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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.


BANZAT congratulates 2016 Certificate winners


We warmly commend the nine New Zealand candidates who sat and passed the 2016 Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille. This taxing exam tests candidates' attention to detail and meticulous accuracy. Well done to everyone.


BANZAT 2017 AGM on Tuesday 5 September


On Tuesday 5 September, BANZAT will hold its seventh Annual General Meeting. We will bring our guests up to date with activities over the past year and answer any questions they may have.