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. Blind Low Vision NZ (was previously also known as The Blind Foundation
and prior to that the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind).

Blind Low Vision NZ (Formerly Blind Foundation) general information

Blind Low Vision NZ 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 Low Vision NZ general inquiries
For all general inquiries, such as who to get in touch with, how to join etcetera, or to leave feedback.
phone 0800 243333

8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday
or email
info@blindlowvision.org.nz

 

Blind Low Vision NZ website
A comprehensive site featuring a variety of topics related to their services and activities.
https://blindlowvision.org.nz/

Regional offices
A link to the website where you can find out the location and contact numbers for your local regional office.
https://blindlowvision.org.nz/contact/locations/

Blind Low Vision NZ 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 the group you wish to subscribe to (for example if you would like to subscribe to the nvda group, send a blank email to  nvda+subscribe@nvda.groups.io  and then you should receive a request confirmation. To activate your subscription, just reply to the confirmation email and send it without writing anything else.

Find or create a group

The main webpage is https://groups.io/
You can search for other groups from your group home page, or even set up a new group. Locate the link that says find or create a group, then press the Enter key on it. In the search box, type in your search query (such as "blind") then press the Enter key. It should then come up with a list of groups that may suit your search criteria. From any group page you can search for and locate other groups that you might be interested in.

Blind Low Vision library

The BLVLibrary email group is a place where we can share information and support people that use the New Zealand Blind Low Vision Library service. This group is open to members and clients of Blind Low Vision NZ and anyone who wishes to learn more and support the library service (e.g volunteers).
To subscribe send a message to: BLVLibrary+subscribe@groups.io
The web page is: https://groups.io/g/BLVLibrary

Assistive Technology Interest Group (ATIG NZ)

For Blind Low Vision NZ clients to provide peer support and discuss matters relating to assistive technology.
To subscribe to the Assistive Technology Interest Group email list, send a message to atig-nz+subscribe@groups.io.
Group web page:https://groups.io/g/atig-nz

NVDA nvda@nvda.groups.io

NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is screen reader software for the Windows operating system.  The central purpose of this group is discussing how to use NVDA.

To subscribe send a message to: nvda+subscribe@nvda.groups.io
Group web page https://nvda.groups.io/g/nvda

Out of sight cooks

A group for blind people wishing to discuss all things related to cooking (eg. discussing favourite recipes or the value of certain cooking equipment and so on).
To subscribe send an email to: Outofsightcooks+subscribe@groups.io
The web page is https://groups.io/g/outofsightcooks

NZ blind gardeners

An NZ list for blind gardeners
To subscribe send a message to: nz-blind-gardeners+subscribe@groups.io
The web page is: https://groups.io/g/nz-blind-gardeners

iPhone User Group

For Blind Low Vision NZ clients who have questions about using an iPhone, or can offer advice to other iPhone users.
To subscribe to the iPhone user group email list, send a message to: nz-vi-iphone-users-subscribe@groups.io
Web page: https://groups.io/g/nz-vi-iphone-users

Other special interest e-mail lists

These special interest email groups below are owned and moderated by people outside of Blind Low Vision NZ. Please note: we are not responsible for the content or comments made in these groups and they do not necessarily represent the opinions of Blind Low Vision NZ.

Blind Citizens NZ (Blind Discuss List)

For people wanting to discuss matters of interest to blind people in New Zealand.
To subscribe to the Blind Citizens NZ Blind Discuss email list send a message to: blindcitizensnz-blinddiscuss+subscribe@groups.io
Web page: https://groups.io/g/blindcitizensnz-blinddiscuss

Blind Citizens NZ (International List)

For people wanting to discuss matters of an international flavour, mostly World Blind Union related.
To subscribe to the Blind Citizens NZ International email list send a message to: blindcitizensnz-international+subscribe@groups.io
Web page: https://groups.io/g/blindcitizensnz-international

NZ Braille

For issues to do with braille as it is used in New Zealand.
To subscribe to the NZ Braille email list send a message to: Nzbrl+subscribe@googlegroups.com

Deafblind Association NZ

For people wanting to discuss matters of interest to Deafblind people in NZ. 
To subscribe to the Deafblind Association NZ Email list send a message to: dbanz-discuss+subscribe@groups.io
Web page: https://groups.io/g/dbanz-discuss

ATUG (accessible technology group)

This is a list for Aussies and Kiwi's to discuss accessible technology from washing machines to pc's.
To subscribe send an email to: atug-subscribe@damorris.com

ozapple

A list for Aussies and Kiwi's to discuss anything Apple related.
To subscribe send an email to: ozapple-subscribe@damorris.com

anatad

This is one of the many blind Android lists.
Its unmoderated for the most part.
To subscribe send an email to: anatad+subscribe@googlegroups.com

Blind gamer's discussion list

This is a list where all gaming topics are welcome. The primary goal of the list is discussing games accessible to the blind and visually impaired.
If you are looking for the latest news in accessible gaming, tips and tricks on that favorite game, or you simply want to know what is out there then this is the right place.

To subscribe send a message to: blind-gamers+subscribe@groups.io
Web page: https://groups.io/g/blind-gamers


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

The telephone information service (TIS) enables BLVNZ 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 BLVNZ, 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 BLVNZ 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
 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 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/

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

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 Blind Low Vision NZ 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 Blind Low Vision NZ 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 Blind Low Vision NZ staff

Please note: In order to be referred to Blind Low Vision NZ 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
BLVNZ Regional office Administrator New Plymouth
Gaylene Kay 06 759 1169
BLVNZ O&M instructor
Gaylene Kay 06 759 1169
BLVNZ recreation advisor
Gaylene Kay 06 759 1169
BLVNZ adaptive communications instructor
Gaylene Kay 06 759 1169
BLVNZ guide dog instructor Sarah Jewitt
Gaylene Kay 06 759 1169
Social Club Gary Tanswell
06 758 0001
Friday Lunch Group Sue Cunninghame 06 757 2615
Indoor Bowls Aleister O’Donnell 06 758 1429
NZ View Sue Cunninghame 06 757 2615
Book Club
Jenny Schlup
06 757 9310
New Plymouth BLVNZ Community Committee Gary Tanswell
06 758 0001
ABCNZ (Association of Blind Citizens NZ) Gary Tanswell
06 758 0001
Sailability Taranaki Trust (Includes Blind & all disabilities) Dave Allerton 06 752 3657
Meet n Eat
Dave
021 0882 1733
Community Creative Hub
Liz Fry
021 449 832
Tai Chi
Margaret Underwood
06 758 1294
Stratford BLVNZ Community Committee Narelle Gibson 06 765 8677
Hawera BLVNZ Volunteer Group Jan Ashby 06 278 7650



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