Weekly update: 26 May 2023

Kia ora tatou,

Hello to all of us,

This week Amanda’s attentions are required elsewhere so unfortunately we do not have access to the usual range of news and updates.

So this is kia ora tatou from Sarah in the Christchurch South Library. It is an interesting place to be as the range of people that comes through the doors varies greatly, and yet there is also often familiarity in the faces. As it is with our own lives where we seek the balance of familiar and unfamiliar that both soothes and challenges us.”

As I sit at a desk I sit at often, I try to remember to look up from my screen and my eyes come across the range of books filling the shelves. Where does your imagination take you with such gems as “We have no idea”, “The Universe Explained”, “The Science of Can and Can’t” or “The Secret Life of Groceries”?

As usual, event reminders and TellMe phone numbers follow.

Ngā mihi mahana,
Warm regards,
On behalf of Amanda and Sarah


Event reminders

Siblings – call for disabled people and their whānau to collaborate in a theatre production in Onehunga, Auckland – eople interested in taking part as storytellers/performers/devisers for this professional production. Requires ability to commit to rehearsals and showings in Onehunga between 30 May and 2 July.

Sunday 4 June, New Plymouth – Operatic Society Backstage Touch Tour and Audio Described performance of the G.J. Gardner Homes season of We Will Rock You.

Disability Connect Upcoming Webinars

Bookings required.

Thursday 15th June 6:30 – 9:30pm Planning for Adulthood. Further details are available at the following website link.

Thursday 22ndJune 11:30 – 2pm Education Legal Issues. Further details are available at the following website link.

Saturday 17 June 2023 10.30am–12.00pm Auckland Art Gallery Free Audio Described Tour of Brent Harris: The Other Side.

26 June to 1 July Deafblind Awareness Week – anywhere or anything you want it to be.

Wednesday 28 June, New Plymouth – Backstage Touch Tour and Audio Described Performance of The Haka Party Incident by Katie Wolfe. Part of Taranaki Arts Festival.

Sunday 27 August, Braille House, Wellington – Deafblind Association NZ Annual General Meeting and gathering. Please email Sarah at boardsecretary@deafblindassociation.nz if you are interested in attending.

Friday 30 June – closing date for BANZAT call for expressions of interest in becoming a Trustee.

Election Access Fund – the Election Access Fund supports disabled people to be candidates in parliamentary general elections and by-elections, including helping candidates to complete an application. Nominations for candidates standing in this year’s General Election close at noon, Friday 15 September.

More information and resources are available at the following website links.

Information about becoming a candidate in a General Election.

Information about the Election Access Fund and how to apply, including in alternate formats.

September/October Training Programme for Public Sector Directors offered by Victoria University applications are open.

Contact Girol and Tania at the following emails addresses.


Ongoing – Entertainment with Able

Able is a not-for-profit organisation working towards a more inclusive Aotearoa, believing everyone should be able to access news, entertainment and culture. Funded by NZ On Air, they’re Aotearoa’s leading provider of media access services, including captioning services, subtitling and audio description.

Listings are available at the following browser links.

A link to Able website to subscribe to the weekly newsletter with listings and picks of the week follows.



Deafblind Association New Zealand access to TellMe

See TellMe numbers for your area


End of report and this week’s update.

Amanda Stevens
Executive Officer
Taringa Turi Kāpō Rōpū
Deafblind Association New Zealand