Event Calendar

Dates for the Diary

  • 6 August, call to sit the 2018 Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille.
  • 3 September, applications close to sit the 2018 Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille.
  • 4 September, observers who wish to attend 11 September meetings to contact the BANZAT Secretary by this date, email secretary@banzat.org.nz.
  • 7 September, New Zealand Braille Day to observe Saturday 8 September 2018 World Literacy Day.
  • 11 September, 12:30pm, BANZAT Meeting 41, followed at 3:00pm by Eighth Annual General Meeting 42, Board Room, Awhina House, Blind Foundation, 4 Maunsell Road, Parnell, Auckland.
  • 30 October, observers who wish to attend 6 November meeting to contact the BANZAT Secretary by this date, email secretary@banzat.org.nz.
  • 6 November, 12:30pm, BANZAT Meeting 43, Homai Campus, BLENNZ, 2 McVilly Road, Manurewa.
  • 4 January 2019, 210 years since 4 January 1809, the birthday of Louis Braille.

Historic Dates

  • 1989, The Braille Authority of New Zealand was established.
  • 1994, The Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind became an associate member of the Braille Authority of North America. In 2016 BANZAT did not seek ongoing associate membership for financial reasons.
  • 29 November 2005, New Zealand adopted Unified English Braille by unanimous resolution of the Braille Authority of New Zealand.
  • 10 August 2010, Meeting 1 of the Braille Authority of New Zealand Aotearoa Trust (BANZAT).
  • 13 September 2011, Meeting 7, BANZAT first Annual General Meeting.
  • 18 September 2012, Meeting 12, BANZAT second Annual General Meeting.
  • 17 September 2013, Meeting 17, BANZAT third Annual General Meeting and launch of the Hall of Honour.
  • 9 September 2014, Meeting 22, BANZAT Fourth Annual General Meeting.
  • 30 June 2015, the first round of applications closed for accreditation as an individual braille producer working in New Zealand.
  • 8 September 2015, Meeting 27, BANZAT Fifth Annual General Meeting, and launch of Policy 7 Accreditation of Braille Producers Working in New Zealand.
  • 6 September 2016, Meeting 32, BANZAT Sixth Annual General Meeting, with launch of pamphlet “Braille Producer Accreditation Information”.
  • 5 September 2017, Meeting 37, BANZAT Seventh Annual General Meeting.