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.

Find out more about becoming a governing member.

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 (.doc).

The constitution stipulates that the Board must consult with members when a new mandatory policy is drafted, or an existing policy amended.

Read the Consultation on Policies 3.6 and 3.7 September 2018

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.

Tune in for the RNZFB Board candidates session on Friday 19 October

The Blind Foundation will be running a special question and answer session for candidates in the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) Board elections.

The live-streamed session will take place at 10am on Friday 19 October and will be available for you to watch and listen to online via this link. The recording will be available to replay at the same location after the session.

Thank you to those of you who have submitted questions for the candidates. The session will be facilitated independently by Jo Hutchinson, and it will work by revealing questions to candidates for the first time at the session, and the order of providing answers will vary to ensure it is a fair platform for all.

Please note: as all nine candidates will answer each question, time will determine how many questions can be put to the candidates.

Chair’s Award 2018

I write this to invite you to put forward candidates for the Chair’s Award 2018.

The award will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of the RNZFB to be held on Saturday 10 November 2018 which this year will be held in Nelson. The award comprises a trophy to be held for one year, a cheque for the sum of $500.00 and a framed certificate.

The award is for a registered member who has demonstrated an outstanding level of achievement in any field of endeavours.

Please send in your nominations to the Board Secretary no later than 4:00pm on Friday 12 October 2018. Please address nominations to Ms Jane A Moore, Board Secretary, The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
Tel: (09) 355 6894
Mobile: 021 0224 2716
Email: jamoore@blindfoundation.org.nz

Please provide full background and CV information in support of the nomination. Please feel free to nominate persons who may have been nominated previously but were unsuccessful.

Yours sincerely

RICK HOSKIN
Board Chair

Information about 2018 RNZFB Board Elections

Voting in this year’s Board Elections is now open.  As a full or governing member of the Blind Foundation, you are able to vote in our annual Board Elections to elect our Board of Directors.

Voting packs were sent out to all voting members of the Blind Foundation in their preferred formats on 4 October 2018.  If you have not received your voting pack information, please contact the Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33 to request a copy.

Voting in the Blind Foundation elections closes at 4pm on Friday 2 November 2018.  We encourage all voting members to please take up the opportunity to have a say in who leads the organisation forward for the next three years.

This year’s election has three seats up for election.  Only governing members are eligible to vote.  There are a total of 9 candidates standing in the election for the three seats.

The candidates in the 2018 Board Elections, listed in the same order as they appear on the ballot form, are:

Sharon Gilman
Rick Hoskin
Eilish Wilkes
Carolyn Weston
Allan Webster
Peter Hoskin
Latoa Halatau
John Hinchcliff
Martine Abel-Williamson

Audio Interviews with Candidates

In addition, this year’s interviews with each of the 2018 candidates are available on the Telephone Information Service (TIS), menu option 3 1 4 7 7, CD or via rnzfbelections.org.nz.

Damaged Voting Forms

If you should spoil or damage your voting forms, braille voting cards or return envelope, please contact the National Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33 and replacements will be sent to you.

Further questions

If you have any questions about the election process or how to vote, please phone National Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33.

Please consider all the information careful and please do cast your votes in the election of Directors.

2018 AGM

This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 10 November 2018 at 10:00am at Trailways Hotel. 66 Trafalgar Street, The Wood, Nelson 7010.

The business of the meeting is to:

  • Accept the minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting
  •  Announce the results of the election of Directors;
  • Appoint the appointment of the Auditor; and
  • Consider the Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2018 and
  • Consider the Annual Report on the affairs of the Foundation during the year ending 30 June 2018.

There will be opportunities to ask questions or comments on the RNZFB’s activities and the Board’s direction.  Members who do not wish to travel to Nelson for the AGM may participate in either of two ways:

  1. If there is enough interest, we hope to organise meetings at Blind Foundation’s offices in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington that will link to the AGM via telephone.
  2. Alternatively, you may participate by telephone.

The Notice of the AGM will be sent out to all members with the voting pack information on 4 October 2018.

We look forward to you being part of the elections this year.

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

Plain English guide to the RNZFB Constitution

Chair and Chief Executive Reports