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Taking charge of our money - Banknote gauges facilitate independence and confidence for blind and vision impaired people

Blind Citizens NZ has worked alongside the Reserve Bank of New Zealand for many years, contributing to, and influencing, the design of New Zealand’s currency so that people who are blind or vision impaired, can more easily identify their money.

You can learn more about our work, from our media release at this link:

Listen in to Blind Citizens NZ's Meet the Blind Foundation Candidates

Each of the six candidates standing for election to the Blind Foundation’s Board of Directors General Seats of which there are two this year (these candidates are elected by governing members), agreed to participate in a “meet the candidates” session, hosted by Blind Citizens NZ the morning of Sunday 9 October, during our AGM and Conference. In alphabetic order, the six candidates and the means by which they participated are: Garth Clarricoats (phone); Clive Lansink, Pam MacNeill (in person); Peter Ruddenklau (phone); Judy Small (in person); Allan Webster (phone).

Check out Blind Citizens NZ Annual General Meeting and Conference

Our three-day event commences 2pm Friday 7 October, and goes through to approximately 2pm Sunday 9 October.

Our theme for this year is "My Life, My Choice - Self Determination Starts with Us". It is a reminder that to us the term self-determination means taking charge of our own lives as disabled people, speaking for ourselves individually and collectively.

Putting the Past Behind Us, by Geraldine Glanville

Putting the Past Behind Us

An account of governance reform within the Blind Foundation from 1995 to 2003

Compiled and edited from records of the time by Geraldine Glanville

Blind Citizens NZ 2015 AGM and Conference: Making Rights Real

Making Rights Real, Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October 2015

We are at the Commodore Airport Hotel in Christchurch for this year's AGM and Conference and we have an exciting and thought-provoking programme, the details of which can be reviewed by checking out the programme.

Anyone unable to join us in person can do so virtually, by taking the following link for our stream:

Business sessions on Friday and Sunday encompass a myriad of topics, several of which are presented through our Remits’ process.

Blind Citizens NZ calls on cricket authorities, sports broadcasters and funders to lift their game

Cricket fans have been treated to some wonderful cricket during this recent World Cup. After all this is the time when all cricket playing nations send their top teams to compete and see which one will be the world champion. But blind cricket fans feel particularly excluded because commentaries on most of the games are not available on radio and not even online.

Check out Blind Citizens NZ media release which calls on cricket authorities, sports broadcasters and funders to lift their game.

Rights, Responsibilities, Results - AGM and Conference 2014

Blind Citizens NZ's 2014 Annual General Meeting and Conference will soon be under way. We start at 2pm Friday 10 October and go through to 2pm Sunday 12 October.

We have an action-packed three days ahead of us. To find out exactly what is in store for you, our schedule, speakers and business, check out our programme.

Anyone unable to be with us over the three days can you can link to the stream from a website. The direct link for that is:

Gaining an improved understanding, commitment and implementation of the access requirements of the Building Act: Next Steps in Progressing Accessibility in the Built Environment

Forum hosted by Blind Citizens NZ and Barrier Free New Zealand Trust

On 12 August 2013, Blind Citizens NZ and Barrier Free New Zealand Trust jointly hosted a one-day forum entitled "Gaining an improved understanding, commitment and implementation of the access requirements of the Building Act”.

2013 Conference / Annual General Meeting

Time has very quickly rolled around and we’re about to launch into our one day 2013 Conference / Annual General Meeting. This year’s event will be a marathon effort for the business we would normally achieve over three days, has been consolidated into one. Saturday 5 October New Zealand time is the day – we start at 10.15 am and conclude at 3.30pm. Aside from stopping for a bite to each for lunch, there will be very little time for our attendees to socialise this year. We’re meeting at the Grand Chancellor Hotel, Corner of Kirkbride Road and Ascot Roads, Mangere, Auckland.

Audio Description Now Available on Sky

Since late October 2012, Sky Television has included audio description in its broadcasts of TVNZ One and Two. This is available to all Sky customers with no need for new equipment and no need to change your Sky plan. This is a very significant development as it brings audio description on TVNZ One and Two directly to the many New Zealanders that are Sky subscribers.

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