November 04, 2022
Māhia divided on space policy
The Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions wants the Government to slow down on its review on aerospace strategy and space policy.
The globally successful kiwi start-up, Rocketlab, has caused controversy by launching satellites for the United States military.
Some Māori at its Mahia-based launch site are demanding the company stop – or leave.
SMART’s chair, astrophysicist Pauline Harris, says the situation in Māhia is exactly why more Māori consultation is needed.
“It’s really up to the whānau what they do and what they want but I know the space regulatory people went there to have a hui and a wānanga. I’m unsure of the results but it’s complicated because you have a mix of people who are interested in collaborating and then you have whānau who’re really quite unhappy with what’s been going on,” Dr Harris says.
Submissions closed on 31 October – but Dr Harris says that should be extended, so wider Māori views can be sought on the Space Policy review.