12 May 2021

New Zealand’s Space Sector Opportunity

There are increasing opportunities in New Zealand but we need to accelerate this.

We really need to take hold of the opportunities for New Zealand as a nation with aerospace and get behind it – that’s across private investment, Government investment, education – from every perspective

Last week I spoke with George Li who is a Chinese Kiwi who – space hadn’t come onto his radar while he was in New Zealand.

He went off and studied in the US and then he had an opportunity at a US university to get involved in CubeSats [miniaturized satellites for space research] – now he’s working for NASA JPL [Jet Propulsion Laboratory].

A young chap making a difference. We need those people to be here in New Zealand and we need to be really waving the flag for space.

We need to gear up and be really set 10 – 20 years into the future.

We need to make New Zealand a place where these things will happen on an increasing basis where those coming through the education system are geared up and are going to be employed here in New Zealand.