24 June 2021
Kia ora, Welcome to our regular newsletter from Space For Peace Aotearoa, a community campaign to stop the militarisation of Space, respecting mana whenua, and to protect te taiao (environment). Thanks for being part of the movement for peace on earth and in Space!
We are really pleased that more people around Aotearoa are getting involved in the kaupapa, by organising and hosting Space For Peace events in their community. If you’re interested in being involved in the campaign, email us at email@example.com
Protest: Stop Rocket Lab’s militarisation of Space
Ngā mihi to everyone who came to and supported the protest outside Rocket Lab this Monday. It was a good event with good media coverage. It was awesome to have people from Rongomaiwahine come up from Māhia for it and MP Teanau Tuiono launching a new Bill for the issue.
You can read Auckland Peace Action’s report of it with pictures here.
‘STOP MIlitarisation of Space’ banner outside Rocket Lab HQ Auckland New Zealand, 21 June 2021. Laurie Ross-Coordinator of the ‘Space for Peace Aotearoa’ event, with Eliana Darroch of ‘Auckland Peace Action’ newsletter, plus the Green Party MPTeanau Tuiono, who tabled the OSHAA Prohibition of Military Hardware Payloads-Amendment Bill in parliament.
“The Government has a responsibility.”
“If we send these satellites into space with US military capacities, we are complicit in the drone and precision bombings and other acts of warfare which the United States does.” Mahia residents descend on Auckland to protest Rocket Lab links with US military
Protesters gathered at Rocket Lab’s Auckland HQ today in opposition to the company’s work with the US military, while the Green Party announced a member’s bill to ban military launches from New Zealand. Protest songs echoed down a quiet cul-de-sac in Mt Wellington this afternoon. Māori TV: Greens want Rocket Lab’s military launches at Mahia stopped (Video)
Protestors at Rocket Lab’s headquarters this morning Photo/Taroi Black Greens Māori MP Teanau Tuiono today launched a member’s bill calling on the government… Rocket Lab not ‘evil’, but Kiwis right to feel ‘uneasy’ about US military ties – journalist
“There’s the Kiwi success story, which we’re all really familiar with, but it’s also a major contractor for the US military.” Revealed: NZ Space Agency briefing on Rocket Lab’s controversial Gunsmoke J launch for US Army – NZ Herald
A research or military-operational cargo?
Live webinar recording
Stop the Militarisation of Space
Thank you to everyone who joined us live for the Stop the Militarisation of Space webinar, featuring presentations from RocketLab Monitor, mana whenua of Māhia, and peace expert Prof. Kevin Clements. It was very informative and interesting.
You can watch the recording here:https://youtu.be/62qHI1kOHLw
or on Facebook through this link.
Feel free to share the recording widely.
See also: Peace Foundation Committee’s letter to the Prime Ministere Rocket Lab – 16 June 2021
For more information on the campaign visit; https://rocketlabmonitor.com/