What's happening?

This page will contain news on what is happening in the Taranaki region (both at the New Plymouth R.N.Z.F.B. rooms and elsewhere) each month. There are contact details for anyone who would like to find out more about the various groups you may wish to join. You can check out audio described TV programmes being aired in NZ, the latest news, and the weather. Finally, at the bottom of the page is a link to the Taranaki event finder, so that you can find out what is happening in the Taranaki region and beyond.

New Plymouth RNZFB Rooms
131 Vivian Street New Plymouth
Phone (06) 759 1169
or if calling outside of 9am to 12pm
Auckland head office (0800) 24 33 33

Taranaki TIS (Telephone information service)

You might like to listen to the Taranaki TIS line from your landline. The number is 0800 36 33 44...option 4...5...1. Here you will find out what is happening in the Taranaki region, as well as a range of eyesight related information. If you are in the New Plymouth region, then you can also direct dial in to listen by calling 929 3088.

Activities calendar

Notes relating to the * in the listing below:
* For further information about Meet and Eat phone Jason Keene 753 6448. (This event is not run by the RNZFB).

Goal Ball
RNZFB rooms
1st Wednesday of each month
RNZFB Community committee meeting
RNZFB rooms
Indoor bowls
RNZFB rooms
Thursday (except 4th Thursday)
Craft RNZFB rooms 1.30pm to 3.30pm
4th Thursday of each month
Vision impaired social club*
RNZFB rooms
1.30pm to 3.30pm
1st Friday of each month Social group BYO lunch / coffee provided RNZFB rooms 12.30pm to 2.00pm
Friday Meet and Eat * RNZFB rooms 5.30pm to 8.15pm
3rd Saturday of each month NZ View (Vision Impaired Empowering Women) RNZFB rooms 1.30pm

To find out if there are cancellations or alterations, please phone Gaylene at the New Plymouth office on (06) 759 1169. You can also contact Gaylene at the New Plymouth office to be put in contact with the following RNZFB staff that service the Taranaki area; Richard West (recreation advisor) or Sarah Jewitt (for guide dog and operation and mobility enquiries). Gaylene can be contacted on (06) 759 1169 Monday to Friday from 9am until 12 noon. Please remember for all general enquiries, you can still phone our Auckland head office on 0800 24 33 33.

Miscellaneous events

Friday lunch group
The first Friday of the month lunch group at the RNZFB NP rooms is going strong. Please bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee are provided. Contact Sue Cunninghame for more details. Feel free to come along and meet other members and supporters.

Taranaki TIS information
(such as local events and audio described TV programmes/movies)
Phone in to hear the latest events in Taranaki, which TV programmes are being audio described in the coming week, and a host of other eyesight related information.
Dial 0800 36 33 44 then go to option 4...5...1...
At any time press 1 to go back, 3 to skip forward, or 0 to return to the previous menu!

Contact details for various groups and / or staff

New Plymouth RNZFB Regional office Secretary
Gaylene Kay
06 759 1169
RNZFB recreation advisor Richard West
Gaylene Kay 06 759 1169
RNZFB adaptive communications instructor
Gaylene Kay 06 759 1169
RNZFB guide dog instructor Sarah Jewitt
Gaylene Kay 06 759 1169
Craft / friendship group
Jill O’Donnell 06 758 1429
Vision Impaired Social Club Diana Berendsen 06 758 2862
Friday Lunch Group Sue Cunninghame 06 757 2615
Indoor Bowls Aleister O’Donnell 06 758 1429
NZ View Sue Cunninghame 06 757 2615
Taranaki Blind Sport & Recreation Club Martin Nicholls 06 753 6553
Sailability Taranaki Trust (Includes Blind & all disabilities) Dave Allerton 06 752 3657
New Plymouth RNZFB Community Committee Peter Hume
Jenny Schlup
06 757 4014
06 757 9310
Stratford RNZFB Community Committee Narelle Gibson
06 765 8677
Meet and Eat*
Jason Keene
06 753 6448

Audio described television programmes currently being aired in New Zealand

For a list of audio described television programmes currently being aired on New Zealand's channel 1, channel 2, and channel 1 + 1, please visit the following link http://able.co.nz/audio-description/audio-described-programme-listings  This information comes courtesy of Able.

News headlines

For the latest Taranaki news, please visit the following Daily News link http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news. For the latest New Zealand news please visit the following link from the Stuff website and select the newspaper you wish to read http://www.stuff.co.nz/about-stuff/2071058/Newspapers?label=Newspapers


To find out what is happening weather wise in your region, you can click on the following link and select your location. This link is currently set for New Plymouth. http://tvnz.co.nz/weather-forecast/new-plymouth Here is another link to weatherzone.co.nz which provides a 14 day forecast. http://www.weatherzone.co.nz/north-island/new-plymouth/forecast/

Other events you may be interested in around Taranaki

Other events in the community that may interest you can be found at Stuff's events page (courtesy of eventfinder). It can be found at http://events.stuff.co.nz/events/whatson/taranaki
A summary of main events coming to the region will be available on TIS under the Taranaki section 4...5...1.