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  1. 2015
    Video — Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    History through Young Eyes: Interview with Ngaire Doherty

    Saynab Muse, a Tu Kokiri student interviews Ngaire Doherty, ex-President of Auckland Deaf Society at the Balmoral clubroom.

  2. 2000
    Video — Donated by Hilda Tamepo Image of Hilda Tamepo

    Memories of John McRae

    John McRae is filmed at his home in Napier where he lived with his wife Verna. John explains some highlights from his life story including his experiences at school, travelling the world for Deaf sports, and his involvement in the Deaf community. The video includes his commentary of various photos and objects in their house.

  3. 2000
    Video — Donated by Hilda Tamepo Image of Hilda Tamepo

    Memories of Verna McRae

    Verna McRae is filmed at her home in Napier alongside her husband, John. Verna talks entertainingly about her life growing up on a Manawatu farm, going to Sumner School for the Deaf, work, travelling, and married life.

  4. 2003
    Video — Donated by Hilda Tamepo Image of Hilda Tamepo

    Memories of John and Laura Hunt

    John and Laura discuss their eventful lives, including immigrating to New Zealand, meeting the local Deaf community, and how their meeting led to a marriage which at the time of filming had lasted 56 years!

  5. 2002
    Video — Donated by Sonia Pivac Image of Sonia Pivac

    In memory of Wallace Williams: A Deaf life!

    A montage celebrating Wallace Williams’ life and his contribution to the Auckland Deaf community.

  6. 2015
    Video — Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    History through Young Eyes: Interview with Susie Ovens

    A Tu Kokiri student interviews Susie Ovens on her involvement with the infamous Deaf Sign Singers group.

  7. 2003
    Video — Donated by Mary Johnson Image of Mary Johnson

    Memories of Kathleen French

    Kathleen French was often called the ‘Auckland Deaf Grandmother’ due to her long and pioneering life in the Auckland Deaf Community. In this video Kathleen talks about her colourful life and talks us through some photos at the end.

  8. 2000
    Video — Donated by Dorothy Jones Image of Dorothy Jones

    Memories of Keith and Irene Gordon

    Memories of Keith and Irene Gordon, recorded on 27 June 2000. They were both foundation members of Manawatu Deaf Society – founded on 7 July 1962. Keith was awarded life membership of Manawatu Deaf Society on 16 December 2000.

  9. 2000
    Video — Donated by Pam Witko Image of Pam Witko

    Memories of Doreen Forman

    Memories of Doreen Forman, a Wellington Deaf Society life member, was recorded on 10th December 2000 – covering some events and recollections from Doreen’s life including the 1931 Napier earthquake.

  10. 2002
    Video — Donated by Dorothy Jones Image of Dorothy Jones

    Memories of Marlene Rush

    Marlene Rush was the 20th Deaf student to enrol at St Dominics School for the Deaf in 1946. Marlene looks back on her life and involvement with the Deaf community.

  11. 2003
    Video — Donated by Barry Kinnaird Image of Barry Kinnaird

    Memories of Barry Kinnaird

    A Deaf bowling legend, Barry Kinnaird was well known for his indoor and outdoor bowling achievements, participating in many New Zealand opens, Deaf Conventions and international competitions.

  12. 2017
    Video — Donated by Meghan Coppage Image of Meghan Coppage

    Memories of Susan Hamilton

    Susan Hamilton is interviewed by Meghan Coppage, where she recounts a range of experiences from her life. From growing up at a Deaf school, to her memories of time in the Deaf community in bygone days, to seeing the changes at Kelston Deaf Education Centre including the transition to new school building.

  13. 2003
    Video — Donated by Mary Johnson Image of Mary Johnson

    Memories of Owen Gibbons

    Owen Gibbons shares some life experiences in this video shot at his home in Auckland. Using various photographs and props, Owen touches on his many Deaf related involvements and memories, including his times at Deaf school, his working life, his passion for Deaf sports and his family.

  14. 2015
    Video — Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    History through Young Eyes: Interview with Owen Gibbons

    Former Auckland Deaf Society President and life member, Owen Gibbons says that one of his best memories was travelling to the World Deaf Games as part of the New Zealand Deaf basketball mens team. His eyes “literally popped out at what he saw over there!”

  15. 1998
    Video — Donated by Dorothy Jones Image of Dorothy Jones

    Memories of Jean Monk

    Memories of Jean Monk (nee Robertson) who was a Sumner School for the Deaf student in the 1920s. Students weren’t allowed to sign but could “move their arms around a bit”.

  16. 2015
    Video — Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    History through Young Eyes: Interview with Jeff Went

    Jeff Went talks about his involvement with Deaf sports and the 1989 World Deaf Games in Christchurch where he volunteered as an ‘international interpreter’ doing 12 hour days over 12 days!

  17. 2000
    Video — Donated by Dorothy Jones Image of Dorothy Jones

    Memories of Merv Forman and Nellie Benney

    Merv and Nellie Forman are both interviewed by Dorothy Jones on their lives and their involvement with the Deaf community at their home in Hawkes Bay.

  18. 2020
    Video — Donated by Elizabeth Hines Image of Elizabeth Hines

    Memories of triple World Deaf Games champion John Ooteman

    New Zealand’s most acclaimed Deaf gold medallist, John Ooteman was a triple World Games for the Deaf champion (Koln 1981, Los Angeles 1985, Christchurch 1989). His story is told through the eyes of Elizabeth Hines, his Deaf sister.

  19. 2003
    Video — Donated by Mary Johnson Image of Mary Johnson

    Memories of John Peterson

    Born in Mumbai, India where his parents ran a tea farm, John Peterson shares his life story at his home in the Eddowes Pensioner Village, at Balmoral, next to Auckland Deaf Society. Filmed on 3 August 2003.

  20. 2000
    Video — Donated by Dorothy Jones Image of Dorothy Jones

    Memories of Ray Forman and Polly Karaka

    Ray Forman and Polly Karaka both talk about bits and pieces of their life. Ray talks about being “kicked out” of Sumner as the New Zealand army occupied the school during the World War II.

  21. 1995
    Video — Donated by Pam Witko Image of Pam Witko

    Memories of Doreen Howell (Forman)

    Memories of Doreen Howell, a life member of Wellington Deaf Society, was recorded on 9 July 1995 at Pam and Kaz Witko's place.