Category Archives: New Zealand Deaf Games

Proposed changed to the New Zealand Deaf Games

The Deaf Sports New Zealand Executive Board are proposing some major changes to the New Zealand Deaf Games. We have created 7 video clips to explain the major changes to the New Zealand Deaf Games Bylaws.

You can read the DRAFT New Zealand Deaf Games ByLaws here.

Major points of difference are:

  • Change of dates – Previously held during Labour Weekend, but proposed to be held at the End of January.
  • Splitting the New Zealand Deaf Games into two sections:
    • Competition – Deaf Athletes only, competing in sports with a full National Associate Member for the Aotearoa Turi Shield points.
    • Social Grade – Open grade for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Hearing (CODA and Interpreters) athletes to compete in social sports.

If you wish to compare the DRAFT New Zealand Deaf Games Bylaws with the CURRENT New Zealand Deaf Games Bylaws, you can do this here.

We have plans to visit different towns and cities in New Zealand to give you an opportunity to have your say and give feedback on these changes. We will announce the dates soon.


New Zealand Deaf Games at Easter Weekend?

Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou katoa

Open letter/NZSL to

Deaf Sports New Zealand (DSNZ);
New Zealand Deaf Rugby Football Union (NZDRFU); and the
New Zealand Deaf community

My name is Darryl Alexander. I am Deaf and living in Wellington. I am passionate to play, watch and talk about sports. Any kind of sports. I am writing/signing to share an idea about our two main Deaf tournaments in our country. National Deaf Rugby Championship and NZ Deaf Games.

  1. I will discuss about the idea of the letter/NZSL.
  2. I will discuss why the idea is a positive move.
  3. I will discuss about the background of my letter/NZSL, why I am doing this.
  4. How can we move forward with this idea and make the change?

Currently, the National Deaf Rugby tournament (hosted by NZDRFU) is held during Easter Weekend. They play one game on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and they are played every year. NZ Deaf games (host by DSNZ), tournament held every two years during Labour Weekend. They have a wide range of sports such as, Touch, Lawn Bowls, Basketball, Badminton, Indoor Bowls, Darts, Ten Pin Bowling, Squash, Indoor Netball, Indoor Football, 8 Ball Pool, Golf, etc. All these sports are played within 3 days from Friday night right up to Sunday evening.

The idea I want to discuss in this letter/video is to swap the weekends over. I will discuss why.

Rugby is a winter sport. Players join their local hearing rugby clubs (or choose not to) and they keep fit and train at their hearing clubs. Once the season is over, they can still train in their regional zones and build up for the National Deaf Rugby tournament during Labour Weekend. Then, we can play or watch good quality rugby in comparison to the Easter weekend. Additionally, the players can be selected to represent NZ, and they only allowed to do that if they are playing rugby at their local club. Three games in 3 days.

All of the sports in the NZ Deaf Games are summer sports except Netball (but there is Twilight Netball over the summer). It makes a lot of sense to train/play sports during the summer time to build up for the NZ Deaf Games at Easter time. The training will be paid off when players are selected for NZ to go to Deaflympics which is the Summer games. 12 sports in 4 days over Easter give us a lot of time to watch the Games over the weekend.

I am doing this because Deaf and hearing impaired players and supporters participating in NZ Deaf Sports are one of the important factors to keep the Deaf community alive. Deaf Studies Research Unit from Victoria University of Wellington did a survey study recently and found that New Zealand Sign Language, the language of the NZ Deaf community, is now at risk. The Deaf community maintains the language through socialising and education. In this case, it doesn’t matter if you are a player, coach, water person, or supporter. Being involved in Deaf sports = socialising can help maintaining our beautiful language.

So, the next step I would like you all to think about this idea and perhaps have this idea proposed at the next DSNZ and NZDRFU AGM (or special general meeting?).

What do you think? I look forward to have this discussion.

Kia ora

Results from 2014 New Zealand Deaf Games

TuriSheildSouthern Zone won the coveted Aotearoa Turi Shield with 34 points to Central Zone’s 29 points and Northern Zone’s 12 points.

Just over 150 athletes took part over three days of Labour weekend, competing in 12 different sports for the Aotearoa Turi Shield. The 12 sports included were: Lawn Bowls, Ten Pin Bowling, Basketball, Netball, Indoor Netball, Touch, Badminton, Squash, Darts, Indoor Football, Indoor Bowls and 8 Ball Pool.

