Associated organisations

Working together for a better NZ

The Blind Foundation is proud to support and partner with organisations directly representing the interests of Kiwis who are blind or have low vision.

We partner with these organisations to create a better NZ for people who are blind or have low vision.  We collaborate on projects and advocate for change, sharing information along the way.

Together, the group is called the Blind Sector Forum Aotearoa New Zealand (BSFANZ).   Each organisation is listed below with their contact details. To join any organisation or find more information, simply get in touch.

Albinism Trust

The Albinism Trust is a national voluntary peer support group with an interest in full participation and  equal opportunity for people with Albinism.  It provides information, support and advice to individuals with Albinism their families and friends plus Medical, Educational, Employment  and Academic interests.  Albinism Trust is a Registered Charity and works collaboratively with Australian, United Kingdom, Canadian and United States sister entities plus World Albinism Alliance.

Contact: Allen Little
Phone: (06) 367 5900
Email: albinism@inspire.net.nz
Website: albinism.nz

Blind Citizens New Zealand

Blind Citizens New Zealand offers peer support and promotes social, economic and political opportunities for New Zealand’s blind and vision-impaired citizens. Founded in 1945, it is the oldest advocacy organisation in the disability sector. It is also the country’s largest generic blindness consumer organisation. Blind Citizens New Zealand has a Wellington based national office and 15 geographical branches throughout the country.

Publication: ‘Focus’ is a quarterly newsletter available on the BCNZ website
Contact: Rose Wilkinson, Executive Officer
Phone: 0800 ABC NZ INC (0800 222 694) or (04) 389 0033
Fax: (04) 389 0030
Email: enquiries@blindcitizens.org.nz
Website: blindcitizens.org.nz

Blind Sport New Zealand

Blind Sport New Zealand Incorporated is New Zealand’s lead organisation for Blind, Low Vision and Deafblind sport and recreation opportunity, charged with leading the growth and development of sport and physical recreation participation opportunities while providing sporting pathways to our community.

Based in Ellerslie, Auckland, the National Disability Sports Organisation (NDSO) works collaboratively with a number of non disabled National Sports organisation and National Sporting groups to deliver sport and recreation to New Zealand’s blind, low vision and deaf blind community whilst aligning with partner organisations domestically and internationally to bring new opportunity to New Zealand.

Contact: Dan Shepherd, National Manager

Postal Address: PO Box 11487, Ellerslie, AUCKLAND 1542
Phone: (09) 979 1536
Email: dan@blindsport.kiwi
Website: blindsport.kiwi, under construction

Deafblind New Zealand

Deafblind New Zealand Inc. arose from the need seen for a separate society to be run by deafblind people themselves. Formalised as an Incorporated Society in 1989, they strive to raise the needs of their members with decision-makers in New Zealand. They provide assistance, friendship and support, and can refer to professional help. Deafblind NZ assists anyone over the age of 18 who would like information on deafblindness. They have branches located throughout New Zealand.

Contact: Merv Cox, President
Phone: 027 443 4338
Email: deafblindnz@clear.net.nz
Web: www.deafblind.org.nz 

Kāpō Māori Aotearoa/New Zealand Incorporated

The Blind Foundation works with Kāpō Māori Aotearoa to ensure that Maori people who are blind have the choice of receiving culturally appropriate services from the Blind Foundation. The Blind Foundation continues to focus on providing essential blindness rehabilitation skills to kāpō Māori.

Kāpō Māori Aotearoa is a kaupapa Maori national provider of health and disability services based upon Maori philosophies, principles and practices. Kāpō Māori Aotearoa has an established reputation in not only the blindness community but also the disability community, able bodied community, and with Māori, non-Māori and government.

Kāpō Māori Aotearoa, formerly known as Ngāti Kāpō o Aotearoa Inc. began formally working with the Blind Foundation in February 2012, replacing the Blind Foundation’s Mana Kāpō Aronga service.

Phone: 0800 770 990
Email: info@kapomaori.co.nz
Website: kapomaori.com

New Zealand Vision Impaired Empowering Women

VIEW is an acronym for Vision Impaired Empowering Women and is a support group for New Zealand women who are blind or have low vision.   Our members are a diverse group of independent and motivated women with an aspiration for a fully accessible society that inspires and motivates women of all ages to reach their fullest potential.

Contact: Ailsa Morgan
Address: PO Box 1395, Rotorua 3040
Phone: 07 3482765
Email: aislabie@clear.net.nz

Parents of Vision Impaired New Zealand

Parents of Vision Impaired New Zealand Inc. (PVINZ) is a support group for parents whose children are blind or have low vision. Their aim is to achieve the best opportunities for their children. Formed 30 years ago, they have a current membership of 1,500 parents nationwide.

The PVINZ mission is: “Supporting and Empowering Parents and Whanau.” PVINZ has a strong advocacy focus and has been influential in achievements such as the Carers Strategy; the Homai School rebuild; and collaborative initiatives with the United Blindness sector concerning blind children’s education needs, that saw an increase in “Resource: Teachers of Vision.”

Contact: David Heather
Address: Level 1, 11 Mahara Place, Waikanae 5025 or PO Box 513 Waikanae
Phone: (04) 293 8236 or 0274 402 073
Email: david.pvi.org.nz
Website: pvi.org.nz

Retina New Zealand

Retina New Zealand Inc. supports individuals and their families or friends with Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Retinal Detachments and other rare retinal dystrophies. It promotes public awareness of retinal disorders, provides information and support to individuals and their families, and fosters research into treatments.

Publication: ‘Newsletter of Retina NZ Inc’ is a quarterly publication found on their website
Contact: Fraser Alexander, President
Phone: 0800 569 849
Email: retina@retina.org.nz
Website: retina.org.nz

Retina Youth

Retina Youth supports anyone between the ages of 15 and 35 with a retinal disorder or sight impairment, regardless of the degree of visual impairment. Family and friends are welcome to join too.

Contact: Zane Bartlett
Phone: 0800 LOW VIS
Email: youth@retina.org.nz
Website: retinayouth.org.nz and Facebook group

Support and Education for our Youth, their Families and their Friends

Support and Education for our Youth, their Families and their Friends Inc., better known as SEYFF, is a blindness and vision-impaired consumer organisation. Formed in 2003, it is a support and education network for 17 to 30 year-olds. It aims to build friendships between vision-impaired peers and help families understand the emotions and feelings experienced by family members.

Contact: Leslie Marsh
Phone: 021 0235 4395
Email: seyffnz@gmail.com