The Blind Foundation is member-led organisation governed by our members. These are people who are blind or have low vision, friends, family and others interested in the Blind Foundation, who have chosen to be part of the governance of the organisation.

We were established under the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act 2002. In January 2012, the Blind Foundation registered as an incorporated society under section 8 of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 and the name of the society became ‘The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Incorporated’.

When the RNZFB became an Incorporated Society in 2012 fulfilling the requirements of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act 2002, that Act became redundant. On 25 August 2016, the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Repeal Bill was passed in the House of Representatives. The Bill received royal assent on 29 August 2016 and has become the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act Repeal Act 2016.

Our voting members elect our Board of Directors.

The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Inc’s Constitution explains what it means to be a Blind Foundation client or voting member, and the role and duties of our Board. Read the RNZFB Constitution

Every quarter, the Blind Foundation Board and Executive team meet to discuss items and action points on the Business Plan and the strategic direction of the organisation. After each meeting, Chief Executive Sandra Budd and Board Chair Rick Hoskin write a report – you can read these below.

Additional information about the RNZFB Board Elections

The RNZFB Board comprises nine elected directors.  The nine General seats are elected by governing members of the RNZFB and parents or guardians of children registered with the RNZFB.

Each year there will be an election for three General seats.  All three retiring directors may choose to stand again.

A candidate seeking election in a General seat must be nominated by two governing or guardian members of the RNZFB.  Please note that the three successful candidates in this election will receive a three-year term in office.

Voting papers in the 2018 election will be sent out on 4 October 2018 at 4.00pm with the postal ballot closing on 3 November 2017 at 4:00pm.  The results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting, which is being held in Nelson on Saturday 10 November 2018.

Board meeting dates

The dates of the 2018 RNZFB Board meetings are:

  • Saturday 24 February 2018
  • Saturday 28 April 2018
  • Saturday 30 June 2018
  • Saturday 1 September 2018
  • Friday 9 November 2018
  • Friday 30 November 2018 – Meeting only to appoint Board appointments for 2019.

The Annual General Meeting for 2018 will be held in Nelson on Saturday 10 November.

In accordance with the RNZFB Constitution, members are welcome to observe at RNZFB Board Meetings in person or via teleconferencing or the internet when these options are available.  If you wish to observe at a RNZFB Board Meeting, please ensure you email the Board Secretary at least five days before the date of the meeting.

RNZFB Act 2002

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act 2002 (.doc)

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act 2002 Repeal

On 25 August 2016, the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Repeal Bill was passed in the House of Representatives. The Bill received royal assent on 29 August 2016 and has become the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act Repeal Act 2016.

This is an important milestone in our history.  When the RNZFB became an Incorporated Society in 2012 fulfilling the requirements of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act 2002, that Act became redundant.  The Honourable Nicky Wagner supported a Private Members’ Bill to take the repeal through the parliamentary process.

The Sovereign (The Queen, represented in New Zealand by the Governor-General) forms part of Parliament but is separate from the House.  It is the Sovereign’s role to sign a bill into law by giving it the Royal Assent. Assent is given on the advice of the Prime Minister (or the most senior Minister available) and the Attorney-General.  Thus, the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act Repeal Act 2016 came into being on 29 August 2016.

Private Bill to Repeal the RNZFB Act (.pdf)

RNZFB 2017 Constitution

Chair and Chief Executive Reports