Hall of Honour Goes Live

A number of individuals have worked tirelessly giving their support, passion and lifelong dedication to braille in New Zealand. Recalling and honouring their contributions can help us learn from history, and allow us to grow, promote and develop braille into the future. To pay tribute to these individuals BANZAT has great pleasure in establishing a … Read more

Results – Braille Poetry Competition for School Students

The Braille Authority of New Zealand Aotearoa Trust (BANZAT), and the Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ (BLENNZ) joined with children’s poet Paula Green to sponsor, host and judge this poetry competition for braille students. Paula’s wonderful workshop was recorded and shared with those students who could not attend. We were delighted to receive … Read more

Paul Brown Newest BANZAT Trustee

On 15 January 2013 the Chairman of BANZAT, Maria Stevens, announced the appointment of Paul Brown as the newest trustee of BANZAT. He succeeds Raeleen Smith who retired last year. Paul Brown is a lifetime user of braille who immigrated to New Zealand from Scotland about two years ago. In 2011 he passed the Trans-Tasman … Read more

Special Message From Santa Claus

New Zealand Post is extending its annual Santa Letters service to include large print and braille in 2012. The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind has provided advice on the production of the large print letters, and will be producing the braille letters on behalf of Santa’s elves who work at New Zealand Post. … Read more

SPEVI Conference Registrations Now Open

From Sunday 13 January 2013 to Friday 18 January 2013 is the biennial Conference of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment (SPEVI), Rendezvous Hotel, 71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD. Registrations at the earlybird rate close on 23 November 2012. To read the excellent programme of speakers and to register, see the registration brochure

Call for Expressions of Interest to Serve on BANZAT

BANZAT invites expressions of interest from anyone in New Zealand who would be willing to serve as a BANZAT Trustee for a three year term.   Does braille matter to you, now and into the future? Are you interested in braille code, production, teaching, promotion and distribution of braille? Are you able to travel to … Read more

Braille Standards Rise

The Trans-Tasman Braille Proficiency Certificate is jointly managed by BANZAT and the Australian Braille Authority. It tests the knowledge of teachers, transcribers and users of Unified English Braille. With the completion of the 2011 examinations last October and the success of a further 19 candidates, 59 New Zealanders now hold this certificate which was first … Read more

New Zealand Papers Well Received

BANZAT was represented at the Fifth General Assembly of the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) in May 2012. Papers were presented about how New Zealand transitioned to Unified English Braille (UEB) and how we have worked with Australia to develop the Trans-Tasman UEB Proficiency Certificate. Our Country Report reviewed the past four years of … Read more