Contact details

This page contains general and special interest email lists, information on TIS (the telephone information service), and contact details (whether it be names, addresses, email addresses, websites or phone numbers) for a variety of blindness related groups. The Blind Foundation was previously also known as the RNZFB (Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind).

Blind Foundation general information

The RNZFB assess and offer remedial options to blind and vision impaired people within New Zealand. If you would like to keep up to date with information and communications from within the Foundation via phone, email or their website, (or simply just join a group depending on your needs), please have a look below.

Blind Foundation general enquiries via phone
(For all general enquiries, such as who to get in touch with or how to join etcetera or to leave feedback)
phone 0800 243333
or email general@rnzfb.org.nz

General feedback via email
(To contribute constructive feedback - both good and bad - about the RNZFB's services and communications)
feedback@rnzfb.org.nz

Volunteer enquiries via email
(For all comments and questions to do with volunteering)
volunteers@rnzfb.org.nz

OUTLOOK magazine contributions
(To submit articles for the OUTLOOK magazine etcetera)
comms@rnzfb.org.nz

Blind Foundation (New Zealand) website
(A comprehensive site featuring a variety of topics related to the RNZFB's services and activities)
http://www.blindfoundation.org.nz

Regional offices
(A link to the Foundations website where you can find out the location and contact numbers for your local regional office)
http://www.rnzfb.org.nz/about/get-in-touch/regional-offices

RNZFB general email lists

To sign up to any of the following general email lists, simply send a blank message to the email provided. There is no need to create a yahoo ID. To complete the registration simply reply to the automatic response you receive to your message.

General Announcements: Chair's Board reports and election announcements, announcements and short messages about activities and events in the New Zealand blind community.
To subscribe to this email list, send a message to rnzfb-announcements-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this email list, send a message to rnzfb-announcements-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com.

General Announcements (Northland): Activities and events of interest to the Northland blind community.
To subscribe to this list, send a message to rnzfbnorthland-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to rnzfbnorthland-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com.

General Announcements (Auckland): Activities and events of interest to the Auckland blind community.
To subscribe to this list, send a message to rnzfbauckland-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to rnzfbauckland-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com.

General Announcements (Waikato): Activities and events of interest to the Waikato blind community.
To subscribe to this list, send a message to rnzfbwaikato-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to rnzfbwaikato-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com.

General Announcements (Wellington): Activities and events of interest to the Wellington blind community.
To subscribe to this list, send a message to rnzfbwellington-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to rnzfbwellington-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com.

General Announcements (Christchurch): Activities and events of interest to the Christchurch blind community.
To subscribe to this list, send a message to rnzfbchristchurch-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to rnzfbchristchurch-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com.

General Announcements (Dunedin): Activities and events of interest to the Dunedin blind community.
To subscribe to this list, send a message to rnzfbdunedin-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to rnzfbdunedin-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com.

RNZFB Special interest email lists

To sign up to specific email lists, the first step is to subscribe to a group. To do this, please send a blank email to (for example) atig-taranaki-subscribe@yahoogroups.com you will then receive a request confirmation. To activate your subscription, just reply to the confirmation email and send it without writing anything else.

Assistive Technology Announcements Group (ATAnnounce NZ): ATAnnounce-NZ is the read-only version of ATIG for those who prefer the news without the discussion. It provides information and press releases on technology (particularly assistive technology).
To subscribe to this list, send a message to atannounce-nz-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to atannounce-nz-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com
The intention is to post Innovation Snippets, other news items and announcements – there will be nothing on ATAnnounce-NZ that is not also on ATIG_NZ but you may prefer to listen rather than engage. Snippets may also be accessed via the RNZFB website and TIS.

Assistive Technology Interest Group (ATIG NZ): A discussion list for RNZFB members, relating to assistive technology.
To subscribe to this list, send a message to atig-nz-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to atig-nz-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com
You can post to that group by emailing atig-nz@yahoogroups.com once your membership has been approved.

