New Product – STEAMSkit:Programmable Electronic Kitbox

February 1, 2017

10 Nelson-Tasman schools trial MOI’s new “STEAMSkit:Programmable Electronic Kitbox” during Term 1 and 2 under the Ministry of Education Digital Technology Fund Program!

University of delaware collaboration

January 1, 2017

University of Delaware (USA) Computer Science exchange students teach 3 days of MOI summer computer camps, including a 12 hour Code-a-thon.

4th Annual NZ Aquabots National Challenge

October 1, 2016


August 1, 2016

Philosophy expands! This year there is the Academy Conferences Philosophy Day plus a special half day for educators to learn how to include dynamic ethics and Philosophy themes to classroom discussions

NBS Quizzes Begin

June 1, 2016

NBS Academic Quiz Nights begin (x3 per year!)

Fourth Annual Inspire

April 1, 2016

4th Annual INSPIRE Festival at NMIT brings nearly 1,000 student, educators, whanau and professionals from all over NZ and Australia to Nelso n for 3 ½ days – and nights – of incredible Education, Entertainment and Spectacle!

Inspire ED

February 1, 2016

Inspire Education Classes Launch at Richmond NMIT campus! Based on the super-successful STEAMS model, Inspire Education classes are weekly pull-out sessions for 8-10 and 10-12 year old students with a passions for exploration!

Week long Camps Begin

January 1, 2016

3 Week long Summer Camps: Science, Arduino Robotics, and Mixed Media Computer Camp

Weekend Workshops

January 1, 2016

Weekend Workshops Launch: Arduino Robotics! Many more to come!

First Mentored students start Teaching classes

October 1, 2015

Weekly Electronics and Technology classes taught by Sr students begins!

National Aquabot Challenge

October 1, 2015

3rd Annual NZ Aquabots National Challenge! 34 teams from all over NZ compete!


August 1, 2015

MOI wins an MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment–Curious Minds Grant) for our NZ Aquabots Programme which allows us funds to expand across the whole Top of the South.

Philosophy Programmes

May 1, 2015

After MOI and local teachers take a booked out group of 90 inter-school students to the Wellington Philosophy Conference, students bring a request to MOI for MORE PHILOSOPHY! In June we bring the Bio-Ethics Roadshow (Centre for Science and Citizenship) and in August we bring Academy Conference from the UK to run Philosophy for Nelson-Tasman

Academic Quizzes

April 1, 2015

NBS Academic Quiz Nights Begin (3x per year, one for each age group)

Weekend Workshops Begin

February 1, 2015

First of 27 (!) Weekend Workshops for 2015 is held: Cookie Cutter 3-D Printing in Golden Bay!

Summer Camps Begin

January 1, 2015

Week long Summer Camps begin: Science+Engineering,  and another in Computers.

MOI Co-hosts IGNITED with GiftEDnz

November 1, 2014

MOI Co-hosts IGNITED with GiftEDnz at NMIT – a gifted education conference for educators with special guests TwoBitCircus (USA), Professor Roger Molzen (Univ of Waikato) and Professor June Maker (Univ of Arizona, USA). Educators from all over New Zealand attend two days of dynamic hands-on sessions plus academic lectures.

2nd Annual NZ (National) Aquabots Challenge!

October 1, 2014

First Out of Region Programme

August 1, 2014

First out-of-region program launch is held in Auckland with teacher/coach trainings for NZ Aquabots! Dunedin training starts in November that year.

Third annual Inspire

April 1, 2014

3rd INSPIRE Festival at NMIT takes place just 9 months after the previous festival due to demand! Over 500 students, plus their educators and whanau pack the 2 days of sessions –Primary session day sell out in 7 minutes!

Weekend Workshops

March 1, 2014

Launch of weekend workshops, many featuring student teachers from our MOI mentorship programme. First Workshop: Bridge Building! In total 13 weekend workshops are conducted in 2014.

Academic Quiz gets new Sponsor

March 1, 2014

Annual Academic Quiz Nights begins with new sponsor –NBS Bank!! 3 Quiz Nights per year, run by different College teams, all part of MOI Mentorship programme.

Summer Camp Programme Launch

January 1, 2014

Week long Summer Camp Programme Launch.. One for Science and one for Computers. More week long camps are held during each of the 2014 term breaks.


September 1, 2013

NZAquaBots, New Zealand’s only underwater robotics program, launches. Based on the popular USA programme called Sea Perch, the NZ winning team is invited to compete as the first and only international competitor in the USA championships.

Another INSPIRE!

July 1, 2013

Second annual INSPIRE Festival at NMIT is held just 7 months after the 1st festival due to overwhelming demand. This time 497 students pack the sessions out over 2 days! Special opening guest, Ngaa Rauuira, brings us his story in the movie “Maori Boy Genius” – the story of following your dreams and the support

Academic Quizzes Launched

April 1, 2013

The Academic Quiz Program begins, sponsored by the Cawthron Institute! Launched with only College and Intermediate students in mind, the Colleges have so much fun they ask if THEY can organise one for Primary students. Thus the MOI Mentorship Program is born and from then on MOI begins to mentor College students to run events

INSPIRE Festival

December 1, 2012

The first “INSPIRE Festival” takes place at NMIT with just 120 students from school years 3-13 on a single day. It’s a sell-out! Opening speaker is Jean Edwards and Closing student-author speaker is Hana Olds. Other highlights include politicians Nick Smith and Maryan Street, Nelson Science Society speakers, NZ Police Detectives, Otago U’s Richard DeHamel, Lawyers,

MOI Founded

October 1, 2012

Funding for the RSG’s ends after a national Hui to celebrate all the great ideas generated. We, in the Nelson-Tasman group, wonder who is going to ACT on all those great ideas. So we decide to “just do it”without any funding from anywhere. We incorporated and founded the Charitable Trust named Ministry of Inspiration.

Regional Strategy Groups

March 1, 2011

Ministry of Education facilitates 9 regional strategy groups (RSG’s) across NZ to develop educational extension strategies specific to the needs and resources of each region. Many meetings ensue!