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2021 New Zealand VRC National Championship Series - Auckland

04/03/2021 - 04/04/2021
2021 New Zealand VRC National Championship Series - Auckland 2021 New Zealand VRC National Championship Series - Auckland

Event Code: RE-VRC-20-1997

Program: VEX Robotics Competition

Type of Event: Tournament

Event Format: In-Person

Capacity: 90 / Spots Open: 37

Event Region: New Zealand

Max Registrations per Organization: 30

Price: A$150.00

This event is closed to registration because:
  • It is past the registration deadline.
Event Dates

Date: 04/03/2021 - 04/04/2021


Vodafone Events Centre
770 Great South Road
Manukau, 2104
New Zealand

Grade Level: All

Robot Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: In-Person judging

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General Info

Kiwibots presents the 2020-21 New Zealand VEX Robotics Competition National Championships!

We are so excited to be partnering with Auckland Unlimited and returning to the marvellous Vodafone Events Centre for this incredible event. VRC Teams from across the country will compete over two days to gain the coveted title of National Champions and to qualify for invitations on the global stage at the World Championships in Dallas, Texas.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for this event is $150 NZD. Please do not pay through RobotEvents as teams will be invoiced through KIWIBOTS directly. Teams who have provided fields (and co-ordinated with KIWIBOTS in advance) will be eligible for a $50 discount on their registration. A school/organisation can provide multiple fields to allow multiple $50 discounts. Please contact to organise a field provision.

With the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to offer a financial accessibility programme for all our non-Auckland teams competing, with a discount of $50 per team to help ease the financial pressure of travelling to Auckland. This discount will be automatically applied, there is no need to request this, and you will see it as a line item on your invoice.


The check-in for the event will be held on Friday 5th March from 14:00 (2pm) to 17:00 (5pm). Teams must present at least one team member with the robot to check-in and complete inspection in order to be able to compete at the event. Teams who do not check in on the Friday 5th March will not be included in qualification matches over the weekend, 6th and 7th.

**Times shown are subject to changes as the schedule is still being finalised. Note that this event is contingent to Alert Level 1 being in place. If we are at Level 2 or other, the event will be cancelled. Please take this into consideration for booking of any services such as flights, accommodation etc. 

Design Notebooks
Design notebooks need to be submitted before the start of the tournament 9am Saturday 6th March. For ease, we will be collecting Design Notebooks at the check-in on Friday 5th. 

If you have been completing a Digital Notebook for this season, this must be printed out and submitted in hard copy to be considered for the Design Award (and Excellence Awards). Please see the Judging Guide and Judging Addendum released by RECF if you have any concerns.

Other Information

We have some brilliant judges lined up and can't wait to share more information about this event as it unfolds. There will also be booths at this event, featuring Rocos with Spot the Boston Dynamics Robot, The University of Auckland, Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Science, VR Voom, Xero, Rocket Lab, and many other awesome organisations who have opportunities to share, especially for high school and unviersity students. We are currently working on a hands-on area too so if you want to give robotics a go, you can try it out there!

More information for competitors and volunteers will be released soon, so keep an eye out for updates!


Friday 5 March 
2pm - 5pm Check-in and inspection
(Note all competitors and associated adults will be issued lanyards on check-in)

Teams not checked in by 5pm Friday will not be able to compete.

Saturday 6 March 
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 7 March 
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


Want to volunteer at this event? Awesome! There is no need for any prior experience to help out, just enthusiasm and your time. 

Please register to volunteer here and someone from our team will be in touch. Note that in accordance with our Child Protection Policy we may request you consent to an NZ Police Vetting.

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

As the event is indoors, it will continue in case of poor weather.

In the case of COVID-19 Level 2, we may postpone the event.

Refund Policy

Registration Fees will be refunded in case of COVID-19 cancellation. You may choose to receive this refund in cash, or hold it as store credit on the Kiwibots store.

Refunds will not be issues for disqualifications, no-shows or teams that register and do not check-in.


This event will be streamed via YouTube, and during lunch breaks we will endeavour to explore the STEM Expo with our roaming cameras.

Day #1 Stream:

Day #2 Stream: TBA