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 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
Programme for Strategic Plan Consultation
The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Board is about to begin consulting on its next Strategic Plan which will come into effect 1 July 2020.
Your opinions, thoughts, comments and feedback are going to be important in this process. All stakeholders in our wide-ranging network which includes clients, members, families, whānau, volunteers, donors and supporters, employees, referrers, contractors and service organisations, are involved with us in one way or another and, therefore, have valuable perspectives to offer.
As a result, we are giving you advance notice as to how the programme will be executed, in the hope that you’ll assist us by providing your thoughts when it comes time for you to comment in the six-week period between mid-January and the end of February.
The programme plan for consultation and approval of the Strategic Plan is as follows:
- Mid-December 2019 – Notify all stakeholders of the Strategic Planning timetable
- Mid-January through to end of February 2020 – Consultation with all stakeholders
- Early March – Summary of key points from consultation process to be circulated
- March to mid-April 2020 – Strategic Planning Steering Group builds draft plan
- Mid-April 2020 – Draft Strategic Plan is completed for presentation to the RNZFB Board
- Late April 2020 – Draft FY21 Business Plan is completed
- Late April 2020 – Draft FY21 Budget is completed
- 2 May 2020 – All draft documents to RNZFB Board Meeting for review and discussion
- Late June 2020 – Final drafts of new Strategic Plan, FY21 Business Plan and Budget completed and ready for presentation for the RNZFB Board Meeting.
- 4 July 2020 – Approval of all documents at RNZFB Board Meeting
- Mid-August 2020 – Post Ratification Launch of New Strategic Plan
The intention is to complete a robust and thorough consultation. The consultation process will include a multi-channel approach designed to reach as many stakeholders and receive input through different points of interaction including telephone surveys, conference town halls, use of the national contact centre, written submissions and via our website. We will aim to use our existing network and new regional service model to engage with as many as we can, which will be complemented with technology to capture and collate data in a single consistent format for efficient reporting.
We are wanting to engage and consult with the following:
- Members and Clients
- Consumer Organisations
- Public Consultation Meetings
- Eye Health Professionals and Referrers
- Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand (BLENNZ)
- Ministries of Health, Education, Social Development and Accident Compensation Corporation
- Key Suppliers
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 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.