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.
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
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
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.
Kāpō Māori Aotearoa/New Zealand Incorporated
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.
New Zealand Vision Impaired Empowering Women
Contact: Ailsa Morgan
Address: PO Box 1395, Rotorua 3040
Phone: 07 3482765
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.”
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
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.
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