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