TALVA email group (TALVA stands for Taranaki Atig (and) Low Vision Assistance). This group is here to assist those who are blind or vision impaired, as well as those who are not yet legally blind but who have steadily deteriorating vision. Topics may cover anything eyesight related from using a certain piece of adaptive technology, through to other general eyesight related topics such as where to get a talking watch or clock from, or how to adapt something in your daily life. Hopefully somebody on this list may be able to help you!
To subscribe to the TALVA email group, please send an email to: talva-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.in
To post a message to the TALVA email group, (once the administrator has authorised your membership) please send an email to:
talva@yahoogroups.co.in
To unsubscribe from the TALVA email group, please send an email to:talva-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.co.in

Blind and vision impaired travellers group: Travel topics and related issues.
To join this list, send a message to vi-blind-travel-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Blind Cricket (New Zealand): Discussions and information relating to blind cricket in New Zealand. Membership is open to anyone.
To subscribe to this list, send a message to nz-bc-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to nz-bc-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

E-books User Group: This is a discussion list which aims to gather thoughts and feedback on what new technology is out there and what works best on what formats people currently use. To subscribe to this list, you can either send an email to ebooks-a11y-request@freelists.org with 'subscribe' in the subject field, or subscribe online at http://www.freelists.org/list/ebooks-a11y.  To unsubscribe visit http://www.freelists.org/list/ebooks-a11y and use the drop down box to unsubscribe.

Employment
: This list is for members looking for work or wanting to discuss employment-related issues.
To subscribe to this list, send a message to rnzfbemployment-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to rnzfbemployment-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Equipment Newsline: Allows you to keep up to date on equipment on offer in the Equipment shop.
To subscribe to this list, send a message to rnzfb-equipnews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to rnzfb-equipnews-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

Goalball: Information relating to Goalball in New Zealand.
To join this list, send a message to nz-goalball-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to nz-goalball-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

IPhone discussion group for NZ users
: The list discusses all things iPhone, from Apps, both good and bad, Voiceover, Zooms, and general iPhone advice. To subscribe the address is: nz_vi_iphone_users-subscribe@yahoogroups.com Send an email to subscribe and reply by filling in and returning the questionnaire. It aims to provide genuine and helpful advice for VIP IPhone users.

Library News: Keep up to date with the latest library news.
To subscribe to this list, send a message to rnzfb-libnews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to rnzfb-libnews-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

MemberVoice: Intended to be a forum from which the key issues faced by members currently can be identified; and from which members will then develop and agree on a way to address those issues directly with the RNZFB. To join this list, send a message to MemberVoice-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

NZ Braille: For braille issues in New Zealand.
To join this list, send a message to nzbrl-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to nzbrl-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

NZ guide dogs: A list for guide dog users and trainers within NZ.
To join this list, send a message to nz-guidedogs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to nz-guidedogs-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

Visually Impaired Users
: For information and discussions specifically for blind and visually impaired people. Membership is open to any blind or visually impaired person living in New Zealand. To join, send a message to nz-vi-subscribe@yahoogroups.com To unsubscribe from this list, send a message to nz-vi-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

The telephone information service (also known as TIS) and how to join

The telephone information service (TIS) enables RNZFB members to listen to a variety of recorded information via their touch-tone phone. (For example you may want to know what is on TV, hear what is happening within the Foundation, or leave a message via a discussion group).

If you would like to listen to TIS, dial the TIS number for your local area, or the 0800 36 33 44 number, and listen to see what information is available. There may be some options (such as TV and radio schedules) that are available to members who register and get a user number and pin number. To join TIS and get access to extra information which requires a user number and pin number, phone 0800 24 33 33 and ask to have access to the telephone information service. A staff member will then assist you. Only people registered with the RNZFB as members may use TIS.  When you have contacted the Foundation to join up to TIS, you will be asked for a 7 digit user identification number. This will be your phone number usually (as it is the easiest to remember) and is only used on some menu options.  You will also be asked for a 5 digit personal identification number; you should make this a number you can easily remember.

Once registered, simply dial into the TIS number nearest you and press the corresponding numbers for the information that you want to hear.

If you do not require the extra functionality (such as being able to listen to TV and radio schedules), you can simply ring in and listen to a variety of general information.  Menus are read out three times. If you miss hearing the first announcement, you will get another two chances before it will disconnect you! If you do not make a selection after the third announcement, the service will assume you have left the phone unattended and the call will be disconnected.

