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Lights On! Sign Language Deaf National Archive

  1. 1954
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Balmoral Working Bee

    Deaf members of the Auckland Adult Deaf Society clear the Balmoral Road property before construction of the main hall.

  2. 1981
    Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    World Deaf Games, Köln 1981

    New Zealand team goes to XIV World Games for the Deaf in Köln, Germany in 1981.

  3. 1977
    Donated by Dennis Tod Image of Dennis Tod

    Canterbury Annual Deaf Picnic 1977

    Members of the Canterbury Deaf community make for a picnic on a lovely day, with tug-o-war and running races.

  4. 1950
    Donated by Archives New Zealand Image of Archives New Zealand

    National Film Unit visits St Dominics School for the Deaf

    The Government’s National Film Unit follows the City District Health Nurse as she visits students at St Dominic’s School for the Deaf.

  5. 1976
    Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Palmerston North 1976

    Footage from the sports, meeting, and socialising at the 21st NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Palmerston North 1976.

  6. 1958
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    Foundation Stone Ceremony

    The foundation stone ceremony for the Auckland Deaf Welfare Centre 1958.

  7. 1975
    Donated by Janice and Gary Howard Image of Janice and Gary Howard

    Auckland Netball Club's 1st Birthday

    The Auckland Deaf Netball Club runs a social event to celebrate its first anniversary in 1976.

  8. 1956
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    Auckland Carnival 1956

    Friends of the Deaf prepare a float for the Auckland Carnival, 1956, along with some footage of the float parade.

  9. 1977
    Donated by Sue Penman Image of Sue Penman

    Christchurch Women Group: Progressive Dinner

    The Christchurch Deaf Women’s Group hosts a progressive dinner. Three courses at three different locations all in one night in 1977!

  10. 1969
    Donated by Janice and Gary Howard Image of Janice and Gary Howard

    Annual Auckland Picnic at Orewa, 1969

    Members of the Auckland Deaf Society and friends attend the annual picnic at Orewa Beach in March 1969.

  11. 1981
    Donated by Dulcie McKie Image of Dulcie McKie

    Sign Singers perform Silent Night

    The Sign Singers perform the famous carol 'Silent Night' for the Stars on Sunday programme.

  12. 1954
    Donated by Owen Gibbons Image of Owen Gibbons

    Socialising at Labour Weekend Wellington 1954

    Athletes and spectators take a day out from the sporting competition to have fun in Wellington, 1954.

  13. 1972
    Donated by Pam and Doug Croskery Image of Pam and Doug Croskery

    Auckland Deaf Men’s Basketball team training

    On Auckland’s West Coast, Auckland Deaf basketball men train for the New Zealand Deaf Sports Convention in Wellington 1972.

  14. 1990
    Donated by Jeff Went Image of Jeff Went

    The Miss Deaf New Zealand competition, 1990

    Coverage of the Miss Deaf New Zealand competition, hosted during the 34th New Zealand Games for the Deaf social evening at Auckland Deaf Society, October 1990.

  15. 1951
    Donated by Owen Gibbons Image of Owen Gibbons

    Picnic at Duders Beach

    Auckland Deaf community hold their annual picnic at Duders Beach, 1951.

  16. 2000
    Donated by Deaf Aotearoa Image of Deaf Aotearoa

    Deaf Association of New Zealand 2000

    A look at the work of the New Zealand Association of the Deaf, presented by Judy Bailey.

  17. 1998
    Donated by Kevin and Lynette Pivac Image of Kevin and Lynette Pivac

    NZ Deaf Rugby Team in Wales

    See Hear reports on the New Zealand Deaf Rugby team’s tour of the UK in 1998.

  18. 1985
    Donated by Victoria University of Wellington Image of Victoria University of Wellington

    First interpreting course graduation - 1985

    The Sign Language Interpreting course graduation ceremony September 1985, after 14 weeks training.

  19. 1980
    Donated by Sue Penman Image of Sue Penman

    Sumner School for the Deaf 100 Years Centenary celebration

    Footage by Sue Penman, of members of the Deaf community and their families attending the centenary celebrations at Sumner School for the Deaf, and taking a tour of the school.

  20. 1976
    Donated by Sue Penman Image of Sue Penman

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Palmerston North 1976

    The Christchurch team travel to Palmerston North for the NZ Deaf Sports Convention on Labour Weekend, 1976.

