10:00am till 1:15pm
Cost: Gold coin donation
NZSL interpreters will be available.
The disability networking for inclusion invitation from Western Bay of Plenty District Support Trust happens twice a year.
People with disabilities, family/whanau, health providers and organisations are welcome to attend this interesting seminar.
Click on flyer for contact details and more information of the morning’s programme.
If you are keen to attend, please contact Gill Gardener directly to book your name and tell her you are a NZSL user, to make sure seats at the front are reserved for you.
See you there!

Dillon Scholarship 

BayTrust Dillon Scholarship is open for people with disabilities to apply for funding to cover Tertiary studies next year.

The deadline is on the Friday 18th December, 2015.

Click on flyer for more information and if you are keen to apply, click on the application form.

If you need assistance, contact Deaf Aotearoa office in Tauranga.

Children’s Book Launch - Tamanui; The Brave Kokako of Taranaki

When: Sunday 29th November
Where: Discover it! Puke Ariki
Time: 2:00pm
Join Puke Ariki to celebrate the launch of the children’s book Tamanui; The Brave Kokako of Taranaki.
This picture book has been written by Puke Ariki’s children’s’ librarians Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington and tells the story of the last known remaining kokako in Taranaki.
This stunning book will be officially launched on Sunday 29th November along with an exciting new interactive kokako-themed display in Discover it!
Rebecca and Linley will be on hand to sign copies of the book, there will activity table and, of course, cake!
Thanks to Puke Ariki’s long-term partnership with Shell NZ royalties from the book sales will be given to Tiaki te Mauri o Parininihi Trust to help return kokako to Taranaki.  Copies will be available from the i-Site in Puke Ariki Museum and all good bookstores!

Night Market

When: Friday 13th November
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Ngamotu Beach, Ocean View Parade, New Plymouth

Presented by "The Seaside Market". Spend an upbeat, on trend magical night at the market where you can finish the week, shop, eat and enjoy an awesome atmosphere.
Price: Free
Contact: Zoe

Justice of the Peace Service Desk

When: Saturday 14th November
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Where: Level 1, Puke Ariki Library, New Plymouth
When: Monday 16th November
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Inglewood Library, Inglewood
When: Wednesday 18th November
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Bell Block Library, Bell Block

Do you need your signature witnessed, make a declaration, swear an affidavit or affirmation, or have originals or copies certified? A Justice of the Peace will be on hand to help.
Price: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06 759 6060

Ebooks For Everyone

When: Thursday 19th November
Time: 9:30am – 10:30am
Location: Level 1, Puke Ariki Library, New Plymouth

Come along and learn how to borrow free eBooks and eAudio books. We will do our best to solve technological mysteries and answer any questions, no matter what your device. Extra sessions available on request; speak to a librarian to book a suitable time.
Prices: Free
Contact: Puke Ariki Front Desk
Phone: 06 759 6060

Take A Kid Tramping Overnight Experience 

When: Saturday 21st November
Time: Leave 1pm Sat and return 4pm Sunday
Location: Mangamingi, Eltham

The New Plymouth Tramping Club will lead an overnight tramp/hike for children and their parents/caregivers to the Forest & Bird Society Huts at Mangamingi. You can sleep in tents if you desire a more outdoors experience. These tramps are aimed at introducing families to tramping. The club provides advice and has most of the necessary gear available for hire or borrow. Leave 1pm Saturday and return by 4:00pm Sunday.
Suitable for all ages. Book in with Karen or Kevin by 18th November and you will be given a full list of what to bring etc. See us on Facebook: New Plymouth Tramping Club
Price: No cost but shared food and transport
Contact: Karen or Kevin
Phone: 06 753 8577 or 06 753 3692
Hawkes Bay

Napier Night Fiesta

Napier Soundshell, Marine Parade, Napier
When:  Friday 20th November 2015, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
             Friday 11th  December  2015, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
             Friday 8th January 2016, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
             Friday 12th February 2016, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
             Friday 11th March 2016, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
Facebook Event:
Make the most of the balmy summer weather at the Napier Night Fiesta. Enjoy delectable food, fine Hawke’s Bay wine, craft beers and live music as you take in the stunning sea vistas from the Soundshell on Marine Parade.
Meet friends, bring your family and your picnic rug and relax at this new monthly event.
Lock these five dates in your diary now and see you at the Fiesta 5:00pm – 8:00pm! 

Diwali Festival

Napier Soundshell, Marine Parade, Napier
When: Saturday 21st November, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
Diwali - The Festival Of Lights!
It will be a fun filled night with loads of entertainment with live performances, foot tapping music and the best of Indian food!
Hawke’s Bay Indian Association invites you all to our Diwali Annual Celebration.

