Upper North Island Events and Groups

Supporting Blind Low Vision NZ clients in peer support, recreation and volunteering. Find out what’s happening locally, regionally and nationally… get involved.

For all enquiries, please contact one of our friendly local team members listed below:

Trent Francis: 022 078 1586            Email: tfrancis@blindlowvision.org.nz

Lisa McCallum: 09 355 6900            Email: LMcCallum@blindlowvision.org.nz

Hannah Jones: 022 361 9075           Email: hjones@blindlowvision.org.nz

Tim Folkema: 022 010 6699           Email: tfolkema@blindlowvision.org.nz

Jenny Kirk: 027 808 3785                 Email: jkirk@blindlowvision.org.nz

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Auckland

Hamilton

Otorohanga / Te Kuiti

Huntly

Taumaranui

Matamata

Tauranga

Rotorua

Katikati

Whakatane

Waihi Beach

Whitianga

Auckland

Special Events

My Voice Matters: 2020 General Election Forum

Find out what the political parties have to say on the big issues that affect disabled people.

Access Alliance invite you to a free forum where you will hear directly from politicians. They will discuss:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Transport
  • Accessibility Laws
  • Health and Disability Review

There will be time for questions and the in-person forum will be followed by light refreshments.

When: 1:00 – 3:00pm Saturday 29 August 2020

Where: Online Live-Stream

Via My Voice Matters Facebook page. Details upon registration.

In Person:

Recreation Centre, Awhina House, Blind Low Vision NZ
4 Maunsell Road Parnell
Auckland 1052
New Zealand

Register here

Recreation Activities

When: Blind Low Vision NZ Community Life and Enrichment Team organise monthly recreation outings.

Where: Transport is provided from the Awhina House Parnell Blind Low Vision NZ and Manurewa Library.

Description: Each month experience something different and meet with fellow Blind Low Vision NZ members.

Contact:  For more information contact Trent Francis or Latesha Sharp.

Awhina Book Club

When: Meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 10.30 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Awhina House Blind Low Vision NZ, 4 Maunsell Rd Parnell

Description: An opportunity to extend your repertoire of reading material, whether on a daisy player, daisy direct, through book link or in print. Share your thoughts with others on a book chosen for discussion each month and talk about other books you have read.

Contact: Trent Francis

Bites and Board Games

When: Third Wednesday of each month 2-4pm

Where: Cakes n Ladders 173 Symonds St, Eden Terrace

Description: Come along and enjoy yourself with others over a hot drink and a bite to eat, while socially competing against others at tabletop board games

Contact: Hannah Jones

Blind & Low Vision NZ Focus Group

When: First and third Tuesday of each month from 10.00am-12.00pm

Where: Awhina House Blind Low Vision NZ, 4 Maunsell Rd Parnell

Description: The Focus Group is made up of Blind Low Vision NZ members who meet to discuss tips, obstacles faced and any other topics members would like to raise. Meetings are entirely informal and often including guest speakers.

Tea with Tales

When: Meets on the last Thursday of each month from 10.00am-11.00am

Where: Parnell Library, Jubilee Building, 545 Parnell Road

Description: A chance for avid readers to get together to discuss all things books while enjoying a cup of tea. Staff endeavour to recommend books available in audio format via both Blind Low Vision NZ and Auckland Libraries.

Contact: Trent Francis

Orewa Support Group

When: Third Tuesday of each month from 10am onwards

Where: Orewa Presbyterian Church hall

Description: An opportunity to meet others experiencing low vision and blindness over a cupper.

Contact: Trent Francis

Orewa Indoor Bowling Group

When: meets every Wednesday  9.30am-11.30am

Where: Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, 107 Centre Way Road Orewa.

Description: Enjoy indoor bowls, coffee, tea and good fellowship.

Contact: Virginia David on 09 426 8454

Striders Walking Group

When: Wednesday from 12pm to 1pm

Where: Awhina House Blind Low Vision NZ, 4 Maunsell Rd Parnell

Description: This is a high intensity walking group that go out for a fast paced walk throughout the Parnell area.

Contact: Lisa McCallum

Amblers Walking Group

When: Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Where: Awhina House Blind Low Vision NZ, 4 Maunsell Rd Parnell

Description: This is a low intensity walking group that walk through the domain and surrounding area.

Contact: Benny Foar 022 0793527

Awhina House Get Activate Gym Class

When: Every Tuesday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Where: Awhina House Blind Low Vision NZ Gym, 4 Maunsell Rd Parnell

Description: This is a high intensity workout group. Build strength and cardiovascular fitness in a round robin circuit session at Blind Low Vision NZ gym while being supervised by an Exercise Specialist.

