New Zealand Space Policy Review consultation

September 2022

Artistic image of New Zealand from space

This is the web version of the New Zealand Space Policy Review consultation document.

Download the PDF version and read more about the consultation from the Have your say consultation page:

Have your say: New Zealand Space Policy Review

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Have your say

This section outlines questions you might find it helpful to consider when providing your feedback, how to make a submission, and how your feedback will be used.

The New Zealand government's role in space policy development

The New Zealand Space Agency engages with multiple government agencies to ensure space policies are consistent with New Zealand’s obligations, laws and interests.

Supporting New Zealand's values and interests

New Zealand’s values speak to who we are as a nation and how we act in the world. The chapter notes the values that the New Zealand government aims to reflect and promote through space activities, engagements and the use of space technologies.

Growing an innovative and inclusive space sector

The New Zealand government supports the growth of an innovative and inclusive space sector. A 2019 report from Deloitte showed that the New Zealand space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy and supported 12,000 jobs in 2018/19.

Protecting and advancing our national security and economic interests

Space plays an important role in protecting New Zealand and New Zealanders, including our national security and economic interests.

Regulating to ensure space activities are safe and secure

MBIE regulates the use of all launch vehicles, facilities, payloads, and high-altitude vehicles from New Zealand under the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Act 2017 (the Act).

Promoting the responsible uses of space internationally

New Zealand is one of the few countries that has space launch capability. This gives us a credible voice internationally, and a responsibility to actively preserve the benefits of space for future generations and other nations across the world.

Modelling sustainable space and Earth environments

Sustainability supports our economic, national security, regulatory and international interests in space. We want to ensure that both space and Earth environments are sustainably used to preserve their benefits for future generations.