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  1. BIOGRAPHY
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    Daniel 'Danny' Beech (Benemerenti Medal)

    Daniel (Danny) Beech was born in Pahiatua in 1942 and attended St Dominic’s School for Deaf Children from the age of 5. Moving to Palmerston North as a young adult, Danny embarked on a life crammed with commitment and loyalty to the NZ Deaf community. With involvement and achievements too numerous to detail, Danny led or contributed to many of the critical and significant advancements in the Deaf community from the early 1970s through to his death in September 2007. Of particular note, was Danny's involvement in establishing the New Zealand Association of the Deaf; his work with the Manawatu and Auckland Deaf Societies; establishing NZSL interpreter training in NZ; and his tireless work for the Catholic Deaf Ministry in NZ. It was for this area of service that Pope John Paul II awarded Danny the Benemerenti (“well deserved”) Medal of the Catholic Church in 1987.

  2. 1991
    MAGAZINE – NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE DEAF

    NFD Communicate: December 1991

  3. 1970
    MAGAZINE – NEW ZEALAND DEAF NEWS

    NZ Deaf News: 1970 (Vol. 7, No. 3)

  4. 1984
    MAGAZINE – NEW ZEALAND DEAF NEWS

    NZ Deaf News: February 1984

  5. 1983
    MAGAZINE – NEW ZEALAND DEAF NEWS

    NZ Deaf News: July 1983

  6. 1990
    Video — 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.

  7. 1979
    Video — 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.

  8. 1981
    Video — 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.

  9. 1979
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    Trans-Tasman Games hosted in Christchurch, 1979

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

  10. 1985
    Video — 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.

  11. 1981
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    World Deaf Games, Köln 1981

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

  12. 1981
    Video — Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    Deaf athletes visit Disneyland en route to the World Games for the Deaf in Köln!

    New Zealand athletes stopover at Los Angeles on the way to the World Games for the Deaf in Köln, and make the most of the trip with a visit to Disneyland!

  13. 1978
    Video — Donated by St Dominic’s Catholic Deaf Centre Image of St Dominic’s Catholic Deaf Centre

    People like us – 'Deaf Education and Technology'

    A look into the world of Deaf people, in particular a glimpse into Deaf education at the time, and how technology improves the lives of Deaf people, with Daniel Beech demonstrating the use of a TTY.

  14. 1993
    Video — Donated by Hilda Tamepo Image of Hilda Tamepo

    John & Laura Hunt’s farewell party

    A farewell party is thrown for John and Laura Hunt at the Auckland Deaf Society, prior to their move to Melbourne. The farewell was attended by over 100 members of the Auckland Deaf community.

  15. 2002
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    40th Anniversary: Weekend-long celebrations at Manawatu Deaf Society!

    Manawatu Deaf Society celebrates its 40th anniversary with a packed weekend-long programme in September 2002.