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Ron Dick

Ron Dick

Much-loved life-long advocate Ron Dick passed away peacefully in Dunedin on the evening of June 3rd. Ron was a Life Member of the Otago Deaf Society, and worked tirelessly for Otago Deaf Support Services where he was on the committee for 27 years and was the treasurer for 17 years. … Read more

Budget 2020 in NZSL

Today, Thursday May 14th the New Zealand Government will release the Budget 2020. NZSL interpreters have been booked to interpret the Budget. The event will be broadcast in the normal TVNZ format on Parliament TV as well as on Kordia TV via Freeview Channel 200 or As in previous … Read more

Update from Oliver Ferguson – 9th April 2020

Tena koutou. It is very pleasing to see everyone in New Zealand staying in their own bubbles, keeping themselves safe. I would like to give thanks to the mainstream media for continuing to provide access for the Deaf Community by way of NZSL interpreters on the screen for Live TV. … Read more

Update from iSign – 9th April 2020

Hi, my name is Della, I am an iSign Customer Service Officer, based in Christchurch. iSign is still continuing to provide services despite the coronavirus situation, working from home. You can contact iSign: email: Free text: 3359 If you have work meetings via Zoom or Skype, iSign can … Read more

Easter Supermarket Hours

This is an important message about supermarkets and when they will be open during Easter. Easter is a four day holiday. Easter starts tomorrow, Friday 10 April, and finishes at the end of Monday 13 April. Usually, supermarkets are not allowed to open on Friday and Sunday during Easter. This … Read more

Update from Lachlan Keating – 9th April 2020

Hello Deaf community, how are you all? It’s a brief message from me today. Thanks again to everyone out in the community working, volunteering and supporting your families and friends to say safe through the Covid-19 situation. Thank you again for all your hard work. Thank you to the interpreters … Read more

We are still providing Deaf Aotearoa services

Want you all to know that Deaf Aotearoa services are still ongoing. ALL facilitators are busy working from home making regular contact with service users and members of the Deaf community Facilitator what are they doing – Providing support/ advice on WINZ, housing and health issues. Translating information, contacting other … Read more

NEW COVID-19 Hotline: Skype & Email Address

Deaf Aotearoa have set up new Skype and Email specifically relating to COVID-19 If you are already communicating with staff/facilitator at Deaf Aotearoa, you can continue communicating with them. Are you not sure where to go for information or who to contact? Do you have concerns, questions and issues/barriers because … Read more

Update from the Ministry of Social Development

Message from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) – 26th March 2020 People who are Deaf or hard of hearing can use the following means of contacting MSD. Deaf Link free-fax: 0800 621 621 Text: 029 286 7170 E-mail: Because of the volume of requests there may be a … Read more

All Deaf Aotearoa offices are closed

Staff are working from home. You can contact staff on text, email or videocall if you have their contact information. You can also email or text 021 276 5771 If you want to book an interpreter you can email or free text 3359 or call 0800 934 683 … Read more

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