Today's announcement of new government funding for aerospace infrastructure signals a major step forward for our indigenous-lead aerospace venture, Tāwhaki, and the country’s growing aerospace sector.
A $5.4m grant from the Kānoa Regional Strategic Partnership Fund will enable a new 1-kilometre runway and hangar facilities to be added to our existing facilities at the Tāwhaki Aerospace Centre to meet urgent local and growing international demand.
Our site at Kaitorete, 50 minutes’ drive from Ōtautahi CBD, is already host to multiple users testing advanced aviation and technologies. Increasing the facility offerings will enable new crafts and companies from here and abroad to take flight and gain access to space.
Supporting aerospace and tech sector growth with this investment is predicted to provide over 1,300 highly skilled, high-paying jobs and up to $2.4bn in economic benefits over the next 10 years.
A full press release is available here.
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