Upcoming events

ARTICULATING THE ARTIST: RUBY SOLLY WITH HENRIETTA BOLLINGER

How does art enrich our lives? What are the challenges? Can art change the world? Does the world change art? Friends and artists Ruby Solly (The Artist) and Henrietta Bollinger (Articulations) discuss the intricacies of moving through the world as artists, and how the world impacts what they have to ... Read more

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Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace
Wellington,
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WITI’S WĀHINE BY NANCY BRUNNING

The 18 scenes in Witi’s Wāhine weave an intricate pattern through Ihimaera’s works, and the result is astonishing. - The Spinoff The extraordinary and much-loved wāhine from Witi Ihimaera’s groundbreaking books including The Parihaka Woman, The Matriarch and Pounamu Pounamu are brought to life by a powerful cast in this theatrical masterpiece tenderly crafted by the late Nancy ... Read more

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St James Theatre, 87/77 Courtenay Place, Te Aro
Wellington, 6011
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Planning for later in life

Financial stability and well-being, everyday banking, KiwiSaver, responsible borrowing, digital technology (phone, laptop, etc.), scams, and more. Diana from ASB will discuss financial well-being with us, and this will apply regardless of the bank we use. Please bring a plate to share for lunch. NZSL interpreters will be available.

Free
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Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
Napier, New Zealand
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Te Reo Māori – Karakia and Waiata

Take the time to learn and practice how to do karakia (pray) and waiata (sing), important in Māori culture. Karakia for: Open/Closing Kai And also waiata for special occasions and gatherings Every Sunday for 3 weeks 3rd March 10th March 17th March

Free
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Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
Napier, New Zealand
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2024 Access Centre – Hawera

We can provide: Opportunity to have a chat and to meet other Deaf people. Free information and support services Advice Translation support (e.g. support with reading letters and forms etc.) New ideas for ACE workshops Information about Deaf Aotearoa services Information about assistive equipment for Deaf/hard of hearing. presenters from ... Read more

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Hawera Library Plus, 46 High Street
Hawera, 4610
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2024 Access Centre – Kaitaia

We can provide: Opportunity to have a chat and to meet other Deaf people. Free information and support services Advice Translation support (e.g. support with reading letters and forms etc.) New ideas for ACE workshops Information about Deaf Aotearoa services Information about assistive equipment for Deaf/hard of hearing. presenters from ... Read more

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Te Ahu, Corner of Mathews Avenue and South Road (SH1) Kaitaia 4010
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What we do

Deaf Aotearoa is a national organisation representing the voice of Deaf people, and the national service provider for Deaf people in New Zealand.  

Deaf Aotearoa also works closely with Deaf communities, government agencies and other organisations to increase awareness, promote New Zealand Sign Language and strengthen the rights of Deaf people.

Deaf Aotearoa is one of 133 ordinary members of the World Federation of the Deaf and is also the New Zealand representative.   

Our Services

Deaf Aotearoa delivers flexible and responsive services which accommodates the Deaf community’s needs. We provide knowledge, information, resources and skills. With these, Deaf people are able to independently manage events in their own lives.

Deaf Aotearoa works with government agencies, businesses and other organisations to provide information and resources on life for Deaf New Zealanders, the Deaf community and NZSL.

Deaf Aotearoa delivers key services to the Deaf community, in line with the objectives defined in the Strategic Direction.

These services are designed to ensure Deaf people can achieve their goals at any stage in life, from birth onwards.

Information in Sign Language

The government has stated that a new and innovative approach is needed to meaningfully improve accessibility in New Zealand.

Here you will find some of the work from Government Agencies and Government Ministries in NZSL, as part of their commitment to ensuring that Disabled people have access to vital information.

https://vimeo.com/689021863
https://youtu.be/conceVm8XzU

Adults and Seniors

Hauora

Deaf Aotearoa’s Hauora* service is a nationwide service that understands and responds to Deaf and hard-of-hearing people’s needs.

The Hauora service offers:

  1. needs assessment and coordination
  2. applications for assistive equipment
  3. information and advice.

*Hauora is an holistic approach to health and wellbeing. It is a Māori concept that views wellbeing as a combination of physical health, emotional/mental health, being socially healthy, and being spiritually healthy.

Adults and Seniors

Employment

Deaf Aotearoa’s Employment service is a nationwide service focused on getting Deaf and hard-of-hearing people into successful employment.

It includes pre-employment support and in-work support for both the Deaf person and employers.

The Employment service offers support for:

  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing people to get a job
  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing people to remain in their job
  • employers to understand more about employing Deaf people, including information on Deaf culture and funding for New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreters in the workplace.
https://vimeo.com/718939673
https://vimeo.com/718939635

Children and Youth

First Signs

A nationwide Deaf Aotearoa service for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children aged 0-5, supporting families and whānau with:

  • Learning New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)
  • Language development
  • Learning about being Deaf/hard-of-hearing in Aotearoa
  • Connecting with other families and Deaf role models.

First Signs brings NZSL into the home and family/whānau environments, making learning NZSL fun.

iSign Interpreting Service

iSign enables access and participation for Deaf people by providing professional and confidential New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreting services.

iSign is a nationwide service enabling effective communication between Deaf and hearing people.

iSign matches job requests with available and appropriate interpreters throughout New Zealand.

iSign contracts more than 80 qualified interpreters who are all members of their professional body, ensuring a confidential and professional service.

Funding is available to cover a wide range of interpreting service jobs.

iSign staff can advise on available sources of funding. Funding information is also available on the ‘How it Works/Who Pays?’ page of the iSign website.

https://vimeo.com/718939591
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