  Navigating the TIS menu's bulletins using your phone's numeric keypad

 You can use the following keys on your phone while listening to a bulletin:
 0 - Stops and returns you to the previous menu
 1 - Goes back to the previous segment
 3 - Goes forward to the next segment
 4 - Slows the recorded voice down
 6 - Speeds the recorded voice up
 8 - Pauses for 1 minute
 # - Help

Contact numbers for TIS around New Zealand

You can call in and listen to TIS from anywhere around the country:
New local free phone TIS numbers are as follows:
Whangarei: 09 929 9099
Tauranga: 07 929 6199
Gisborne: 06 929 1033
Wanganui: 06 348 4403
New Plymouth: 06 929 3088
Nelson: 03 929 5033
All other existing local TIS numbers remain the same as follows:
Auckland 09 302 3344
Hamilton 07 834 2288
Napier-Hastings 06 835 9136
Palmerston North 06 354 8316
Wellington 04 389 3858
Christchurch 03 355 8381
Timaru 03 688 6921
Oamaru 03 433 1026
Dunedin 03 455 8833
Balclutha 03 418 3332
Gore 03 203 3001
Invercargill 03 218 6470


For locations outside of these areas, please phone: 0800 36 33 44 Please note, that not all options will be available on the 0800 nationwide number. Please also note that as information becomes updated, numbers for various options may be added or removed.

Some useful options available on the TIS (telephone information service) are:

Option 1 Library and telephone information service news
Option 2 Radio and television schedules
Option 3 Blind Foundation news and information
Option 4 Regional menus
Option 5 Blind community groups
Option 6 Community information
Option 7 Government information
Option 8 Commercial services
Option 9 Newspapers
Not all options are available from the toll free number.

ABCNZ

(Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand)
The ABCNZ is a social group who actively advocate on behalf of blind and vision impaired people across New Zealand. Some of their achievements include pushing for accessible talking ATM's, and advocating for audio description on NZ television. As well as advocacy, the ABCNZ provide social events for their members.

ABCNZ general enquiries via phone
(For all general enquiries, such as who to get in touch with or how to join etcetera)
0800 222 694

ABCNZ general enquiries via email
(To find out more about the ABCNZ and its activities)
enquiries@abcnz.org.nz

ABCNZ nationwide feedback line
(This is a number that you can dial into to leave vision or ABCNZ related feedback for others to listen to).
0800 363 344 option 5 option 1 option 1

ABCNZ website
http://abcnz.org.nz/

Association of Blind Citizens NZ (Blind Discuss List): This is an email list for people wanting to discuss matters of interest to blind people in New Zealand.
To subscribe to this list, send a message to abcnz-blinddiscuss-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Association of Blind Citizens NZ (International List): This is an email list for people wanting to discuss matters of an international flavour, mostly World Blind Union related.
To subscribe to the list, send a message to abcnz-international-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

You will receive a reply very quickly from Yahoo asking if you meant to try to subscribe. The simplest action to take is to hit reply and send, without doing any editing. If that works, your request goes to the list owner and moderator for approval.

NZ blindness, disability and support organisations websites

Achieve: A network established to ensure equal opportunity and access to post-secondary education and training for people with impairments. It can be found at http://www.achieve.org.nz/ Phone: (0800) 80 80 98.

Age Concern NZ Inc: Age related issues. It can be found at http://www.ageconcern.org.nz/ Phone: (04) 801 9338.

Albinism Trust: Support and information on topics related to albinism (such as eyesight, skincare, mobility, and education etcetera). It can be found at http://www.albinism.org.nz/ Email: albinism@inspire.net.nz

Association of Blind Citizens NZ: Information on advocacy and activities for blind and vision impaired members. It can be found at http://www.abcnz.org.nz/ Phone: 0800 222 694.

Deafblind NZ: Support group for over 18 years deaf and blind members. It can be found at http://www.deafblind.com/new_zealand.html
Phone (09)  524 8598.

Diabetes NZ: Issues relating to diabetes. It can be found at http://www.diabetes.org.nz/ Phone: (0800) 369 636.

DPA NZ Inc (Disabled Persons Assembly): Information and support for issues related to persons with a disability. It can be found at http://www.dpa.org.nz/ Phone: (04) 801 9100.

Glaucoma NZ: Support groups, research and information for people affected by glaucoma. It can be found at http://www.glaucoma.org.nz/ Phone: (0800) 452 826.

Health and Disability Advocacy (Health and Disability Commissioner): A variety of information related to health and advocacy. It can be found at http://www.hdc.org.nz/about-us/disability Phone: (0800) 11 22 33.

