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Since early 2020, The Mind Lab no longer run school holiday programmes for children. We'd suggest checking out MOTAT in Auckland and Tōnui Collab in Gisborne.

Check out this open letter from Frances Valintine on LinkedIn about her sadness stopping the school holiday programmes.

Our learners are at the heart of everything we do here at The Mind Lab, and we take all student concerns extremely seriously. If you have any concerns or would like to appeal a decision, you can find relevant policies and processes outlined in the  Student Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedure.

For any further information about this policy or process please contact: or phone: (09) 964 4444

The story of The Mind Lab is one of recognising and embracing change in the world and providing innovative education that reflects that change.

Founded by Frances Valintine in 2013, The Mind Lab was created to address the imbalance of what children were learning at school and the skills that the future requires by introducing them to collaborative, creative, hands-on digital discovery and problem-solving.

It quickly became evident that to support young learners, we had to raise the digital skills and capabilities of teachers, to give them the confidence and agency to ignite their classrooms and embrace digital change within their school communities. 

Now our suite of programmes is rapidly expanding as we identify and seek to build capability in the classroom, the workplace, and beyond, and enable New Zealanders to lead change.  Our teaching and learning is grounded in kaupapa Māori values. We’re focused on making what we teach accessible and valuable for all learners, with learners at the heart of what we do. 

In a world where the greatest certainty is change, lifelong learning is key; which is why we are working to ensure the future of learning is accessible, inspiring, fun, practical, and a journey of endless exploration.

The Mind Lab – creating impactful futures.

The Mind Lab founder Frances Valintine was previously the Chief Executive of Media Design School, one of New Zealand’s most successful private training establishments. Frances Valintine chairs the Board of The Mind Lab and acts as an education consultant to the ongoing development of the programme. Learn more about Frances Valintine here.

In December 2013, the Associate Minister for Education, Nikki Kaye, identified a critical mass of 10,000 New Zealand teachers (of the 50,000+ primary and secondary teachers) needing further training and the skills to provide more relevant educational delivery methods. The Mind Lab’s qualifications respond to this demand.