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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.


Accreditation applications close 30 June


The Braille Authority of New Zealand Aotearoa Trust (BANZAT) last year launched its policy for the Accreditation of braille producers working in New Zealand. Policy 7 which explains the Accreditation framework and procedure is available here.

Accredited producers will abide by the standards set by BANZAT giving greater confidence to requesters, purchasers and readers of braille. The names of accredited producers will be advertised on the BANZAT website and in other marketing.

We now make our second call for applications for accreditation from individuals which close on 30 June.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Stevens, email chair@banzat.org.nz, or Mary Schnackenberg, email secretary@banzat.org.nz.