Updated guide on supporting disabled people to live on an equal basis with others

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier, together with his Independent Monitoring Mechanism partners, has published an updated version of the ‘Reasonable accommodation of persons with disabilities in New Zealand’ guide with the new title – ‘Removing barriers: A guide for reasonable accommodation of disabled people in Aotearoa’. This is a joint publication … Read more

Invercargill Office opening 27th February 2023

Hi, I am Victoria – I am Arnya. We would like to let you know that Invercargill Deaf Aotearoa office will be opening on Monday 27th February. You can visit the office to discuss about our service: Southland Deaf club will be opening from 10 am to 12 pm – … Read more

What does a National State of Emergency mean?

This morning the New Zealand Government declared a National State of Emergency in response to Cyclone Gabrielle.   A National State of Emergency puts the Government in charge of any actions, as opposed to local authorities. This also allows the Government to help affected regions that are becoming overwhelmed. A National … Read more

Introducing Donna

Greetings, my name is Donna Bailey. I am the new iSign Graduate Programme Supervisor based here at Deaf Aotearoa in Avondale, Auckland. iSign will soon be employing two full-time graduate NZSL Interpreters, and it will be my role to teach skills and encourage them to become high-quality interpreters. These roles are being advertised now, with interviews soon, and hope to see these roles starting in mid-March. I am looking forward to working in the Deaf community and providing a variety of opportunities for graduates to meet the community, learn and develop. … Read more

Civil Defence Centres and Shelters open from 7pm

Twenty-seven Civil Defence Centres and Shelters will be open from 7pm this evening to provide a refuge for families who need to leave their homes to shelter from Cyclone Gabrielle. Auckland Emergency Management has established centres or shelters in all Local Board areas across Tāmaki Makaurau. A further 12 community-lead … Read more

Official Government update – Cyclone Gabrielle

Cyclone Gabrielle will impact much of the North Island with severe gales, heavy rain and very large waves forecast from today through to Tuesday. This is expected to be an unprecedented and dangerous weather event. MetService has issued severe weather warnings for many parts of the North Island. Keep up … Read more