WELLINGTON: New Zealand's outer space law - the international context
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 at 5:40pm
Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 2 (GBLT2)

SPEAKER: Dr Maria Pozza

The Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Act 2017 (OSHAA 2017) governs space-based assets that are launched from New Zealand. Prospective launchers’ must now apply for one of five licences under the Act and provide various other documentation to the newly established New Zealand Space Agency (NZSA), in order to launch, and thereafter use, its space-based asset in outer space. The legislation provides the Minister of the NZSA with a wide scope of power to approve or disprove applications for licences in order to ensure New Zealand’s on-going compliance to its obligations under international space law. But what are those obligations and does the OSHAA 2017 effectively ensure that New Zealand adheres to those obligations, or is OSHAA 2017 just a knee-jerk reaction to US interested enterprises wishing to undertake activities in outer space from New Zealand? This presentation will consider these issues and assess the impact that OSHAA 2017 has had on New Zealand’s international relations, specifically with the US.