Contact: Lisa McCallum

Awhina House Body Mind & Soul Gym Class

When: Every Tuesday from 10.00am – 11.00am

Where: Awhina House Blind Low Vision NZ Gym, 4 Maunsell Rd Parnell

Description: This is a low intensity workout class. Build strength and cardiovascular fitness in a round robin circuit session at Blind Low Vision NZ gym while being supervised by an Exercise Specialist. Members meet in the cafeteria afterwards and take part in a general quiz activity.

Contact: Lisa McCallum

Manukau South Blind Sports Club

When: MSBC host fortnightly club nights alternating between Wednesday and Thursday

Where: Awhina House Blind Low Vision NZ, 4 Maunsell Rd Parnell

Description: Club nights offer a range of activities including indoor bowls, goalball, swish, tennis, rugby and soccer.

Contact: Trent Francis

Achilles – Auckland Chapter

When: Sunday at 8 am – every two weeks

Where: AUT Running Track, Antares Place, Mairangi Bay, North Shore.

Description: Achilles is for anyone with a disability who would like support to get active – walking, running or wheeling. Achilles is an independent organisation; sessions are not run by Blind Low Vision NZ.

Contact: Lars Marsden ph 021 224 8290 or email achillesauckland@gmail.com

Milford Coffee Group

When: First Thursday of each month 10.30am-11.30am

Where: Various Café’s around Milford

Description: An opportunity to meet others experiencing low vision and blindness over a cupper.

Contact: Trent Francis

Henderson Coffee Group

When: Third Wednesday of each month 10.30am-11.30am

Where: Sierra Café, 111 Lincoln Rd, Henderson, Auckland 0644

Description: An opportunity to meet others experiencing low vision and blindness over a cupper.

Contact: Trent Francis

Western Districts Blind Recreation Group

When: Second Tuesday of each month from 10.30am – 2.30pm

Where: New Lynn RSA

Description: A social group that often meet at the New Lynn RSA.

Contact: Trent Francis

Blind Fishing Club

When: Seasonal

Description: This fishing club has 6 fishing trip each season going from January to March

Contact: Chris Orr 09 355 6883 (day) 09 266 6956

Papakura Support Group

When: Every Wednesday from 10.00am-12.00pm

Where: Masonic Centre Papakura, Corner of Duke and Wood St

Description: Come along and enjoy social time and activities with others experiencing low vision and blindness.

Contact: Latesha Sharp

Three Kings Support Group

When: Third Monday of each month from 10.00am – 12.00pm

Where: Plaza Coffee Lounge, 540 Mount Albert Rd, Three Kings, Auckland

Description: An opportunity to meet other members and socialise over a cuppa at the Plaza Coffee Lounge.

Contact: Trent Francis

Aqua Aerobics

When: Every Thursday from 9.30am – 10.30am

Where: Papakura Massey Park Leisure Centre

Description: An Aqua Aerobics class suitable for all fitness levels and abilities.

Contact: Latesha Sharp

Fale Kotuku Manurewa Support Group

When: First Friday of every month from 10.00am to 12.00pm

Where: Community house 153 Browns Rd

Description: An opportunity for members to come together, share and take part in social activities.

Contact: Latesha Sharp

Huntly

Huntly Blind & Vision Impaired Support Group

When: Third Friday each month 10am-12pm

Where: Kimihia Home, 76 Rosser Street, Huntly

Description: Join us for morning tea, mix and mingle.

Contact: Timothy Folkema

Taumaranui

Taumaranui Support Group

When: Second Wednesday of every second month, 12pm-2pm

Where: Senior Citizen’s Hall, Morero Terrace, Taumaruanui

Description: for lunch and mix and mingle

Contact: Timothy Folkema

Matamata

Matamata Support Group

When: meets 1st Wednesday of each month

Where:  Union Parish Church, Matamata

Description: Morning Tea and Guest Speakers

Contact: Timothy Folkema

Morrinsville

Morrinsville Visually Impaired Support Group

When: meets 4th Tuesday of every month 2-3pm

Where: Morrinsville RSA, Studholme Street.

Description: Afternoon Tea, Guest Speakers and Bingo

Contact: Timothy Folkema

Hamilton

Hamilton Visually Impaired Social Group

When: meets Mondays & Thursdays each week from 10.00am to 2.00pm

Where: Blind & Low Vision NZ, 15 Liverpool Street

Description: Social interaction, crafts, indoor bowls, peer support.

