354 Trafalgar Square Nelson
(03) 548 3270
Phone: (03) 548 3270
Hearing Nelson Inc.
354 Trafalgar Square
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Payments and Donations
Payments of purchases or subscriptions
Payment by Cheque can be made payable to: Hearing Association Nelson Inc.
Payments by Direct Credit are payable to Account Number: 03 0703 0487177 00
Please put your name, telephone number - and invoice number if applicable - as the reference.
Hearing Association Nelson does not receive any government funding. We rely on the generosity of donors.
Your donation allows us to continue to provide much need hearing services to the Nelson & Tasman regions.
We are registered under the Charities Act 2005, Charities Commission New Zealand, on 7 April 2008.
You can search the Charities Register here, our Registration Number is CC22592.
Donations by Cheque can be made payable to: Hearing Association Nelson Inc.
Donations by Direct Credit are payable to Account Number: 03 0703 0487177 00
Any donations $5 or over are tax deductible.
Thank you for your generosity!
Hearing Associations around New Zealand
The Hearing Association in New Zealand was formed in 1932. It began 10 years earlier when Kathleen Hurd-Wood, was left a wealthy, childless widow at the age of 38.
The following year, on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, she was inspired to devote her life to the Hard of Hearing.
Her interest dated back to when she was a young woman at her first ball and had danced with a man who had very poor hearing.
She noticed people shouted at him, but she found this unnecessary as he was an excellent lip-reader.
When Kathleen began her campaign, ear trumpets were still in use.
Few people could afford hearing aids as there was no government subsidy until 1947. The government did subsidise weekly lip-reading classes for adults, but these were only held in the four main cities.
Outside these areas the hard of hearing were very isolated. Kathleen trained as a lip-reading teacher and soon realised that there was a need for a national organisation such as those in Europe and America.
She was a persuasive, tireless campaigner and gained strong support from the public and medical profession. On 16 March 1932 the New Zealand League for the Hard of Hearing was established.
Today we are called the Hearing Associations and there are about thirty member Hearing Associations in New Zealand. We run independently of each other and each have our own Constitution and Committee,
but we are all under the umbrella of National Hearing Association and National Foundation of the Deaf.
To find the locations of Hearing Associations around New Zealand, click here.