Weekly update: 26 March 2023

This was originally sent out by email on 26 March 2023. If you’d like to join our mailing list, please contact us.

Kia ora tatou,

Hello to all of us,

It’s beginning to feel a little autumnal and so things feel a little quiet. Let’s not have it that for us though. Invercargill have reached out for peer-to-peer support and I am wondering if you would like to reach out from your area too. Please remember we are here to support you with finding a suitable venue, transport requirements, and even some financial support for your gathering. We seek funding for this and it is in your name!


DPA Information Exchange

This week’s update, linked further below, includes a notification of a job vacancy for Campaigns Organiser, a full time position in Auckland with Blind Low Vision NZ. The closing date is noted as 22 March, which has of course already occurred, but on the seek website it is noted as 5 April with the proviso to “Please note that applications may close sooner if suitable candidate found.” Further information on the role follows.

Blind Low Vision NZ is looking for a fulltime Campaigns Organiser to join their Policy and Advocacy team

Based in central Auckland, the Campaigns Organiser will build an active constituency of people who are blind or have low vision, to advocate for a more accessible and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.

There are three inter-related responsibilities of the role:

  1. Establish and support an active constituency of people who are blind or have low vision, including through local or issues-based action groups
  2. Organising grassroots activity for Blind Low Vision NZ campaigns; and
  3. Help design and coordinate Blind Low Vision NZ campaigns.

The following website link provides more information.

Blind Low Vision Campaigns Organiser listing on Seek

The full Information Exchange is available in your browser at the following link.

DPA’s Information Exchange 19 March

Apologies from Sarah for the delay in this week’s mailing, and as usual, event reminders and TellMe phone numbers follow.

Ngā mihi mahana,
Warm regards,
Amanda and Sarah


Event reminders

Census 2023

Although the official census day was 7 March, there is still time to complete this legal obligation if you have not yet done so.

For help or to ask for information in different formats please visit the census website:


or call the census helpline free 7 days a week from 8am to 10pm, on 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787).

New Zealand Disability Survey

After the census, a sample of disabled and non-disabled people will be chosen to take part in the 2023 New Zealand Disability Survey (the last Disability Survey was held in 2013). You will be contacted by Stats NZ in August 2023 if you have been chosen to take part.

Audio description of the ANZAC Dawn Service for blind, Deafblind and low vision attendees.

Auckland , 25 April.

Booking is essential, by 4pm on Monday 17 April 2023. Details provided in 17 March update.

Other audio described events in Auckland were also listed in the 17 March update – Auckland Art Gallery Exhibition Light from Tate: 1700s to Now 1 April; The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage, various dates and the Musical “Hamilton” 10 June.

Accessible exhibition – Who can think, what can think

This Auckland Arts Festival Event runs from 18 February to 7 May at TeTuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, Auckland. Details were provided in 10 March update. A link to the event in your browser follows:


Active until April 14, Royal Dutch Visio online survey for young people (aged 18 to 30) with visual impairments (blind and low vision) to determine their wishes and concerns related to the future. Details provided in 17 March update.

Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities In Person Conference

Sydney, Sunday, 7 May – Tuesday, 9 May 2023.

OngoingEntertainment with Able

Able is a not-for-profit organisation working towards a more inclusive Aotearoa, believing everyone should be able to access news, entertainment and culture. Funded by NZ On Air, they’re Aotearoa’s leading provider of media access services, including captioning services, subtitling and audio description.

Listings to 1 April are available at the following browser links:

A link to Able website to subscribe to the weekly newsletter with listings and picks of the week follows:



Deafblind Association New Zealand access to TellMe

See TellMe numbers for your area


End of report and this week’s update.

Amanda Stevens
Executive Officer
Taringa Turi Kāpō Rōpū
Deafblind Association New Zealand