Macular Degeneration New Zealand: Macular Degeneration awareness, education, support and research. It can be found at http://www.mdnz.co.nz/ Phone (0800) 622 852.

Ngāti Kāpō o Aotearoa: A national Maori kapo (blindness) education, advocacy and support group which is open to all. It can be found at http://www.kapomaori.com/ Phone: (0800) 770 990.

NZ Radio For The Print Disabled Inc: An organisation based in Levin that offers news, information and entertainment for print disabled people online. It has a listen live button. http://www.radioreading.org/ Phone: (06) 368 2229.

NZ VIEW (New Zealand Visually Impaired Empowering Women): A support group for blind and partially sighted women, promoting independence, self worth and dignity. Email: aislabie@clear.net.nz Please contact Ailsa Morgan, National Administrator Phone:
(07) 348 2765.


Parents of Vision Impaired NZ: A support group for parents of vision impaired children of all ages. It can be found at http://www.pvi.org.nz/ Phone: (07) 839 4205.

Retina New Zealand Inc: Research into causes and treatments, information and support. It can be found at http://www.retina.org.nz/ Phone: (0800) 233 833.

Support and Education for Youth, their Families and their Friends (SEYFF): A support group for 17 to 30 year olds. Please contact Donna McCaskill, Secretary Phone: (09) 355 6900 or 021 02354395 Email: seyff@xtra.co.nz

WEKA disability information website: Disability support information. It can be found at http://www.weka.net.nz/ Phone: (0800) 171981

NZ sports organisations

SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand): can be found at http://www.sparc.org.nz/ Phone: (04) 472 8058.

NZ Riding for the Disabled Assn Inc: Horse riding for the disabled. It can be found at http://www.rda.org.nz/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=2&Itemid=25 Phone: (04) 234 6090.

Blind Sailing: Blind sailing opportunities care of the Royal NZ Yacht squadron. It can be found at http://www.sailingblind.org.nz/ Phone: (09) 360 6804 or via the RNZFB on 0800 243333.

Blind Sport New Zealand: A variety of sports at national and international level for blind and VIP members. It can be found at http://www.blindsport.org.nz/ Phone (09) 355 6898.

Taranaki region contact details

New Plymouth RNZFB regional office
Physical address: RNZFB rooms, 131 Vivian Street, New Plymouth 4310
Mailing address: PO Box 178, Taranaki Mail Centre, New Plymouth 4340
Administrator: Gaylene Kay
Phone: (06) 759 1169

Listed below are contact details for various groups operating within the Taranaki region, as well as contact details for RNZFB staff who service the Taranaki area. Whether you are a blind member looking to join a particular group, or a sighted friend or family member looking to meet up with others, please feel free to contact these groups to find out more.

Contact details for various groups and / or RNZFB staff

Please note: In order to be referred to Blind Foundation staff, you will need to make contact via Gaylene Kay
(our New Plymouth administrator) who can then refer you on to the appropriate person as needed

GROUP NAME
CONTACT PERSON
CONTACT NUMBER
RNZFB Regional office Administrator New Plymouth
Gaylene Kay 06 759 1169
RNZFB O&M instructor based in Palmerston North
Gaylene Kay 06 759 1169
RNZFB recreation advisor based in Palmerston North
Gaylene Kay 06 759 1169
RNZFB adaptive communications instructor Alyse Lonsdale
Gaylene Kay 06 759 1169
RNZFB guide dog instructor Sarah Jewitt
Gaylene Kay 06 759 1169
Craft / friendship group
Jill O’Donnell 06 758 1429
Vision Impaired Social Club Diana Berendsen 06 758 2862
Friday Lunch Group Sue Cunninghame 06 757 2615
Indoor Bowls Aleister O’Donnell 06 758 1429
NZ View Sue Cunninghame 06 757 2615
Creative Arts Group Pauline Sarten 06 753 2093
Taranaki Blind Sport & Recreation Club Martin Nicholls 06 753 6553
ABCNZ (Association of Blind Citizens NZ) Olwyn Thomas 06 758 8818
Sailability Taranaki Trust (Includes Blind & all disabilities) Dave Allerton 06 752 3657
New Plymouth RNZFB Community Committee Peter Hume 06 757 4014
Stratford RNZFB Community Committee Narelle Gibson
06 765 8677
Hawera RNZFB Volunteer Group Jan Ashby
06 278 7650
Meet and Eat*
Jason Keene
06 753 6448



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