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Media Release - 18th November 2015

Media release - 18th November 2015

Deaf Aotearoa Welcomes Captioning Increase.

Visit the website below to view the full media release. NZSL video is available.



All members welcome.

When: Saturday 21st November 2015

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Otago Deaf Society


AGENDA (as sent to members 30 days before)

1. Opening. Apologies. Confirmation of Proxy Votes

2. Adoption of Agenda

3. Annual Report

4. Statement of Accounts & Auditor’s Report

5. Confirmation & Ratification of Auditor, Solicitor, Patrons

6. Membership Levies

7. Remits

8. General Business

9. Closure


This meeting is the same as previous AGMs which are called as special general meetings to accept the statement of accounts & auditors report in years where there is no election to the Executive Board. The agenda is as listed in the notice of the meeting sent 30 days before.


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 



NZSL Online Dictionary

NZSL Online Dictionary team is collecting signs for place names in your area. 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 Deaf person who helps with this will get a supermarket voucher. 
When: Saturday 21st November
Time: 12:00pm - 2.00pm (pizza lunch provided at 12:00pm) 
Where: Tiaho Trust , Tai Tokerau Maori Trust Board Building, 3 - 5 Hunt Street, Whangarei
If you can come, please RSVP to:  

Northland Deaf Community Christmas Party

Date: Saturday 21st November
Time: 3:00pm onwards
Where: For venue, contact Vicki: 021 024 41602
Please bring:
·         Food - either salad, savoury or dessert (Deaf Club will be supplying meat)

  • Your own drinks
  • 1 wrapped gift worth $5 (Name off)

Come and celebrate Christmas and let’s have fun!


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

Farmer’s Santa Parade

Would you and your family like to watch the Farmers Santa Parade from a 
prime position, set aside for you at the invitation of the jolly old 
fellow himself?

Auckland Parents of Deaf Children (APODC) has passes to give away to families free of charge. 
The pass entitles you to:
·         Entrance to an area set aside near the Scenic Hotel, 380 Queen St, 
opposite the Town Hall.  Bring your own cushions and blankets to watch 
the parade.
·         You can park for free in the Civic Car Park up to 11.30 am with a 
special pass.
·         Radio Lollipop representatives will look after you on the day in your 
designated area.  You will receive free snacks and entertainment prior 
to the parade starting at 1.00 pm.
When: Sunday 29th November
Where: 380 Queen St
Time: Parade starts at 1:00pm

Reply to this email with the number of wristbands required (one for each 
person) and number of car parks required.  Priority will go to APODC 
members and their families.

Contact APODC now for your chance to watch this iconic parade in style. 
Email: or
Text/Phone: 022 084 2244

Healthy Deaf Minds Conference 

The Coalition of Deaf Mental Health Professionals (CDMHP) is pleased to announce a full day workshop which will explore the unique dynamics involved in providing culturally affirmative care to Deaf people with mental health needs in NZ/Aotearoa, to be facilitated by international expert Dr Brendan Monteiro.
The program (which will be delivered in Auckland on 20th November, Wellington on 24th November, and Christchurch on 30th November) has been designed to reflect the needs of: 
1.    The Deaf Community
2.    Mental Health/Health Clinicians, Criminal Justice Workers, Corrections staff and Legal Representatives
3.    Service Commissioners
To download a registration form, click here:
South Auckland

Stir It Up

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

Coca-Cola Christmas In The Park

When: Saturday 12th December

Where: Auckland Domain Park

Time: 7:30pm (it is advised to get their earlier to secure a good seat)


For many years the Deaf community likes to get gather and watch Coco-Cola Christmas at the park.  Two New Zealand Sign Language interpreters will be provided.

Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix 2015 

When:  22nd November – this Sunday

Time:  11:00pm – 4:00pm

Where:  Auckland Domain park


All ages, and it is free entry.


Please have a look this website for more details:


Be NZSL Savvy!

Be New Zealand Sign Language Savvy? 

If you know anyone who is hearing and wanting to learn NZSL please show them the attached flyer and to please contact Natasha Cloete.


If anyone in the Deaf community wants to be NZSL tutor in future and would like to know what it feels like?  A great opportunity is to come to these these classes and try and teach NZSL.  The NZSL tutor will show you how to teach.  



