RNZFB Board update: 2023 Election Results

14 November 2023


Logo of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind. In te reo Māori, Te Tuāpāpā o Te Hunga Kāpō o Aotearoa.

These are the results from the Returning Officer on 13 November 2023.

The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind’s Annual General Meeting took place in Christchurch and via Zoom on Saturday 11 November 2023.

At that meeting, three seats became vacant on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, all by reason of cyclical rotation. There were a total of 8 candidates who sought election and an election was duly undertaken. Voting in the ballot closed on Friday 3 November 2023.

Election Results

A total of 1,000 valid individual votes were received. The successful candidates were:

  • Martine Abel-Williamson: 197 votes
  • Donna McCaskill: 159 votes
  • Chris Orr: 173 votes

The Board congratulates Martine and Donna on their re-election, and welcomes new director, Chris Orr, to the Board. Brief updated biographies of all directors will be available shortly on the Governance page of the Blind Low Vision NZ website.

If you have any further questions or comments, please contact Blind Low Vision NZ’s Board Secretary/Returning Officer by email at or by telephone on 0800 24 33 33.

Information on the full election results by candidate and the total number of valid votes for each candidate received follows:

Name of CandidateNumber of valid votes
Martine Abel-Williamson197
Chrissie Whitfield88
Vaughan Dodd126
Steven Bradley67
Fraser Alexander98
Donna McCaskill159
Paul Glover92
Chris Orr173


Since 2002, the RNZFB has been directly governed by its members who elect the Board of Directors. The Board focuses on strategic issues such as the Foundation’s purpose and direction. Directors serve for a term of three years.

Get In Touch

If you have any further questions or comments, please contact Blind Low Vision NZ’s Board Secretary / Returning Officer.


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