Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Rocket Lab Considering an Additonal Launch Site in Wairoa

Rocket Lab Considering an Additonal Launch Site in Wairoa

Rocket Lab have signalled their continued interest in Wairoa as an additional satellite launch base.

Mayor Craig Little says he is certainly pleased that a business like Rocket Lab is interested in setting up an additional site in the Wairoa district and appreciates that they want to have discussions with our community. “I’m keen to have a conversation about what opportunities there might be for our community with the potential for an additional satellite launch site in Wairoa.”

“That Rocket Lab is open to having that conversation with us is great and is only the first step in a process. We as a community now have to be active participants in what this might mean for Wairoa.”

“And that’s the important thing about being open for business. We’re keen for our community to have all of the relevant information so that we can sit down, talk and understand all the facts. It’s important that we can all work together in a really positive way to bring lasting, real benefit to our community,”

“Attracting and supporting new businesses to the district is so important for Wairoa. With new businesses come a workforce, their families, new skills and new opportunities for our community. Looking at ways of growing our population is vital for Wairoa and these conversations with businesses like Rocket Lab are the first step in doing that.”

“Being a smaller Council has its advantages, it makes us much more approachable and agile and we’re able to be really responsive to opportunities from new businesses whilst ensuring we meet the needs of our community”, Mr Little said.

Wairoa District Council CEO, Fergus Power, says “We have had a focus over the past year on developing a strategy aimed at encouraging new and innovative businesses into the district.”

“Wairoa has the potential to be at the forefront of innovation within New Zealand. Council’s goal will be to partner with businesses, rather than lead everything ourselves with rate funding.”

“As noted in our Long Term Plan, Council wants to foster an environment which assists the business community to bring about sustainable positive change for Wairoa, leading to opportunities for whānau to be reunited with those who have left this district to pursue employment opportunities elsewhere and who will be attracted back home for work, but more importantly, to friends and family.”

“Obviously there is a process that Rocket Lab has to go through before any physical work can be approved.”

The site being considered for the additional base is on land owned by the Tawapata South Māori Incorporation – Onenui Station, on the southern tip of Mahia peninsula. Incorporation spokesperson, George Mackey says that he is excited that Rocket Lab are considering Onenui Station as an additional site.

“Wouldn’t it be great to have a sign up that says ‘Wairoa – Gateway to the Galaxy’? When I think about all this, I am left with this sense that our community will be linked to the development of these new innovative celestial waka. It’s quite exciting really.”

“But yes, we are speaking with major shareholders seeking their support for this new opportunity for our community and we’re keen to support Rocket Lab in communicating their vision, not only for their business, but also for our community”, Mr Mackey says.

Chairman of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Fenton Wilson says “Rocket Lab has had discussions with the HBRC and we appreciate that Rocket Lab have to go through a process. The HBRC will continue to work with Rocket Lab to ensure that any additional launch site based in the Hawke’s Bay will meet the requisite requirements.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>


Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>


Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>


Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>


Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>


Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>


School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>


IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>


Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>




InfoPages News Channels