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: The Last Witch Hunter

The last witch hunter battles witches in modern day New York City
When: Monday 23rd November
Where: Chartwell Movies
Time: 8:45pm
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: 10:00am – 4:00pm (Monday to Friday)
Entry: Free
Check out the event on Creative Waikato’s website:
Check out the Facebook event page:

Signing at the Cook - End of year NZSL Quiz Night!

Come and join in on a Quiz Night for Deaf and hearing people!
All questions are asked in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and also displayed on a TV screen. Come as a group or by yourself, doesn't matter! Just join in and have fun! And it’sFREE!

When: 26th November
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: The Cook Café and Bar, 7 Cook Street, Hamilton East
Quiz is upstairs on second floor

All are welcome! Deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, EVERYONE! Children if with an adult.                                                     
So come test yourself and win some cool prizes!
 Click link below to find more information:

Bay of Plenty

Stir It Up – Last One for the Year

Where: Deaf Aotearoa, Historic Village, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
When: Saturday 5th December
Time: 10:30am till 12:30pm
Cost: Free
Tea/coffee provided.
This event is open for anyone of all ages -  families, students, school, business, organisations to come and have a bit of fun to learn and to get to know more about New Zealand Sign Language.
This is a very casual event and it will be the last one for the year. This has been a great year with people coming in to have a bit of fun and make new friends.
New dates for next year will be set up and emailed out.
The first one will be on Saturday the 13th February, 2016.
On this last day 5th  December, we will be having fun, talking about what’s happening out in the community, learn signs for holiday and more.
The group wants this day to be special, bring a small plate of finger food to share.

Computer Course 

Where: Tauranga City Library, First Floor, 91 Willow Street, Tauranga
When: Saturday 28th November
Time: 10:00am till 3:00pm.
Cost: Free
NZSL interpreters booked.
Come and learn more about what Microsoft Office suite offers. This lets you create Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and more without having to buy or install software.  There will be a lesson on OneDrive and learn more how to use it.
Click on flyer for more details and contact Sue Lessing ASAP to book your name as spaces are filling up fast.

Tauranga Waldorf School Fair and Open Day

 R364 Welcome Bay Road, Tauranga. Click here for map
When: Sunday 22nd November
Time: 10:00am till 3:00pm
A family day out! There will be artisan food, produce, craft, children activities, gifts, music and more.

Trustpower Christmas Parade

 Tauranga City Centre, Devonport Road through to the Strand.
When: Saturday 5th December
Time: 11:00am till 1:00pm
A family fun day for all to enjoy! Come and see the exciting parade/floats and there will be entertainment at the waterfront.
Take a picnic basket or grab a bite to eat from one of the cafes and restaurants.

Egmont A&P Show

When: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November
Where: Hawera Show grounds
Cost: Free entry
When: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
Where: Stratford Show grounds
Cost: Free entry
Thanks to the Taranaki Community Trust sponsoring the Egmont A&P show. It is free entry this year for all.

Taranaki Daily News 40th Port to Park Fun Run and Walk

When: Sunday 22nd November
Time: Register at 9:00am, runners start at 9:30am followed by walkers
Location: Starts at Ngamotu Beach finishes at East End Reserve, New Plymouth

Join your community for this 4.3km fun run and walk, along the Coastal Walkway, for all ages and fitness levels and help raise funds for the Taranaki Toy Library.
Spot prizes up for grabs at the prize giving at the finish line. Please follow the marshals instructions and keep to the left of the Coastal Walkway. No bikes please. Please remember the theme of this event is participation and is not a race.
All proceeds will go to the Taranaki Toy Library. Event will occur wet or fine.
See you there!
Brought to you by the Taranaki Daily News and Sport Taranaki.

Prices: $3 adults, $1 school children, pre-schoolers free
Contact: Lisa McMullan
Phone: 027 513 2223

Parents of Deaf Children Taranaki Christmas Gathering

When: Thursday 3rd December
Where: 83 Hine Street, New Plymouth
Time: 6:00pm
Parents of Deaf Children Taranaki Inc invite you to join them for an end of the year Christmas gathering.
They have the President from NZ Federation for Deaf Children Inc; Kate Whale coming to spend that night with them to celebrate another year.  It is an opportunity to meet and mingle with others.
Bring something yummy for a potluck tea. Everyone is welcome! 