  21. 1979
    Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    Trans-Tasman Games hosted in Christchurch, 1979

    Opening ceremony of the Trans-Tasman Games, Including a traditional Maori welcome for the Australian team.

  22. 1955
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Sports Convention picnic at Motukarara, 1955

    During the 1955 Sports Convention hosted in Christchurch, a picnic is held at Motukarara, by Lake Ellesmere in Canterbury.

  23. 1951
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Travelling to Wellington for NZ Deaf Sports Convention, 1951

    A group of Auckland Deaf travel to and from Wellington for the New Zealand Deaf Sports Convention during Labour Weekend, 1951.

  24. 1955
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    Sumner School for the Deaf 75th Jubilee

    The 75th Jubilee of Sumner School for the Deaf in Christchurch, including alumni parades and marching girls!

  25. 1980
    Donated by Dennis Tod Image of Dennis Tod

    Sumner School for the Deaf 100 Years Centenary celebration

  26. 1984
    Donated by Dulcie McKie Image of Dulcie McKie

    Sign Singers perform on the “In South Tonight” programme – Dunedin 1984

    The Sign Singers tour the South Island for Deaf Awareness in 1984, and are invited to perform on ‘In South Tonight’ while in Dunedin.

  27. 1960
    Donated by Archives New Zealand Image of Archives New Zealand

    Kelston School for the Deaf trip to Mt Ruapehu

    Students from Kelston School for the Deaf enjoy a trip to a snowy Mt Ruapehu.

  28. 1993
    Donated by Deaf Aotearoa Image of Deaf Aotearoa

    NZAD Newsletter, March 1993

    Signed version of the NZAD newsletter in March 1993.

  29. 1987-91
    Donated by Susan Thomas Image of Susan Thomas

    News Review - Montage

    A collection of clips from the ‘News Review’ programme 1987-1991.

  30. 1988
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    I'm Deaf, It's OK

    A day in the life of Gareth Griffiths, a ten year old Deaf boy.

  31. 1989
    Donated by Kerry Titcombe Image of Kerry Titcombe

    16th World Games for Deaf - News Review segment

    News Review coverage of the 16th World Games for the Deaf in Christchurch 1989.

  32. 1981
    Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    WDG Köln 1981 team returns home

    The NZ team returns from the XIV World Games for the Deaf, Köln, Germany 1981.

  33. 1965
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Washington Xth International Silent Games

    The New Zealand team attending the 10th World Deaf Games in Washington, USA, 1965.

  34. 1955
    Donated by Archives New Zealand Image of Archives New Zealand

    National Film Unit visits Sumner School for the Deaf – 75th Jubilee

    The National Film Unit visits Sumner School for the Deaf to report on progress in the education of deaf children and to check out the school's 75th Jubilee celebrations.

  35. 1975
    Donated by Sue Penman Image of Sue Penman

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Christchurch 1975

    The Deaf community gather in Christchurch for the NZ Deaf Sports Convention in Labour Weekend, 1975.

  36. 1958
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    Auckland Deaf Welfare Centre progress

    The building of the Auckland Deaf Welfare Centre, followed by footage of the Balmoral Bowling Club, and the newly opened Auckland Harbour Bridge.

  37. 1952
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Arriving for the Deaf Sports Convention in Auckland 1952

    Members of the Auckland Deaf community welcome friends and competitors from nationwide for the annual Deaf Sports Convention in Auckland 1952, and take a trip into Auckland City.

  38. 1979
    Donated by Sue Penman Image of Sue Penman

    Trans-Tasman Games 1979 - Basketball

    The Australian and New Zealand Deaf men play basketball at the Trans-Tasman Games, held at Lincoln College, Canterbury in January 1979.

  39. 1951
    Donated by Owen Gibbons Image of Owen Gibbons

    Day trip to Helensville Hot Pools

    A group of Deaf people make a trip to the Helensville Hot Pools 1951.

  40. 1981
    Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention Palmerston North 1981

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention hosted by Manawatu Deaf Club in Palmerston North, 1981.

  41. 1984
    Donated by Dulcie McKie Image of Dulcie McKie

    Sign Singers Perform at Dunedin Deaf Club

    The Sign Singers perform at the Dunedin Deaf Club in front of Deaf members and their friends.