Village Street Carnival 

 Havelock North Village, 12 Napier Road, Havelock North

When: Saturday 21st November 2015
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
This will be a full day of fun activities for all of the family.
Napier Road – Eat Street (Food stalls/ Artisans)
Te Mata Road – Kids World
Te Aute Road – Boys Town
Joll Road – Fashionable Street
Middle Road – A touch of culture (Arts)
Free bouncy castles, face painting, family entertainment, music, a cash drop of $1000.00 at about 1:00pm. Lots to do - lots to see, retailer bargains and specials galore. Make it a family day.
See you there!


Manawatu Deaf Society Annual Christmas Dinner

When: Saturday 12th December
Where: Manawatu Deaf Society, 55b Totara Road, Palmerston North
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Dinner at 7:00pm
Cost: $35 (members), $45 (non-members)
There will be no tickets sold after 9:00pm.  This will be a catered dinner and prize giving for MDS Sports Person of the Year and Stirrer of the Year.
Come and join and have some fun.
To book tickets please contact any committee members for your tickets or at the Deaf Club Bar or email:

Manawatu Deaf Society

Due to no bar management available and most members will be on a fishing trip, Deaf Club will be closed on Friday 20th November.  For those going on a fishing trip – enjoy your selves! 
Deaf Club will open tonight (Friday 13th) as usual. 

Palmerston North Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa Run

When: Thursday 3rd December 
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: The Square
Celebrate the start of the festive season with the lighting of the Palmerston North Christmas Tree!  Take part in, or cheer on, those doing the KidsCan Santa Run before the ceremony, and afterwards enjoy the Christmas carols performance by local community groups.



Wellington Deaf Society Event

Wellington Deaf Society’s event - Make some jewelry!
When: 21st November 2015
Where: 129 Jackson Street, Petone
Time: 3:00pm onwards
Make your own earrings, bracelet, necklace from $5 to $35.
5pm: Speight Pub for a drink
Then go to Ayutthaya Thai on 149 Jackson Street for dinner at 6pm, (BYO).
All women (Deaf, Hearing, Interpreters, NZSL students) are welcome!
RSVP to Wellington Coordinator by 16th Nov 2015
Text: 022 024 5229

Introduction - Matt Dower

Hello everybody, my name is Matt Dower. I am a facilitator at Deaf Aotearoa office in Lower Hutt, Wellington. You are welcome to come in and see me or contact via email and text messaging. Thank you.

Stir It Up

Last one for this year!
Where: Little Café (next to War Memorial Library), 2 Queen Drive, Lower Hutt.
When: Tuesday 24th November
Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm
All welcome Deaf, Hard of Hearings, friends and families.

Movie with Captions

Events: Queengate Mall , Lower Hutt. Have captions on the screen
Readings: Doesn’t have captions on the screen but it shows captions with CaptiView Device.
EVENTS Queensgate Wellington
Bridge of Spies
Monday: 8:30pm
READING Courtenay Wellington
Burnt (M) (offensive language)
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:15am, 1:30pm, 6:15pm
Friday: 6:15pm
Crimson Peak (R16) (graphic violence, horror, sex scenes & offensive language)
Daily: 3:45pm
The Dressmaker (M) (violence, sexual references & offensive language)
Thursday: 1:15pm, 3:45pm, 6:15pm, 8:45pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:45am, 1:15pm, 3:45pm, 6:15pm, 8:45pm


Catch Up and BBQ Lunch

Where: Kaiteriteri Beach. Meet at the carpark.
When: Saturday November 14th 
Time: 11:00am
Bring your own lunch, drinks and use the BBQ if you want to. If it’s raining it will be cancelled.
Please let Rachel know if you need transport.

Stir It Up

Come and support others to learn NZSL.
When: Saturday 21st November
Time: 11:00am
Where: Upstairs at Café Affair,  295 Trafalgar St, Nelson
NDC Meet Up at Nelson Suburban Club  
When: Saturday,  21st November
Time: 5:30pm
Where: 168 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson
Come along and socialise with the Deaf community, all welcome.

