A Tu Kokiri student, Christine George, interview former Auckland Deaf Society President and life member, Owen Gibbons. He 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!” Owen recalls good times at the hall at the back of the clubroom which was fantastic for sports, going on to explain how the Balmoral Auckland Deaf Society building was set-up. As the then-President, Owen spoke at the opening of the Balmoral building.
The ‘History Through Young Eyes’ project was by Tu Kokiri Deaf students made with funding from the Albert-Eden Local Board, in collaboration with Auckland Deaf Society, utilising footage from SignDNA.
Owen was President of Auckland Deaf Society from 1958 to 1959 and 1997 to 1999. He was also a life member of Auckland Deaf Society. He passed away on 9 May 2019 – 90 years old.