If you have any question please contact and RSVP by 1st December to Kelly Davy:
Mobile: 021 0283 4755
Landline: 06 765 0286 or

Deaf Aotearoa Taranaki Christmas Catch Up

Friday 4th December
Where: Ngamotu Beach, Ocean View Parade
Rain cover: Bach Café, Ocean View Parade
Time: 12:00pm
Bring: A shared picnic; bring along a plate of food to share
Tania and Niki would like to invite you to an end of year lunch get together.  We will have a picnic at Ngamotu beach.  If it is raining on the day please make your way along the road to the Bach Café, Ocean View Parade.

Contribution: NZSL Week 2015 Celebrations from Evelyn Kennedy

Evelyn Kennedy:
“With having all my 3 kids go through this school and now our baby, my daughter is off to High school next year, my family and I decided  to donate some books which have Deaf characters as there seems to be a shortage of stories around the Deaf culture etc.  The books were presented to the Librarian during NZSL Week in our school assembly.”

Evelyn Kennedy with Inglewood Primary School Librarian, Wendy Nash in front of the NZSL display during NZSL Week 2015.
“We set up the clues in sign so that the kids can try and locate the books on the shelves.”
Hawkes Bay

Onekawa Deaf Unit History Project

Where: Van Asch Deaf Resource Centre on Barton Avenue, Marewa
When: Saturday 5th December
Time: 12:00pm for lunch and 12:45pm for history discussion.
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
If you were a student in the Onekawa Deaf Unit and would like to:

  • Meet Peter Strong again
  • Talk to other Deaf about Onekawa Deaf Unit

Please come to the meeting, lunch will also be provided. Nicki Young will be here to communicate for you and Lee will be the chairman. Rachel and David McKee (from Victoria University) will also be there. Please advise us if you are attending for catering purposes.
Juliet Clarke (Edwards)
Text: 021 258 8015

NZSL Online Dictionary

Where: Van Asch Deaf Resource Centre on Barton Avenue, Marewa
When: Saturday 5th  December
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
The team form Victoria University is collecting signs for your local place names in your area. If you are a Deaf NZS signer who has lived in Hawkes Bay area for many years, please come to the meeting. We would like to video your signs for local place names. Each person who takes part will get a supermarket voucher. 
If you can come, please RSVP Email:

White Ribbon Day

Where: Albert Park, Karamu Road, Hastings. (Opposite Breakers Restaurant)
When: Wednesday 25th November
Time: 12:00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Entry: Free
Assembling at new Albert Park (Opposite breakers Restaurant) on Karamu Road. Before walking to the town centre. Opening Karakia will be performed by Kaumatua Jerry Hapuku. And Opening address will be Ngahiwi Tomoana, Chairman, Ngati Kahungunu Incorporated. Key speakers will be Kelvin Davis, MP Te Tai Tokerau – March against violence and Louise Nicholas (ONZM) – Positive Responses. For more information contact Joe Bailey.
Mobile: 029 650 1420 or

Christmas Premier High Tea at the County Hotel

Where: The County Hotel, 12 Browning St, Napier
When: Saturday 28 Nov 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Cost: $35.00
Phone Sales: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) – Ticket Outlets
Celebrate the end of year with a fabulous Christmas Premier High Tea at The County Hotel.High Tea is quite simply a ritual of pleasure & divine decadence. Delicious and fun, it is an afternoon treat that simply delights the palate, mind and soul. High Tea is very special and creates moments to remember. Our beautiful dining room will transform into a girly girl’s dream, adorning plush pinks, fine china & floral blooms. Sweet tea aromas will fill restaurant in anticipation of your arrival. We are proud to serve only the finest of tea’s & sublime handmade gourmet goodies. Our generous High Tea menus are simply for your pleasure and delight.
Christmas Premier High Tea Menu: 
- Christmas Punch with cranberry & lime on arrival 
- Mini Finger Sandwich selection 
Lemon cream cheese & cucumber & egg salad & champagne ham 
- Smoked Salmon Pâté crostini 
- Apple & Turkey sausage rolls 
- Ricotta, Chive & Tomato mini tarts 
- Vanilla bean & white chocolate ganache cupcakes 
- Scones with Chantilly cream and fruit preserves 
- Mini Christmas Shortbreads 
- A beautiful selection of Pratty's Tea & coffee 
Come and be spoilt. Gluten free & vegetarian options are available please advise when booking. Our full wine & beverage list is also available on the day for you to purchase additional beverages.


