The Robotics NZ initiative was founded and is currently being led by Dr. Minas Liarokapis ( and Prof. Bruce MacDonald ( at the University of Auckland.

The Robotics NZ initiative is supported by the New Zealand Robotics, Automation and Sensing (NZRAS). NZRAS is a network of researchers, engineers, technologists and students that is concerned with research and application of robotic, automation and sensing technologies.