New Zealand Blind Organisations Statement Re: COVID 19 – the way we are going to get through this is together.

27 March 2020

Blind Consumer Organisations across Aotearoa, New Zealand are working collaboratively to support Kiwis living with sight loss during the COVID-19 crisis.

Together we are committed to connecting with our networks, checking in and offering support where needed. We know many people who are blind, deafblind, low vision or vision-impaired have limited or no access to technology so it is critical for us, and the organisations we work with, to check-in on the health and wellbeing of our clients and members who maybe feeling more isolated at this time.

We are here to support all Kiwis living with sight loss and if that applies to you, please know that you are not alone. Contact us or an organisation we work with for support (details below):

He korero tauāki mō te mate urutā nā Ngā Tōputanga Hunga Kāpō o Aotearoa.
Mā tatou, tatou e puta ora atu ai, He waka eke noa

E mahi tahi ana ngā tōputanga hunga Kāpō, puta noa I Aotearoa nei, hei awhina hei tautoko hoki i te hunga kāpō i tēnei wā mōrearea.

Mā tēnei hononga e manawanui ai mātou kia tautoko, I a koutou, mehemea e hiahia tia ai. Kua mōhio mai hoki, kare kau he āheinga, he wā tūpā rānei tā te hunga Kāpō, te hunga Matarehu me te hunga Kāpō Turi, ki ngā hangarau, nō reira, ko tā mātou kaupapa matua, kia whakapā atu, ki a koutou, kia kore ai koe e noho mokemoke.

Ehara koutou i te noho whakataratahi, kei konei mātou katoa, hei awhina hei tautoko hoki. Ki te hiahia awhina, Tēnā, whakapā mai ki tētehi o Ngā Tōputanga Hunga Kāpō i raro nei;

Albinism NZ http://www.albinism.nz/ 

Blind Citizens NZ https://blindcitizensnz.org.nz/ 0800 222 6940 or Rose Wilkinson: rwilkinson@abcnz.org.nz, 021 222 6940

Blind Low Vision NZ https://blindlowvision.org.nz/  0800 24 33 33

Blind Sport New Zealand https://www.blindsport.kiwi/ (09) 930 1579

Deafblind Association NZ http://www.deafblindassociation.nz/ 0800 450 650

Kāpō Māori Aotearoa New Zealand https://kapomaori.com/ 0800 770 990

NZ VIEW Inc National Administrator: Nadene McClay, 021 828 728 nzviewinc@gmail.com

Parents of Vision Impaired (PVI) https://pvi.org.nz/ Rebekah Graham, rgraham@pvi.org.nz, 0226215740

Retina NZ (including Retina Youth) https://retina.org.nz/ 0800 569 849

Support and Education for our Youth, their Families and Friends (SEYFF) danielcurran88@gmail.com