01 June 2017

Policy Update – 1 June 2017

Our fortnightly policy updates keep you up-to-date with the industry.

Rocket launch a huge step for New Zealand’s space industry

Rocket Lab’s recent successful launch of their first test rocket is “a major milestone in the development of New Zealand’s space industry”, says Minister for Economic Development Simon Bridges. The Minister congratulated the team following the launch on the Mahia Peninsula, which made New Zealand one of 11 countries able to launch satellites into space. 

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Greenhouse gas emissions decline

New Zealand is becoming more carbon efficient. According to the latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory, gross emissions declined in 2015, after remaining stable for 12 years. Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says “Domestic greenhouse gas emissions have stabilised while our economy and population continue to grow … The most recent inventory shows gross emissions were 0.1 per cent lower in 2015 compared with 2014, and that we are in a better position to meet our 2020 targets.”

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New Zealand’s Digital Future – manifesto

NZTech, IT Professionals (ITP) and InternetNZ led 20 of New Zealand’s leading tech organisations in releasing their collaborative manifesto, New Zealand’s Digital Future. NZTech Chief Executive Graeme Muller says “The manifesto focuses on three key area: The future of our people, the future of our economy and the future of our government so New Zealand’s digital potential can be fully realised.”

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Auckland’s nightscape to be transformed

Auckland’s Harbour Bridge will be fitted with a sustainable lighting system – the first of its kind in the world. Solar and battery technology will offset the energy required for the 90,000 LED lights and 200 floodlights. NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Council and Vector will collaborate on the installation.

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