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.

Invitation to sit the 2021 Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille

Closing Date: Monday 30 August 2021 Attention braille learners and professionals: You are warmly invited to apply to sit the Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille. Exam Content & Structure The Certificate in UEB is an open book examination which must be completed without conferring with others. The examination consists of three parts: … Read more

BANZAT Celebrates World Braille Day

Today, Monday 4 January is World Braille Day. It is our opportunity to celebrate the independence and access to information enjoyed by thousands of people who are blind or vision impaired thanks to the inventive genius of Louis Braille. While there is more to be done to raise awareness of braille, it is experiencing a … Read more

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