  42. 1979
    Donated by Sue Penman Image of Sue Penman

    Trans-Tasman Deaf Games: Opening Ceremony and sports

    Coverage of the Trans-Tasman Deaf Games, Lincoln College, Christchurch, 10 January 1979, including opening ceremony and various sports.

  43. 1979
    Donated by Dennis Tod Image of Dennis Tod

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Christchurch 1979 - Netball

    Coverage of the Netball tournament at the NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Christchurch 1979.

  44. 1959
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Te Pakanga O Whau – The Battle of Whau: Drama by Kelston School for the Deaf

    The Battle of Whau: a drama by Kelston Deaf students for the opening ceremony of Kelston School for the Deaf, 7th November 1959.

  45. 1989
    Donated by Deaf Aotearoa Image of Deaf Aotearoa

    National Foundation for the Deaf promotional video

    National Foundation for the Deaf produce a promotional video explaining their role and the purpose of their member organisations.

  46. 1956
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Sports Convention: Trip to Motuihe Domain

    During the Sports Convention, Deaf people travel to Motuihe Domain, on Motuihe Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, for a picnic.

  47. 1969
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Deaf men chat outside Auckland Deaf Society clubrooms

    A group of men from the ADS basketball club are seen chatting outside the Auckland Deaf Society Clubrooms.

  48. 2002
    Donated by Kevin and Lynette Pivac Image of Kevin and Lynette Pivac

    Deaf Rugby World Cup Final: New Zealand vs Wales

    New Zealand play Wales in the Deaf Rugby World Championship final 2002 at Eden Park, Auckland

  49. 1973
    Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    Manawatu Deaf Club trip to Mount Ruapehu

    Members of the Manawatu Deaf Club and their children take a bus trip to Mt Ruapehu, September 1973 for a fun day.

  50. 1981
    Donated by Deaf Aotearoa Image of Deaf Aotearoa

    10,000 Miles Away - Gallaudet College life

    Stephen Leach talks about his experience at Gallaudet College in Washington DC, USA.

  51. 1995
    Donated by Victoria University of Wellington Image of Victoria University of Wellington

    Friends of Young Deaf (FYD) Explained

    FYD Leader Chris Blum explains how the programme works.

  52. 1996
    Donated by Allan Richardson Image of Allan Richardson

    Summer Deaf Youth Camp

    Comprehensive footage of the participants and activities at the 1996 Summer Deaf Youth Camp in Otaki.

  53. 1952
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Annual Picnic at Orewa Beach 1952

    Auckland Deaf Adult Society’s annual picnic takes place north of Orewa beach.

  54. 1972
    Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    Open Indoor Bowls Championship for the Deaf, Hamilton 1972

    A trip to Hamilton for the 1972 Open Indoor Bowls Championship for the Deaf provides a snapshot of NZ at the time. A road trip, sporting events, and a day out relaxing at various attractions presents what seems to be a fun weekend.

  55. 1980
    Donated by Sue Penman Image of Sue Penman

    Demolition at van Asch, 1980

    Footage of the demolition of the ‘Main Building’ of van Asch College, April 1980.

  56. 1958
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Auckland Carnival: Friends of the Deaf stall, 1958

    The Friends of the Deaf group man a fundraising stall at the Auckland Carnival in Western Springs, Auckland, January, 1958.

  57. 1981
    Donated by Dulcie McKie Image of Dulcie McKie

    Sign Singers: 'I Hear Your Hand'

    The Sign Singers perform the song 'I Hear Your Hand' for the Stars on Sunday programme.

  58. 1947
    Donated by Archives New Zealand Image of Archives New Zealand

    National Film Unit visits Sumner School for the Deaf – Student life

    The National Film Unit visits Sumner School for the Deaf to film a typical day at the school.

  59. 1970
    Donated by Pam and Doug Croskery Image of Pam and Doug Croskery

    Deaf social rugby match: Married vs Single men

    An informal annual rugby game between teams of Deaf men, married and single, which was played on one of Kelston Deaf Education Centre’s fields.

  60. 1983
    Donated by Sue Penman Image of Sue Penman

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Dunedin 1983

    A good crowd gathers to the deep south, Dunedin for the NZ Deaf Sports Convention in 1983.