Scam Alert Tec Course

Terry Walbran will be presenting this course.
When: Wednesday November 25th 
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm or 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
Where: Hearing House, 354 Trafalgar Square, Nelson
Contact Alison Kimberley if you would like to enrol.  
Mobile: 021 518 331

Deaf Children, C.O.D.A. and Families Fun Christmas Day

Where: Rabbit Island
When: Saturday December 5th 
Time: 11:00am
This will be a great day for the whole family to meet others in the Deaf Community.
Sausages and drinks will be provided for everyone or free to bring your own food, drink and sunscreen.
We would appreciate a gold coin donation to help cover costs. Parents please bring a present under $5 for Father Christmas to give your child.
If you would like to join us please contact Rachel Summers by Saturday 28th November       
Text: 021 102 4400
Please let Rachel know how many adults/children and if you require transport.

Job Opportunity

An opportunity has become available in the Nelson area.  
This is a part time 6-9 hours per week supporting a Deaf man with basic day to day life skills with possibility of increasing hours in the future.
Please contact Alison Kimberley if interested for further information.
Mobile: 021 515 331 or 

Deaf Short Film Movie Night

Deaf Society of Canterbury will be showing this year’s Deaf Short Film Festival
When: Friday 20th November
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Avenue

Break Up Night

Celebrate the end of the year and catch up with your friends
When: Wednesday 18th November
Time: 7:00pm to late
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Avenue
Age: 16+ over

Deaf Southern Zone Sports

Deaf Southern Zone Sports have nominations for you to fill out. They are:
·         Individual sports person of the year 
·         Individual sports teams
·         Group sports person of the year
·         Group sports teams
Deadline: 5th December 2015
Fax: 03 379 8251
Post: P.O. Box 13-025, CHCH, 8141

Wanted Deaf Southern Zone Rugby Union

If you are interested to become our Southern Zone Rugby Union Coach or Team Managers.
Please contact
Deadline: End of November.

Positive Parenting TEC



Diwali Dance Celebrations

Diwali is an ancient Hindu Festival and means “Festival of Lights”. All are welcome to a free celebration with a performance by Natyaloka School of Indian Dance. It will be a colourful and fun experience!
When: Sunday 15th November
Time: 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Where: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Cost: FREE

Farewell from Anna

Anna’s last day before maternity leave is Thursday 12th November. Her baby girl is due to arrive early December. Thanks to everyone for a great 2015 and wishing everyone a wonderful holiday.
Anna will visit Deaf Aotearoa for Coffee Club on Thursday 26th November (as long as baby doesn’t come before!) and she would love to see you there!
Flag Referendum – Part 1
The voting period is from 20th November to 11th December. Voting papers will be posted out on 20th November. You must be enrolled to vote by 19th November – please contact the office if you need support to enrol. NZSL videos are available at
The flag that is most popular from Part 1 of the Referendum will then be put up against
our existing flag in Part 2 of the Referendum, next year.

Coffee Club

Come along to enjoy the last Coffee Club of the year and say goodbye to Anna.
When: Thursday 26th November
Time: 10:00am
Where: Deaf Aotearoa office
Please bring a small plate to share for morning tea.

Deaf Aotearoa AGM

All members are warmly invited to attend the Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand Incorporated 2015 AGM.
When: Saturday 21st November 2015
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 68 Manor Place Dunedin


TEC 1064 - Computing

Congratulations to those who have almost completed their Computing Course. Last class will be Monday 16th November 2015.
You have done an awesome job and arrived and done you work on time.
So thank you for making it a successful course. And I hope you walk away feeling proud of yourself and more knowledgeable about computers.
Anyone else who may be interested in something like this please get in Contact with Rebecca and we can look into some classes for next year.
Please remember there has to be 4 or more to go ahead with classes. 

Deaf Aotearoa AGM

When: Saturday 21st November
Where: Otago Deaf Centre, 86 Manor Place, Dunedin
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
All members are warmly invited to attend the Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand Incorporated 2015 AGM.

Cochlear Implant Group Christmas Party

What: Christmas at Hokonui Pioneer Village
Where: Hokonui Pioneer Village, Waimea Street, Gore
Date: 22nd November 2015
Time: 2:00pm
There will be an entrance charge of $15 per person and that includes a Christmas afternoon tea.
The address is Waimea Street, Gore. It is about a minute out of the main street of Gore on Highway 94. Next to or near Croydon Lodge - there should be a sign post to the left.
For further directions contact:
Nancy Stronach: 03 208 1161 or
Marje and Roy: 03 216 5237 or 027 698 6000

Stir It Up

When: Monday 23rd November 2015 (Last one for the Year)
Where: Pyramid Café (The Museum)
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Please note coffee, tea, and food etc. is at your own costs. 

Southland Association for Deaf Children

Where: Conductive Education Centre, 198 Esk Street, Invercargill
When: 26th November 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Mark in your calendars, hope to see you there.