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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.

New Board Directors announced

The Blind Foundation congratulates its new Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) Board Directors, after the election announcement at its Annual General Meeting on 14 November.

The successful candidates were Martine Abel-Williamson, Fraser Alexander and Donna McCaskill who were elected to the Board from the 14 people who sought election for the three seats.

  • Martine Abel-Williamson was re-elected with 272 votes;
  • Fraser Alexander was re-elected with 209 votes; and
  • New director, Donna McCaskill, was elected with 202 votes.

This composition of the RNZFB Board of Directors from 14 November 2020 is:

  • Martine Abel-Williamson
  • Fraser Alexander
  • John Billings
  • Peter Hoskin
  • Rick Hoskin
  • Clive Lansink
  • Donna McCaskill
  • Judith Small
  • Carolyn Weston

Board meeting dates

The dates of the 2021 RNZFB Board meetings are:

  • Saturday 27 February 2021
  • Saturday 1 May 2021
  • Saturday 3 July 2021
  • Saturday 4 September 2021
  • Friday 12 November 2021

Friday 26 November 2021 – Meeting to make Board appointments for 2022

The Annual General Meeting for 2021 will be on Saturday 13 November (venue to be confirmed).

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