  61. 1989
    Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    16th World Games for the Deaf, Christchurch

    Opening ceremony and events at the 16th World Games for the Deaf, Christchurch 1989.

  62. 1982
    Donated by Dulcie McKie Image of Dulcie McKie

    Sign Singers: 'Oh What a Beautiful Day'

    The Sign Singers perform 'Oh What a Beautiful Day' broadcast on Stars on Sunday in February 1983.

  63. 1990
    Donated by Victoria University of Wellington Image of Victoria University of Wellington

    Miss Auckland Deaf Beauty Queen Contest

    Amateur footage of the Miss Auckland Deaf Beauty Queen Contest held at the Auckland Deaf Centre 1990.

  64. 1979
    Donated by Sue Penman Image of Sue Penman

    NZ Deaf Sport Convention, Christchurch 1979

    Scenes from NZ Deaf Sport Convention in Christchurch 1979, with sports such as shot-put and athletics, including some impressive sprinting and middle distance running.

  65. 1955
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention 1955 - Christchurch

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention is held at Rugby Park, Christchurch in 1955.

  66. 1979
    Donated by Dennis Tod Image of Dennis Tod

    Christchurch Deaf Club picnic at Diamond Harbour 1979

    The Christchurch Deaf Club members have a picnic at Diamond Harbour, with traditional sports and activities.

  67. 1960s
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Auckland Deaf Picnic at Orewa Beach

    Deaf people get together at John and Verna McRae’s place before heading to Orewa, Auckland for the Annual ADS Picnic.

  68. 1995
    Donated by Allan Richardson Image of Allan Richardson

    Central Deaf Youth Camp 1995

    The Central Deaf Youth Camp, as organised by FYD at Palm Grove, Paraparaumu, May 1995.

  69. 1977
    Donated by Dennis Tod Image of Dennis Tod

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Lower Hutt 1977

    Coverage of the Labour Weekend NZ Deaf Sports Convention at Lower Hutt, Wellington in 1977.

  70. 1983
    Donated by Dulcie McKie Image of Dulcie McKie

    News Review - Deaf Student on Holiday

    News Review features Stephen Leach, an Auckland Deaf student studying at Gallaudet College (now Gallaudet University).

  71. 1993
    Donated by Deaf Aotearoa Image of Deaf Aotearoa

    NZAD Newsletter, November 1993

    Jennifer Brain, the President of the New Zealand Association of the Deaf (NZAD) presents their monthly newsletter in NZSL.

  72. 1995
    Donated by Allan Richardson Image of Allan Richardson

    Northern Deaf Youth Camp

    Coverage of the participants and activities enojoyed at the 1995 Northern Deaf Youth Camp in Lake Whakamaru, Waikato.

  73. 1958
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    Laying foundations at Auckland Deaf Welfare Centre

    A group of Deaf men busily work on laying the foundations for the new Auckland Deaf Welfare Centre, later to become the property of the Auckland Deaf Society.

  74. 1952
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Deaf Day Trip to Orewa

    During the first Deaf sports convention in Auckland 1952, a group of Deaf take a day trip to Orewa.

  75. 1955
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    Picnic at Waihora Park Domain

    Deaf people go to Waihora Park Domain, in Motukarara for a day out, with sports!

  76. 1990
    Donated by Jeff Went Image of Jeff Went

    Prizegiving evening: 34th NZ Games for the Deaf (Auckland)

    The 34th New Zealand Games for the Deaf, hosted by Auckland, concludes with a prizegiving and social evening at Auckland Deaf Society 1990.

  77. 1981
    Donated by Sue Penman Image of Sue Penman

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Palmerston North 1981

    Interesting footage of the NZ Deaf Sports Convention in Palmerston North, 1981, filmed by Sue Penman.

  78. 1953
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention Christchurch 1953

    The 1953 New New Zealand Deaf Sports Convention is held in Christchurch, with sports, fun, and day trips.

  79. 1958
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    Auckland Easter Show 1958

    Fascinating footage from the Auckland Easter show 1958, including brief footage of Deaf visitors to the show.

  80. 1959
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    van Asch Marching Girls

    The Deaf van Asch marching team participate in a marching competition in Auckland, 1958.