Manawatu/Horowhenua/Wanganui Christmas Party

When: Monday 7th December
Where: Breakers Café Bar, Corner St Hills & Guyton Street, Wanganui
Time: 11:30am
Yes it’s that time again! This year has gone really quickly so let’s get together to celebrate the 2015 year and to bring on the new year 2016. Come and share your experience this year what was the best part!
As we need to confirm seats, please contact Lianna to confirm you are coming.
Text: 021 278 8804 or
DEADLINE Date is: Wednesday 2nd December 4:00pm! 

Big Boys Toys This Weekend!

Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November
Where: Arena Manawatu, 61 Pascal Street, Palmerston North
Age: All
Costs: Adults (Gate sales) $25
Adults (online special through Ticket Direct $18
Students (Gate) $20
Students (online) $15.00
Kids under 12 Free if with an adult (Limit 2 children per adult)
Big Boys Toys! is New Zealand’s largest and energetic men’s lifestyle show with This is a MUST DO Show for men (and woman that enjoy that kind of stuff).
There will be a range of motor cars from classics to supercar, cars you can drive home to vehicles you dream of owning. There will also be a mecca for motorcycle lovers.
There will be New Zealand’s top extreme athletes for three days of FMX & BMZ action.
A great place to go visit if you’re into this kind of thing! Enjoy!

Did you know we have a Roller Disco on Fridays?

When: Friday 20th to Friday 27th November
Where: Bell Hall, Waldegrave Street, Palmerston North
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Cost: $5 per person
Age: Anyone!
The shop is open for snacks and drinks but no EFTPOS so you need bring cash/coins. All ages are welcome whether you can skate or not, come along and have some fun learn how to skate!

Salvation Army Christmas Dinner

When: Friday 25th December
Where: Salvation Army, 431 Church Street, Palmerston North
Time: 12:30pm
Cost: $8.00 per adult, school age children free
You can buy tickets at Salvation Army from 1st December, get in quick as they go very fast!

Salvation Army Food Bank for Christmas

The foodbank will be open every day for one week on the week of Christmas, no bookings needed you can go in and request a food parcel.



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

Stir It Up

Where: Deaf Aotearoa office In Lower Hutt – Shop 2 330 High Street
When: Tuesday, 24th November  
Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm
This will be the last one for this year.
Come along and attend our monthly casual cuppa at the café. Everybody is welcome!
Please RSVP by contacting Jake.
Text: 021 512 622 or 


Wellington Deaf Society Social Night

Where: CQ Hotel, Cuba Street, Wellington City
When: 20th November
Time: 7:00pm onwards
Gathering at CQ Hotel in the pub area for socialising and chat! All are welcome!

Workshop “Working With Digital Media And Video To Advocate For Increased Access To Arts And Culture”

What: Arts Access Advocates Workshop
Where: CQ Hotel Wellington, 223 Cuba Street
When: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
The workshop is free to attend. Come and see speaker Jared Flitcroft and discussions about how to increase access and inclusion in the arts for people with lived experience of disability.
Travel and accommodations up to 2 nights, meals, taxi will be paid for people who live outside of Wellington.
Please read the flyer for more information. If you are interested, please fill out the attached form, text, or phone to Prudence Walker, she will answer to your questions and discuss about your access needs.


A Talk By Dr Aroha Harris

When: Tuesday 24th November
Time: 5:30pm – 6.45pm
Where: National Library cnr of Aitken and Molesworth Streets, Thorndon
The National Library has turned 50 and we are marking the milestone with a series of events.
One of the events is this talk. While of course we are celebrating 50 years, we are also looking at the challenges and opportunities lying ahead. One of those is how the National Library meets the responsibilities involved in being the guardian of Māori documentary heritage.
You are invited to this talk at the National Library on Tuesday 24th November, starting at 5:30pm.
This is a free public event but you are asked to RSVP to with Aroha Harris in the subject line.
Numbers are limited to this event.
A history of Aotearoa New Zealand in a single frame, for the National Library, as it looks forward,
on the occasion of its 50th anniversary
A talk by Dr Aroha Harris
Dr Aroha Harris belongs to Te Rarawa and Ngapuhi. She is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Auckland. Prior to her university appointment, Aroha variously worked in both historical and social research for Government departments (including the Waitangi Tribunal Division), private organisations, and iwi. Aroha is a founding member of Te Pouhere Korero, the national organisation of Māori historians, and co-editor of their journal of the same name. Her first book, Hikoi: Forty Years of Maori Protest, was published in 2004. Her most recent book, Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History(2014), was a collaborative effort with Professor Atholl Anderson and the late Dame Judith Binney. Aroha was appointed a member of the Waitangi Tribunal in 2008, and is currently a guardian Kaitiaki of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Book through including Aroha Harris in the subject line.


