Media releases

Taking charge of our money - Banknote gauges facilitate independence and confidence for blind and vision impaired people

The Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (Blind Citizens NZ), congratulates the Reserve Bank of New Zealand for providing banknote gauges that will support people who are blind and vision impaired, to independently identify with confidence, the denomination of their bank notes.

Support our right to have equitable access to books

“Blind people have the same right to read published works as everyone else” says Clive Lansink, National President of Blind Citizens NZ. “But right now, we often have no way to read what everyone else takes for granted, because it is not published in formats we can use”.

You will find more information about the Marrakesh Treaty, and the importance of New Zealand ratifying this, in our media release...

No to Online Voting a Major Blow for Disabled People

Blind and vision impaired people value the idea of a fully confidential vote. But imagine if you could only vote by telling someone else and having them cast your vote for you. That is what it is like for blind people and many others with disabilities who cannot fill in the voting forms for ourselves.

You can read more about the benefits of on-line voting, and the opportunities this creates for our community...

“Extra Touch Award” presented to Darryl Wilson, Chief Executive, Abel Tasman National Park Ltd

During our 2015 70th anniversary celebratory event, October 2015, Blind Citizens NZ presented the Extra Touch Award to Darryl Wilson, Chief Executive of Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park Ltd, recognizing the outstanding contribution providing access to both travel and recreational opportunities for blind and vision impaired patrons.

Read on to find out more...

NZ On Air responds to the needs of blind and vision-impaired television viewers

Blind Citizens NZ congratulates NZ On Air for recognising the significance of television as both a social and cultural medium in the lives of blind and vision impaired people. The injection of an additional $400k will make a significant difference to the amount of audio described content available for blind and vision impaired viewers and, captioning for the Deaf and hard of hearing.

Read on to find out more about the need for increased audio described programme content for New Zealand's blind and vision impaired television viewers.

Cricket authorities, sports broadcasters and funders told to lift their game

Cricket fans have been treated to some wonderful cricket during the 2015 World Cup. After all this is the time when all cricket playing nations send their top teams to compete and see which one will be the world champion. But blind cricket fans feel particularly excluded because commentaries on most of the games are not available on radio and not even online.

Read on to learn about Blind Citizens NZ's call on cricket authorities, sports broadcasters and funders to lift their game when it comes to radio coverage of cricket in New Zealand.

International White Cane Safety Day – 15 October

International White Cane Safety Day is observed annually on 15 October, in recognition of the White Cane, the international symbol of blindness and independence.

Electoral Commission introduces that Extra Touch for Blind New Zealanders

Media release celebrating the Electoral Commission being presented with the Extra Touch Award by the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (Blind Citizens NZ), in recognition of its successful implementation of Telephone Dictation Voting ahead of its commitment to do so by 2020 and, its enthusiasm to receive and act on all feedback from blind and vision impaired voters..

Audio Described Television Welcomed by New Zealand's Blind Audience

Media release issued to acknowledge Government's announcement of funding to introduce audio description into New Zealand television.

New Zealand Herald commended for offering that extra touch

Media release announcing the award of the Extra Touch Award to the New Zealand Herald in recognition of their new service offered in colaboration with the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, making a wide variety of daily news articles readily available to blind and vision impaired New Zealanders over the phone.

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