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New Zealand


Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand Inc.
PO Box 7144, Newtown, Wellington 6242, New Zealand.
Contact persons: Ms. Rose Wilkinson
Tel: +64 4 389 0033
Fax: +64 4 389 0030
Activities: Blind Citizens NZ is a voluntary, national organisation and has branches throughout New Zealand. We advocate and raise awareness about blindness related issues to Government, service providers, and any others working in the areas we seek to influence. Blind Citizens NZ monitors services provided to blind people, and is consulted regularly on how these services might be improved. As well as our advocacy and awareness-raising activities, Blind Citizens NZ provides blind and vision impaired people with the opportunity to get together. Peer support, the creation of new friendships, and the sharing of new ideas are significantly important to Blidn Citizens NZ.


Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ (BLENNZ)
Private Bag 801, Manurewa, Auckland 2243, New Zealand.
Contact person: Janny Cooke
Tel: +64 9 266 7109
Fax: +64 9 267 4467
Activities: The Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ (BLENNZ) is a sensory state school that provides a national network of educational services for children and young people who are blind, deafblind and low vision. Our vision is: Equity through access: opening doors so all may learn. Those that are able to use our services are children and young people from birth to the end of their schooling who meet the BLENNZ criteria, parents and whānau, teachers, teacher aides, education support workers and others involved in the education of the child or young person. Other services offered through the School and Residential Services include the Homai Campus School, Kickstart Transition Programme and Residential Services. Through the Assessment and Teaching Services we offer Regional and Visual Resource Centres, Homai Early Childhood Centre, National Assessment Services, Immersion Courses and Orientation and Mobility. The Homai Special Formats Library is located at the BLENNZ Homai Campus.


CBM New Zealand
PO Box 303 477, North Harbour 0751, Auckland, New Zealand.
Unit B 112 Bush Rd, Albany, Auckland 0630, New Zealand.
Contact person: Mr. Darren Ward
Tel: +64 9 414 9405
Activities: An international Christian organisation, founded in 1908, whose primary purpose is to improve the quality of life of the world’s poorest people with disabilities and those at risk of disability, who live in the most disadvantaged societies. Cbm achieves this through providing medical intervention, education and rehabilitation, emergency relief, training, research and advocacy.


Deafblind New Zealand Inc (DBNZ)
National Office, Box 109 485, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand.
Contact person: Mr. Merv Cox, President
Tel: +64 9 524 2940
Fax: +64 9 524 2941
Activities: The DBNZ disseminates information about deafblindness, has a comprehensive library of information about deafblindeness and runs a query service; publishes a magazine called SEE HEAR and maintains links with social and antional service providers.


Parents of Vision Impaired (NZ) Inc
PO Box 366, Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand.
Contact person: Mr. Paul Manning, Executive Officer
Tel: +64 7 839 4205
Fax: +64 7 838 5588
Activities: Parents of Vision Impaired NZ Inc (PVI) is a non-profit organisation of, by and for parents committed to providing support to the parents of children who are blind, deafblind and vision imapired.


Retina New Zealand Inc.
PO Box 2232, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu 5255, New Zealand.
Contact person: Sue Emirali, National Secretary
Tel: +64 800 569849
Activities: Promotes public awareness of retinal degenerative disorders through public education, provides peer support programme, fosters research leading to treatment and an eventual cure. Establishing links between families and optometrists, ophthalmologists, scientists, the Royal NZ Foundation for the Blind, government organisations, social services, providing members with info about their disorders, medical research, reading and technological aids, raising money to sponsor research.


Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
Awhina House, 4 Maunsell Road, Parnell, Private Bag 99-941, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand.
Contact person: Dr Geoffrey Gibbs
Tel: +64 800 24 33 33
Activities: Provider of services for blind, deafblind and visually impaired people in New Zealand.



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