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Natasha Jumelet

Hello I am Natasha. I am profoundly Deaf. It is my passion to be involved with Deaf communities. I have worked for 17 years in the Deaf community both in Melbourne and Auckland. I graduated in Australia with a Bachelor of Education in linguistics.

I have taught Auslan and I am a qualified Blind RELAY interpreter. I have a Level 4 Disability Support Worker Diploma for working with clients who suffer with mental illness. I grew up loving to cook through my parents.


I love mixing socially with the Deaf community and I always encourage all Deaf to follow their interests and I enjoy helping them to reach their potential. It makes me happy to see Deaf succeed.

Abbie Twiss

Hello I am Abbie Twiss. I am a deaf artist. I have a Fine Arts degree from Auckland university - ELAM. I have been an art tutor for Deaf workshops in two countries and was hired by Kelston Deaf Education Centre to teach Deaf children / adults art classes.

I have worked as a language assistant at Kelston Deaf Education preschool with Deaf children. I have had experience working as a relay interpreter with Deafblind people in Melbourne. I have tutored in Deaf art workshops and organised exhibitions for Deaf artists in Auckland.

I have qualified experience in signwriting, design, computer graphic design, sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, and many endless crafts. I am excited to share my knowledge with the deaf community who want to learn how to make things this year!

Melanie Hyslop

Hello. I am Melanie. I am profoundly Deaf. I am the secretary for the Deaf Wellbeing Society. I am involved with the Art and craft activity days and also help with the Deaf Wellbeing Cooking Club. It is great to be invoved with the Deaf Wellbeing Society and all the wonderful things they provide the Deaf community.

Tauri Lyndon

Kia ora everyone. My name is Tauri Lyndon. I am from the Ngati Maniapoto /Waikato iwi. I am also involved with and on the Board of Trustees for Ngati Turi o Aotearoa.

I am excited to be involved with the Deaf Wellbeing Society Incorporated and I look forward to teaching the Waitangi Art Workshops in NZSL this year in 2018. We will be teaching many community crafts such as carving, poi making and Maori dancing. I feel it is important for all Deaf to know about Maori history and arts.

Our Committee

The Deaf Wellbeing Society Incorporated is governed by an annually elected committee consisting of a chairperson, treasurer, secretary and 3 other committee members. We feel it is important to be governed by a Deaf majority and like at least 4 out of 6 members to be Deaf. We hold our elections at our AGM every March.

Our current committee consists of:

  • Yolanda Sutton (Chairperson)
  • Melanie Hyslop (Secretary)
  • Linda Cullen (Treasurer)
  • Abbie Twiss
  • Natasha Jumelet
  • Warren Ng

Membership to our Incorporated Society is free and open to any Deaf person or any parent, sibling, child or partner of a Deaf person. You must have an empathy to our causes and believe all Deaf have the right to equal access to information with no language barriers.

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