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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.

Closing date extended in competitions

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

Show Your Knowledge of Braille!

Applications Close on 3 September 2018 to Sit the Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille Jointly Administered By The Australian Braille Authority and The Braille Authority of New Zealand Aotearoa Trust The Braille Authorities of Australia and New Zealand are pleased to announce the 2018 Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille. … Read more

Yarn Bombing in Tauranga

Braille Music Transcriber, Moya Michalakis, writes: Every year Greerton Village (in Tauranga), holds a festival of “Yarn bombing”-wrapping tree trunks in knitted and crocheted blankets decorated as works of art. This year, each tree represents a song title, and supports a charity. There is a facebook page where you can Like the page, nominate a … Read more

Show us your braille skills

If you have braille knowledge, why not tell us about it by sitting the Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille. People who pass the certificate show us not only that they understand the braille code, but also that they believe in writing it accurately and care about the quality of braille that readers … Read more