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

The BANZAT website has been updated with a revised calendar of events, the page of Minutes, and a revised About the Trust page which lists the current trustees.

World Braille Day competition

Blind & Low Vision NZ is running a competition in honour of 4 January, World Braille Day. Here’s the link to all the information with entry details and what you might win!

Invitation to sit the Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in UEB 2019

The Braille Authorities of Australia and New Zealand are pleased to announce the 2019 Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille. Australian and New Zealand applicants are invited to apply by the closing date of Monday 2 September 2019. The examiners of The Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille will ensure that … Read more

2018 Braille Literacy Day Competitions, Results

Last year we ran two competitions to celebrate Braille Literacy Day on 7 September. We asked Primary and Intermediate aged students to make up a name for the New Zealand Braille Literacy Kiwi Mascot and collage an A4 picture of it. We were very pleased to receive a number of imaginative collage pictures. We chose … Read more