Deaf social life
Deaf clubs §
Deaf clubs are an integral part of the Deaf community. They are committed to providing a community base where members can meet and participate in educational, sport, social and recreational activities.
The Deaf community are a vibrant and eclectic group of talented people. Just like any culture group, Deaf people enjoy socialising and are active members in their local community.
New Zealand has several Deaf clubs. Each club has their own memberships, newsletters and social functions. Their membership is separate from Deaf Aotearoa membership.
List of Deaf clubs in New Zealand
- Auckland Deaf Society
- South Auckland Deaf Club
- Manawatu Deaf Society
- Wellington Deaf Society
- Nelson Deaf Community Incorporated
- Deaf Society of Canterbury
Deaf sports §
Many Deaf people love sport and there are many Deaf sports competitions held at local, regional and national levels. It is important that Deaf people have full and equal access to sporting and recreational services.
Deaf Sports New Zealand hosts a number of sporting events including the annual New Zealand Deaf Games. They are also an affiliated member of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf which entitles them to represent New Zealand at international Deaf sport events.