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.
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.
2020 Board Elections
It’s time again for Blind Low Vision NZ members to start thinking about the Board Elections. This is a pivotal opportunity for members to have a say in who leads the organisation forward for the next three years. As a full or governing member of Blind Low Vision NZ, you are able to vote in our annual Board Elections to elect our Board of Directors.
Call for Nominations for Directors
This year, three vacancies exist for the General Seats. Information about call for nominations to stand as a director is being sent out to members on Friday 21 August 2020. If you would like to receive a nomination form, please contact the National Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33. All completed nominations must be received at Blind Low Vision NZ by 4:00pm on Friday 18 September 2020.
Voting Pack Information
Voting Packs will be sent to voting members on Friday 9 October 2020. The voting pack includes:
A cover letter;
- A letter from the Board and information on expectations of Board directors of Blind Low Vision NZ;
- Instructions on how to vote in either print, braille, TIS, via telephone dictation voting or online;
- Information on each candidate standing in the election;
- The notice of the 2020 AGM
- A freepost envelope to mail back voting forms/cards and/or proxy form.
This year, the Board will again be offering online voting as an additional method for voting in the Board elections.
Audio Interviews with Candidates
In addition, this year’s interviews with each of the 2020 candidates will be available on the Telephone Information Services (TIS), on CD as well as on the elections website (rnzfbelections.org.nz). The TIS menu option will be confirmed closer to the time.
Damaged Voting Forms
If you should spoil or damage your voting forms, braille voting cards or return envelope, please contact the Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33 and replacements will be sent to you.
If you have any questions about the election process or how to vote, please phone the Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33.
Please consider all the information careful and please do cast your votes in the election of Directors.
2020 Proposed Constitutional Changes
2020 Annual General Meeting
Notice of the 2020 RNZFB Annual General Meeting
Date: Saturday 14 November 2020
Time: 11:00am approximately (immediately following the Special Meeting of Members at 10:00am)
Location: Blind Low Vision NZ, The Henderson Room, Braille House, 121 Adelaide Road, Newton, Wellington 6021
The business of the meeting is to:
Accept the minutes of the 2019 AGM
- Announce the results of the election of Directors
- Approve the appointment of the Auditor
- Consider the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2020
- Consider the annual report on the affairs of the Foundation during the year ending 30 June 2020
- Consider a Member Proposal about Social Spaces, and
- Provide time for Members’ questions.
Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the 2019 Annual General Meeting were circulated to all attendees after that meeting. If you would like to receive a copy of the 2019 minutes in your preferred format, please phone the Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33 by 30 October 2020, alternatively, you can listen to these on the Telephone Information Service at option 3,1,4,2.
There will be opportunities to ask questions or comment on the RNZFB’s activities and the Board’s direction. Members who do not wish to travel to Wellington for the AGM may participate in either of two ways:
- If there is enough interest, we hope to organise meetings at Blind Low Vision NZ’s offices in Auckland and Christchurch that will link to the AGM via telephone.
- Alternatively, you may participate via Zoom or telephone. These ‘spaces’ are limited so you need to book in advance.
To assist us with catering, please contact Jane Moore by Friday 6 November 2020 if you are planning to attend the AGM, one of the associated linked meetings or participate by telephone.
Also, if you intend to ask a question at the meeting that could be more fully answered with background research, you must let Jane know before 30 October 2020 please.
Observers at Annual General Meetings
The RNZFB Constitution provides that the New Zealand public are entitled to attend the Annual General Meeting as observers. Anyone wishing to attend the AGM as an observer is asked to contact Jane Moore by Friday 6 November 2020.
Please note, in accordance with the Board’s policy, observers must physically attend the AGM from one of Blind Low Vision NZ’s office locations, they are not permitted to attend from another location by phone or using other remote communication. Observers may not speak at the AGM unless permission is given by the Chair or the meeting.
Jane Moore can be contacted on:
Phone: (09) 355 6894 or 0800 24 33 33
Mail: Board Secretary, RNZFB, Private Bag 99941, Newmarket, Auckland 1149.
If you require any further information, please contact the Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33.
By Order of the Board of Directors
The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Inc
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 13 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 14 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 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.