Contact: Timothy Folkema

Hamilton Blind Indoor Bowling Club

When: meets Tuesday afternoon 1.00pm- 3.30pm

Where: Blind Low Vision NZ, 15 Liverpool Street

Description: Indoor Bowls

Contact: Timothy Folkema

Hamilton Music Group

When: meets every 3rd Friday of the month at 1.00pm

Where: Blind Low Vision NZ, 15 Liverpool Street

Description: For people who love to listen to and play musical instruments

Contact: Timothy Folkema

Hamilton Tech Group

When: meets every 2nd Saturday of the month at 10.30am

Where: Blind Low Vision NZ , 15 Liverpool Street

Description: learning about and discussing adaptive technology

Contact: Timothy Folkema

Cambridge Support Group

When: meets 3rd Thursday each month 10am-12pm

Where: Baptist Lounge, 58 Queen Street, Cambridge

Description: Morning tea with guest speaker, news and opportunities for members to speak.

Contact: Timothy Folkema

Otorohanga/Te Kūiti

Otorohanga / Te Kuiti Support Group

When: Meets 2nd Wednesday each month at 1.30pm

Where: Meetings alternate each month between Otorohanga Lyceum Club and Te Kūiti Lyceum Club

Description: General support group

Contact: Timothy Folkema

Tauranga

Tauranga Central Coffee Group

When: 2nd Friday of each month 10.00am-11.30am

Where: Blind Low Vision NZ Moana Room, 160/17th Avenue

Description: Social inclusion / Peer support

Contact: Tauranga Admin 07.578.2376

Tauranga Friendship Group

When: 1st & 3rd Friday of each month from 10.00am-12noon

Where: Greerton Senior Citizens Hall, Maitland Street, Greerton

Description: Social Inclusion /Peer support

Contact: Tauranga Admin 07.578.2376

Tauranga V.I.P. Programme

When: 1st Tuesday monthly

Where: Blind Low Vision NZ Moana Room – 160/17th Ave Tauranga

Description: Awareness and Information session

Contact: Tauranga admin 07.578.2376

Tauranga Parent Group (for members who are parents)

When: Wednesdays Bi monthly

Where: Blind Low Vision NZ Moana Room – 160/17th Ave Tauranga

Description: Peer support and information

Contact: Tauranga admin 07.578.2376

Mount Coffee Group

When: 2nd & 4th Thursday each month 10.30am-11.30am

Where: Esquires, Bayfair, Mount Maunganui

Description: Social Inclusion / Peer Support

Contact: Tauranga Admin 07.578.2376

Tauranga – Bay of Plenty Bookclub (email group)

When: when it suits you, Daisy Players, Booklink, Alexa

Where: email group

Description: share recommendations and reviews

Contact: email lesleywarner66@gmail.com

Te Puke

Te Puke Coffee Group

When: 1st Wednesday each month 10.00am-11.30am

Where: The Daily Café, 3 Commerce Lane, Te Puke

Description: Social Inclusion / Peer Support

Contact: Tauranga Admin 07.578.2376

Te Puke VIP Support Group

Katikati

Katikati Coffee Group

When: 2nd Wednesday Bi monthly 10.30am

Where: Chrome Café, 3 Wharawhara Road

Description: Social Inclusion / Peer support

Contact: Tauranga admin 07.578.2376

Waihi Beach

Waihi, Waihi Beach Support Group

When: 2nd Tuesday Bi monthly

When: 2nd Tuesday Bi monthly

Where: The Chapel meeting room, Waihi Hospital grounds

Description: Social Inclusion / Peer support

Contact: Tauranga Admin 07.578.2376

Rotorua

Rotorua Support Group Luncheon

When: 1st Tuesday monthly – 12.30pm with guest speaker

Where: Parksyde Community Center

Description: Information, Social Inclusion, Peer Support

Contact: Tauranga admin 07.578.2376

Whakatane

Whakatane LENS Group

When: 2nd Tuesday monthly – 1.30pm

Where: Disability Resource Center, King St

Description: Information, Social Inclusion, Peer Support

Contact: Tauranga admin 07.578.2376

Whakatane Coffee Group

When: 3rd Friday monthly

Where: Roquette – The Heads

Description: Social inclusion , Peer Support

Contact: Tauranga admin 07.578.2376

Whitianga

Whitianga Support Group

When:  meets bi monthly

Where: various – TBC

Description: Social Inclusion, Peer support

Contact: Tauranga admin 07.578.2376

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