Family Camp & AGM 2018

We're ready for a great camp!

We're looking forward to seeing you all at El Rancho very soon!

In the meantime please check out the Programme so you know what to expect over the weekend, look at the Arrivals page if you're travelling by air to see what time you need to meet the bus, and most importantly, fill in our Pre-Camp Form so that we know what activities to book for Saturday afternoon family time.

Your Hosts | DCNZ Executive Committee

Some of the faces you'll see around Family Camp, we'll be wearing our Deaf Children NZ t-shirts and hoodies.

Meg Melvin, Volunteer

Friday 27 July to Sunday 29 July, 2018 at El Rancho, Waikanae

Located in Waikanae, on the Kapiti Coast, 45 mins north of Wellington

Who is the DCNZ Family Camp for?

Families with a Deaf or Hard of Hearing child, aged 0 to 18 years old; including siblings.

You do not have to be a member of a Regional Parent Group, though we encourage you to join your local group, if you have one in your area. Parent Groups are your greatest source of information and support.

You can see a list of Regional Parent Groups on our website.

What happens at the Family Camp?

The Family Camp progamme starts on Friday evening with a BBQ dinner and welcome from 5.30pm.

Saturday starts with breakfast from 7.30am. After breakfast, we will have a welcome ceremony, a Powhiri, and then the children will be entertained by adult supervisors who will keep them busy all morning, giving parents and caregivers a chance to focus on the Parent education & information sessions that will run until early afternoon. These sessions will be split into streams relevant to the children attending, so for example from early childhood education, school years and the teen years.

Lunch will be served between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

Saturday afternoon there will be family-orientated activities for everyone to participate in and then dinner will be served from 5.30pm, after which there will be a Family Quiz.

Sunday morning, after breakfast Deaf Children NZ holds their Annual General Meeting (AGM) where we will be asking Parent Group representatives to vote on matters such as adopting our revised Constitution and ratifying our change of legal name from NZ Federation for Deaf Children to Deaf Children NZ.

There will also be activities during the AGM for the children, however a parent will need to supervise their own children.

Registration Form

Registrations are closed, as our maximum numbers have been reached.

We will operate an expression of interest and waitlist of Family Camp 2020 (in the Auckland region).

If you would like to go onto the list for 2020, please send an email to

Contact us

Ring 0800 332 324 (or Text 027 214 6901)

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