No Place like home: Deaf Aotearoa NZ Flash Mob!


Celebrating New Zealand’s third national language. New Zealand Sign Language week. 7 – 13 May. Writer and photographer Lee Switzer caught up with and photographed the Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand flash mob at the Tay Street Beach in Mount Maunganui.

                 Tuhoi (L) and Janet begin the song. Not to miss out, you can see a man racing in on the left of photo.

                          Everyone wants to be in the action!

             Tiki Taane joined Tuhoi and Janet along with the deaf and hearing community sign the song

             (See below for the creation of street art images of Tiki Taane)    

  [See below for more]

The song, No place Like Home was written by Tiki Taane and Ria Hall.

Here are the lyrics

You can listen to the song and see the complete signing for No Place Like Home at

A new programme is in place allowing video communication between a speaking/hearing persona and a deaf person.

The Bay of Plenty Deaf Aotearoa office is located in Tauranga’s Historic Village.        Phone: 0800 332 322  Mobile: 021 920 675 (text only)

News and events

NZ Sign Language Taster Class!

Thursday, 17 May between 12.15 – 1.15pm at Tauranga Library (Learning Centre).

Registration is essential. Please phone 577 7177 or email to book.

For more information, visit New Zealand Sign Language Week.

TIKI TAANE:  Street art subject!

During December 2017, Street Prints Mauao offered buildings around Mount Maunganui for 18 artist to show their skills. One artist, Australian Claire Foxton, was enthralled with singer Tiki Taane’s music. After back and forth emails. Taane sent her a photo that she used, with permission, to paint this gigantic portrait. See more of her work here

Australian Street Artist Claire Foxton

Work in progress


Text and images by Lee Switzer. 

Other articles and photographs by Lee Switzer can be found at

 And you can read a recent review by Lee Switzer in Kupu & Word, WORDS

The Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga Te Tiriti o Waitangi Ki Tauranga Moana by Debbie McCauley, Maori translation by Tamati Waaka, illustrated by Whare Joseph Thompson. Mauao Publishing, 2018.  Reviewed by writer and photographer Lee Switzer.




Join us every second Wednesday of the month,

6.00pm to 8.30pm

     at the

   Black Sheep Bar & Grill

Cnr SH2 and Plummers Point Road, Whakamarama

Read your own poems or poems by your favourite poet.   Enjoy the power of the spoken word!

Phone:   07 571 8722   021 145 5810



the Bay of Plenty’s creative arts magazine!

read us online anywhere, anytime!


And don’t forget the next Affordable Art & Artisan Fair will be on the last Sunday of May 2018.  The Fairs are held within the Black Sheep Bar & Grill complex.  If the weather is unkind: we’re indoors!  There is heaps of parking, clean toilets and wonderful food and coffee.  There’s live music. We’ve got a Pamper Hamper to win and that “how many in the jar”!   If you would like to join us as an exhibitor/retailer of your original creativity, art, art craft or artisan produce or product, you can contact us at

We are sign posted along SH2 with signage to the turnoff of SH2 and Plummer’s Point Road. 

Looking into the Atrium: original printed clothing


About Author

Leave A Reply