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.
In August 2018, New Zealand competed at the International Olympiad in Tsukuba, Japan. The team consisted of Ryan King (Year 13, St Kentigerns College), Maayan Levy (Year 12, Hillcrest High School), Zhiyuan Qi (Year 11, Auckland Grammar) and Ivan Solovyev (Year 10, Howick College).
The students performed very creditably, as they were an inexperienced team. New Zealand did not send a team to Iran in 2017. Given the relative youth of the team, and their enthusiasm and high level of motivation, it is expected that the New Zealanders will return to medal winning performances in 2019.
The 2019 IOI will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan.