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Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind
Community Groups
94 Raffles Street
Postal Address
P O Box 10, Napier 4140
Hawke's Bay
06 835 3777
06 835 8040
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The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind is the primary service provider for blind, deafblind and vision-impaired people.
Community Group Types
Community Group Types
Community Group TypesStatusDetails
Health and Disability Support Groups and Contacts Yes Services include: Habilitation, Rehabilitation, Sport and recreation, Deafblind services, Vocational advice, Volunteer support, Maori & Pacific services, Library services, Blindness awareness and prevention programmes and Guide Dogs.
Community Organisations No Includes Community Committees in Central Hawkes Bay, Hastings and Napier
Relationship and Counselling Services Yes Support for members including stress related to sight loss, self esteem, grief and relationship issues.
Fitness and Recreation Yes Recreation Advice for members, including but not limited to board games, Goalball, Music, Active Adults, peer support groups and a Blind Blokes group.
Kaumatua Services Yes Ngati Kapo O Aotearoa Inc which provide advocacy for improving social and economic status of kapo Maori and high quality service to members.
Updated: 1 Jun 2010
New members need to meet criteria which is visual acuity not exceeding 6/24 in the better eye with corrective lenses or have serious limitations in your field of vision, not greater than 20 degrees in the widest diameter. Once a member support is provided for independent living, safety, access to reference materials, instruction of new techniques to continue daily tasks and also to provide adaptive technology advice.
Updated: 1 Jun 2010
Special Features
Special Features
In New Zealand around 35% of vision loss is preventable. Raising awareness about blindness and our member's abilities and needs is key to reducing prejudices and misunderstandings in the community. The RNZFB is the primary source of information on blindness awareness and prevention. It provides awareness training to specific groups and works with employers to remove barriers in the workplace.
Updated: 1 Jun 2010
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Deaf Blind Sign Language Yes
English Yes
Maori - Te Reo Yes
Sign Language Yes
Other Details Yes Braille is the only reading and writing medium that is truly comparable with print. Our challenge is to encourage and support our members to learn braille.
Updated: 1 Jun 2010
CompanionshipSelf FundedSubsidisedAfter Hours
Other Social Support No Yes No Fortnightly social group and regular outings for members in Napier. Active Adults for all Hawkes Bay members meet four times a year. The Blind Blokes group meet monthly.
Updated: 1 Jun 2010