Everyone loves a good picnic….especially if you’re Deaf and the picnic is organised by your local Deaf Club! Over the years Deaf Club picnics have become a traditional event reaching back to the 1950s. They are a chance for the community to get together in the fresh outdoors, get too much sun, and see if the married or single teams win the tug-o-war! And yes, if you win the sprint you still get a little brown envelope and a line in Deaf history forever.
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.
Annual Auckland Picnic at Orewa, 1969
Members of the Auckland Deaf Society and friends attend the annual picnic at Orewa Beach in March 1969.
Picnic at Duders Beach
Auckland Deaf community hold their annual picnic at Duders Beach, 1951.
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.
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.
Annual Picnic at Orewa Beach 1952
Auckland Deaf Adult Society’s annual picnic takes place north of Orewa beach.
Christchurch Deaf Club picnic at Diamond Harbour 1979
The Christchurch Deaf Club members have a picnic at Diamond Harbour, with traditional sports and activities.
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.
Deaf Day Trip to Orewa
During the first Deaf sports convention in Auckland 1952, a group of Deaf take a day trip to Orewa.
Picnic at Waihora Park Domain
Deaf people go to Waihora Park Domain, in Motukarara for a day out, with sports!
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.
‘Deaf boys’ picnic at Spencer Park
Christchurch Deaf Club Basketball ‘Deaf Boys’ Picnic at Spencer Park, Sunday 13th March 1977.