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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.

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

Applications to be an accredited braille producer close 30 June

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

BANZAT is feeling festive

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