Stir It Up

Come and support people in our community 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 November 28th        
Text: 021 102 4400
Please let Rachel know how many adults/children and if you require transport.

NDC Christmas Lunch

When: Saturday 12th December
Time: Drinks from 11:30am and lunch starting at 12:00pm
Where: Speights Ale House, 99 Quarantine Rd, Annesbrook
Please let Rachel know by December 5th if you are going.

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: Friday 18th December
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 team
·         Group sports person of the year
·         Group sports team
Deadline: Saturday 5th December. 2015
Fax: 03 379 8251
Post: P.O. Box 13-025
          Christchurch 8141

Christchurch Santa Parade

On Sunday December 6th 115,000 plus will line both sides of Riccarton Road to view the annual Santa Parade proudly presented by the Christchurch Children's Christmas Parade Trust.
When: Sunday 6th December
Time: 2:00pm
Where: Riccarton Road

Positive Parenting Workshop

When: Saturday 28th November and Saturday 5th December  2015
Where: Deaf Society of Canterbury 80 Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch
Cost: FREE
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
More information can be found on the flyer.


A BIG Thank you to Anna Hurd

It was with sadness we said farewell Anna last Thursday as she goes off to expand her family. We would all like to say a huge thank you to Anna for all that she has done in the Dunedin office at Deaf Aotearoa. You will be missed, and we are all looking forward to meeting your new addition! If you would like to say goodbye to Anna, pop along to Coffee Club next week.

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

Horizon Events Christmas Craft Show

There will be around 100 people selling fun and interesting products. It’s a great place to spend a day with the family or yourself all inside at the Edgar Centre with live music and face painting and bouncy castles for the kids and plenty of parking.
When: Saturday 21st November 2015 and Sunday 22nd November
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Edgar Centre, Dunedin
Cost:   Adults $5.00
            Children under 15 Free


Computing – TEC1064

Big congratulations /hand waves to those that have completed their Computing Course.
It was a huge success and I do hope you enjoyed your time learning new things.
We will look into more for next year and for those who maybe interest please get in contact with Rebecca at

Deaf Aotearoa AGM

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

Stir It Up

When: Monday 23rd November
Where: Pyramid Café 108 Gala Street, Invercargill (inside the Museum)
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
This will be the last coffee group and catch up for the year – Hope to see you all there!

Southland Association for Deaf Children AGM

When: 26th November 2015
Where: Conductive Education Centre, 198 Esk Street, Invercargill
Time: 7:00pm

Office Closed

The Deaf Aotearoa Office in Invercargill will be closed from 17th December for the Christmas Break.
Please if you need anything attended too please contact Rebecca before then to organise any appointments.
Reminder: Office is still temporally closed so in order to get appointment please email or text Rebecca beforehand as the DRC Door are locked.
Thank you for your patience and hopefully we will have a new office in the New Year.
Text: 021 554 905

Santana Chapman Makes History at Asia Pacific Deaf Games

After the elements delayed her return, New Zealand's first Asia Pacific Deaf Games medallist has arrived back in the country.
Waikanae-based swimmer Santana Chapman and her family have arrived home after a post-tournament holiday, with Typhoon Koppu which hit the Philippines delaying their flights back into New Zealand.  
Chapman won two bronze medals at the games, held in Taoyuan, Taiwan last month.
The 17-year-old, who is part of the Coastal Wanderers Swimming Squad, was New Zealand's sole representative at the games. 
She was born profoundly deaf, and had a cochlear implant placed in her ear at the age of four.
She is unable to compete with it on, so cannot hear anything while she is swimming. 
Her medals came in the 50m and 200m breaststroke. 
Click here to read the full article.