Deaf Children NZ aims to host a Family Camp every second year in one of three locations; Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland.

Families, who are members of DCNZ and/or a Regional Parent Group, can apply to attend when applications open. We seek funding that allows for the whole family to attend with the aim that all costs are wholly or heavily subsidised.

Auckland 2020

Planning has begun for our next Family Camp in 2020.

It will be held in the Auckland region and like previous years we will be seeking funding to ensure that cost is not a barrier to attending.

Keep an eye on this page and our Facebook page for announcement of the dates and venue for 2020.

Wellington 2018

Family Camp 2018 was held at El Rancho camp, 45 minutes north of Wellington in June. 200 people attended, from across the country, and the Family Activities afternoon on Saturday was a big hit – horseriding, rock climbing, archery, rifle targets, Talk Town game testing – there was something for everyone.

Thanks to our sponsors and funders who made Family Camp 2018 possible:

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Logo National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

David Levene Foundation

Christchurch 2016

The New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children (our former name) turned 40 years old in 2016 and to celebrate, we held a weekend Family Conference at the Blue Skies Centre in Christchurch.

The weekend was full of workshops, speakers and information for parents relating to education, advocacy and services and the kids took part in some awesome activities and games. Then we had family time, with team competitions, games and activities, topped off with a great social evening for parents and kids to meet other families from around New Zealand.

Thank you to our sponsors and funders who made Family Conference 2016 possible:

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Logo Barker's of Geraldine

Parent Hui 2015

In April 2015, a 3-day Parent Hui was held in Christchurch, for parents of young children (0-6 years old), who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Hosted by the New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children (NZFDC), Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) and the Ministry of Education; 60 families and whānau came together for workshops, forums and sessions presented by professionals and other parents on a range of topics from audiology to music & movement.

  • The series of videos captures what each workshop, forum or session was about and records parents’ perspectives of what was useful for them.
  • There are 13 videos in the series which can be watched in any order, however we recommend you start with the introduction video titled ‘You to me, Me to you – Parents‘ to get an overview of the whole hui and the three core themes.
  • Each video has a New Zealand Sign Language version, you can swap between versions using the grey tabs above each video. The NZSL version has a hand sign icon and the audio version has an ear icon.
  • There are Open and Closed Captions on each audio video so we recommend you turn off the Closed Captions option unless you are unable to follow the Open Captions that appear on screen automatically. 
  • The video series is available to watch on our youtube channel Deaf Children NZ. Please subscribe to the youtube channel so that you can be informed of any new video that is uploaded.