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

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

Does Braille Matter to You, Now and Into the Future?

Are you able to read uncontracted braille by touch or by sight? Are you interested in braille promotion, teaching, codes, and production? Are you able to attend usually four meetings per year with travel costs to Auckland met by BANZAT? Are you willing to commit some time outside meetings to further BANZAT’s work? Have you … Read more