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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

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

The role of a Technical Delegate

Hello, in this video I will talk about the Technical Delegate (TD). This person has experience and knowledge about the rules and bylaws of a particular sport.

This person needs to be neutral, and not favour any teams over the others.

This person will be involved with the TD meetings which happen prior to the New Zealand Deaf Games. This TD meeting will consist of the TD, representatives from each Regional Zone. A referee may also be involved, and perhaps someone recording the minutes. This is an opportunity to everyone to discuss the specifics of the rules, and make agreements on changes. It is important that the TD is involved to witness any changes and agreements. The TD also knows whether a rule change is possible or not.

The TD can be picked from the Host Committee, or could be picked from the National Sports Association. For an example New Zealand Deaf Basketball might delegate someone to be the TD because they have lots of experience with the rules and bylaws.

The Technical Delegate does not need to pay the registration fee for the New Zealand Deaf Games.

The Technical Delegate cannot participate in the same sport for which they are a TD, but they may play another sport provided it does not clash with the sport in which they are a TD. They need to focus on the sport in which they are a TD to help resolve conflicts.

If there is a conflict, it needs to be sorted out in the field of play (court etc) with the referee, but if this conflict falls out of the jurisdiction of the referee, then it comes to the TD who will discuss the conflict with all parties involved and then make a final decision.

What’s the difference between a Membership and Registration Fee?

I am here to talk about the Membership. You can join as a member to Deaf Sports New Zealand. This is free. What does this mean? As a member you will receive our member newsletter, 4 times a year. Deaf Sports NZ might also contact you from time to time to ask if you are interested to go to sporting events such as the Asia Pacific Deaf Games, Deaflympics, and other International competitions. This is what it is good to join as a member.

The Registration Fee means that you pay to register for a specific event such as the New Zealand Deaf Games. There is a Registration Fee for the New Zealand Deaf Games, and this is $25 per person.

So to clarify, Membership to Deaf Sports New Zealand is free, and a Registration Fee of $25 for the New Zealand Deaf Games. You need to do both to play at the New Zealand Deaf Games.

Your Regional Zone (Northern Zone, Central Zone or Southern Zone) might have their own membership fee. This is decided by the Regional Zone. You need to contact your Regional Zone to find out if there are any fees to be paid. If there is a membership fee, then you will need to pay this, plus the $25 Registration Fee for the NZDG, and also be a free member of Deaf Sports New Zealand.

Becoming a member of Deaf Sports New Zealand is easy to do. You can do it online. You just need to fill in your name and email address on the online membership form, and wait for a verification email. You need to click accept to confirm your membership. This is an simple process.

Update about the New Zealand Deaf Games – Timetable