Congratulations to Jonathan Mosen, who was named a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Awarded for services to the blind community, Royal New Zealand Foundation (RNZFB) of the Blind Acting Chair Judy Small said: “Jonathan’s leadership, tenacity and way with words has put the needs of blind people into New Zealand’s history books.”

Jonathan was Chairman of RNZFB from 2002 – 2003 and during this time was part of the governance change that saw the RNZFB move from operating under outdated legislation to becoming an Incorporated society. He also advocated for amendments to the Juries Act 1981 to clarify that there should be no blanket ban on blind people serving on any jury.

Judy explains Jonathan was passionate about the need for governance reform at the Blind Foundation, and his technology expertise have more recently seen him involved in promoting blindness related products such as Aira and Apple Apps with Voiceover.

“Since he was young he has never failed to find or create opportunities where he can talk about what it means to be blind and what could happen to make the lives of blind people better from a practical, technological and political perspective.

“His work behind the scenes is often not well known. It is exciting the blind community has benefited from his work and on behalf of the Blind Foundation, we congratulate him on his award.”

Read the full 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List here.