  81. 1971
    Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    16th Annual NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Christchurch

    The Manawatu Deaf Club Athletic Team practice with coach Keith Gordon. This footage covers the athletic training session.

  82. 1958
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    Deaf Societies Sports Convention, Wellington 1958

    Deaf Aucklanders make their way down to Wellington in a van for the Labour Weekend sports. Stopping on the way, they prepare for a day of sports and socialising.

  83. 1977
    Donated by Sue Penman Image of Sue Penman

    ‘Deaf boys’ picnic at Spencer Park

    Christchurch Deaf Club Basketball ‘Deaf Boys’ Picnic at Spencer Park, Sunday 13th March 1977.

  84. 2002
    Donated by Kevin and Lynette Pivac Image of Kevin and Lynette Pivac

    Inside Out: Deaf Rugby World Championships

    Interviews and coverage of the inaugural Deaf Rugby World Championships 2002.

  85. 1960s
    Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    St Dominics Gala

    St Dominics School for the Deaf hold their annual Gala Day – year unknown.

  86. 1990
    Donated by Deaf Aotearoa Image of Deaf Aotearoa

    Opening of the Bruce McHattie House

    The ceremony and speeches to open McHattie House, used as the national office for NZAD.

  87. 1976
    Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    Understand the Silence: A Silent Documentary about the Silent World of Deafness

    This documentary was filmed and edited by Joan Bailey and released in 1976. It covers the preparation and running of the St Dominics Gala Day, as well as Manawatu Deaf Club picnics, and the Manawatu Womens Group.

  88. 2000
    Donated by Deaf Aotearoa Image of Deaf Aotearoa

    Inside Out: The Art of Signing

    Inside Out produces a programme about New Zealand Sign Language, its value to the Deaf community as well as its artistic forms.

  89. 1979
    Donated by Dennis Tod Image of Dennis Tod

    Old-Time Fancy Dress party, Christchurch 1979

    A fancy dress party is held at the Canterbury Deaf Society’s clubrooms.

  90. 1978
    Donated by Dennis Tod Image of Dennis Tod

    Christchurch Basketball and Netball teams leave for Greymouth

    The Christchurch Deaf Mens Basketball team travel to Greymouth, accompanied by the Deaf netball team.

  91. 1982
    Donated by Dulcie McKie Image of Dulcie McKie

    Sign Singers: 'Born Free'

    The Sign Singers perform the song 'Born Free' broadcast on Stars on Sunday in June 1982.

  92. 1986
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    The Magic Park

    In November 1986, film maker Ann Andrews organised a week-long drama workshop for six 13 year olds from Kelston School for the Deaf. The workshop concluded with the play, The Magic Park, written and acted by the students.

  93. 1985
    Donated by Dulcie McKie Image of Dulcie McKie

    Telethon 1985

    The Sign Singers perform ‘You’re My Sunshine’ at the 1985 Telethon.

  94. 1982
    Donated by Dulcie McKie Image of Dulcie McKie

    Sign Singers: 'Sailing'

    The Sign Singers perform the hit song 'Sailing' broadcast on Stars on Sunday in May 1982. Ian Watkins, introduces the group by saying “…and I’m delighted to welcome back to the programme the deaf sign singers.”

  95. 1982
    Donated by Dulcie McKie Image of Dulcie McKie

    Sign Singers: 'Harmony'

    The Sign Singers perform 'Harmony' broadcast on Stars on Sunday in February 1983. They are introduced in sign language, in one of the first examples of a non-Deaf person signing on prime time television.

  96. 1981
    Donated by Dulcie McKie Image of Dulcie McKie

    Sign Singers at Telethon 1981

    The popular Sign Singers are the first act to perform at the 1981 Telethon Live at the Auckland Town Hall.

  97. 2000
    Donated by Janice and Gary Howard Image of Janice and Gary Howard

    ADS Netball Club's 25th Jubilee

    The Auckland Deaf Society Netball team celebrates their 25th Jubilee in April, 2000.

  98. 1965
    Donated by Mary Johnson Image of Mary Johnson

    St Dominic School for the Deaf, Fielding: First Reunion, 1965

    St Dominics School for the Deaf in Fielding celebrates their first school reunion in 1965. The reunion was one year after the school had relocated to Fielding from Wellington.

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