Perspectives: Stories from New Zealand’s blind and low-vision community

‘Perspectives’ is The Blind Foundation’s community podcast. It tells stories of, and of interest to, people throughout New Zealand who are blind or have low vision.

Be on the show

Everyone has a story- tell us yours!

If you –or someone you know- is a client or member, or volunteers with us, no matter where you are in New Zealand, we’d love to talk to you. You can arrange to give an interview about your adventures (whether epic or every day) – or write your story down for us to record.

Listen to Perspectives

You can listen to perspectives on a range of platforms.

Subscribe to our RSS feed.

Download episodes on ITunes.

Subscribe to ‘Perspectives’ on Stitcher.

Follow us on SoundCloud.

Subscribe on Google Play Music.
You can also listen online in the web player below.

Contact Us

To tell us your story, give feedback, or just say hello, contact us at We’d love to hear from you!

Our production team

Chantelle Griffiths- HostChantelle Griffiths, Mike Lloyd and guide dog Darbi stand in front of a leafy background.

Chantelle works for the Blind Foundation as Braille Awareness Coordinator. You may have met or spoken with her in her previous role as adaptive technology trainer and braille instructor. Together with Mike, she cohosts the Perspectives podcast. She’s always had a passion for audio and sound, and has been a volunteer internet radio broadcaster and producer for a number of years. Along with reading, music, travel and writing, she loves to cook in her spare time and she’s constantly looking for new recipes to try. She has a guide dog named Darbi and together they travel all around the country. Some fun facts about Chantelle: she’s a total tech geek and proud of it, an adrenaline junky and tries not to let fear stop her from living her life her way.

Mike Lloyd- Host

Mike is a Blind Foundation Adaptive Technology Consultant based in Auckland and has worked here since 2003. The best part of his role has been meeting so many fantastic people and being able to share in the many ways that technology and information have positively impacted on their life.

Outside of work, he keeps very active and enjoy running, cycling, going to the gym and generally living a healthy life. He likes to promote the benefits of sport and fitness for people with disabilities and is involved with Blind Sport New Zealand, Achilles International as well as the Blind Sport Podcast.

It is Mike’s hope that “Perspectives” will either educate, inspire or entertain you and help share stories from many of you who are blind or have limited sight and reinforce the concept that life is what you make it, with or without its challenges.

Eugene Upston- Producer Image is a black and white close-up photo of Eugene Upston smiling with a cafe in the background.

Eugene’s an audio engineer with a creative flair and passion for pushing the limits in making sound as entertaining, captivating, and accessible as possible. His current work at the Blind Foundation involves audio post production in making books, magazines, in house documents, and current affairs accessible to the Blind community. He’s the guy that twiddles the nobs and splices the audio in the production of the Audability Podcast and is looking forward to helping create a immersive narrative for listeners. In his spare time he is either working with artists to help them produce their music or climbing up walls.






Rachel Shardlow- Roving reporterRachel Shardlow peeks up from behind an office room divider.

Rachel loves watching all performing arts, from ballet to stand up comedy. Although she’s been involved in arts most of her life, she’d rather be behind the scenes than centre stage.

Rachel is involved with EPIC Youth and is proud to have helped run the 2017 EPIC Youth Event. She is also involved with promoting the newly forming Youth Council.

Rachel has low vision and is puppy walking guide dog in training Brooke.