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 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.

Board meeting dates

The dates of the 2022 RNZFB Board meetings are:

  • Saturday 26 February 2022
  • Saturday 30 April 2022
  • Saturday 2 July 2022
  • Saturday 3 September 2022
  • Friday 11 November 2022
  • Friday 2 December 2022 – Meeting to make Board appointments for 2023

The Annual General Meeting for 2022 will be on Saturday 12 November in Tauranga.

In accordance with the RNZFB Constitution, anyone is welcome to observe at RNZFB Board Meetings in person, online or by phone. 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 2020 Constitution

Plain English guide to the RNZFB Constitution

Report on Feedback on Board Policy 3.10 Board Engagement and Communications with Stakeholders

Report on Feedback on Board Policy 3.12 Disputes and their Determination

Report on Feedback on Board Policy 2.3 Eligibility to receive Services