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To: Minister of Business, Innovation and Employment Stuart Nash

Keep Space For Peace

To immediately suspend Rocket Lab launches of military payloads which contribute to the militarisatisation of Space and ongoing warfare on Earth.

This petition asks the Government to refuse consent for Space industry activities which contribute to organised international warfare and the weaponisation of Space.

Why is this important?

In March this 2021 Rocket Lab launched a US military Space Missile Defense Command payload 'Gunsmoke-J' which will be used for 'warfare combat targeting purposes'.

It’s highly likely that the 'Gunsmoke-J' launch could have breached the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone Disarmament and Arms Control Act (1987), because technological warfare systems in Space will include nuclear weapons.

In addition, it could have violated the 'Approach to payload assessments under OSHAA 2019' which states that the NZ government will not approve 'payloads with the intended end use of harming, interfering with or destroying other space craft or systems on Earth.'

Subsequently there have been at least three more launches for the U.S. military.

We don’t want any more military satellites launched in Aotearoa New Zealand, and ask that the Government immediately rescind any currently permitted launches and disallow further launches, pending a full review of space-launch regulations in concert with the government-mandated review of the Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities (OSHA) Act 2017.

An open letter was sent to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern by The Peace Foundation International Affairs and Disarmament Committee asking her to refuse approval for the ‘Gunsmoke J’ launch. That letter is supported by people and organisations around New Zealand, as well as residents near Māhia — the site of Rocket Lab’s launch pad.

Rocket Lab is now US owned, a major client is the US military Space Force and a key investor is Lockheed Martin the world's biggest manufacturer of conventional and nuclear weapons. Thus, the New Zealand government must ensure the OSHAA regulations prohibit the use of NZ for Space warfare by these entities with vested interests in the warfare business.

Stuart Nash, the Minister of Economic Development who is responsible for approving Space launches, should reject further military Space launches because they contribute to the technological development of warfare in and from Space, which is contrary to the interest of ordinary people in New Zealand.

NZ rocket launches may breach nuclear-free laws, say peace groups, The Spinoff

Rocket Lab Monitor - is a group of volunteers focusing on information collection and education

Gisborne Herald: Payload disquiet



2022-10-28 14:37:07 +1300

Keep Space for Peace: Have Your Say

Your voice is needed to push peace, climate justice and Te Tiriti to the forefront of MBIE’s thinking about New Zealand’s burgeoning space industry.

There are two important consultations happening, on the new NZ Aerospace Strategy, and Space Policy Review. Please aim to make submissions on both – due on 31 October.

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