Nau Mai Harae Mai, Welcome local and international guests to the Youth Programme of Retina 2018 New Zealand.

Retina New Zealand has announced that it will manage and sponsor a special Youth Programme from February 7 -9.

As they put together a great programme of activities Zane, Harriet & David look forward to welcoming you to Auckland. Open to everyone aged 18-35. The event will include:


Wednesday 7 February  

Arrive, Meet & Greet

Thursday 8 February

With sighted guides available to assist, a bush walk to some waterfalls followed by a visit to Piha for a swim or surf – Piha is Auckland’s famous west coast black sand beach. There is the option of a surfing lesson. Your bus travel and a packed lunch is provided free of charge.

Friday 9 February

Speaker’s Breakfast – Enjoy 2 inspirational speakers over [free] breakfast, our first confirmed speaker is Paralympic World Champion swimmer, Mary Fisher. A  Guided tour of the Guide Dog training centre will be followed by a Maori cultural experience at the Orakei Marae. This will include the traditional welcome (Powhiri), listening to stories of the history of the area and its people and an opportunity to participate in cultural activities. You will also enjoy a typical kiwi roast dinner with Pavlova for dessert of course!

Saturday 10 February

Retina International World congress – Day 1

Sunday 11 February

Retina International World congress – Day 2


Retina NZ asks that you only register if you are serious about attending the Free Youth Event. Retina NZ will contact you after registration is complete.



Please note, if you are attending the World congress and associated events, you will need to separately register at the youth rate here:



As with all congress attendees, your accommodation is booked separately. Accommodation options at the following link:


(University Hall will be the best option to optimise your participation in the youth programme)


The Facebook page for the Retina 2018 New Zealand Youth event can be found here:



We look forward to seeing you in Aotearoa.

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