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.
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
Braille is considered to be the primary literacy and numeracy medium for people who are blind or have low vision, even with the incredible rise of mainstream technology in recent times. Braille is more relevant and accessible than ever, and we need to make sure it’s available to those who need it most, whenever and … Read more
The World Blind Union (WBU) is delighted to celebrate World Braille Day, 4 January 2019. Louis Braille, who created the reading and writing system of dots for blind people, was born in France on 4 January 1809. 4 January has been declared by the United Nations as an international day to commemorate the importance of … Read more
This Christmas, BANZAT has something really unique to share with you. In November, a group of braille enthusiasts called the Awhina Braille Group got together in Auckland to talk about braille and share some braille Christmas cheer. One of the activities was to compose a braille version of The Twelve Days of Christmas song. The … Read more
Celebrate Braille in 2 Competitions for NZ School Students With a closing date now of Friday 16 November 2018 we’re running two competitions to celebrate Braille Literacy Day on 7 September. For Primary and Intermediate aged students: Make up a name for the New Zealand Braille Literacy Kiwi Mascot and collage a picture of it … Read more