National Space Policy launched

Published: 31 May 2023

New Zealand’s first National Space Policy, which sets out Aotearoa New Zealand’s values and high-level objectives for space activities, was launched today.

New Zealand has a growing space sector and a reputation as an attractive place to conduct space activities. These values and objectives will help inform space-related engagements, policy creation and strategies across government, and support New Zealand to present a connected picture of its space interests globally.

The key values for New Zealand in space are identified in the policy as stewardship, innovation, responsibility, and partnership.

The policy also outlines the government’s objectives for growing an innovative and inclusive space sector, protecting and advancing our national security and economic interests, regulating to ensure space activities are safe and secure, promoting the responsible use of space internationally and modelling sustainable space and Earth environments.

An 8-week public consultation process took place in September and October 2022, through which MBIE heard from the public that there is majority level support for these values and objectives.

This policy is the starting point for future engagements and policy creation. Government will continue to engage on these values and objectives and ensure that stakeholders can feed into how they are implemented.

More about the National Space Policy

Minister's press release:

Achieving lift off: National Space Policy launched(external link) —

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