Executive Committee members, their roles and the region they live in (as at November 2017):
(Back Row Left to Right)
Kate Whale (Wellington) - President; Gill Fair (Auckland); Debra Bellon (Auckland); Brent Burcher (Wellington) - Community Liaison; Justin Farquhar (Otago) - Treasurer
(Front Row Left to Right)
Rebecca Toon (Waikato); Kirstin Johnson Coombs (Bay of Plenty) - Vice President; Dana Cook (Hawke's Bay) - Financial Assistance
Our Deaf Children NZ committee (formerly New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children Incorporated (NZFDC)) is the Executive of a national group made up of regional Parent Groups throughout New Zealand. We are a registered incorporated society and our Executive committee and Parent Groups are run by volunteers who are themselves all parents of deaf or hard of hearing children. Deaf Children NZ was set up in 1976 by parents of deaf and hard of hearing children.
The objective of Deaf Children NZ (DCNZ) is to promote, carry out and coordinate measures conducive to the welfare of deaf and hard of hearing children and their families. Much of DCNZ's recent work has focused on ensuring that deaf and hard of hearing children have appropriate access to the education curriculum and social experiences within the schooling environment.
We offer such things as Information Kits for families of newly diagnosed deaf and hard of hearing children, Tutor Fee Assistance, Assistive Devices support, Annual Scholarships for Tertiary students and Excellence and Sports Awards for Secondary School Students. We advocate for our parents and are deeply involved with specific services for deaf and hard of hearing children at a ministerial level.
We maintain very close links with the National Foundation for the Deaf, Deaf Aotearoa NZ which includes the youth group Magnet, the Deaf Resource Centres and Deaf Sports and also with such groups as Sign Language Teachers and Sign Language Interpreters.
Deaf Children NZ has a facebook page that you can follow, ask questions and see what is going on around the country.