Te kupu whakataki a te Minita | Ministers’ foreword

We are excited to release the Aotearoa New Zealand Aerospace Strategy to drive the growth of our aerospace sector through to 2030 and beyond.

The Government has set ambitious goals for Aotearoa New Zealand to become a high-wage, low emissions economy that guarantees economic security for New Zealanders. The aerospace sector already employs New Zealanders throughout the country in highly paid and skilled jobs, and through this Strategy we want to create opportunities for a wider and more diverse range of people to get involved in the sector.

Aerospace technologies are key to how we connect with the world, from satellite communications to our use of planes to transport goods and people. In New Zealand and around the world, aerospace technologies will greatly improve how we respond to issues like climate change, emergency management and monitoring our ecosystems and natural resources.

Government has a critical leadership role to play in unlocking the potential of an internationally competitive aerospace sector that is safe, innovative and thriving. Aotearoa New Zealand has natural advantages and existing strengths in aerospace can help secure its position as a leading place to safely test, trial and adopt aerospace technologies.

As Ministers with responsibility for aerospace, this Strategy outlines our ambitions for the future state of the New Zealand aerospace sector in 2030. To achieve this vision, we need to strengthen the pillars that underpin the success of the sector – building strong economic foundations, providing supportive government-led initiatives and growing participation and engagement in the sector. These pillars will enable us to work towards five ambitious goals that build on our existing strengths and that will bring together expertise from across the sector.

Collectively, this work will ensure all New Zealanders benefit from the opportunities this sector offers across the land, sea, skies, and beyond.

We thank those New Zealanders who contributed to the development of this Strategy through the consultation period. Your feedback has been crucial in refining the content of this Strategy and shape the actions identified in the Action Plan. We look forward to working with industry, Māori, academia and wider communities through the Action Plan to build a strong, resilient and inclusive aerospace sector.

L-R: Head & shoulder images of Kiri Allan, Barbara Edmonds, Ayesha Verrall

Left to right: Kiri Allan, Barbara Edmonds, Ayesha Verrall