Our Partner Organisations

We believe that competitive robotics can be a valuable educational tool for the STEM curriculum, and facilitating robotics events is the best way for us to ensure that young people can improve and test their skills in a positive, helpful environment.

The House of Science has a lofty vision: to Raise Scientific Literacy in all of New Zealand - all ages, all ethnicities, all communities. From DIY experiments, to professional development programmes, House of Science provides a range of educational tools for the whole community. 

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Is your School Ready to Begin the Digital Technology Journey in 2018?

Digital Circus is a Ministry of Education Accredited PLD Provider Specialising in Digital Technologies.

RoboPa is a maker-space where Māori youth can access technologies, code and equipment. Participants will engage in computational tasks designed to challenge them to solve problems in a team environment. 

Participants will be shown how to break large abstract problems down into more manageable and comprehensible concepts. They will be encouraged to construct, test, re-test and reflect on collaborative solutions in authentic environments.

Accelerating Aotearoa is ensuring all New Zealanders can fully participate in a digital world.

Work is currently being progressed in South Auckland, through the Accelerating Auckland programme, to bring the next generation’s tech superstars through, to support industry talent needs for a tech-enhanced New Zealand.

The NZ Robotics Charitable Trust (trading as KIWIBOTS) with the support of Massey University was formed to inspire interest in science and technology in NZ schools by bringing the FIRST robotics program to New Zealand. 

Kiwibots decided to introduce the VEX competition in New Zealand as it offers students many more chances to compete against other schools rather than only once a year as is the case with FIRST. Changing from one competition a year to one a month means that students can now refine their ideas and learn from their mistakes.

The foundation sponsors of the Kiwibots were Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, Glidepath Limited and Federal Express (FedEx) with support from the Employer and Manufacturers Association (EMA) (Northern), Qantas, Amcham, Massey University and Smales Farm.

The Trust is currently represented by the following members:
Mike Hearn – American Chamber of Commerce NZ
Greg Smale – Smales Farm

Debra Lumsden – Fisher and Paykel Healthcare
Lee-Anne Taylor - Rutherford School
Professor Don Cleland – Massey University
Sir Ken Stevens – Glidepath Limited

Our Sponsors

Our Values



"With the help of others we can reach further"

These days 'who you know' is as important as 'what you know'.
The Kiwibots and their sponsors are looking for people that are team players, they discourage teams-of-one.
A team will outperform a single person and they will be able to get involved in everything that the VEX competition has to offer.
The Excellence Award in New Zealand is out of reach of teams-of-one! 

Gracious Professionalism

Being gracious in victory is sometimes more difficult than defeat. While the events are competitive, all team members are prepared to assist other teams so they can perform at their best.

Good Luck to all this season! 

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Questions? Contact:

Email: j.van@kiwibots.co.nz

Mob: 09 213 2874