Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, kia ora. I rise to support this bill in its third reading, which establishes the launch regime for companies such as Rocket Lab, which is going to be launching its 17-metre carbon fibre Electron rockets into orbit, something this whole House can join in congratulating.
Kia ora, Mr Chair. Ngā mihi nui kia ora. I would echo the comments from the honourable member Stuart Nash that Peter Beck is doing a fantastic job. He is a great inspiration to, particularly, young New Zealanders, and hopefully more of them get interested in engineering and science and maths, and dream of a future among the stars. It is truly fantastic.
Kia ora. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Kia ora. I rise to support the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Bill. I was born in 1981, and I am always disappointed that in the 21st century, there are no hoverbikes, there are no hover-skateboards, and there are no flying cars—it does not really feel like the 21st century we were promised from science fiction growing up.
Kia ora. Nga mihi nui, kia koutou, kia ora.
On behalf of the Green Party, it’s inspiring to march with you as part of a global movement, standing up for science.
It’s great to be here with you today because when you look around the world, the state of science is concerning: Donald Trump is gagging scientists, we see the rise of ‘alternative facts’ and a real strain in science funding.
Kia ora, Mr Deputy Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, kia ora. Look, ever since from the first gunpowder rockets from 13th century Song China through to the work of Robert Goddard in the 1920s through to New Zealand's own Pickering, who headed up the jet propulsion laboratory, we have come an immense long way over history.
The National Government’s research and development (R&D) funding system needs a massive overhaul in light of new information from Deloitte that some R&D Growth Grants don’t actually cover development spending, the Green Party said.