Our Purpose

To enable people who are blind or have low vision to be self-reliant and live the life they choose.

Our Vision

Life without limits

Kahore e Mutunga ki te Ora

The Blind Foundation has played a pivotal role in the development of New Zealand’s social service sector, and in the establishment of some basic rights and freedoms.

Since it was founded in 1890, the Blind Foundation has moved from a cradle to grave paternalistic organisation to what it is today.

Over the last 125 years the blind community’s advocacy achieved significant wins for blind people and those with low vision such as the closure of workshops and hostels in the 1980’s, to the introduction of benefit concessions for blind people.

The Blind Foundation continues to work collaboratively with blindness consumer organisations to remove the barriers that prevent blind and low vision people from enjoying equal access, equal opportunities, equal participation and equal mobility within the community.