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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.

Announcing Our New Website

We are pleased to announce that we have launched our new website. It still has much the same content but some of it has been reorganised to be easier to find. We have tried hard to make this website work well for you whether you are blind, have low vision or are fully sighted, and … Read more

Applications to be an Accredited Braille Producer Close 30 June

The Braille Authority of New Zealand Aotearoa Trust (BANZAT) launched its policy for the Accreditation of Braille Producers Working in New Zealand in 2015. Policy 7 which explains the Accreditation framework and procedure is available here. Accredited producers abide by the standards set by BANZAT giving greater confidence to requesters, purchasers and readers of braille. … Read more

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 … Read more