2017 New Zealand VEX National Championships

The 2016 Nationals were held at Vodafone Events Center from 26th to 28th February 2016. Teams from around the country competed in a two day super event! 7 teams qualified for the 2016 VEX World Championships!

Volunteers make it possible, without you we would never even be able to start. A special shout out to Jess Chase for organising everyone and keeping us all on track, Nathan Allen for the superb match control software, Hayden Wilson for the A/V and support and Jamie Davis and George Gillard for the KiwiChallenge.

Results for the event are here

Photographs of the event Day 1 here are here and Day 2 here Thank you to Bruce Tetley, Matthew Hamling and Frank Sin for donating their valuable time and skills to give us fantastic photographic memories.

Wrap Video of the nationals is here thanks to the fantastic filming and editing by LJ Lolesio of LJ Productions.

Youtube recordings of the event were made possible by the kind sponsorship of Peter Wilson and SMC Pneumatics.

Day 1

Day 2



The KIWIBOTS nationals would not be possible without the kind support of the following sponsors

Fisher Paykel Healthcare
Foundation Sponsor
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare have been a sponsor of the KIWIBOTS form the very beginning. Without their supporting the foundations of the VEX Competition in New Zealand, we would not exist
Foundation Sponsor
Glidepath's support of the VEX program in New Zealand goes back to the very start. Their continued support makes the competition possible.
The Vodafone Event Centre
Every year the Vodafone Event Centre has made it possible for us to hold our national competition by a fantastic grant. It is at the Vodafone Event Centre that champions are born.
ATEEDAuckland Primary CMYK
Major Supporter
ATEED has helped us take the National event to a new level. Their support has enabled us to hold a STEM education and competition event at the same time as our Nationals and to promote the event to a country wide audience.
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Foundation Sponsor
The American Chamber of Commerce has supported the Kiwibots from the beginning and have opened many doors for us. The contacts we have made through them over the years have helped us gain credibility in the business world.
Massey University
Foundation University
Massey started VEX in New Zealand with Smales Farm. They continue to support the program and their reputation has helped us grow in untold ways.
Royal Society
Major Sponsor
Every year the Royal Society supports the teams that qualify at our national event to go to the World Championships with a very generous grant. Without their support we would not have been able to send as many teams to the USA as we have.
Raye Freedman Trust
Major Sponsor
The Raye Freedman Trust supports our 'Pebbles' program in South Auckland that helps us get Intermediate schools into the program and expose more students to the fantastic world of STEM.
Four Winds Foundation
Nationals Sponsor
The grant from the Four Winds foundation supported the Audio Visual production of the Nationals.
Smales Farm
Foundation Sponsor
Not only does Smales Farm support the Kiwibots financially but they are the reason why the VEX competition started in New Zealand in the first space. They also graciously give us office space and space to store our stock.
Major Sponsor
SMC Pneumatics have continued to support the Kiwibots over the years and are keen to continue. We now have a custom trailer for VEX in Auckland as a result of their support.
Major Sponsor
Autodesk provide free software and training to any school that is involved in the VEX program in New Zealand. This is invaluable as those schools can allocate the funds that would have been spent on the software to their teams making them more competitive.

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