MBIE releases report into statutory review of space

Published: 12 May 2022

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has today released a report into the operation and effectiveness of New Zealand’s space regulatory regime. A review of the Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Act (OSHAA Act) was required by law after it had been in place for 3 years.

Overall, the report concludes that New Zealand’s regime for the regulation of space and high-altitude activities has performed well. There have been no material safety or security issues, and decisions have been compliant with New Zealand’s international obligations, and national security and national interests. 

There is expected to be a detailed round of public consultation over wider space policy later this year.

The plan to consult on the next steps for space policy was due to start in 2021 but was postponed in September as the Government focussed on the more immediate COVID-19 response. Further details about the public consultation process are expected to be announced later in the year.

Statutory review of space law starts

Read the Beehive media release at the link below:

Next steps signalled for space activity laws(external link) — Beehive.govt.nz

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Last updated: 12 May 2022