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VRC National Series - Key Info

Are you planning on joining us at either of our National Championship events in Christchurch or Auckland? This email is for you - please read to make sure you have the latest info!

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This is your final week to make sure you are registered/unregistered for the upcoming Nationals.

All teams registered on either event by end of Friday 19th March will be invoiced. Likewise, make sure you're on the list if you are joining us!

Please email if you need teams updated.


Spectators and Public

Both events in the series are open to the public and spectators are encouraged!

We have activities for the whole family - play with VEX GO and VEX IQ, try VR headsets with our various booths, and so much more!

In Christchurch, you can check out the activities with Bee Bots and Digital Future Aotearoa, tinker with laptops with Recycle A Device, or have a go with Imagination Station.

In Auckland, you can check out all the educational exhibits, as well as try your hand at coding with activities by Xero, awesome VR headsets with VR Voom, , meet some impressive robots from the First Robotics Competition and BattleBots, and see Spot the Boston Dynamics Robot by Rocos!

To help us with our contact tracing, we ask that you please register prior to the event you will be attending - even if it's as a supporting parent only in for an hour. At both events we will have ushers patrolling doors to encourage scanning and also adding on attendee details - so registering in advance will help speed this up. Do your part and please register!



We won't go on about this one too much, but we need more volunteers in both Christchurch and Auckland.

No minimum age, and even just helping out for one day would make a huge difference!

What's in it for you? A free shirt, catering and lots of fun!

Sign up on the link below.



A final reminder that you MUST have completed this consent form to submit to RECF before Nationals - we will be using this list to make lanyards for the pits.

If you do not have a consent form, you will not be given a lanyard and will not have access to the pits. We are keeping the pits as a lanyard only zone this year due to the number of public we expect to attend to help with security of teams' belongings.

Lanyards will be given to the team member doing check-in and inspection on Friday and competitors must wear this throughout the competition if they want to access the Pits.

Are your cords tested AND tagged?

Any electrical items being used in the venue need to be tested and tagged within the last 12 months. This means anything that is going to be plugged in, including battery chargers, laptop chargers, multiboards, extension cables, phone chargers, adapters, etc., MUST be tagged with a valid and current sticker. This applies to both the Christchurch and Auckland event. We will provide a multiboard at each pit for each team in Auckland, and confirming our power availability for Christchurch. Untagged cords that are found to be plugged in will be confiscated for the event and teams will receive a warning. We will not be offering testing and tagging at the Nationals. Please organise this yourself with your school or an appliance testing company before the event.


It is mandatory that all competitors wear safety glasses (or their own glasses) at the competition fields. Any competitors without these will be asked to leave the competition area (our volunteers will also be wearing them).

Please wear covered shoes - jandals, bare feet, or other sandals are not allowed at the competition fields. Keep this in mind for the teams who plan on dressing up.

If you don't have any safety glasses - good news is our supply just landed. We have brand new Kiwibots branded safety glasses and selling these for the same price of $3.50 a pair.

Christchurch Schedule

Any teams, students and supporters able to help us with set up are encouraged to please stay and assist with set up of pits and fields on Friday evening.

Teams not checked in by 6pm Friday 19th will not be able to compete in the Nationals Tournament.

Friday 19 March 3:00pm - 6:00pm Check-in and inspection (Note all competitors and associated adults will be issued lanyards on check-in). Only a representative is required for your team for check in, and they will collect all the lanyards for your team.

Saturday 20 March

8:30am Doors Open, Final Inspections

8:45am Mihi whakatau, Opening Ceremony and Awards

10:00am - 12:00pm Qualification Matches

12:00pm - 12:30pm LUNCH

No skills or matches to take place during lunch.

12:30 - 2:00pm Skills fields open - this will be the only skills slots available

2:00pm - 3:00pm Qualification Matches Finish

3:00pm Alliance Selection

3:15pm - 4:30pm Knock-Out Matches, Awards

4:30pm - 5:30pm Semi Finals and Finals Matches, Awards Ceremony, Event Close


Friday 2 April 2pm - 5pm Check-in and inspection (Note all competitors and associated adults will be issued lanyards on check-in). Only a representative is required for your team for check in, and they will collect all the lanyards for your team. Teams not checked in by 5pm Friday will not be able to compete in the Nationals Tournament.

Saturday 3 April

8:30am Doors Open, Final Inspections

9:00am Opening Ceremony and Awards

10:00am Skills Fields Open

10:00am - 12:30pm Qualification Matches

12:30pm - 1:30pm LUNCH

1:00pm Rocos Demonstration of Spot

1:30pm - 5:00pm Qualification Matches, Day Close

Sunday 4 April

8:30am Doors Open

9:00am - 12:00pm Qualification Matches

12:00pm - 1:00pm LUNCH. Skills Fields Close

12:30pm Rocos Demonstration of Spot

1:00pm Alliance Selection

1:00pm - 3:00pm Knock-Out Matches, Awards

3:00pm - 4:30pm Semi Finals and Finals Matches, Awards Ceremony, Event Close


Parking and Venue Amenities

Christchurch Boys' High School

Street parking available on surrounding streets - check out image below for a map of parking areas and where to meet from 8:30am - 8:45am to prepare for the mihi whakatau to open our event.

It's going to be a long day, so we've organised for FUSH to have a food truck on site as well as a Coffee Truck! ☕️

The venue is fully accessible and we encourage folks to bring water bottles that can be refilled.

Auckland - Vodafone Events Centre

Parking will be FREE and available in the Vodafone Events Centre South Carpark through Gate 3 (on the right).

Throughout the event, we will also have the venue cafeteria available for food and drink in the main entrance, as well as our STEM Expo exhibitors.

Payment at the cafeteria is contactless only - they will not take cash.

The venue is fully accessible and we encourage folks to bring water bottles that can be refilled from on site water coolers.


We will have a number of photographers at the event - the waiver and consent form signed allows for use of these photos by RECF, however we at Kiwibots also respect that some students may not wish to have their photos published and will avoid publishing images of them where possible.

If there are any specific minors who do not consent to images being taken of them for the purposes of marketing, please let us know their name by

5pm Thursday 18th March as we will give them a different lanyard so our photographers and exhibitors in the STEM Expo can be notified about not publishing of images with those individuals.

Dress up!

Have fun with this event - dress up to a theme, show off your team colours, of even bring along a team mascot! We can't wait to see you all and the creative things you Kiwibots kids do. Just make sure you have closed toe footwear 😉

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