The Blind Foundation Board 2018

Governance

Blind Low Vision NZ is a member-led organisation governed by our members. These are people who are blind or have low vision who have chosen to be part of the governance of the organisation.

Find out more about becoming a governing member.

We were established under the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act 2002. In January 2012, Blind Low Vision NZ registered as an incorporated society under section 8 of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 and the name of the society became ‘The Royal New Zealand Foundation of Blind Incorporated’.

When the RNZFB became an Incorporated Society in 2012 fulfilling the requirements of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act 2002, that Act became redundant. On 25 August 2016, the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Repeal Bill was passed in the House of Representatives. The Bill received royal assent on 29 August 2016 and has become the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act Repeal Act 2016.

Our voting members elect our Board of Directors.

The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Inc’s Constitution explains what it means to be a Blind Low Vision NZ client or voting member, and the role and duties of our Board. Read the RNZFB Constitution (.doc).

The constitution stipulates that the Board must consult with members when a new mandatory policy is drafted, or an existing policy amended. Read the Report on Feedback on policy 3.12 (.doc)

At its July 2019 meeting, the RNZFB Board decided to ask Members to consider three small changes to the RNZFB Constitution which will allow the New Zealand public to attend the RNZFB Annual General Meetings as observers without needing to obtain permission.  Under the constitution, any resolution to alter the rules must be considered and voted upon by way of a postal ballot, followed by a special meeting of members convened for that purpose.  Read more about the proposal (.doc).

The Blind Low Vision NZ Board and Leadership Team meet regularly to discuss items and action points on the Business Plan and the strategic direction of the organisation. After each meeting, the Chief Executive writes a report – you can read these below.

Strategic Plan 2020

CONSULTATION ON RNZFB’s NEXT STRATEGIC PLAN 

Following the notice given in December that the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) Board would shortly begin consulting on its next strategic plan, we now invite you to take part in this process.

The next strategic plan will come into effect 1 July 2020 through to 30 June 2024 and your opinions, thoughts, comments and feedback are imperative in this process.

All stakeholders in our wider network of clients, members, families, whanau, volunteers, donors and supporters, employees, referrers contractors and service organisations are involved, in one way or another, and have valuable perspectives to offer.

So please assist us by answering some or all of the questions we have set out. This entails key points from our current plan, and a set of questions that will help us design our future strategy.

There are 17 questions, which you can preview in this document.

When you’re ready, please complete the feedback form here by 5pm Friday 28 February.

Alternatively, you can contact our National Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33 to complete the form over the phone.

If you wish to review the RNZFB Strategic Plan 2015-2020 in full, you can view it on the Blind Low Vision NZ website, or if you want a copy to be sent, please call the National Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33.

Current strategic plan key points:

Our Purpose: Enable people who are blind or have low vision to be self – reliant and live the life they choose.

Our Vision: Life without limits

The Four Key Priorities Strategic Plan 2015–2020.

  1. Independent Living
  2. Access for all
  3. Reach more people
  4. Building a foundation for the future.

Values:  Connecting, Optimistic, Empowering, Aspirational

Thank you for taking the time to take part in the consultation process for our new strategic plan.

Regards
Rick Hoskin and John Mulka
Chair, RNZFB Board and Chief Executive

2020 Annual General Meeting

The 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 7 November 2020.

Board meeting dates

The dates of the 2020 RNZFB Board meetings are:

  • Saturday 29 February 2020
  • Saturday 2 May 2020
  • Saturday 4 July 2020
  • Saturday 5 September 2020
  • Friday 6 November 2020
  • Friday 27 November 2020 – Meeting to make Board appointments for 2021.

The Annual General Meeting for 2020 will be held in Kapiti on Saturday 7 November.

In accordance with the RNZFB Constitution, members are welcome to observe at RNZFB Board Meetings in person or via teleconferencing (or online when this option becomes available). If you wish to observe at a RNZFB Board Meeting, please ensure you email the Board Secretary at least five days before the date of the meeting.

RNZFB Act 2002

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act 2002 (.doc)

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act 2002 Repeal

On 25 August 2016, the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Repeal Bill was passed in the House of Representatives. The Bill received royal assent on 29 August 2016 and has become the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act Repeal Act 2016.

This is an important milestone in our history.  When the RNZFB became an Incorporated Society in 2012 fulfilling the requirements of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act 2002, that Act became redundant.  The Honourable Nicky Wagner supported a Private Members’ Bill to take the repeal through the parliamentary process.

The Sovereign (The Queen, represented in New Zealand by the Governor-General) forms part of Parliament but is separate from the House.  It is the Sovereign’s role to sign a bill into law by giving it the Royal Assent. Assent is given on the advice of the Prime Minister (or the most senior Minister available) and the Attorney-General.  Thus, the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act Repeal Act 2016 came into being on 29 August 2016.

Private Bill to Repeal the RNZFB Act (.pdf)

RNZFB 2019 Constitution

Plain English guide to the RNZFB Constitution