NZOI is organised by a group of people who are keen to share their enjoyment of informatics with New Zealand students. This group includes teachers, professional programmers, and university students. Many in the group have been through the NZOI training programme and competed in an International Olympiad in Informatics.
The group runs a programming contest which has several events throughout the year. It also holds a training camp in January each year to which the top programming students are invited.
The group relies heavily on sponsorship from tertiary organisations and business. The sponsorship subsidises the society’s activities including the supervising adults who are required to accompany the students selected to compete in the international olympiad event.
The society provides training opportunities in Informatics to selected New Zealand students who are currently enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school or who have been enrolled in the last eight months. The society selects, from those it has trained, students to attend the International Olympiad in Informatics. The society endeavours to foster informatics in New Zealand secondary schools. The society aims to be a non-profit group with all funds going to fulfill the purposes above.
New Zealand did not attend the 2017 IOI in Iran.
The 2016 IOI was held in Kazan, Russia from August 12 to 19. The New Zealand team for 2016, consisted of Jonathan Khoo (Mount Roskill Grammar), Chuanye Chen (AIC), Christopher Brown (Christ's College) and Seung Je Jung (Christ's College ).
Jonathan Khoo and Chuanye Chen both won bronze medals, scoring 293 and 248 respectively. Out of 308 official contestants from over 80 countries, Jonathan placed 104th, and Chuanye placed 145th. Christopher placed 156th and Seung Je 215th.
Apart from the competition days, the team had several excursions. The embankment walk along the side of the Kazanka river allowed students to enjoy bikes, pedal cars, skates and other activities available. The UNESCO World Heritage site - the Kazan Kremlin - astounded all teams with its beautiful historic buildings. Another highlight was the excursion to the impressive development of the Innapolis IT University and the beautiful island town of Sviyazhsk.
The 2018 IOI will be held in Tsukuba, Japan.