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The Braille Authority of New Zealand Aotearoa Trust (BANZAT) was set up in August 2010.

BANZAT’s purpose is to set standards and to make rulings on braille code usage within New Zealand, maintain awareness and consistency with current international developments in all braille codes, accredit practitioners involved in braille production, promote braille as the prime literacy medium for blind people and promote best practice in teaching, acquisition and distribution of braille. Information about the history of braille in New Zealand is available here.

Website updates

Four pages on the BANZAT website have been updated. About the Trust page has the news of the appointment of Karen Stobbs, succeeding Jenny McFadden who has retired from BANZAT; the page of Minutes has the Confirmed Minutes for 2020; Calendar of events has been updated; Useful links has name changes and broken links repaired.

Does braille matter to you, now and into the future?

Are you able to read uncontracted braille by touch or by sight? Are you interested in braille promotion, teaching, codes, and production? Are you able to attend usually four meetings per year with travel costs met. Are you willing to commit some time outside meetings to further BANZAT’s work? Have you served on a club … Read more

Website updates

Three pages on the BANZAT website have been updated. Calendar of events has new dates for the ICEB Seventh General Assembly in October and 2021 Round Table in Melbourne; the page of Minutes has the Confirmed Minutes for the 19 November 2019 meeting; and About the Trust page carries the news of Parents of Vision … Read more