BLENNZ works closely with a number of partner agencies.
Albinism Trust is a voluntary not for profit group dedicated to all New Zealanders with Albinism. They collaborate with Australian and South Pacific Island strategic colleagues and firmly believe that Mums and Dads of babies with Albinism know their child best. The Albinism Trust is there to help when or if called upon to do so and know that some families can struggle to get their head around lots of misinformation and ill-informed advice about Albinism.
Blind Citizens NZ
Blind Citizens NZ is New Zealand’s oldest advocacy organisation in the disability sector. It is New Zealand’s largest, generic, blindness consumer organisation and works to advocate on behalf of our members and blind and vision impaired New Zealanders.
The Blind Foundation is New Zealand’s main provider of practical and emotional support for the 11,700 Kiwis who are blind or have low vision, enabling them to face their future with confidence. They work to empower their members who are blind or have low vision by giving them the training, tools, and tips they need to deal with blindness and achieve their goals.
Kelston Deaf Education Centre (KDEC) is governed by a Combined Board of Trustees whose strategic focus is on working together with families and the Deaf community to provide equitable and coordinated deaf education, so that deaf and hearing impaired students:
- Contribute meaningfully to their communities;
- Are socially well integrated; and
- Are able to determine their future and fulfil their dreams.
Ministry of Education
The Ministry’s role is to raise the overall level of educational achievement and reduce disparity. The ministry has numerous functions – advising government, providing information to the sector, providing learning resources, administering sector regulation and funding, and providing specialist services. The Ministry of Education website contains information organised around the three education stages: early learning, schooling, and further education. These sections contain a range of information and links to other sites, and includes general information, as well as more specialised topics for educators and administrators.
Ngāti Kāpo o Aotearoa Inc.
Ngāti Kāpo was founded in 1983 upon the vision of self-determination (Mana Kāpo) and improving the quality of life of kāpo Māori and their whānau. The society in the 21st century is a national Māori health and disability service provider that is driven by and for Māori disabled consumers and their families – kāpo Māori and their whānau. Ngāti Kāpo is a member based society which is open to any person (disabled, able bodied, Māori and Non-Māori) who supports the vision, mission, purpose, aims and principles of the society.
Parents of Vision Impaired (NZ) Inc.
Parents of Vision Impaired New Zealand ( PVINZ Inc) is a parent support group formed in 1984 to provide a parent information network, an advocacy and support infrastructure serving a constituency of approximately 2000 parents and families in New Zealand. They have a permanent staff of two and are supported by the Blind Foundation and other funding providers in New Zealand.
van Asch Deaf Education Centre.
The van Asch Deaf Education Centre is a residential special school for deaf children, and is situated in Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand. The Centre strives to be a leading provider of quality educational programmes and special related services that meet the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their families, in the lower half of the North Island and the South Island of New Zealand.