  • Triples Mixed Lawn Bowls: The triples mixed Lawn Bowls title went to Southern with 4 points to Central’s 2.
  • Darts: Central toppled Southern in both Mens and Womens darts to win with a points margin of 10-2. Both Cushla Crosby and Stephen Jourdain claimed Gold for Central Zone. Simon Holt, representing Central Zone won the Most Outstanding Player.
  • Badminton: The Southern Zone team of Gillian Ramsay and Josje Lelyveld  held off Central to win by 1 point.
  • Netball: Southern comfortably toppled Central to take out top spot.
  • Basketball:
    • Round robin play:
      • Central A 31 (Clive Morgan 9, Ben Webb 8) Southern 27 (Ashley Bensley 12)
      • Central A 51 (Ross Freemantle 13, Clive Morgan 12, Ben Webb 10) Central B 26 (Fetuao Ualesi 9)
      • Southern 49 (Dan Williams 12, Ashley Bensley 10) Central B 28 (Terence Chase 14, Fetuao Ualesi 12).
    • Semi-Final:
      • Southern 38 (Ashley Bensley 10) Central B 19 (Fetuao Ualesi 8, Terence Chase 8).
    • Grand Final:
      • Southern 41 (Bensley 15, Daniel Williams 11, Jake leBerge 10) Central A 32 (Theo Waterhouse 11, Ross Freemantle 11).
    • MVP: Ashley Bensley (Southern)
  • 8 Ball Pool: Northern Zone took maximum honours with 9 points from their Men and Women with Central second with 3 points.
  • Ten Pin Bowling: Southern took out the top two spots against Northern to win the Ten Pin Bowling 5 points to 1. The most outstanding player was Michael Baston from Northern Zone.
  • Indoor Netball: Southern A beat Southern B in the final.
    • Round robin play:
      • Southern A 39 – Central 5
      • Southern B 19 – Central 3
      • Southern A 16 – Southern B 13
      • Central 8 – Southern B 13
    • Final:
      • Southern A 14 – Southern B 12
  • Indoor Bowls: Central just managed to beat Southern with a victory of 3 points to 2.
  • Squash: Southern took out maximum points in Squash. with Ben Robertson on top, followed by Daniel Williams and Josje Lelyveld.
  • Touch: Southern held off Central to win Touch.
    • Southern Zone 8 – Central Zone 2
    • Southern Zone 10 – Northern Zone 2
    • Northern Zone 4 – Central Zone 10
  • Indoor Football: Southern comfortably toppled both Northern and Central to take out the Indoor Football at Howzat.

Technical Delegate meetings

Technical Delegate (TD) meetings will be held at the Woolston Club Inc. These meetings are for all the Team Managers to get together for a meeting, and to meet the Technical Delegates.

It is important that your Team Managers attend this meeting to make sure everyone understands the rules for the New Zealand Deaf Games.

  • Lawn Bowls – 8pm Thursday 23rd Oct
  • Ten Pin Bowling – 7pm Friday 24th Oct
  • Basketball – 7pm Thursday 23rd Oct
  • Netball – 9pm Thursday 23rd Oct
  • Indoor Netball – 6pm Friday 24th Oct
  • Touch – 5pm Friday 24th Oct
  • Badminton – 8pm Friday 24th Oct
  • Squash – 7pm Thursday 23rd Oct
  • Darts – 9pm Thursday 23rd Oct
  • Indoor Football – 8pm Friday 24th Oct
  • Indoor Bowls – 9pm Friday 24th Oct
  • 8 Ball Pool – 6pm Thursday 23rd Oct

2014 Biennial General Meeting Agenda

Thursday 23 October 2014 – Woolston Club Inc

10am – Workshop: Regional Zones or Deaf Societies/Clubs? – Video

11:30am – Report Presentations

  • DSNZ Reports
    1. Biennial Report
    2. Remits to clarify before approval.
  • NZ Deaf Games Reports
    1. NZDG Administrator Report
      1. Previous Host and Financial Report
    2. Upcoming Host Report – Christchurch
  • ICSD Report – Future Deaflypmics
  • Asia/Pacific Report – Asia Pacific Deaf Games – October 2015
  • Sport Association Reports

12.30pm – Lunch

1pm – Biennial General Meeting

  1. An address by the President
  2. Roll Call of Delegates
  3. Apologies
  4. Welcome
  5. Confirmation of Minutes of 48th AGM – Read the minutes
  6. Business Arising from the Minutes
  7. President’s Report
  8. Financial Statement & Annual Balance Sheet

    • 1 January 2012 – 31 December 2012
    • 1 January 2013 – 31 December 2013
    • 1 January 2013 – 30 June 2014
  9. Business Arising from the Financial Report
  10. Subscriptions and/or resignation of Societies/Club/Sports Assn
  11. Proposed Constitution Remits – Video
  12. Proposed By-law Remits – Video

  13. Election of DSNZ Executive Officers – Nomination Form

    • Office Bearers
    • Election of FOUR Executive members.
  14. General Business – by letter only

New Zealand Deaf Games Awards Dinner 2014

NZDG 2014 Awards Dinner PosterTo purchase a ticket, please deposit $50 into the Southern Zone Deaf Sports Bank Account: 38-9006-0726831-00 with your name as a reference/code, and email to let them know.