Some of the items featured in the Spring 1997 (Vol. 7, No. 1) Issue of ‘NFD Communicate’:
- The cover is painted by Abbie Twiss, a section of a painting of a deaf group and refers to the changes among the deaf adult community.
- New Zealand’s first university course taught entirely in NZSL began at VUW in August with an intake of sixteen deaf students.
- An advertisement for an interpreted performance of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ at Aotea Centre, Auckland.
- Peter Murray travelled with the New Zealand group to the 18th World Games for the Deaf, Denmark. Peter was the first Southern Hemisphere referee ever to officiate at the WGD. Kevin had to pull out after the 30km marathon due to a pulled hamstring.