Áine Kelly-Costello – Focus Editor

Welcome to the first edition of Focus for 2023.

In this edition, my editorial reflects on Blind Low Vision NZ’s organisational culture and values. Jonathan Godfrey’s President’s column asks a philosophical but central life question: How do I know. A contribution from accessibility advocate Thomas Bryan brings us up to speed with the state of play in the accessible (or not) home appliances area. I report on some of the impacts of January and February’s extreme weather. And we have updates on the upcoming Blind Citizens NZ election, membership criteria review, World Blind Union delegates and more. Enjoy!

As always, your ideas for topics to be covered in Focus and your contributions are most welcome.

Email me at focus.abcnz@gmail.com, or get in touch with the full Focus committee (Board Member Paula Waby, Chief Executive Rose Wilkinson and me) by emailingfocus@blindcitizensnz.org.nz

Pitches for the June edition are due by 15 May 2023.